Music Ministry

Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Saint Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose is honored to host a distinguished Music Ministry department that elevates the sanctity of our liturgies and is a divine testament to the rich heritage of sacred music. In the heart of our Music Ministry, we are blessed to be led by the exceptionally talented and accomplished Ronald E. McKean.  As Director of Music Ministries at Saint Joseph Parish/Old Mission San Jose, Ronald brings a rich tapestry of experience, international acclaim, and an unparalleled passion for sacred music that enriches the spiritual journey of our worship.  Learn more about Ronald E. McKean.


Join us on a refined journey into the world of musical education, where elegance meets enlightenment. Explore our collection of educational videos and audio rehearsals designed to gently guide you through the intricacies of musical artistry and Gregorian chant. Tranquil audio rehearsals, allowing you to learn and practice with poise and purpose. Graceful tutorials encouraging your artistic expression and participation. AUDIO/VIDEO REHEARSAL links.


Our choirs, meticulously curated, render a diverse repertoire of sacred music that spans the centuries. From timeless hymns to contemporary sacred compositions, our choirs create an atmosphere of reverence and awe during Masses and special liturgical events. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE for all choirs.

  • Adult Multicultural
  • Mandarin
  • Vietnamese
  • Filipino
  • East Indian
  • Children/Youth/Family of Faith (K-12)
  • Young Adult/Confirmation

Instrument Ensembles

For those with a penchant for classical instrumentation, our ensembles offer a platform to showcase the timeless beauty of instruments such as woodwinds, brass, strings and handbells. Adhering to the highest standards of musical excellence, these ensembles contribute to the majesty of our liturgies. Our ensembles play every weekend at select Masses with separate, specific rehearsal schedules. REHEARSAL SCHEDULE for all instrument ensembles.

  • Chamber Orchestra
  • String Ensemble
  • Family of Faith Orchestral Ensemble
  • Laudate Ringers (Handbell Choir)


Those who lead the assembly in song are called forth from our many diverse choirs. Workshops and ongoing formation are an integral part of the continued development expected of those serving the parish community in a Cantor role.


Professional and volunteer accompanists participate in accompanying all liturgies, rites and events.

  • Masses
  • Weddings
  • Funerals/Memorials
  • Baptisms
  • Devotions
  • Evening Prayer/Vespers

To learn more about how you can participate and become part of our vibrant Music ministry, please contact Director of Music Ministries, Ronald E. McKean, at 510-656-1055 or email