St. Monica Fine Arts

Leading the music of parish liturgies, strengthening the community life of the parish, and reaching out to the greater Dallas community through music.

The goals of the St. Monica Fine Arts Ministry are to lead the music of parish liturgies, strengthen the community life of the parish, and reach out to the greater Dallas community through music. Our multi-faceted Music Ministry spans many cultures and musical traditions. We invite you to visit St. Monica Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas to experience how your faith and spiritual life might be strengthened and enhanced through our diverse liturgical expressions and musical events. We have opportunities for people of all levels of age and experience. To get involved, visit our website at:

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Spanish live stream 12/31/20 @ 7PM
English live stream 1/1/21 @ 11AM
The Church office will re-open at 9AM on Monday, January 4, 2021. Happy New Year!

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Merry Christmas!

After eight Masses and one Prelude-Recital in 25 hours, your St. Monica Music Staff is exhausted. BUT, we are so privileged to be able to do what we love for YOU! From Conner McMains (Director of Music), Logan Herod (Associate Director of Music), and Guillermo Martinez (Organist), we hope you have had a wonderful Christmas and that you have a happy New Year!

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We can’t wait to celebrate the birth of our Savior with you today! Make sure to check for Mass times and guidelines. All Masses will also be live streamed on Facebook and YouTube. #merrychristmas2020 #WeAreStMonica

One final rehearsal before our 2020 Christmas Concert! Though a little different this year, we’re blessed to be able to share some Christmas joy through music! 🎄 🎶

Join us tomorrow, December 19th, at 7:30pm in the Church for this live, in person event. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place for all attendees. We hope to see you there!

Please join us this morning in remembering Cecile P. Bonte, who passed away April 16, 2020. Cecile was a longtime member of the Choir at St. Monica and a fervent supporter of St. Monica Fine Arts. The Memorial Mass will begin at 10:30AM (CST) and can be found at the link below:

We are thrilled to introduce our incoming Associate Director of Music, who will officially begin on Monday, August 17, Logan Herod!

Logan is a native of Dallas who began piano and voice lessons at an early age. She joined the Children's Chorus of Greater Dallas in 4th grade, and was a member through her senior year of high school. After being active in the music program in Highland Park ISD, Logan was accepted to Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts in downtown Dallas to study music. Following high school, Logan attended Oklahoma City University, where she graduated in four years with two Bachelor degrees: one in Vocal Music Education and the second in Church Music. She then returned to the Dallas area to begin her teaching career and pursue a graduate education. Recently, Logan completed a Masters in Sacred Music in 2019 and a Masters in Music Education in 2020, both from Southern Methodist University. Logan has been an early childhood music teacher at both St. Joseph Catholic School and St. John Episcopal School and has taught children's choir, directed handbell choirs, and served as a choral section leader and cantor at Christ the King Catholic Church. Among other organizations, she is an active member of Choristers Guild and the American Guild of Organists and serves on the board of the Dallas Chapter of National Association of Pastoral Musicians.

We are very proud to welcome Logan to our staff and our Music Ministry, and while we know that we will never be able to replace Mr. E, we are confident that Logan has both the energy and the vision to carry on and progress the tradition of excellence in music for which St. Monica Catholic Church and School are known in D-FW!

Please join us in welcoming Logan Herod!

[06/01/20]   It is with mixed emotions that we announce the departure of Emmanuel Espiritu (“Mr. E”), St. Monica’s Associate Director of Music, as he moves on to a new role as Choir Director at John Paul II High School in Plano, effective Friday, July 31, 2020.
Mr. E has served in a variety of positions at St. Monica Catholic Church since he began here nine years ago, including as the Youth Director, Director of Youth Music, Music Theatre Teacher, and Choir Director for St. Monica Catholic School. Through that time, he has overseen an incredible growth in the school’s Children’s Choirs and has held a leading role in the substantial expansion of the church’s Music Ministry to its current position as one of St. Monica’s largest ministries. Additionally, he has helped plan and execute numerous successful Fine Arts events, successfully led two contemporary ensembles (including during the professional production of an album), and worked hard to facilitate a strong relationship between the various groups that comprise the Music Ministry and Fine Arts Program.
While sad to lose him on the St. Monica staff, we wish him well in this new and exciting role and we look forward to celebrating his continued success in the years to come. Please join us in praying for Emmanuel, his family, and the St. Monica Music Ministry during this time of transition.

[05/05/20]   Friends, while it may not come as a surprise, we regret to inform you that we have canceled the Mothers' Day Concert that was originally scheduled for 3:30pm on Sunday, May 10. We are working to determine the best course of action regarding the final event in the 2019-2020 Season, the Annual Patriotic Concert, and we will update you here as soon as a plan is in place. Please say a prayer for all those affected, directly or indirectly, by COVID-19.

Cecile Bonte Obituary - Dallas, TX

St. Monica mourns the loss of one of our own, Cecile Bonte, who passed away one week ago today (Thursday, April 16, 2020). Please feel free to post memories, stories, pictures, or thoughts below. Celebrate the life of Cecile Bonte, leave a kind word or memory and get funeral service information care of Calvary Hill Funeral Home.

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Happy Easter to you all!

