Music

Welcome to St. Thomas More Music Ministry!

Advent 2019

Do you like to sing?  Has it been years since you've sung in a choir?  Come, join us for one of our Advent Cantata Concerts!   What's a Cantata?  Well, it's just a fancy way of saying a choir, accompanied by an orchestra, with a narrator, telling a story through music.  We have a fantastic group of over 60 people signed up to sing, and there's always room for more!  It's a great way to meet people in the parish in a very low pressure event that's a lot of fun.  All the music is recorded on a CD for you to learn and then we put it together in just a few rehearsals.  For more information please email Judy Duncan, Director of Music Ministries at: [email protected]

Come sing with us!  You'll have a great time! 

This year's Advent Cantata Concert will be on Sunday, December 22nd at 7pm at St. Thomas More!

Our next choir rehearsal is Sunday, December 8th at 6pm in the church.  There is still time to join us!

Music and rehearsal CDs are available for pick up behind the wall near the piano in church.

Contact Judy Duncan for more info.

 


Advent/Christmastime 2019-2020

Click below to hear our new song for this year's Christmas Eve/Day Masses

"Christ Our Light Has Come" by Steve Angrisano & Curtis Stephan

Here is our list of songs for this year's Advent/Christmastime at our weekend liturgies:

First Sunday of Advent Nov. 30-Dec. 1, 2019
Gathering “Christ, Be Our Light” By Bernadette Farrell
Psalm 25 “To You, O Lord” By Scott Soper
Prep. of the Altar “Come To Us” By Greg Walton
Communion “Jesus, Come To Us” By David Haas
“Emmanuel” By Steve Angrisano
Closing “In The Day Of The Lord” By M.D. Ridge

Second Sunday of Advent December 7-8, 2019
Gathering “The Voice Of John The Baptist” (New text/Old tune)
Psalm 72 “Lord, Every Nation” By Jesse Manibusan
Prep. of the Altar “Ready The Way” By Curtis Stephan
Communion “Give Us Your Peace” By Jesse Manibusan
“Come To Us” By Greg Walton
Closing “A Rightful Place” By Steve Angrisano


Third Sunday of Advent December 14-15, 2019 *Baptisms

Gathering “Emmanuel” By Steve Angrisano
Psalm 85 “Lord, Show Us Your Mercy” By Rick Modlin
Prep. of the Altar “My Soul In Stillness Waits” By Marty Haugen
Communion “Jesus, Come To Us” By David Haas
“Come To Us” By Greg Walton
Closing “Sing Out, Earth and Skies!” By Marty Haugen

Advent Penance Service Monday, December 16, 2019 7pm
Gathering “Open My Eyes” By Jesse Manibusan
Response “Give Us Your Peace” By Jesse Manibusan

Fourth Sunday of Advent December 21-22, 2019
Gathering “Christ, Be Our Light” By Bernadette Farrell
Psalm 80 “Lord, Make Us Turn To You” By Judy Duncan
Prep. of the Altar “Ave Maria” By Dan Kantor
Communion “Ready The Way” By Curtis Stephan
“Come To Us” By Greg Walton
Closing “Emmanuel” By Steve Angrisano


Cantata Concert December 22, 2019 7pm

Christmas Eve 4pm & 8pm

Christmas Day 9am
Gathering “O Come, All Ye Faithful” Christmas Carol
Psalm 96 “Today Is Born Our Savior” By Mike Mellis
Prep. of the Altar “Angels We Have Heard On High” Christmas Carol
Communion “Love Has Captured The Night” By Josh Blakesley/Grae McCullough IV
“Christ Our Light Has Come” (New!) By Steve Angrisano/Curtis Stephan
Closing “Go, Tell It On The Mountain!” Christmas Carol

Feast of the Holy Family December 28-29, 2019
Gathering “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” Christmas Carol
Psalm 128 “Blest Are Those Who Love You” By David Haas/Marty Haugen
Prep. of the Altar “Hold On To Love” By Jesse Manibusan
Communion “Love Has Captured The Night” By Josh Blakesley/Grae McCullough IV
“Come To The Lord” By Steve Angrisano
Closing “Joy To The World!” Christmas Carol

Feast of Mary, Mother of God January 1, 2020
Gathering “Mary, Woman Of The Promise” ODE TO JOY
Psalm 98 “All The Ends Of The Earth” By David Haas/Marty Haugen
Prep. of the Altar “Ave Maria” By Dan Kantor
Communion “Give Us Your Peace” By Jesse Manibusan
“O Little Town Of Bethlehem” Christmas Carol
Closing “Immaculate Mary” Traditional

