St. Odilia Music Ministry
    Music is an essential element of liturgy, inspiring people to praise God with one voice in a way the spoken word cannot.  St. Odilia is blessed with a vibrant group of musicians who have formed various ensembles and choirs to serve the music needs of the community. A dedicated community of over 100 parishioners is involved in music, and there are opportunities for as many as want to share their musical gifts. 
    For more information or to join call Dave Barkhymer, the Music Director, at (651) 415-3346 or email music  
    A parish as large as St. Odilia has many opportunities to share your musical gifts.  Below are descriptions of many of the choirs and ensembles that make up the Music Ministry. 

    Children's Choir

    The Children's Choir will make its triumphant return to the 4:00 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass after a two-year hiatus! Rehearsals will be on Wednesdays at 4:15 p.m. in the church, starting October 12th and meet every week except November 23 (Thanksgiving). This year we are making a small change and would like to invite students in grades 2-8!! Students in grades 6-8 will be given one or two pieces to feature their advanced abilities and given opportunities to assist the director in leadership positions during rehearsals. Please register in advance. Email Kathy Lopac (Director) with questions: lopac@stodilia.org.

    Contemporary Ensembles

    Six or more groups of five to ten members, singers and instrumentalists, provide music for the liturgical prayer.  Our focus is on spirited, contemporary music that encourages active participation in communal prayer.  For information, call (651) 415-3346 or email music.

    Handbell Choir

    For musicians with good music reading skills.  The handbell choir is seeking new members and substitutes! For information, call (651) 415-3346 or email Kathy Lopac.  


    Instrumentalists are always in great need, for holidays or to accompany the choir or a contemporary group.  We need trumpets, trombones, flutes, violins and other instruments.
    For information, call (651) 415-3346 or email music.

    Special Choirs and Instrumental Groups

    Assembled for the Parish Mission in Lent, the Holy Week Choir, the Parish Fall Festival Mass in September and Christmas Midnight Mass.  Watch the bulletin for announcements.

    Parish Choir

    High school age and adult singers.  The choir is in session early September through May.  Rehearsal is on Thursday evenings at 7:30 and the choir sings at most 9:00am Sunday Masses.  No Auditions.  For information, call (651) 415-3346 or email music

    Parish Musical

    The Parish Musical is produced and presented by parishioners of all ages.  The Musical is presented typically just before the beginning of Lent in February.  It is a fun event and a wonderful opportunity to get to know members of our community.  This is a large effort for the community and there are "roles" for actors, singers and musicians as well as people who may not want to act or sing.  Calls go out late in the year for casting and people who can also build sets, work sound and lighting and other behind the scenes activities.  Watch the bulletin for details on when and where you can sign up for this fun activity or visit the Parish Musical page.