Music for Christ Our Life is drawn from the richness of our Catholic heritage. As the Spirit inspires the Church in every age, so the treasures of its music reflect that glorious diversity. Saint Augustine said that those who sing well pray twice. The music at Christ our Life is designed to draw every participant into the infinite mystery of God’s love, and give us voice in praise and gratitude. Thus, music will be incorporated into every aspect of Christ our Life.
The Mass – as the source and summit of all worship – creates the musical pinnacle of Christ our Life. It incorporates traditional hymnody, Gregorian chant, sacred polyphony, contemporary styles, diverse languages, a choir of over 100 voices, an orchestra, handbell choir, and contemporary instruments. Conference participants can raise their voices in the “triumphant hymn of praise” to God that echoes through the ages unto eternity.
Scott Rieker received his master’s degree in choral conducting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he directed the Big Red Singers and was the Varsity Men’s Chorus assistant director. Scott is a Past-President of the Iowa Music Educators Association, has served as Director of Music in two seminaries, a cathedral, a basilica and led numerous honor choirs and classes.Scott is currently pursuing a doctorate in choral music at the University of Southern California.
Versatile musician, composer and storyteller Steve Angrisano will provide the non-liturgical music ministry for the 2016 Christ Our Life Regional Conference. As a committed witness to Jesus Christ, Steve has provided music ministry at six Catholic World Youth Days, a myriad of conferences, retreats and NCYC events. As Steve weaves his music and storytelling throughout his performances, he invites all who hear him into a deeper relationship with Christ.