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Choirs & Staff

WORSHIP / MUSIC DEPARTMENT STAFF
Virginia Stillwell — Director of Worship
Joel Anderson — Associate Musician and Organist

Othello Collins — Director, African International Choir
Dale Hills — Director, Venite Choir

For ministry participation, contact Joel Anderson at 612-767-7628 or janderson@SaintOlaf.org.  

For participation in other liturgical ministries, contact Virginia Stillwell at 612-767-7630 or vstillwell@SaintOlaf.org.

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ST. OLAF PARISH CHOIR
This choir of mixed voices sings liturgical music, classical anthems and concert repertoire from a broad range of styles and periods.
MINISTRY: 10:00 am Sunday Mass
REHEARSAL: Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30 pm and Sunday 9:00 am
Joins combined choirs for Easter Vigil, special liturgies/events.

CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ENSEMBLE
The Contemporary Music Ensemble of singers/instrumentalists leads the music of the Sunday afternoon Mass.
MINISTRY: 4:00 pm Sunday Mass
REHEARSAL: Sunday 2:20 pm
Seasonal choir of mixed voices for Christmas Eve 5:00 pm Mass, 4:00 pm Sunday Mass on Feast of the Holy Family, Epiphany, Baptism of the Lord, Good Friday Liturgy, Easter, Pentecost, Solemnity of St. Olaf.
REHEARSAL: Tuesday 6:30 – 8:45 pm as scheduled
Joins combined choirs for Easter Vigil, special liturgies/events.

AFRICAN INTERNATIONAL CHOIR
This international ensemble of singers/instrumentalists leads the music for the monthly African Mass. The repertoire is prominently African with a mixture of other cultures and various languages.
MINISTRY: Third Sunday of the month, 12:00 Noon Mass

REHEARSAL: Saturday 2:00 – 4:00 pm, as scheduled
Othello Collins, Director

VENITE CHOIR
This choir is for the person who would like to explore their voice — even if they have never been in a choir before — to learn basic technique, unison singing of songs, hymns and psalms.
MINISTRY: 4:00 pm Saturday Mass, as scheduled
REHEARSAL: Saturday 12:30 – 2:00 pm, as scheduled
Dale Hills, Director

 

VOCAL CONSORTIUM
The Vocal Consortium comprises a group of auditioned staff singers who serve as cantors, section leaders and soloists in choir ministry. The personnel come to St. Olaf as professional vocalists, vocal instructors, and university music students. Vocal instruction is offered at St. Olaf for hire to singers in the music program.

 

OPPORTUNITIES FOR LITURGICAL MINISTERS
In addition to music ministry, there are opportunities for liturgical ministry at daily and weekend liturgies at St. Olaf as Lector, Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, Sanctuary Minister, Sacristan, Greeter, and Hospitality.