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[color=blue:ky6fur1b]This was NEVER done before and I cannot understand why it would be now. I want to go out of Mass feeling reverent that I’ve been in the presence of God and have recieved Him into my soul in the Eucharist. The best argument against this is that it glorifies the choir for something that is just their humble service (to God, not the congregation per se.)

Worse…this is a fairly common practice in non-Catholic churches and is about as worldly as one can get. The egos in the choir go right off the chain after that. A good choir director would quash this practice asap.
Suggest that you talk to him/her and/or your pastor, or both. or find another parrish…
Pax vobiscum,[/color:ky6fur1b]