The Music Ministry of
Rye, New York

Resurrection Catholic Parish

   

Church

Resurrection Parish has a proud tradition of making fine music...

The music itself serves as an offering of praise and thanksgiving to God.  Our parish music ministry serves to inspire and lift up our voices to the glory of God.  At Resurrection, music for worship spans the entire treasury of the church's repertoire, from Gregorian chant and Renaissance motets to the most contemporary literature.  Choirs and cantors provide musical leadership at all the masses.  This ministry is continually seeking new members.  If you play an instrument or have a pleasant singing voice, please consider one of our many music making opportunities.  Contact the music office for more information. 

 

Meet our Music Director...

Mr. Joseph Viserta, our Parish Music Director has been a liturgical musician for 20 years.  He has served four very diverse parish settings in three different states and Dioceses.  In addition to liturgical music, Mr. Viserta has taught music in two Catholic Elementary schools spanning 14 years.  Mr. Viserta is an active member of the National Pastoral Musicians Council and is also a member of the American Guild of Organists.  Having three children of his own, ages 13,11,and 8 there isn't much free time.  When the opportunity arises you will find Joe lying on the beach or taxing an airplane out to the runway for a sightseeing flight.  Joe originally went to school to be an airline pilot.  Being an active participant in high school choirs, his church choir and local community choirs while growing up, Joe always said, "Yes, music is very important to me and if flying doesn't work out I always have my music to fall back on."  And that is indeed what happened.  It's not that flying didn't work out just that there was something missing from his life.  All through college he worked part time at a local church playing at one Sunday Mass and doing an occasional Funeral here and there.  But when he started to skip classes and flight time to go practice at the church he knew what his true calling was and where his passion was leading him.  Joe worked with a local organist who helped him with the audition process to begin his studies at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida. This was the perfect place for Joe to start his musical studies; It was just 16 miles from his current school and Stetson was one of the few remaining universities in the country to offer an area of study in Church/Liturgical Music. After four years of study with an outstanding faculty and superb instruments including a 54 Beckerath organ of Hamburg, Germany, Joe graduated  Pi Kappa Lambda with a B.A. in Church Music with a concentration on both voice and Organ