List of Roman Catholic Church musicians is a list of people who perform or compose Catholic music, a branch of Christian music. Names should be limited to those whose Catholicism affected their music and should preferably only include those musicians whose works have been performed liturgically in a Catholic service, or who perform specifically in a Catholic religious context.
Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina, late Renaissance Italian composer of polyphonic sacred music, considered by many the greatest such composer, "a tremendous influence on the development of Catholic Church music."
Thomas Tallis, devoutly Catholic composer of polyphonic church music in Tudor England. "The earliest works by Tallis that survive are devotional antiphons to the Virgin Mary."
Note: The term classical music has been used broadly to describe many eras which do not fit the label. Initially the term specifically meant 1730–1820 (the Classical period), but for this list the period from the Baroque period to the modern era will be included in this section. This is because Renaissance and especially Medieval music tends to be dominated, in the West, by Catholic religious music.
Gabriel Fauré, nineteenth century French composer. Although his religious views are obscure, he was a renowned church organist, and composed a significant amount of Catholic sacred music, including of a famous Requiem Mass.
César Franck, nineteenth-century French composer, most famous for his Symphony in D. Composer of Panis Angelicus.
Johann Michael Haydn, younger brother of Joseph Haydn, and prolific composer of sacred music, including 47 masses.
Joseph Haydn, great Austrian composer of the Classical period. Credited with inventing the symphony. Also composed 14 Masses (including the Mass in Time of War), 2 Te Deums and a Stabat Mater. Very devout, often prayed the rosary when he had trouble composing. Teacher of both Mozart and Beethoven.
Zoltán Kodály, twentieth century Hungarian composer. Composed a Missa Brevis, a Te Deum, and Psalmus Hungaricus.
Franz Liszt, famed pianist and Romantic composer, mostly of piano works. He became a Franciscan tertiary. Composed much sacred music, including 5 masses.
Antonio Salieri, Italian composer of Classical period. Taught Beethoven, Schubert, and Liszt. Composed operas and sacred music, including ten hymns and nine psalms.
Alessandro Scarlatti, Italian Baroque composer, whose most notable sacred composition is the St. Cecelia mass.
Domenico Scarlatti, Italian Baroque composer, his sacred music includes a well known Stabat Mater and Salve Regina.
Franz Schubert, Great classical/early Romantic Austrian composer. Most famous for Lieder and symphonies. Also composed 6 masses and much other sacred music, including a famous Ave Maria (whose original text was a prayer to Mary, but not the famous hail Mary prayer). List of compositions by Franz Schubert
Robert Schumann, German Romantic composer. Though Protestant, he composed a Mass in C minor and a Requiem Mass.
Igor Stravinsky, though an Eastern Orthodox Christian, Stravinsky composed a notable Catholic Mass.
Ralph Vaughan Williams, twentieth century English composer, an agnostic Anglican, who composed or arranged much Anglican Church music. He composed a few works in Catholic liturgical forms, including a Mass and a Te Deum.
The Roman School is a group of composers strongly linked to the Vatican and the Council of Trent. Many of them were, or became, priests. Although much of their work is too early to be mentioned here it did survive into the early Baroque. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is generally seen as the most famous member. As a list of members is in the article on the subject, repetition of names in it should be normally avoided, although Palestrina is notable enough to be in both.
21st Century Classical School
There is a small but growing school of church composers, favoring a return to Catholic music that can be called "classical", writing original organ, choral, and vocal music that is often based on Gregorian chant. Andrea Amici (b. 1972) has written Gregorian-based music of high quality.
Francis Koerber is composing Roman Catholic organ and choral works including Mass settings.
Twentieth century and contemporary music
Popular composers and artists
Contemporary Catholic music takes many forms, from rock to folk. The genre of music, although not as popular as evangelical Christian music, is continuing to grow.
