Inspiring, uplifting music for our liturgies and programs

Dedicated to the art of music at the service of the worshiping community

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The pastoral musicians believe music is a language of faith that the praying assembly needs in order to achieve full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgy. Music should assist believers in expressing and sharing the gift of faith that is within them, and nourish and strengthen their interior commitment of faith. It is a joyful gift from God that, when shared, also expresses delight, gratitude, and the beauty of the human spirit outside of our liturgical celebrations

 

Liturgical ensembles provide musical leadership for worship in the Sunday assembly. Each liturgy has its own ensemble which may range in size from five or six to twenty or twenty-five members, singers and assorted instrumentalists. All ages and skill levels are welcome and emphasis is placed on both dedicated service and improvement of musical skills. Those involved often range from middle and high school through college age, as well as university faculty and staff and other interested community representatives. Members are expected to attend weekly rehearsal, Wednesday evenings from 7:30 to 9, plus an hour before the Mass at which they serve. On Wednesday the musicians from all Masses work together on upcoming music, so participants know not only the members of their own groups but musicians in all liturgical ensembles. A wide variety of music is used from chant to contemporary, including hymnody and polyphony, always with the primary goal being the leadership of the assembly in sung prayer. The parish owns a number of instruments including a wide variety of percussion options (tympani, marimba, orchestral chimes, drum sets, bongos, congas, hand percussion) that are available to be played. Cantors, those who lead the psalm and litanies of the Mass, are chosen from among liturgical ensemble members who demonstrate musical skill and confidence, dedication, and a pastoral spirit. The liturgical ensembles are under the direction of parish director of music ministry, Mary Weber Bane, and music ministry assistant Marlene Wilson, with the assistance of music ministry intern Gregory Willett.
The handbell choir plays primarily for Sunday liturgies, but also shares its music occasionally for penance services, concerts, and community events. Music readers age ten and above are welcome and we do provide opportunities for people to practice and train into the group as their skills develop. The group plays a variety of handbell literature ranging from level 2+ to 4, as well as accompaniment parts for sung prayer. The choir practices on Monday evenings from 7:15 to 8:45, plus an hour before service opportunities. The group rotates through the various Mass times, averaging about three Masses per month. The bell choir is under the direction of parish director of music ministry, Mary Weber Bane and assistant bell choir director Pat Dillon.
The women’s choir sings a variety of music including gospel, chant, polyphony, contemporary, and Baroque. They sing for parish penance services, concerts, community events, parish programs and occasional Mass preludes. They also perform a nursing home ministry. The group is made up of women of all ages, including college students, professional women, and those who have retired. The group sings single to four part music and recently sang a world premiere of a work for women’s choir and harp. The women’s choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 8:15 to 9:30 and one hour before service opportunities. The women’s choir is under the direction of parish director of music ministry, Mary Weber Bane, and music ministry assistant Marlene Wilson, and accompanied by Dr. Richard Domek, University of Kentucky professor emeritus.
The brass guild is made up of excellent high school players, college students, faculty and staff members, and interested community members. They play all genres of music from Renaissance to jazz, and serve for occasional liturgies as scheduled by the director as well as community events and concerts. The guild welcomes all brass including trumpet, trombone, baritone, French horn, euphonium, and tuba players as well as percussionists. Rehearsal times are arranged around members’ schedules. The guild is under the direction of trumpeter David Salas.

Joining Music Ministry

There are many options for involvement in music ministry, including but not limited to liturgical ensembles and cantors (vocalists and instrumentalists who provide musical leadership for Sunday liturgies), the handbell choir, the women’s choir, the brass guild, and seasonal choirs and ensembles which sometimes form for Christmas and Easter. There have also been other ensembles such as a children’s choir and handbell quintet when sufficient interest emerges.

New and returning musicians are welcome to join liturgical ensembles and the women’s choir at the beginning of the fall and spring semesters as well as early in the summer break. The handbell choir and brass guild also accept members at these times and at additional times if circumstances permit.

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