Music at St. Columbkille

Our Musical Leadership

St. Columbkille is blessed with a wonderful core of dedicate volunteer musicians.  In addition to Music Director, Jon Thibo, BS in Music Educationfrom University of Indianapolis, five others music members have degrees in Music/Music Education and several more have studied Music in undergraduate school.   Our cantors range in age from late middle school through senior citizen and provide wonderful leadership for our various liturgical celebrations. The Cantors are all members of one or more choirs and must be selected and approved by the Director and Pastor.   Mr. James Burian, BFA in Music from Ohio University, is our Assistant Music Director and we are grateful for his leadership and many years of service to our parish.

Our Instrumentalists

In addition to guitar, percussion, woodwind and string players, we have three Handbell/Chime Choirs.  Our Handbell Choir is composed of members who are high school aged and adults. The Handbell Quartet is composed of especially skilled ringers from the Handbell Choir with occasional guests. And our last instrumental choir is the Middle School Chime Choir.  The musical talent of these instrumentalists and our accompanist enhance our Masses, concerts and special liturgies.  

Our Ensembles & Rehearsal Schedule

Presently, rehearsals for individual choirs are held on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays with combined rehearsals on several Thursdays through the school year when major celebrations or concerts are drawing nigh.  All rehearsals are held in the church.  The schedule for the coming year is:

  • Monday—Chime Choir4:00-5:00 pm, Handbell Choir 7:00-9:00 pm, and Handbell Quartet scheduled individually.
  • Tuesday—Children’s Choir 4:00-5:00 pm, Contemporary Choir 7:30-9:30 pm
  • Wednesday—Chorale 7:00-9:00 pm

Men’s and Women’s Choruses meet on several Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, respectively, throughoutthe year from 6:00-7:00 p.m. These two ensembles are by invitation of the Director.

New members are always welcome, and an audition/appointment needs to be scheduled with the Director by phone at 216-524-1987 ext. 27 or through email (, to determine appropriate placement.   Student Choir members will be given a permission form via PSR and Day School Back-to-School Packets and should just plan to come on the first day of rehearsals, usually in mid-SeptemberA calendar based upon the 9 month school year and showing all rehearsal, mass dates and times is printed and available from the Director of Music in mid-August. 

Our Concerts, Prayer Opportunities & Stage Productions

In addition to Liturgical life of the parish, our choirs present concerts at Christmas each year and one or two additional presentations each year.  Musical theater productions are presented on triennial or biennial schedule, depending upon the discretion of the Director.  Recent productions were Fiddler on the Roof (October 2014) and The Sound of Music (October 2011).  The Christmas Concert, presented annually on the final Sunday of Advent, combines all the Music Ministry musicians of our parish along with soloists and guests.  The last concert, "The Christmas Rose" was presented in December 2014.  We have also presented two of the four Mysteries of Bob Hurd’s Contemplative Rosary as prayer events, most recently in May of 2015 with soloist Mrs. Barbara Henning of Louisville, KY.

We are pleased to have wonderful instruments in our parish, including: a full drum kit, grand piano and 2008 Allen Organ 4 Manual Quantum Q465C.  We were privileged to host the "First Lady of the Organ," Ms. Diane Bish in 2009 as part of our four concert organ series held in conjunction with our installer, Pellegrino Music of Canton.   We were also host in 2010 for Christine Anderson, an amazing Handbell Soloist, and in 2012, renowned composer for Catholic Music. Also appearing and giving master classes were Mr. David Haas and Ms. Lori True, also renowned composers of liturgical music

Come Travel With Us

In the summer of 2014, we were privileged to have 53 musicians and guests travel to Ireland, the ancestral home of our Parish Patron Saint, Columbkille for a ten day Concert Tour and Pilgrimage.  We presented a concert and Mass at the famed Apparition Chapel of Our Lady of Knock, Ireland’s documented apparition.  Other performance sites include: St. Mary's Cathedral in Killarney, St. Andrew's Church, Dublin and St. Patrick’s Cathedral—Church of Ireland.  Our next tour will be in the summer of 2018 to Italy and Austria.  We will be in Florence, Rome, Venice and also Salzburg for The Sound of Music Tour. 

Join Us!

We sincerely desire to have more gifted musicians join us for our faith-filled Music Ministry and hope you will feel free to contact, Jon Thibo, James Burian or any of our members for more information.  

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Children's Choir

Chime Choir