Liturgical music at Mary Our Queen invites children and adults to sing, play, and participate in the life of the community, encourages all to seek a deeper life of prayer and service, and reaches across the great musical traditions of the Church. We encourage an ego-free and inviting experience to sing or play to the Glory of God. Our ensembles become small faith communities where we pray for each other and truly become a family of God’s children joined together by His grace.
The Music Ministry is comprised of several different worship styles:
- Saturday 5 pm Vigil Mass Contemporary Ensemble led by Ms. Patsy Shontz and various cantors.
- Sunday 8:30 am Traditional Music led by a Cantor and occasionally the Children’s Choir (ages 6-17) directed by Mrs. Kate George.
- Sunday 11 am Traditional Choir directed by Dan Marcacci and accompanied by organist James Pinder with oboist, Elizabeth Pinder, Violinist, Matthew Marcacci, and Cellist, Aaron Pinder.
- Sunday 5 pm Contemporary Band directed by Dan Marcacci.
If you have an interest in any of the music ministries at Mary Our Queen, please contact Dan Marcacci at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Who is the Music Ministry?
Mr. Marcacci grew up in the Midwest and began studying piano and voice at the age of five and began playing for the Catholic church in Eighth Grade on both the piano and the Organ. As a freshman in a Catholic High School he led a teen folk choir at St. Monica's Catholic Church in Kalamazoo, Michigan, and began his organ studies with a professor at Kalamazoo College, Paula Romanaux. He competed in several Bach competitions and played for both the Methodist Church and Baptist Church to further his knowledge about worship and liturgy.
He pursued a dual Bachelors degree in Music/Organ Performance and Telecommunications from Indiana University. Dan studied Organ under Dr. Robert Rayfield, Dr. Larry Smith, and Dr. Marilyn Kaiser. During his college studies, he was the accompanist for the Singing Hoosiers, ambassadors for Indiana University and its alumni associations and worked with Erich Kunzel and the Cincinnati Pops on a Grammy nominated recording entitled "A Disney Spectacular." He also traveled with the group throughout North America, Greece, Yugoslavia, and Australia.
For almost 30 years, Dan has held positions in the Archdiocese of Atlanta as Director of Liturgy and Music at St. Patrick, Director of the Life Teen Band at Prince of Peace and has worked as Principal Organist at St. Jude and St. John Neumann. Dan accompanied the St. John Neumann choir on their trip to Italy in 1999 and was principal organist for several concerts throughout the country including St. Marks in Venice, St. Ignatius in Rome with a National Radio audience, and High Mass at St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican.
Dan and his wife, Thea have three boys that have all participated in music ministries. Dan owns a video production company, Video Quest, that is credited with several Telly Awards, Addy Awards, and Regional Emmys. He also owns and manages an import-export business that sells textbooks and musical instrument cases worldwide through Amazon.
Dan Currently directs the Mary Our Queen Traditional Choir and Leads the Sunday Night Band on Piano and vocals.
Organist, Choir Accompanist
James has over 15 years experience in piano and violin performance, and seven years of experience in organ performance and liturgical accompaniment. He studied piano with Rachel Oliver and violin with Kenn Wagner. At age 12, James was the youngest member to ever join the Dekalb Symphony Orchestra. During his teen years, he played violin and celesta with the Atlanta Symphony Youth Orchestra. Currently, James is completing a Bachelor of Science in Music Technology from Georgia Tech. He accompanies the Georgia Tech Chorale during the school year, and frequently conducts the GT Chamber Orchestra. In his spare time, James designs and builds experimental speakers and records music. James is currently designing and rebuilding an organ for installation in our new Sanctuary.
Children's Choir Director
Ms. George has 13 years experience in teaching music education to children ages 3-13. She is Orff Level, I, II, & III certified and holds of BM in Music Education. Prior to joining Mary Our Queen, Kate taught various k-5 magnet art school curriculum for Catholic Schools in the Richmond Diocese. She is currently teaching at Simonton Elementary in Gwinnett County and has performed musical theatre, opera and oratorios. This will be Kate’s third year with Mary Our Queen leading the Children’s Choir.