Rehearsals for Jesus Jam and Praise Kids/Kids Choir are cancelled today!(Jan 29)
Daniel Greig, Director of Music Ministry began leading at St. Mary’s in the summer of 2005, and under his direction, the program has grown to involve more than 100 volunteers on a regular basis. By mixing contemporary and traditional styles and composing new music, Daniel continues to expand the repertoire of the congregation and choirs, and brings out the best in the many volunteers involved in leading sung prayer.
He earned a Bachelor of Music in Education from Wayne State University and a Master of Music in conducting also from Wayne State University. He has taught voice and piano privately, and also has a special interest in Musical Theatre. You may see Daniel playing for a show as part of the Michigan Opera Theatre outreach program. He also serves as conductor of the Rochester Community Chorus, and conducts choirs for American House Senior Living Communities in the tri-county area.
He has composed many songs, some of which we sing at St. Mary’s and has 9 songs that are published by Hal Leonard, Shawnee Press, Lorenz Corporation, G. Schirmer, and Colla Voce Music.
Before his tenure at St. Mary’s, Daniel served as organist and soloist at St. Vincent Ferrer in Madison Heights, and has also served as tenor soloist at the Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament. Daniel has more than 15 years of experience working with youth in theatre, and also has 5 years of experience as a classroom music teacher in all grade levels. He currently serves as an adjudicator for the MSVMA (Michigan State Vocal Music Association) and serves as a guest clinician for choirs in the area.
Barb grew up in a musical family, has a musical family now, and loves nothing better than sharing the gift of music with others. Praising the Lord through singing and playing musical instruments and with others is her favorite blessing. She earned her Bachelor of Music Education from Adrian College and Master of Music Education from Wayne State University. She has been a music teacher for the Anchor Bay School District for the past 27 years, teaching general music to kindergarten through 5th graders, as well as 5th grade band. Previous to that she taught both vocal and instrumental music for the Lake Orion Schools and for Kensington Academy in Bloomfield Hills. She enjoys performing on flute, teaching privately (flute, piano and trumpet), and leading student performances.
Barb and her family first came to St. Mary of the Hills when enrolling their daughter Shannon, now a high school senior, in pre-school here. They enjoy the fellowship and the many opportunities for spiritual growth, service and worship that St. Mary’s provides. Barb is excited to be a part of the music staff at St. Mary’s as director of the Praise Kids Choir, to share her love of the Lord and of music with the children.
Rosanne Thomas (Children’s Choir Director)
Rosanne Thomas is new to Rochester and St. Mary’s, and is now the director of the Children’s Choir (3-5 graders). She is a certified Music teacher, and teaches elementary music in Troy. She first learned she enjoyed working with children through her experience as a worship assistant and cantor at St. Agatha Parish, and teaching music at St. Valentine’s School in Redford. In addition to her business degree (WMU), she has a BA in music and education from Madonna and an MA from Oakland. She has been a music minister/cantor at St. John Center for Youth and Family in Plymouth for nearly 20 years. She is married (Mike) and has two grown sons.
John Garland (Jesus Jam Director/Music Leader for Children’s Liturgy)
John is the bassist for the contemporary ensemble and also directs the Jesus Jam program for middle school students. He also leads the music for the Children’s Liturgy of the Word program and teaches music at Holy Family Regional School South Campus. He attended St. Anne Catholic grade school and Bishop Foley for High School. In 2008, John graduated from Wayne State University with a bachelor of music performance degree, with a concentration in jazz studies, where he focused on performance and writing; including composition, arranging and orchestration. John has several years experience in music performance, studio work and has been teaching private lessons since 2002. His past experience includes; playing guitar in the folk ensemble at St. Anne in Warren, touring with rock bands, and playing in several pop, rock and jazz combos around town. John is very pleased to be a part of the music ministry at St. Mary of the Hills, and is glad to share the gift of music in worship and beyond. He lives in Royal Oak with his wife, Lindsey, and is the proud father of Emma and Jesse.
Bob Sheldrick (High School Handbell director)
When I moved to Rochester, Michigan the summer before my 8th grade year, my mom suggested that it might be nice to try ringing handbells as a way to get to meet new kids at our new church. Since I had never heard of handbells before, I grudgingly gave it a try. And the rest was history. After returning home from Adrian College with my bachelors degree, I settled back into the Rochester Community. I’ve been directing handbell choirs for the last 35 years. Some of my bell choirs have toured Ireland, England and Scotland and have also performed at Disneyworld, Busch Gardens, and the adult group performed at the City of Detroit 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony two years ago. Aside from St. Mary’s, I also direct 2 bell choirs at First Congregational Church of Rochester.
My family and I have been parishioners for the last 13 years, and continue to enjoy the fellowship, spiritual guidance, and music of the parish. My wife, Barb directs the Praise Kids, and my children, Shannon and Andrew are involved in various parish activities as well.
The Reveille Ringers of St. Mary’s gladly welcomes high school students who are interested in ringing in the bell choir. Contact me directly if you are interested in more information. My email is: firstname.lastname@example.org. Bob Sheldrick