Office of Sacred Music


“The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves,’…”

 -General Instruction of the Roman Missal (p39)

The Roman Missal instructs us of the great importance “attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass.” The mission of the Office of Sacred Music is the advancement and promotion of the finest in Sacred Music in the parishes and apostolates of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To achieve this mission, our office provides several resources and programs listed below.  Additional information is available by calling our office, 314.373.8227, or emailing


Dr. Horst Buchholz

Director of Sacred Music



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Musica Sacra Saint Louis October 2014 Conference

We regret to inform you that the Musica Sacra St. Louis Conference, scheduled October 23-25, has been cancelled. 


"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred melody united to words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy"

  -Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II-1963)




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Pay Manual 2010-2011