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Ann Schrooten

Ann Schrooten serves Holy Trinity as Coordinator for Children, Youth, and Family Ministry, directs two youth choirs as well as the Gloria Ringer Handbell Ensemble, and collaborates with Pastors and Cantor to plan worship.

Recent Posts

Zooming with My Youth Choirs, Part Three

Posted on Apr 22, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Ann Schrooten in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus, in Social distancing

Our worship video for Easter Sunday included a sound track of our youth choirs singing Mark Patterson’s “Alleluia, Christ is Risen!” Even in the midst of a global pandemic without regular rehearsals, we offered our gift of song, and the bonus was that we had silent video footage of the children singing it from our last Zoom rehearsal! Thanks to some previous experience using Audacity to create recordings for Honor Choir auditions, I knew that I could create one recording featuring our current singers. Parents received a practice recording from me shortly after we began virtual rehearsals. In the week leading up to Easter, I invited my young friends to send an MP3 recording of themselves singing along with me. It required about a day and a half of mixing, editing, and syncing, but it turned out amazingly well. It was a special gift of hope for our congregation to hear the children and youth sing, and also to witness how staying connected virtually these past several weeks prepared them to accomplish it.

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Zooming with My Youth Choirs, Part Two

Posted on Apr 14, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Ann Schrooten in Music Ministry, in COVID-19, in Coronavirus, in Social distancing

We’ve made it through Holy Week, the fourth week that we’ve all been sheltering at home here in Minnesota. I’ve had four Zoom rehearsals with my youth choirs and am learning a lot about the benefits and challenges of using the Zoom platform with my singers.

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Zooming with My Youth Choirs

Posted on Apr 7, 2020 9:00:00 AM by Ann Schrooten in Children Ministry, in Youth Ministry, in Music Ministry, in Social distancing

My last in-person rehearsal with my two youth choirs at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church was Wednesday, March 11. I did not know until the following day, however, that it would be the last time I’d see those singers for the foreseeable future. When I found out, my heart sank. Our youth choir program has been a thriving and committed community within our congregation for over 20 years. Friendships among children and their parents have taken root over Wednesday night meals at church and after-choir games of tag out on the lawn, and lifelong singers have been nurtured. I’ve always felt that this ministry is as much about building relationships as it is about making music. Faced with the dire predictions about the pandemic, I knew that it would be important to help us all maintain some sense of connection and continuity during this uncertain time. I wanted to make sure the children could still see their friends. I wanted to keep them singing. And I was already mourning the loss of the joy they bring to my life. I needed them as much as I hope they needed me.

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