Music & Choir

There are really only two things that effectively defend Christianity: the Saints the Church has produced and the art which has grown in her womb.

Pope Benedict XVI

Information about the Choir & Rehearsals

Rehearsals are in the School Library, Wednesdays from 5:30-7:30pm (Men 5:30-6, all 6-7, Women 7-7:30)

Click the calendar below to access  all information about upcoming liturgies, rehearsals,  etc.

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Section Leaders

Choir Director, Tenor

Tyson Repke

Tyson holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education (summa cum laude) from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree specializing in Choral Conducting from the University of Denver’s Lamont School of Music.

Tyson V. Repke is a quintessential "jack-of-all-trades." The son of a cowboy, he grew up on ranches in Wyoming and Colorado, then joined the US Navy and became a submarine nuclear reactor operator and electronics technician. After the navy, he became a music teacher and taught in public schools for nine years. He then joined Colorado's largest home inspection company and worked his way from radon specialist to upper management. Even during his break from teaching in public schools, Tyson kept his passion for music and teaching alive as the director of the VoiceMale boys choir at Young Voices of Colorado for six and a half years. Unable to resist his true calling, he returned to teaching full time in 2023 as the Choral Music Director at Ascent Classical Academy of Douglas County.

In addition to conducting middle school, high school, collegiate, and adult choirs, Tyson is also an avid performer (when he can find the time). He has acted in operas and musicals and has been a section leader and/or featured soloist for numerous performing ensembles across Colorado. Some of his favorite experiences include performing the national anthem for DU Pioneers hockey and the Denver Broncos and singing backup vocals for Josh Groban in concert at Red Rocks Amphitheatre.

Organist, Tenor

John Murgel

John has been a Catholic church organist for 25 years, having launched his musical career early in life thanks to the dual benefit of growing up in a small town and being interested in organ music.

John has been a Catholic church organist for 25 years, having launched his musical career early in life thanks to the dual benefit of growing up in a small town and being interested in organ music.

He has played in a number of parishes across Colorado and over time came to realize the inherent value in the Church's liturgical patrimony. John also sings tenor, though he is most at home when "singing" with the pipes of the organ, playing works that complement the rich heritage of Gregorian chant and polyphony.

Soprano

Christina Heppermann

Christina graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a degree in Music performance, emphasis in voice. During this time she was a member of the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Early Music Ensemble, and sang Soprano in the Kentucky Opera Chorus.

Christina graduated from the University of Louisville in 2010 with a degree in Music performance, emphasis in voice. During this time she was a member of the University of Louisville Cardinal Singers, Collegiate Chorale, Early Music Ensemble, and sang Soprano in the Kentucky Opera Chorus.

Since moving to Colorado in 2016, she sings as the Soprano Section leader for All Souls Catholic Church as well as singing Soprano for Gaudium Verum, St Martin’s Chamber Choir and other various ensembles throughout the Denver area. Christina teaches private lessons in addition to performing and continues to share her love of music with those around her.

Alto

Catherine Williams

Catherine (Cat) Williams served as section leader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel from 2020-2021 and also at All Souls Catholic Parish in 2022. She has sung with multiple choirs in the Denver metro area including Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir and Elus Vocal Ensemble.

Catherine (Cat) Williams served as section leader at Our Lady of Mount Carmel from 2020-2021 and also at All Souls Catholic Parish in 2022. She has sung with multiple choirs in the Denver metro area including Saint Martin’s Chamber Choir and Elus Vocal Ensemble.

Since 2016, she has pursued private organ studies with various teachers across Denver, and has attained her Service Playing and Collegiate certificates from The American Guild of Organists. She has accompanied a handful of congregations with organ playing and served as the head organist for The Church of JESUS CHRIST in 2021. She completed her Bachelor of Arts degree with an emphasis in piano, (2014) as well as a Bachelor of Music with a Piano Performance emphasis (2016,) both from Metropolitan State University of Denver. Cat has maintained a private piano studio since 2009. She was born and raised in Aurora, Colorado. After marrying her own piano student Aaron, Cat has been teaching private piano lessons for over ten years! She enjoys chasing her three young sons in her spare time. Cat is honored to be chosen to sing by so many highly qualified music directors in the area.

Tenor, Cellist

Andrew Brown

Coloradoan cellist Andrew Brown has served as the principal cellist of The Longmont Symphony, Mahler Festival, Aspen Music Festival’s Opera, and collaborated with The Playground Ensemble, Mont Alto, and Takács Quartet’s Geraldine Walther.

Coloradoan cellist Andrew Brown has served as the principal cellist of The Longmont Symphony, Mahler Festival, Aspen Music Festival’s Opera, and collaborated with The Playground Ensemble, Mont Alto, and Takács Quartet’s Geraldine Walther. Dr. Brown is the 1st prize winner of the 2016 Ekstrand Competition at CU Boulder and has previously been awarded 1st place in the Lamont Chamber Competition and was Lamont’s Best Senior in Performance. As part of his doctoral dissertation, Dr. Brown published a recording of unaccompanied compositions for cello featuring American composers. Dr. Brown holds a BBA in Finance from The University of Iowa, BM in Cello Performance from The University of Denver, MM in Cello Performance and Suzuki Cello Pedagogy from The Cleveland Institute of Music, and a DMA in String Performance from The University of Colorado, Boulder. If he is not spending his time as a freelance musician, he can be found reading, brewing beer, or mushroom foraging.
Bass

Michael Hansen

Reflections & Resources

Reflections

Liturgy Reflection | June 1st, 2023

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Chapter 3 The Altar and the Direction of Liturgical PrayerTHE RESHAPING so far described, of the Jewish synagogue for the purpose of Christian worship, clearly shows—as we have already said—how,…

Liturgy Reflection | May 25th, 2023

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Finally, we must mention one last difference between the synagogue and the earliest church buildings. In Israel only the presence of men was deemed to be necessary for divine worship.…

Liturgy Reflection | May 18th, 2023

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But first we must finish what we were saying about the different ways in which Christian faith transformed the synagogue. The third point to be noted is that the shrine…

Resources

Curious about Catholic Sacred Music? Check out these sites:

Benedict XVI Institute | For Sacred Music and Divine Worship

Church Music Association of America | Musica Sacra

Local Professional Ensembles that regularly present Sacred Choral Music:

Gaudium Verum | St. Martin’s Chamber Choir | Ars Nova Singers | Kantorei | Canto Deo | The Colorado Choir

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