Mark and Morgan - Lincoln, NE
Venue: St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (UNL Newman Center)
Type of Event: Catholic Ceremony within a Mass
My Role: I was hired as the music coordinator and one of the vocalists. I met with couple to discuss all their music choices, which instruments would play on which song, and offer my insight on various parts of the Mass. I then got in touch with the other four musicians, which were all friends/family of the couple, and made sure they had all the music they needed, sent them practice videos, and made sure they knew when and where rehearsal would be before the ceremony.
My "Save-the-Day" Moment: Due to the Coronavirus, things didn't go quite as planned... originally Mark and Morgan were supposed to get married on April 18th and have a choir of four people with an organist, pianist, and guitarist, but because of the 10-person limit on gatherings all that changed, and with only three days notice I was able to attend as their 10th person without even an accompanist, and so I provide all the vocal music a cappella, and used recordings for the instrumental music. I arrived at the ceremony an hour and a half early to do a sound check with the venue's live-streaming equipment and met with the priest before the ceremony to discuss any last minute changes. Because their wedding was now taking place during Lent, the main things I had to change (with 30 minutes until the ceremony) was changing the Celtic Alleluia to the Lenten "Praise to you, Lord Jesus Christ..." and rewriting the the acclamation verse to fit this setting, and I also had to get creative with the offertory hymn since it had an "alleluia" in the refrain.