Feast of Epiphany of the Lord January, 4-5, 2020
Gathering “We Three Kings” Christmas Carol
Psalm 72 “Lord, Every Nation” By Jesse Manibusan
Prep. of the Altar “Epiphany Carol” By Francis Patrick O’Brien
Communion “What Child Is This?” Christmas Carol
“Miracle of Grace” By Curtis Stephan
Closing “City Of God” By Dan Schutte


Baptism of the Lord January, 11-12, 2020 *Baptisms
Gathering “River Of Glory” By Dan Schutte
Psalm 98 “All The Ends Of The Earth” By David Haas/Marty Haugen
Prep. of the Altar “We Belong To You” By Trevor Thomson
Communion “Table Of Plenty” By Dan Schutte
“Hold On To Love” By Jesse Manibusan
Closing “A Rightful Place” By Steve Angrisano

 


Fall 2019

Here is our new song that we'll be using to kick off a month of Stewardship and Evangelization!

"Go Out, Go Out" by Curtis Stephan

 

 Summer 2019

Thank you to all who came out to our musical, "Jesus Christ Superstar".  This was a truly special show and we had an unforgettable time putting it together!

  

  

  

 

JUDAS -Adam Burnham

JESUS-Luigi Enriquez

MARY MAGDALENE-Marijke Nielsen

HEROD-Keith Feldmann

PILATE-Dale Bieber

THE APOSTLES
Sam O'Brien/PETER
Marty Reichert/SIMON
Mike Deninger
Ava Ferrel
Beth Nelsen
Sam Nester
Melissa Nielsen
Joe Rohret
Elizabeth Wagner
Meliza Wise

ENSEMBLE
Jackie Armstrong
Jenan Ellis
Tess Judge-Ellis
Donna Janosik
Noelle McVay
Glenn Schmitz

GUARDS
Robbie Duys
Clay Hulsebus

THE PHARISEES
Jeff Mead/CAIAPHAS
Minsu Song/ANNAS
Jason Ceynar
Len Duncan
Gina Ferrel

SUPERSTAR DANCERS
Carlye Hileman
Teya Kerns
Ella Schmitz
Olivia Symmonds

LEPERS
Cullen Bell
Dawson Bell
Landon Bell
Isabel Ceynar
Ellie Hileman
Cooper Schneider
Jacob Schneider

CREW
Allison Christopher
Anneke Nielsen

ORCHESTRA

Conductor-Robert Williams

FLUTE
Rose Bishop
Kate Weldon
Ashley Sheehan

CLARINET
Ashley Smith
Suzanne Smith
Audrey Friestad

BASSOON
Bart Meinke

FRENCH HORN
Amanda Stout
Randall Aitchison
Spencer Knight

TRUMPET
Chris Thompson
Drew Duncan
Trevor Webb

KEYBOARD
Judy Duncan
Diane Thayer


TROMBONE
Tom Nelson
Ryan Carter
John Arthur

PERCUSSION
Darren McNabb
Brad Thayer
Jacob Morgan

GUITAR
Thomas Gumpper
Bryce Bernard

BASS GUITAR
Dave Duys

VIOLA
Dylan Philibert

CELLO
Joseph Ellis

 With special thanks......
✝ Steve Nielsen and crew for our set
✝ Susan Puhl for her ninja-like sewing on our costumes (that jumpsuit!!)
✝ Father Chuck Adam and the St. Thomas More staff-you guys are the best!
✝ Donna Janosik for also helping with costumes
✝ Liberty High School for hosting us when it wouldn’t stop raining!
✝ Rachel & Ken Duncan of Ad-Market Productions, Inc. for running sound
✝ Jared Kiebel for running lights
✝ Rob Williams for the endless things he did to help our show come to Liberty

 

Lent 2019

Here are a few of our songs that we used throughout Lent

Enter The Journey

Gracious God

Strength For The Journey

 

 


Parade Float Music:

Click here to download and print music for the instrument you play.


Hello Music Friends!

Now that we're back in Ordinary Time for the summer months, we'll be switching the music acclamations that we sing at our Masses.  We'll be using "Mass of Renewal" by Curtis Stephan.  Click below to listen:

Gloria

Alleluia

Holy Holy

When We Eat This Bread

Great Amen


Thank you to all who came to our production of "GODSPELL"! 

The team had a great time putting this show together to build a "Beautiful City" of God in our parish community!

