Dr. Barbara Leyden, Director of Music
Dr. Barbara Leyden joined the St. Joseph staff in August 2010 as Director of Music Ministry. She directs Hosanna! our contemporary choral ensemble that sings at 9:00 am Sunday Mass, all three youth choirs—the Cherubim, Awesome Angels and Archangels, the Resurrection funeral choir, the St. Joseph Small Ensemble and the Sisters 3 women’s trio. She serves as contact person and coordinator of the Adult Choir and a dedicated group of volunteer cantors and organists. She has earned a Doctor of Musical Arts from the American Conservatory of Music in Sacred Music Conducting, a Master of Music Degree at the University of Arizona in Vocal Pedagogy/Music Education and a B. S. in Music Education at North Dakota State University. After growing up playing the organ for a tiny church in rural North Dakota, she has enjoyed serving liturgy and making sacred music all over the world, including Germany and Korea. Highlights of singing in various types of musical ensembles were singing in the NDSU Concert Choir with Dr. Edwin Fissinger, the Sierra Vista Meistersingers and the Cochise College Community Choir in Arizona, the Honolulu Symphony Chorus with guest conductor Robert Shaw, and the Kansas City Festival Singers under Dr. William Baker.
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.
Adult Choirs include:
Adult Choir: Sings for 10:30 Mass and Feast Days and rehearses Mondays at 7 pm. Director is Joe Heidesch at email@example.com.
Hosanna: Sings for 9:00 am Mass and Feast Days and rehearses Wednesdays at 7 pm. Director is Barbara Leyden at firstname.lastname@example.org
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. Barbara Leyden 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. Barbara Leyden directs from the keyboard. email@example.com
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 Barbara Leyden if you are interested.
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. [Link—to information flyer and calendar]
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. [Link to information flyer and AA Fact Sheet].
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 Barbara Leyden 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 Barbara Leyden 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.