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Welcome to the Music Ministry at Saint Mary!
Mary Pietro, Director of Liturgical Music

Phone:  847-910-0700
E-mail: Mary Pietro

 We, the music ministers of St. Mary Parish, are comprised of a welcoming group of individuals of diverse ages and backgrounds. Our various groups enjoy sharing our talents and time through the art of MUSIC. We gather in unity to worship and celebrate our faith through music and involve our bodies, minds and souls in our praise of God. We help lead the celebrations and inspire the people by using our musical talents to glorify Him.

We continually strive for excellence and strive to make our music worthy of such an important place in worship. Our repertoire encompasses many styles of song. We present traditional styles with voice, piano and organ, as well as a more contemporary sound; blending voice, piano, electric keyboard, bass, percussion, guitar, flute, and voices.

"All Are Welcome" to join our ministry. No auditions or previous experience are necessary – just a desire to SHARE and have fun!

If you are interested in joining any of the music ministries below, please contact Mary Pietro, the Director of Liturgical Music, at 847-910-0700, Email  or stop by the music area in the church after any weekend Mass.

Music at Saint Mary Church 

Music truly sets the spirit and tone of our worship. Our song selection and style of execution varies slightly at all weekend masses on any given weekend. The chart below will explain what typically happens at each of the four masses offered at Saint Mary.

The Adult Choir practices on Wednesday evenings in the church at 7:30 p.m. 

The Ensemble practices on Wednesday night at 9:00 p.m. in the church.

The Teen Choir practices on Tuesday evenings in the school. 

The Children and Junior Choirs practice on Monday evenings in the church and/or school. 

  • Vocalists/Choir: If you like to sing and praise God with your voice then this is the time to make the ministry of music your own. Come to one of our Wednesday evening rehearsals and we will get you set up. Come by after a 9:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday to find out additional information. 
  • Cantor: The cantor leads the congregation in sung prayer stemming from the Jewish tradition of a leader intoning the psalm verses. A cantor must have a curiosity for learning, some experience in front of others, a skill in singing, and the ability to communicate notes and text to the assembly.
  • Instrumentalists: Accompanying is a discreet art form that requires a sensitive and proficient minister. With necessary skills, any age...ALL are welcome to accompany our choirs or cantors. All instruments, including brass, woodwinds, percussion and strings are valued. You are encouraged to come and play weekly, or play more sparingly such as at the celebrations of Christmas and Easter. 
  • Teen Choir: High School can be a difficult time to find a place to "fit-in". Saint Mary’s Teen Choir is a wonderful place to sing or play with other teens in the parish. Come by the music area in church and speak with  Kristen Suwanski , Director of our Teen Choir, after a 4:30 p.m. mass to find out more information. 
  • Children's Choir:  Young people can express their belief in God by using their unique gifts and talents to participate as music ministers at parish masses.  The Children's Choir is an excellent place for our young people to get involved in the mass.  Rehearsals are held on Monday evenings and the choir sings at mass once a month. Please contact Allison Melville via email for more information: Email



Mass Time Music Description
Saturday 4:30 p.m. Teen Choir Contemporary style of music
Sunday 7:30 a.m. Cantor & Accompanist More traditional style of music
Sunday 9:30 a.m. Adult Choir Mixed style of music appropriate for all ages
Sunday 11:30 p.m. Contemporary Ensemble Mixed style (leaning on the contemporary side)of music appropriate for all ages