Music Ministry at St. Leonard
The goal of the Music Ministry at St. Leonard is to assist our assembled believers to express and share the gift of faith that is within us and to nourish and strengthen our communal commitment to faith. Following a long tradition of excellence and commitment to genuine prayer through sacred song, we work to heighten the texts so that they speak more fully and effectively. The reverent qualities of joy and enthusiasm which music adds to our communal worship impart a sense of unity to our congregation and should always set the tone for a particular celebration. In addition to expressing prayer texts, our music can also unveil dimensions of meaning and feeling, which words alone cannot yield. At St. Leonard, we celebrate the musical tradition of our pipe organ, designated in the documents of the Sacred Liturgy as the “official instrument of the Roman Catholic Church, which should be held in high esteem,” as well as the beautiful grand piano in our sanctuary. We often embrace the presence of other instruments in our worship. Our planning and practice of music works always to reflect the threefold judgment of musical, liturgical, and pastoral practice.
Rick Knoop, Director of Music and Organist
Marquita Cooper, Pianist
Tim Baker, Organist
Cantors are active leaders of the assembly in common sacred song and responsorial singing. Those wishing to serve in this ministry are selected by audition and are expected to be able to read music and to be committed to ongoing practice. Interested singers should contact Rick Knoop via email for further information.
Instrumentalists enhance the liturgical celebrations and may participate on a frequent or occasional basis as arranged in consultation with Rick Knoop.
St. Leonard community has had a strong choral tradition since its founding, and interested singers are invited to participate in special liturgies which often include the participation and leadership of a schola (smaller choir). This group of dedicated individuals truly enhances our celebration of many of the solemn feasts of the year, including Advent, Christmas, Lent, and Easter. Please contact Rick Knoop via email for further information.
Would you like to contribute your talents as a singer or musician at St. Leonard?
Please call the parish office at 502-897-2595 or reach out to our Director of Music, Rick Knoop, via email to learn more and get involved.