Composers to offer concert, liturgical music workshop in Fairfield


FAIRFIELD — The parish family of St. Mary, Fairfield, in celebration of the first anniversary of its new church building dedication, is excited to announce a festive music concert on Friday, Feb. 18 at 7:30 p.m. with the renowned composer and liturgical music expert David Haas and his fellow composer Lori True.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, Haas and True will be leading a workshop from 9.30 a.m.-2.30 p.m. with registration beginning at 8:30 a.m. with hospitality. The workshop is open to all church musicians, liturgy planning leaders and anyone interesting in learning more about liturgy, music and leadership.

Haas is the director of The Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry and is the campus minister/artist in residence at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School in St. Louis Park, Minn. A composer of more than 40 collections of liturgical music with G.I.A. Publications, he has been active for many years as a conference and workshop speaker, consultant, concert performer, recording artist and an author of over 14 books in the areas of music, liturgy, religious education, youth ministry, prayer and spirituality.  He is the founder and executive director of Music Ministry Alive! — a national liturgical music formation program for youth — and is a monthly columnist for Ministry and Liturgy magazine.

True lives in Hopkins, Minn., and is campus minister for music and liturgy at St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minn. A former parish music and liturgy director in New Hampshire and Minnesota, she is a composer of several collections of liturgical music with G.I.A. Publications, most recently, “There is Room for Us All.”  She is active as a master cantor, workshop and retreat leader, recording artist, and author. A mother of two daughters, Elizabeth and Katherine, Lori serves as the associate director of Music Ministry Alive!


Friday’s concert will take place in the worship space of St. Mary’s, 3100 W. Madison Ave., Fairfield. In lieu of tickets, there will be a free-will offering. A second collection will be taken up for the support of David Haas’ “Music Ministry Alive!” The artist’s music, CDs and books will be available for purchase.

Pre-registration to the Saturday workshop is not required, but helpful. The cost to cover a simple soup luncheon is $15 plus a free-will offering.The artist’s music, CDs and books will be for purchase at the workshop as well.

Directions to St. Mary’s from the west:  Take exit 210 from Highway 34, proceed one mile east, turn right at 32nd Street (Fesler’s Auto Plaza), then turn left on  Madison Avenue  to enter the church parking lot. 

For more information please contact the parish office at (641) 472-3179 or

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