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Undergraduate Music Ministers (UGMMs)

Caleb Baron
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT:  Sunday at Noon
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM:  I felt I had more to learn about what being Catholic really means. To be able to do this while serving the faithful community that is UD through music was the perfect situation. I could not pass up the opportunity!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Holy Is Your Name! Not only is it set to the tune of the beautiful Scottish folk standard "Wild Mountain Thyme," but there is an immense sense of comfort found in singing the text that reflects so many people's relationship with God.  
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM: 
Spontaneously setting the text of a Psalm for Tuesday night Mass to music with my co-UGMM Kathleen!
Mariah Berryman
ROLE:  Cantor      
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019    
MASS SERVING AT:  Tues 9p (Stuart)
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM:  I felt I had more to learn about what being Catholic really means. To be able to do this while serving the faithful community that is UD through music was the perfect situation. I could not pass up the opportunity!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  While it is hard to choose, I love ‘Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence’. I love old hymns and hymns that make you think. Also, any and all Christmas carols.
Ally Brown
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT:  Wed 9p (Marycrest)
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM:  I have always loved to add my voice to the celebration of Mass, so when I realized I could help lead others to do the same, I knew I had to try to become an UGMM! The UD music ministry community is an incredibly welcoming group of peers who want to join in the song, spiritually and musically, and really live their faith- I wanted to be a part of that!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Pange Lingua- I LOVE the Triduum's musical selections, but Holy Thursday and this hymn just do me in. I grew up singing with my parents in my home parish's choir, and whenever I sing these beautiful words, I'm transported to all the times I've sang it or hummed along with it before learning the Latin pronunciations. The melody is timeless and the lyrics are so real; it's my favorite!

