Staff Member: Gail Martin
Music liturgy has been a major role in my life since I was 10 years old. That's when I played my first "High" Mass, for those who remember the Low Mass/High Mass era. Through high school, my private organ lessons were with Sr. Josepha at Alverno College. At that time, I was the organist for the Men's Choir at my parish which had 40 choir members at the time.
In college, I majored in elementary education and minored in music, always continuing my organ lessons.
I have been the organist at St. Bernard Parish since 1976, except for two years when our family moved to Brussels, Belgium. While there, I started an adult choral choir, with rehearsals in my home. I also started an adult internationl bell choir since members were from four different countries. We played for liturgies at our parish in LaHulpe and played for a charity concert in downtown Brussels at the Notre Dame Cathedral. The bells were provided by St. John's International School, in Waterloo, Belgium where our youngest was attending at the time. It was an amazing experience.
I am blessed with three wonderful children, a great son-in-law and three very precious granddaughters, Lucy, Olive and Finley.