We come together from diverse backgrounds to utilize our talents, to enjoy fellowship with one another, and to build a community centered in our Christian Catholic faith. As choirs, we spread joy and peace through our music-making. We are unique, representing a different and wonderful type of music ministry. We develop our musical skills and ability to work with each other as team players. We hope to be a presence in the liturgical community, to create strong choirs so that we can effectively minister to our St. Jerome Parish, and to inspire and enkindle spirituality in all who hear us.
ST. CECELIA CHILDREN'S CHOIR
(from 2nd to 8th grade)
Music is an essential element in the spiritual formation of children. The St. Cecelia Children's Choir at St. Jerome Catholic Church provides spiritual formation and nurturing through integrated instruction of choral technique and worship leadership in the Christian Catholic tradition.
Participation in St. Cecelia Children's Choir is free and open to youth of the parish. We ask that you make a steadfast and reliable commitment to attend rehearsals throughout the program year. We let our lights shine by doing our best work to the glory of God, which requires a faithful presence in the church each week. Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 4:00-5:00 p.m. at the front of the church. The choir sings for 4:30 p.m. Mass once per month.
(High school age and older)
Join the St. Jerome Adult Choir and experience the joy of choral singing in a challenging, supportive and friendly environment. Under the direction of award-winning music director Dr. Simone Gheller, participants will enjoy an immersive opportunity singing with fellow participants in a full vocal ensemble. Included are weekly vocal warm-ups, sectional rehearsals, enriching music discussions, and final performances with piano and/or organ. Repertoire is tailored to the size and experience of the ensemble overall, with works ready approximately one month in advance. In order to fully participate in this experience, enrollees should be able to read music. Rehearsals are Wednesdays from 7:00-9:00 p.m. in the choir loft.
VOX CAMPANAE HANDBELL CHOIR
Handbells were first purchased by St. Jerome Music Ministry in 2006, with a small set of Malmark choir chimes that have since expanded to cover five full octaves. Over the years the use of the bells began simply at liturgy, with peals and free ringing of chords. They currently play not only solo repertoire, but also on the hymns and other service music used for Mass. Bells are the oldest of all liturgical instruments, so it's important that we keep the tradition alive of involving bells and bell ringers in the liturgy.
The Vox Campanae Handbell Choir is comprised of students and adults. Interested ringers should have a foundation in music with the coordination necessary to play an instrument. Bells are heard at our church occasionally with the St. Cecelia Choir and Adult Choir, as well as for the Lessons and Carols. Rehearal is Wednesdays from 6:00-7:00 p.m. in the front of church.
Bells call us to prayer, ring at times of great joy, but also comfort us at times of sadness. They have an ethereal quality that cannot be matched by any other type of instrument. We hope that our handbell choir will touch the hearts of all who hear us, bringing the faithful closer to God, and impart a sense of the eternal in those seeking a deeper faith.
SCHOLA GREGORIANA CHANT CHOIR
WHAT IS IT?
St. Jerome's is pleased to announce that it has formed a Schola Cantorum (School of Chant) to teach the richness of the musical heritage of our Catholic Faith. This is what the Sacrosanctum concillium teaches us about sacred music in general and Gregorian chant in particular: "The treasure of sacred music is to be preserved and fostered with great care. Choirs must be diligently promoted... Composers and singers, especially boys, must also be given a genuine liturgical training... The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as specially suited to the Roman liturgy: therefore, other things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services." It is with this in mind that we are starting this Schola.
WHO IS IT FOR?
We are welcome members from grade 2 to adult. Parents who wish to immerse younger children in this great tradition of our church are encouraged to bring them to practices and allow them to hear what we are learning.
WHEN AND WHERE DO WE PRACTICE?
Practice is on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. in the front choir area of church.
WHAT IS REQUIRED OF SCHOLA MEMBERS?
As a member of one of the St. Jerome choirs, you are expected to show up for rehearsals and to participate in the liturgies for which the Schola Gregoriana is leading the music. The Schola Gregoriana will begin this leadership role in the Season of Advent, leading music at one weekend Mass per week.
DR. SIMONE GHELLER
Director of Music
Simone Gheller was born in Padua, Italy, in 1978. After graduation from high school he received four Master's Degrees from the Pedrollo Conservatory in Vicenza, Italy, in Piano, Organ Performance, Music Education, and Choral Music and Choral Conducting. He also received a Doctorate in Organ and Organ Composition, cum laude, from the Venezze Conservatory in Rovigo, Italy, where he studied with Andrea Toschi. He participated in seminars and master classes of M-L Langlais, W. Matesic, K. Schnorr, J. Artigas Pina and others, and studied at Vienna University with Michael Radulescu and Roman Summereder. In 2008 he received a "Medaille d'Or en Superieur d'Interpretation" with Eric Lebrun at the Conservatoire National de Paris.
Dr. Gheller studied at Oberlin College (Ohio, USA) with Professor James David Christie and Olivier Latry, where he finished a prestigious program (the Artist Diploma -- a great distinction in music, class 2011). He was also the organist at First Church in Oberlin from 2009 to 2011.
From 2011 to 2013, Mr. Gheller was Music Director and Organist at St. Joseph Church in Wilmette, Chicago. Currently, Dr. Dimone Gheller is Music Director and Organist at St. Jerome Catholic Church in Oconomowoc, Wisconsin.
Dr. Gheller has an extensive performing history spanning the last 15 years, with concerts in prestigious locations in Italy, France, Germany, Austria, and America among others. He had a concert tour in Brazil in 2001.
He has garnered many prizes, including first prize at the National Italian Organ competition "Citta' di Viterbo" in four of the six years between 1995 and 2000; first prize and gold medal from the President of Italian Republic at the Giardo National Organ Competition; first prize at the International Organ Competition Vegezzi Bossi in 2000; first prize, audience prize and two special prizes at the International Organ Competition "Grand Prix Andrè Marchal" in Biarritz (2007).
Mr. Gheller has recorded two CDs: Fiori Musicali by Girolamo Frescobaldi and The Complete Choral Works with Organ by Alessandro Scarlatti for the Tactus label.