Kathleen Curran
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT:  Wed 9p (Adele)
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM Singing is the best way I know how to praise our Lord, so I became an UGMM to get more involved in my faith and help others do the same through song.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  I love the hymn You Are Mine because my grandpa used to sing it to me when I was little.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM: I loved singing at Stuart mass last year and the small but mighty community Caleb and I were a part of there.
MC Donovan
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT:  Sun 12p
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I became an UGMM to be a part of a community and create and share music with. It's such a special cohort and I wanted to be part of such a supportive and special program. 
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  If I had to choose one hymn I would say Lead Me, Lord because of its themes of guidance, forgiveness, and love. The text is so powerful and inspiring, and it's always been a favorite!
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM: My favorite memory as an UGMM was the 8:30am rehearsals for 10am mass with the members from our community. Nadine and I always managed to stir up some fun in the morning!
Teresa Grijalva
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT:  Wed 9p (Adele)
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I wanted to use a medium I love to further learn about and embrace both my faith and that medium.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  The Summons. I believe it challenges us to consider, accept, embrace, and act out the teachings we encounter as children of God.
Nathan Mansour
ROLE:  Guitarist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019    
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 6p
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: Although this is my first semester officially as an UGMM, I have been showing up to make music at mass for 4 years. Music connects my soul to God and the world in a deep way. I want to create beauty to uplift my own spirit as well as those around me.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Canticle of the Turning, has been following me throughout my time here at UD, and I get really into it every time. Not only is it extremely fun to play, but to me it is a call to action - to go forth, to do good in the world, and to fight injustice. Absolute banger.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  My first year at UD, we had 2 UGMM's who played piano, Jack and Ben. After Ben received communion, he would slide in and take over the keyboard so Jack could receive the Eucharist without having to stop the music. It warmed my heart every time.
Michaela Miller  
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 10a
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I became an UGMM because I wanted to spread our faith through music. Music is such a powerful way to relate and be with God and I wanted to help others to experience that feeling.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  "The Summons" - this hymn was played at the first UD Mass I attended my freshman year. I wasn't sure about my beliefs at that point of my life, but hearing that hymn made me realize that God was calling for me to come back to Him.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  The Christmas on Campus liturgy, it was an absolutely beautiful Mass and it was so fun to have all the UGMMS and other campus musicians together to make music.
Jillian Mitchell
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 6p            
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: My love for music developed though my love of singing in my church as a child. Being able to share my passion of singing and my devotion to the church together is exactly why I wanted to become an UGMM--it is a gift that I am so thankful to have been given.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  How Can I Keep From Singing-- you can't sing this song and NOT smile!(:
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  Forming new friendships with my fellow UGMMS and choir members!
Hayley Phillips        
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT: Wed 9p (Marycrest)       
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: Since I was in third grade, I was musically involved in worship back home; I played handbells through grade school and still play when I am needed to substitute. I always feel like I contribute in worship best by being a part of it, whether through music, assisting with communion, etc. I became an UGMM so I could continue to be an active participant in ministry on campus, and I thought there was no better way to do so than by doing something I love best - music!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  My favorite hymn is Gather Us In - a hymn that includes everyone, whether you are old or young, rich or proud, and gives a strong message to those who wish to be part of the kingdom of God. It has been a favorite hymn of mine to sing since I can't remember because I have always found it so energetic and moving.
Marie Reddy 
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: I started in Fall 2017 as a guitarist, but I have since also served as a keyboardist, cantor sub, and librarian.
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 8:30p       
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I have worked and volunteered in music ministry since middle school, so it only seemed natural to become involved in music ministry at UD. I love that my work doesn't really feel like work. It truly is a joy for me to be able to praise God through the music at Mass, and I have been able to form many valuable relationships with other music and God- loving people along the way!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  My favorite hymn is "How Great Thou Art." I love the soaring melody line and the poetic nature of the lyrics. The theme of the song is praising God throughout one's entire life until the very end. I believe giving glory to God by our lives should be our main goal as Catholics, and the neat thing about music ministry is it allows us to do so by making music.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  I always enjoy leading music at Baccalaureate Masses. It is bittersweet to say goodbye to the seniors at the end of the year, but it reminds me of all of the music and memories we have made along the way.
Alaina Saliba  
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2017
MASS SERVING AT: Thurs 9p (Marianist)       
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: To me, music is such an elevated form of prayer. Sharing that prayer in community with others every week has been such a joy.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Lead Me, Lord from the Spirit and Song hymnal. The text is so prayerful and full of hope, recognizing that God is the way, the truth and the life and that His will is always greater. And the melody will stick in your head for days!
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  Retreat of 2017, all of it! Setting aside a few days to pray and learn together was incredible. The seniors took all of the newbies under their wings and it was such a wonderful experience. Not to mention the Taqueria!
Adam Saunders   
ROLE:  Keyboardist             
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT: Thurs 9p (Marianist)       
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: To join a supportive group that helps me to use my musical talents to give back to the UD community
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Gloria from the Mass of St. Ann because it's epic and fun to play on the piano
Nick Saunders         
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 10a
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I became an UGMM to deepen my faith and to share my talents with others
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  "Veni Sancte Spiritus" is a powerful chant that is very beautiful with a choir and some instruments. It is a very prayerful and moving song.
Molly Savage         
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2016
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 6p                            
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I became an UGMM because I am passionate about music and my faith and I wanted to be able to use my God-given gifts in order to help others become passionate about their faith as well.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  Oh God Beyond All Praising is my favorite hymn because it reminds me that joy can coexist with sorrow and that God is with us through every part of life.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  My favorite memory as an UGMM has to be the time we all compiled a list of our favorite "Scott-isms" and created a t-shirt for the UGMM program. We had to keep it a secret all semester and were very excited to surprise Scott with them!
Madison Schroeder
ROLE:  Keyboardist
SEMESTER STARTED: Spring 2019
MASS SERVING AT: Tues 9p (Stuart)                              
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: After hearing me play praise & worship songs at a retreat, another UGMM at the time told me I should consider applying. I had already felt a call to get more involved in music ministry on campus, but was convinced that I wasn't "talented" enough to even apply. This UGMM's encouragement and prayer gave me the confidence I needed to pursue this ministry despite my fears, and I am incredibly grateful to him for calling me out of my comfort zone and into this wonderful experience!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  My favorite hymn is "Shepherd of my Heart" by Francis Patrick O'Brien. My parish priest from back home was ordained on Pentecost, and this hymn was sung at the Mass. To celebrate his ordination, our choir surprised him by singing "Shepherd of my Heart" as the communion meditation for Pentecost, and it brought most of the church (including myself) to tears.
Alex Wilhelm         
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2019
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 10a                           
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I was involved in music ministry pretty much my entire life. Being an UGMM allows me to continue the spiritual growth I have experienced as a member of a music ministry, and maybe even help some others grow along the way!
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  My favorite hymn is O God Beyond All Praising. While I do sing, I am first and foremost, a trombonist and classical music geek. In my opinion it is one of the best melodies ever written, and the brass-like fanfare really appeals to me. Also, the words provide a really cool prayer which is pretty awesome! "Then hear, O gracious Savior, accept the love we bring, that we who know your favor may serve you as our king; and whether our tomorrows be filled with good or ill, we'll triumph through our sorrows and rise to bless you still: to marvel at your beauty and glory in your ways, and make a joyful duty our sacrifice of praise." It doesn't get much better than that!
Ellyn Winski        
ROLE:  Cantor
SEMESTER STARTED: Fall 2018
MASS SERVING AT: Sun 8:30p                       
WHY I BECAME AN UGMM: I became an UGMM because I wanted to have a more active role in my faith life at UD. I was also excited to meet new people/make friends and to get involved with campus ministry.
FAVORITE HYMN AND WHY:  "Jesus Hope of the World" This song is one I have yet to get sick of (even though I use it a lot in mass) and offers fun opportunities for echoing/other vocal parts that are easy to hear and catch on to. Most students at UD know it so there is always good participation when I use it and it just gives good vibes.
IF RETURNING, FAVORITE MEMORY AS AN UGMM:  Last year, I cantored for Thursday night mass in Marianist Hall which happened to be the last mass offered on All Saints' Day. That night, the entire Marianist chapel was filled with students (people were bringing in chairs from the empo and sitting anywhere they could). No one could move and everyone was shoulder to shoulder. But, I have never witnessed that may students actively singing and engaging during mass before. I came out of mass feeling so energized and happy.
 
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