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. If you are interested in joining this ministry please contact Pam Keane, St. Bernard Choir Director.
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 Music. If you are interested in becoming a cantor, please contact Rhonda Uschan, Director of Music.
Cantor Formation Sessions – Group voice lessons will be conducted once a month for all cantors and music review sessions will be held on Wednesdays.
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. If interested in learning more about this ministry please contact Director of Music, Rhonda Uschan.
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. Want to become a member of this fun group? Contact Rhonda Uschan, Director of Music.
This Appleton Inter-parish choir sings at funerals occuring at St. Bernard parish as well as other local Appleton churches. Rehearsals take place immediately preceding the funeral liturgy. Weekday availability is essential for participants. Interested individuals should contact the Rhonda Uschan, Director of Music.
Be a part of adding to worship on a monthly basis by providing beautiful handbell music! This group is open to anyone from youth to adults. You don’t even have to be able to read music! “If you can count, you can play bells.” Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 from September through May. Interested individuals should contact Michael Simonini, Director of Handbells.
Instrumentalists of any kind are always welcomed to help celebrate! 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. Interested? Contact Rhonda Uschan, Director of Music.