Contemporary Catholic musicians tend toward two main forms of expression: liturgical and non-liturgical. In a liturgical context, music is performed in a manner intended to heighten the spiritual atmosphere of a liturgical service, such as during Sunday mass, Eucharistic adoration or Stations of the Cross. The non-liturgical context, though very much worshipful, usually takes the form of a concert without the presence of a liturgical service. Non-liturgical settings are mainly focused on building Christian fellowship within Catholic communities. Non-liturgical artists find the opportunity to uniquely share their faith through their personal lyrics, and directly to audiences between songs. Although Catholic musicians tend toward one expression over the other, many will minister within both expressions with the appropriate music styles.
The following popular composers and performers are of note:
Domenico Bartolucci - Catholic Cardinal who composed "Misa Jubilei," while he was still a priest and has other religious compositions.
Devan and Ruth Bond- Liturgical composers whose latest collection of 24 seasonal psalms written with verbatim text won the Music Director's Choice award and the Catholic Liturgy People's award for best new psalm settings. The Epiphany Lullaby from the same collection was number one video on Catholic. org for several weeks.
Stephen DeCesare - USA Catholic composer who is published with OCP and J.S. Paluch and has had his Mass of Divine Mercy performed at the beatification of John Paul II live on EWTN in Stockbridge MA (2011) and again in 2012.
Note: The Unity Awards began in 2001 with the intent of being a Catholic-specific equivalent to the GMA Dove Awards. In certain cases the following mentions winners of this award.
Grace Worship Ministries NZ - Catholic Praise & Worship Team with strong ecumenical following and tour schedule, based out of Auckland, New Zealand. Composed of young, master musicians from several different churches. Best known for versatile style, from Opera & Classical forms to Black Gospel, from Polynesian influences to Jazz, Hip-Hop & contemporary Christian worship styles.
Critical Mass - Critically acclaimed Canadian rock band, winners of numerous awards, including two Canadian Gospel Music Association Awards for Best Rock Album. Performed for Pope John Paul II in Toronto in 2002.
Tori Harris - Contemporary Christian Artist known for her EP "ADOREMUS" 
Dana Scallon - devoutly Catholic Northern Irish singer currently based in USA; "Songwriter of the Year" and "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the Unity Awards in 2004.
Danny Leger - Contemporary Christian Singer/Song Writer, Worship Leader, Youth Minister, www.dannylegermusic.com, First Album (the other side)
Nelson and the Friends of Jesus Band - Contemporary praise and worship band who performed at the main stage of WYD Australia.
Pasquale Talarico - Contemporary Catholic artist from Southern California
W. Keith Moore - artist from Oxford, Mississippi, seen on The Journey Home, Dana and Friends, Walk for Life, singer/songwriter
Cradle Catholic - Catholic music that combines traditional Latin prayer with heavy metal. (Texas)
Love, Resonate - Contemporary praise and worship band from Chino Hills, CA
Catholic hip-hop artists
Note: It is difficult to find an existing list of Catholic emcees (rappers) and DJs. This is an attempt to create an exhaustive list of said artists. Some of these artists are listed above under "Non-liturgical Artists". Most of these artists are affiliated with www.phatmass.com.
Many composers have contributed to the distinct sound of contemporary Catholic liturgical music, including Marty Haugen, Dan Schutte, and the St. Louis Jesuits. For more details, see Contemporary Catholic liturgical music. Two thirds of American Catholic Parishes now use this style of music in their liturgies. A recent trend has turned to pieces based on Gregorian chant, and liturgical projects like the Chabanel Psalms.
^Carlos & Minh Solorzano - Members of the interdenominational Christian band COME THIRSTY from Tucson, AZ who are signed with the Tate Music Group. Both of them also work as Catholic School teachers for the Tucson Diocese. When not working with COME THIRSTY Minh can be heard singing the National Anthem at various sporting events while Carlos freelances as a session drummer and as a tribal drumming composer whose music has been featured on VH1, MTV & E! Entertainment Television. Unity Awards 2006