Dr. Mario Pearson, Director of Music and Liturgy for the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and Kansas City-St.
Joseph diocesan Music Coordinator, wants to see parish choirs and music directors "join together with the Cathedral to transform the power of music and liturgy" in the diocese.
This is an "us thing," he
"We are all about collaboration."
Shortly after adding diocesan music coordination to his music director duties at the Cathedral recently, Pearson faced a big challenge: Vespers and the Mass for the Installation of Bishop James Johnston in November.
Music on a diocesan level extends beyond planning and executing music and choirs for diocesan events, Pearson
dual role is now more organizational than hands on.
is eager to start developing relationships with the more than 80 parishes in the nine deaneries.
One of the first tasks on his
list was conducting a survey of parishes regarding music and collaboration; more than 60 responded.
, whose background is in education as well as music, has compiled a 5-point vision/plan for the diocesan choir to strengthen and expand it.
plans to involve each parish at least once annually, "like a family reunion," as "diocesan liturgies celebrate all of us.
To do so he
will invite each deanery to send four members from music ministries to participate in diocesan events.
vision and dreams for music in the diocese with a new relational paradigm that rallies the many talented people in the diocese coming together to build, support and mentor parish music programs.
"The Chrism Mass and ordinations this year will be led by an ensemble of music directors and Cathedral schola singers," Pearson
has invited several choir directors to conduct rehearsals and events.
This utilizes their skills and talents, and gives the choir an opportunity to learn from and work with various conductors.
Alejandro Manos of Visitation said, "I was happy when Mario
wanted to use different music directors to lead the diocesan choir for the different diocesan events.
has a very enthusiastic vision for music in the diocese!
I'm delighted and honored to be a part of it."
Music is important in parish liturgical life - every church document affirms this, Pearson
"My goal as diocesan music coordinator is to connect us through collaboration and support as keys to growth.
Leadership teams serving as mentors, advisors and helpers will build stronger parish music ministry programs through education and workshops … the newly formed National Association of Pastoral Musicians chapters
in our diocese and the Kansas archdiocese are great resources."
Build musical relationships that reach beyond choirs.
"With a new Bishop," Pearson
said, "this is an exciting time of new beginnings and opportunities to build, grow and make our Liturgies the source and summit of our Catholic experience.
Diocesan liturgies celebrate all of us; we all should come and join together to celebrate us!
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