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                 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. 
     

    Fall 2018 Children's Choir

    Our children's choir is comprised of all interested children in grades 2 through 6. Each semester the choirs rehearse on Thursdays in the Church music area.  For the Fall Session, rehearsals begin in October. This year the Children's Choir will be leading the music at the 11:00 a.m. Mass on Sunday, November 4th. Please note: the Children's Choir will NOT be singing on Christmas Eve this year.  For the Spring Session, rehearsals begin in March, and the children prepare music for an Easter season Mass and a Mother's Day Mass. For more information email Dave Barkhymer.
    CLICK HERE to access the FALL 2018 registration form.

    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.  There are normally opening in the choir, or you could be a substitute.   For information, call (651) 415-3346 or email music.  

    Instrumentalists

    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.