St. Ambrose Roman Catholic Parish's choir sang their hearts out with recording artist David Haas during the song he composed for the church, "In the Love of Christ," at a recent concert held at Hiram College's Hayden Auditorium. The event attracted about 250 people.
This experience was one that Jean Marvin, music director at Garrettsville's St. Ambrose Church, had been looking forward to bringing to her church for a long time.
"It was my dream to have him come and give a concert locally," she said. "For us, it was a huge moment. We were star-struck."
The concert, which was scheduled to last about an hour, ended after two hours of Haas and colleague Lori True leading the audience in a series of songs that had many refrains during which the audience could sing along with them.
"After the concert one lady called me and said, 'I don't usually like concerts like this, but I loved it so much that I sang all the way home,' " Marvin said.
Haas is the founder and executive director of "Music Ministry Alive," a national liturgical music formation program for young composers and singers, Marvin said. He has composed more than 40 collections of worship music, authored 14 books about music, liturgy, religious education, youth ministry, prayer and spirituality, and writes a monthly column for Ministry and Liturgy magazine.
Haas lives in Eagan, Minn., where he is the director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry.
"He was great at telling little stories about why he wrote some of his music," Marvin said. "He's just so charismatic and spirit-filled."
True, a resident of Hopkins, Minn., is the associate director of "Music Ministry Alive" and a campus minister for Music and Liturgy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. She is also an author, workshop and retreat leader, and recording artist who has composed several collections of worship music.
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