Music Ministry

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St. Mary’s parish has had a long history of fine liturgical music. The music ministry of our church seeks to serve God, our community, and our neighbors through music. We are committed to expanding our music ministry to include a variety of musical styles and traditions, including but not limited to classical (vocal and instrumental), gospel, traditional hymns, and contemporary Christian praise music. The music ministry seeks to offer music in our church life that reflects the many cultures and traditions of our congregation and its community. We encourage volunteers to share their gifts with the community with the expectation that serving in this ministry would be a blessing to both those serving and the larger community.

Each weekend mass is led by a dedicated choir.  We are also blessed to have several cantors who help us with Daily Masses.  The many funerals that our parish celebrates include music led by a group of generous and talented volunteers. The parish is also fortunate to have a Young People’s Choir, which consists of parish and school youth, beginning at fourth grade and a Spanish Choir which serves the Spanish Masses. The mission of the Music Ministry is to consistently provide a variety of good music for parish services and to encourage active participation from the church community.  If you are interested in sharing your gifts with one of our choirs, please contact our director of music.

CONTACT US:

Kathy Mesmer, Parish Director of Music Phone: (865) 482-2875 Ext. 7 music@stmarysoakridge.org

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Choir logoChoir Practice Schedule:

8am Sunday Mass Choir: This choir rehearses on Wed. Evening after 6pm Mass in the Chapel.  The group is called the Morning Glories Choir and is an adult choir directed by Cande Seay.  This choir sings mainly traditional music.   They are accompanied bimonthly by Jodi Harbin (piano) and Steve & Sandy Hirshman (clarinet).

10am Sunday Mass Choir: This choir rehearses monthly on Sat. 9:30-11am in the chapel.  The combined adult/teen 10am choir is directed by Kathy Mesmer.  The choir sings mainly traditional music but also some contemporary styles. They are accompanied by Tammy Keever (piano), Gene Carter (guitar) and Steve & Sandy Hirshman (clarinet).

Young Adult Noon Mass Choir: This choir rehearses prior to mass, beginning at 11:15am on Sunday.  A choir of Young Adults ranging from 8th grade to college age and above, they sing a combination of contemporary and traditional music.  The Young Adult Choir is directed and accompanied by Lisa Michaels (piano) and Karen Vacaliuc (guitar).

Saturday Mass Vigil Choir: This choir rehearses prior to mass beginning at 4:30pm on Saturday.   The Vigil choir is an adult choir directed by Peter Waraksa and Andrea Souza. This choir sings traditional and contemporary music accompanied by Peter Waraksa (guitar) and Judy Moyer (piano).

Spanish 2pm Mass Choir:  This choir rehearses on Fri. 7:00-8:00pm in the chapel.  The choir is led by Maria Palacios and is accompanied by Omar.  All music is sung in Spanish.

Young People’s Choir:  This choir rehearses on Wed. 2:15-3:30pm in the church balcony. The Young People’s Choir consists of a group of youth in grades 4-12, serving all Masses as needed.  Their repertoire ranges from chant and traditional music to contemporary styles.  The choir is directed by Kathy Mesmer and accompanied by Jodi Harbin (piano).

*All choirs welcome new vocalists and instrumentalists.  Please contact Kathy Mesmer to find out additional information about participating in the music ministry.

Additional Contact Information: 

  • Peter Waraksa: (865) 483-6594
  • Tammy Keever: (865) 805-4775 
  • Karen Vacaliuc: (865) 386-5784