We at Good Shepherd parish believe that our liturgies and worship are enhanced with good, faith-filled music. To that end, we commit our time, resources and energy into making the best music we can with our talented volunteers. We strive for a variety of musical styles that enable us to touch every member of our community. We are always looking to expand our efforts and provide new opportunities for people to join us and offer their gifts to our community and to the Lord. If you would like to be a part of our music ministry, or to simply know more about us, please contact Mark Schmitz, Director of Worship.
The Adult Choir brings together singers and instrumentalists who share their talents primarily at the 10:30Mass on Sundays. The group also answers the call for special events, such as the annual diocesan jubilee celebration, the sacrament of confirmation, and the liturgies of Holy Week. The choir learns music of differing styles and difficulties—including Gospel, Taize, contemporary Catholic and world music— and we incorporate many 2- or 4-part arrangements. There are opportunities for solos (duets/trios/small ensembles) as well as cantor roles, depending on the abilities and desires of the individual. The adult choir is open to people ages 17 and up.
The Children’s Choir gives students in our school the opportunity to minister musically as a choir, and to train for leadership in our parish’s music ministry. This choir focuses mainly on learning the parish repertoire as well as more spirited, contemporary pieces. They minister once every 1-2 months at a Saturday Mass as well as every Wednesday at the school Mass.
Spirit and Life Choir
The Spirit and Life Choir, formerly the Youth Ministry Choir, learns a variety of music including contemporary Christian and Catholic music, Spanish music, and Gospel. This group incorporates various instruments and singers, and welcomes all musicians from seventh grade through high school and adulthood. They typically minister at one Saturday Mass a month.
The newest singing group at Good Shepherd, the Resurrection Choir brings together singers who wish to minister at funerals. These rites typically take place on weekdays at 10. The repertoire is familiar, though some pieces are specific to the funeral liturgy. Please contact Mark Schmitz to be added to the mailing or phone list for this choir.
The cantor’s responsibilities include leading the music at Mass, joined by an accompanist. Cantors may work alone or with another cantor. The role typically requires solo singing on certain Mass parts, such as the Responsorial Psalm and Gospel Acclamation. Training is provided as needed. Interested parishioners in their teens or older are invited to consider this challenging and rewarding facet of music ministry.
God has bestowed upon his people, the gift of song. God dwells within each human person, in the place where music takes its source. Indeed, God, the giver of song, is present whenever his people sing his praises.
Singing is for the one who loves. Music is therefore a sign of God’s love for us and of our love for Him.St. Augustine
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. And whatever you do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks through Him to God the Father.Colossians 3:16,17