Music Ministry

“Be filled with the Spirit; speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father
in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
Ephesians 5:18-20

We believe that music enriches the congregational experience and is an integral part of our liturgy. Music provides opportunities for members to be part of the celebration of our Catholic faith and use their talents to a full and active participation in the liturgy. We encourage any member with talents in vocal or instrumental music to participate as a soloist or a member of a group.

St. Bernard Church offers a variety of opportunities for parishioners to be involved in the music area of their choirs. There are choirs available for parishioners above the age of five. Most choirs are open to volunteers without audition.

Adult Choir

The Adult Choir provides music leadership for the congregation. Choral arrangements are prepared to enhance liturgical music with harmonies and descants while encouraging the congregation to sing along with the prayers of song. The choir is comprised of adults and young adults from grade 9 and up. Through rehearsals, individuals learn parts from songbooks and musical scores. Volunteers are also introduced to vocal techniques to improve their singing. Rehearsals are once a week from September through May. The choir sings 3 times a month and for special liturgical celebrations during Christmas and Holy Week. Interested individuals should contact Pam Keane.

Cantors

Cantors offer support for community prayer through song and reflection. Anyone with good vocal skills is encouraged to inquire about this ministry. Cantors are scheduled according to their availability. Rehearsals and vocal coaching are offered monthly, along with periodic training to develop the skills and awareness needed to lead music prayerfully. Anyone who is prayerfully considering the Ministry of Cantor will be asked to audition and work closely with the Director of Liturgy and Music. Interested individuals should contact Rhonda Uschan.

Cantor Formation Sessions – Group voice lessons will be conducted once a month for all cantors and music review sessions will be held on Wednesdays. Access the Cantor Formation Sessions fall 2015

Children’s Choir

Children grades K-6 are invited to share their gift of music, both vocal and instrumental, through participation in our children’s choir. The children’s choir tries to sing once a month (September through May) and at the Christmas Eve Children’s Mass. Interested individuals should contact Val Green.

Encounter Contemporary Praise Group

This group provides music on a monthly basis at our contemporary liturgy. The ensemble includes band members using guitars, drums, keyboards, and more, as well as vocalists with a passion for praise and worship.

Funeral Choir

The Funeral Choir is called the Appleton Inter-parish choir which consists of anyone who would like to sing for funerals at St. Bernard Parish. If available, individuals are also invited to sing for funerals at other local Appleton Churches. The group gathers to provide the comfort of music at funeral Masses. Rehearsals take place immediately preceding the liturgy. Weekday availability is essential for participants. Interested individuals should contact Rhonda Uschan.

Handbell Choir

The St. Bernard Handbell Choir plays a beautiful, 4 1/2 octave set of Malmarch handbells. The choir adds to worship on a monthly basis by providing beautiful handbell music for preludes and at communion. The group is open to anyone from youth to adults. You don’t even have to be able to read music. As they say, “If you can count, you can play bells.”  Rehearsals are on Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 from September through May. Interested individuals should contact Michael Simonini, Director of Handbells.

Instrumentalists

Instrumentalists of any kind are always welcomed to celebrate all liturgies using their primary instruments.  If you play the piano, organ, strings, winds, brass, guitar, percussion, we can find a place for you. If you wish to play on a regular basis or for special liturgies, just let us know. These individuals help play an “instrumental” role in creating an extraordinary liturgy. Interested individuals should contact Rhonda Uschan.