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Saturday, September 29, 2018

Nativity teenagers learn music ministry skills at camp | The Catholic Key

INDEPENDENCE — Music ministry isn’t all do … re … me, continues The Catholic Key.

Maria Milazzo and Nativity of Mary alums who answered the One Call music camp call, Naomi, Isabel and Faustina. 
Photo: courtesy Maria Milazzo

A parish music minister must be musically talented, of course, but he or she needs to also have some teaching skills, training in Liturgy, and be familiar with technology in music.
One way to get all those is by attending music camps.

This past summer, Maria Milazzo, Nativity of Mary School music teacher and choir director and member of the Diocesan Choir, took three young women of the parish to One Call, a six-day program at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minn. According to its website, the program is designed to provide opportunities for participants to grow musically, theologically, spiritually, and communally. Specifically, its mission is the formation of young people and their advocates to maximize their gifts of music and leadership in service to the liturgy.

Milazzo heard of One Call through John Winkels, Director of Music and Liturgy at Holy Family Parish, and decided to broach it to several Nativity School alums she thought might benefit from the camp.

Isabel, a freshman at St. Teresa’s Academy, Faustina, a freshman at St. Michael the Archangel High School, and Naomi, a freshman at Raytown High School, liked the idea. They graduated from Nativity last spring, and have been members of the parish Youth Choir, performed in the school’s musicals and wanted to be part of the parish’s music ministry.

Milazzo, who has a B.A. in Performance from Westminster Choir College in New Jersey and a M.A. in Music Performance from U.M.K.C., said they arrived at St. John’s University expecting a nice program, learning some cantoring and maybe some theology. Instead they were blown away by the courses, the energy and the other students and the adults with them.

Source: The Catholic Key