St. Joseph Catholic Church

Music Ministry

Matt Winterhalter, Director of Music  

[email protected]    913-248-4591 

          Hello, everyone! I, Matt Winterhalter, am delighted to be your new Director of Music. I am very thankful for this
opportunity to serve my home parish in this new capacity. While I have been a part of this parish my whole life
and many of you may already know my playing, I want to share a little bit more about myself. After attending St.
Joseph Grade School and nearing the end of my education at Rockhurst High School, Fr. Mike Hawken gave me
about 4 lessons on the organ and turned me loose. From there, he gave me the names of many educators in
Omaha and Kansas City with whom I studied during my undergrad career at Creighton University. I continued
my studies at KU, earning a Master of Music in Church Music. It was in 2013, while working on this degree, that I
began playing regularly at St. Joseph, in addition to my serving as choir director at St. Peter’s Cathedral and St.
John the Baptist. When I am not making music, I can be found with my wife, Ariel, and one-year-old, Gus. I also
enjoy woodworking and hope to be active in the new St. Joseph’s Workshop ministry.

As I move into this leadership position, I reflect on how blessed I have been to have had these last seven years
to get acclimated to our St. Joseph Music Ministry. I have never encountered a better singing congregation, and
it has been a treat to lead you in song each week. I am glad to be able to draw on the experience I gained
working at my other positions, while also being familiar with the traditions of this parish. Whether you are in the
pew or in the choir section, I look forward to all of us worshiping together in song.


St. Joseph Music Ministry 

The St. Joseph Music Ministry provides many opportunities for you to serve others by leading the sung prayer at weekly Mass and other liturgies.  Music Ministers serve as choir members, cantors, keyboard players, or other instrumentalists.  Contact the Director of MM, above, to inquire and volunteer in any of these ways.

Calista and Jeremy Martin Praying Psalm 130- Click Here to Listen

Psalm 22 Recording- Click Here to Listen

Pslam 22 Recording with Flute with Donna Langer and Barbara Leyden- Click Here to Listen 

Elaine Fox and Daryl Currie- Ave Maria, Schubert- Click Here to Listen 

Barbara Leyden singing Two Were Bound for Emmaus  by Bob Hurd.  Recording permission #733319-A- Click Here to Listen

“Pie Jesu” from Faure’s Requiem, Barbara Leyden piano and vocalist- Click Here to Listen 


Adult Choirs include: FLYER

Adult Choir: Sings for 10:30 Mass and Feast Days and rehearses Mondays at 7 pm.   

Hosanna: Sings for 9:00 am Mass and Feast Days and rehearses Wednesdays at 7 pm. Director is Matt Winterhalter

            Hosanna is a full SATB choir, plus contemporary ensemble using organ, piano, guitar, bass, flute, and trombone.  Singers from 9th-grade to adult are always welcome and instrumentalists by audition.  We are currently very much in need of baritone/bass singers.  Matt Winterhalter directs the group and Daryl Currie plays the keyboards.  A small group of musicians banded together in 1992 to lead the assembly in their sung prayer using more than the traditional organ accompaniment.  Their name was chosen to match their mission--to pray together while making the spiritual journey to salvation--“Hosanna” coming from the Greek and Hebrew words for “pray” and “save us!”  The original handful has currently grown to over 30 members, but the atmosphere remains one of family.  The members minister to each other as well as the parish and there is a tradition of husband-wife and parent-child teams.  The group enjoys leading the assembly in the singing of a wide variety of styles at two or more Masses a month. 

Resurrection Choir:  sings when requested for funerals. Members come 30 minutes early to warm up and rehearse, after joining the phone tree and email group for notification.  

St. Joe Small Ensemble (SATB) and Sisters 3 (women’s trio) are specialty groups joined by audition and sing for special occasions.  If you read music and don’t have time for weekly rehearsals, one of these small ensembles may be a perfect fit for you.  Contact Matt Winterhalter if you are interested.


Youth Choirs:

Archangels:  This teen group of singers and instrumentalists has members from 7th-grade through high school. They rehearse two Sundays from 5:15-6:15 pm before singing the second Sunday of each month at one Mass—usually the 9 or 10:30 am Masses.  They sing most, but not all, months of the year.  FLYER

Cherubim are children from Kindergarten to 1st grades and Awesome Angels range from 2d to 6th -grades.  They rehearse Tuesdays from 3:30-4:30 pm during the school year from September-April and sing once a month, usually 9 or 10:30 am Masses.  St. Joseph students are picked up, walked over to the church for the rehearsal and provided a snack, so parents need only pick their children up at the end of the rehearsal. 

Cantors:  Cantors are confident musicians with a pleasant singing tone able to proclaim the responsorial psalm and Gospel acclamation clearly and effectively and engage the assembly in their singing of all the hymns and acclamations at Sunday and Feast Day Masses when there is not a choir present.  The ability to read music is very helpful to success in the ministry, as well as knowledge of Catholic sacred music.  Contact Matt Winterhalter if you are interested in serving, or training to serve, in this ministry.

Keyboard Players:  Organists and pianists are critical to our weekend Masses, Feast Days and weekly Novena liturgy.  Contact Matt Winterhalter if you are able to serve the parish in this way. Please consider providing piano or organ lessons for your child, or learning the instruments yourself, as there is a shortage of trained liturgical keyboardists in the American Catholic Church.  Trained pianists may be eligible for an organ scholarship.