Music ministry is alive and active at St. Michaels! We have many opportunities to be directly part of music making and worship leading or to be part of bringing music to the community. For more information on concerts or how to help make more concerts available to St. Michael's, please see the Helman Concert Series page.
Dr. J. Michael McMahan, President of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians, once wrote, “The song of liturgy is a rehearsal if you will, for the song of life. At the liturgy we hear God’s song: God’s song forms us into a people.” Music Ministry is a way to serve God and God’s children (the parish). Taking part in Music Ministry is a wonderful opportunity to live our Parish vision resulting in the spiritual growth and unity of our Parish! There are several opportunities to offer your time and talent with our Parish:
The Archangel Choir is the adult choir that serves the 9am and 11am Sunday Masses. It is open to high school students and adults who love to sing. We are of varying ages and abilities. We laugh together, sing together, and pray together. New members are always welcome - no audition required. We practice on Wednesdays at 7pm in the church September through June. Mrs. Libby Saxton is the accompanist and choir director. For more information, contact Libby in the parish office. The first Choir rehearsal of the season is September 4th!
Ju-BELL-ation is St. Michael's Bell Choir, and it is an active addition to our musical prayer. Handbells require a bit of technique but they are not difficult to learn. New members should be high school age or older. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 5:00pm to 6:15pm September through June. We are always welcoming new members. Mr. Ken Boyce is the bell choir director. For more information, contact Libby in the parish office. The 2014-2015 Schedule is here.
Cantors are both singers and leaders of congregational song. Cantors are required to practice on their own as well as schedule individual practices with the accompanist as needed. Cantors are needed for Sunday Masses as well as Holy Days, Weddings, and Funerals. For more information, contact Libby in the parish office.
The parish Children's Choir is for students in grades 4-8. The SMS school students sing for Wednesday morning school Mass, but as a parish we try to come together a few times a year for Sunday morning Mass with PSR students as well to joyfully sing for the 9am Mass. For more information, contact Libby in the parish office.
The Ensemble is a combination of instrumentalists and singers who come together to lead the 4pm Saturday vigil Mass in musical prayer. The Ensemble loves a variety of musical styles and is led by Jeff Fricker. New members are welcome. The band rehearses on Thursdays starting at 6:00pm and the singers start at 7pm on Thursdays in the church. For more information, contact Jeff in the parish office.
Life Teen Ensemble
The Life Teen Ensemble is a combination of instrumentalists and singers who serve the 5:30pm Sunday Mass. They are adaptable to a variety of musical styles and are led by Jeff Fricker. New members are welcome. They practice with the Ensemble on Thursdays and also on Sundays at 4:30pm right before Mass. For more information, contact Jeff in the parish office.
St. Michael's Music
Life Teen Band & Choir
Libby Saxton, Music Director
330-492-3119 ext. 215
Jeff Fricker, Music Minister
330-492-3119 ext. 214