         

Cast
Rob Williams (Jesus)
Sam O’Brien (John the Baptist/Judas)
Marijke Nielsen (Anna Maria)
Minsu Song (Lindsay)
Keith Feldmann (Nick)
Yannik Encarnacão (Telly)
Meliza Wise (Uzo)
Ella Schmitz (Morgan)
Jim Verry (George)
Amy Timperley (Celisse)
Len Duncan (“On The Willows”)
Gina Ferrel (“On The Willows”)
Joe Rohret (“On The Willows”)
Ava Ferrel (Ensemble)
Melissa Nielsen (Ensemble)
Glenn Schmitz (Ensemble)
Colleen Sunderland (Ensemble)
Elizabeth Wagner (Ensemble)

Band
Jim Porter (guitar/ukulele) Dave Duys (bass guitar)
Dylan Philibert (sax) Amber Rose (aux. percussion)
Spencer Knight (fr. horn) Tanner Knight (tenor sax)
Drew Duncan (trumpet) Noah Miller (Fri. drums)
Judy Duncan (piano) Darren McNabb (Sat. drums)

Special Thanks to:

Josh Sazon, our Director and Visionary
Olivia Symmonds, our Choreographer and Dance Muse
Fr. Chuck and the staff of St. Thomas More 
Liberty High School Choral Dept.
Liberty High School Lightning Theater Dept.
Jared Kiebel & Shannon Knipfer
West Liberty High School 
Coralville Center for the Performing Arts
Steve Nielsen, The Sunderland Three, Diane Thayer, Justin Gorgone, Rob Philibert, and Dorothy Lynn

 


 Lent Music 2018

Click below to hear some of our Lent Music that we sang this past Lenten season.

"Into the Desert"

"Hold On To Love"

"Gracious God"

"Miracle of Grace"

 


Thank you to all who attended, sang in the choir, narrated, played in the orchestra for our Advent Cantata Concert!  It was a glorious event!!!

                       Click here to see full photo album 

 


Click on the highlighted song titles below to hear  our songs for this 2017 Advent Season:

First Sunday of Advent ✠ December 2-3, 2017

Gathering "Sing Out, Earth and Skies" by Marty Haugen 

Prep. of the Altar  "Come To Us"  by Greg Walton
Communion “Jesus, Come To Us” By David Haas and “Emmanuel” By Steve Angrisano
Closing "Christ, Be Our Light" by Bernadette Farrell


Feast of the Immaculate Conception ✠ Dec. 8, 2017
Gathering “Holy Is Your Name" By David Haas
Gloria “Mass of Renewal” by Curtis Stephan
Psalm 98 “Sing To The Lord” By David Haas/Marty Haugen
Prep. of the Altar “Servant Song” Traditional
Communion “Jesus, Come To Us” by David Haas
Closing “Hail, Holy Queen” Traditional


Second Sunday of Advent ✠ Dec. 9-10, 2017
Gathering “The Voice Of John the Baptist” (New text/Familiar Tune) 

Psalm 85 "Lord, Show Us Your Mercy"  by Rick Modlin

Prep. of the Altar  “Ready The Way” By Curtis Stephan

Communion  "Come To Us" by Greg Walton

Closing "Emmanuel"  by Steve Angrisano

 

 

Third Sunday of Advent ✠ Dec. 16-17, 2017
Gathering “Emmanuel” By Steve Angrisano
Psalm  “Luke 1:46-55 Magnificat” By James Chepponis
Prep. of the Altar “Awake To The Day” By Ed Bolduc
Communion “Come To Us” By Greg Walton
Closing “Sing Out, Earth And Skies!” By Marty Haugen

 

Fourth Sunday of Advent ✠ Dec. 23-24, 2017  (5:15pm and 8:30am only)
Gathering "Christ, Be Our Light"   by Bernadette Farrell

Psalm 89  "Forever I Will Sing"  by M.D. Ridge
Prep. of the Altar “Ave Maria” By Dan Kantor
Communion “Ready the Way” By Curtis Stephan   "Come To Us"  by Greg Walton
Closing “Emmanuel” by Steve Angrisano

 

 

 

STM Musicians

St. Thomas More Music Ministry is an active group of fantastic people who like to come together and share their talents to enhance our liturgical celebrations through playing instruments and singing!  

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Instrumentalists grades 7 and up are welcome and

encouraged to come join us!  

 

 

 

Contact Judy Duncan, Director of Music Ministries for more info: [email protected] 

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Links to a few favorites:

"Emmanuel" by Steve Angrisano is one of our  Advent Songs:

"Alleluia!  Love is Alive!" by Steve Angrisano/Jesse Manibusan/Sarah Hart

 

 

"Remain in Me/I Am the Vine" by Steve Angrisano