St. Monica - Easter Day Mass - 4-12-20

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St. Monica - Easter Vigil 4-11-20

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Stations of the Cross (English)

Guided Meditations on the Stations of the Cross Narration: Fr. Michael Guadagnoli Fr. Wade Bass Fr. Paul Weinberger Dcn. Brian Mitchell Dcn. Peter Raad Acoly...

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Thank you for celebrating Palm Sunday with us! Here is our Holy Week schedule. Tune in here, on Twitter (@stmonicadallas), or Twitch ( to watch these Masses live.

Vida Parroquial- Santa Monica, Dallas, Tx.

Acompáñenos hoy a las 12pm para la transmisión en vivo de la Misa de Domingo de Ramos en español. La Misa será celebrada por el Padre Wade Bass, vicario de la parroquia Santa Monica, música Alejandro Suarez y Alma Izaguirre.

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Please join us here at 10:00am today for a livestream of Palm Sunday Mass in English. The Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Michael Guadagnoli, Pastor of St. Monica, with music provided by Guillermo Martinez, organist, and Jake Rodriguez, cantor.

[03/13/20]   In light of Bishop Burns' decision to cancel all public Masses at the Diocese from now until March 30, I regret to inform you that the Lenten Lunch Recital Series must be suspended until further notice. For now, this will apply to all remaining recitals, including the recital on April 1. We will work to reschedule the performances, if possible, and will keep you updated once this situation is re-evaluated. Please join me in prayer for those affected by this crisis.

Conner McMains
Director of Music
St. Monica Catholic Church

GPFAA Vocal Music

Last night the Academy Singers shared the stage at St Monica Catholic Church in Dallas with the TCU Concert Chorale and Plano East Concert Choir at the SWACDA pre-view concert.
It was a great evening of exceptional Choral programs, and the Academy Singers performed a colorful, dynamic, and thought provoking program of music that highlighted both their amazing voices and their incredible ability to illicit a kaleidoscope of emotions through their musicality and showmanship.
Next stop- SWACDA!

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ACDA: Southwestern Division

Don't miss the Pre-SWACDA Choral Concert featuring the TCU Concert Chorale, Grand Prairie Fine Arts Academy, and the Plano East Concert Choir at St. Monica Catholic Church on Saturday, February 29 at 7:30pm!

Congratulations to the TCU Concert Chorale, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Aspaas, on an inspiring performance this evening at Arborlawn UMC! You have one more chance to hear these 54 talented voices at St. Monica Catholic Church on Saturday before they make their way to Arkansas for the Southwest ACDA Conference. #LeadOnTCUMusic

Dallas Chapter-American Guild of Organists

Wonderful Neighborhood Recital this evening by chapter members: Christine Bouton, Conner McMains, Owen Reid, Guillermo Martinez, Catherine Trausch, and Ben Weaver. Many thanks to St Monica Catholic Church for hosting.

[09/11/19]   St. Monica Catholic Church is currently accepting applications for a Bass Section Leader, to begin immediately. Section leaders have an average of 3-4 calls per week, with some weeks that have more, and are paid on a per-call basis (contact for compensation rates). This is a vibrant and very active large Music Ministry with many exciting opportunities and one of the highest per-call compensation rates in the DFW Metroplex. Interested applicants can request more information about the position and audition requirements by responding to this post or by emailing Conner McMains, Director of Music, at [email protected].

[08/29/19]   St. Monica Catholic Church (Dallas) is searching for an accompanist for its four children's choirs (ages range from 7-14), to begin Aug. 20. Hours include:

Tuesday, 6:50-9:15am

Wednesday, 3:05-5:15pm

Thursday, 3:05-5:15pm

Friday, 6:50-9:15am

Applicants must be able to effectively accompany rehearsals (varied repertoire) and act as a chaperone/supervisor as necessary. Please inquire for more information about specific responsibilities, etc.

*Note: Position can be divided amongst multiple accompanists if necessary.

Thank you to everyone who came out to St. Monica Fine Arts' "Best of Broadway" Pop Show this past weekend! 🎶 Also, a big thank you to all our participants and volunteers!

[02/21/19]   St. Monica Catholic Church is currently accepting applications for an Alto Section Leader, to begin April 3, 2019. Section leaders have an average of 3-4 calls per week, with some weeks that have more, and are paid on a per-call basis. This is a vibrant and very active large Music Ministry with many exciting opportunities and one of the highest per-call compensation rates in the DFW Metroplex. Interested applicants can request more information about the position and audition requirements by responding to this post or by emailing Conner McMains, Director of Music, at [email protected].

The "stage" is set, the lights are primed, the cameras are focused, the t-shirt cannon is warming u-...err...ignore that last bit. Who knows what could happen at "Never On a Sunday," tonight at 7:30pm! We'll see you there!

Organ Duo Recital Teaser 2

If you recognize the melody in the first 15 seconds, hit "Share"!

Are you curious what six of the greatest John Williams movie themes ever would sound like on a grand church organ? Come hear Conner McMains's original John Williams Medley and other exciting music you wouldn't normally hear on Sunday mornings at 'Never On a Sunday' this Friday at 7:30pm at St. Monica Catholic Church! Free and open to all!

Never On a Sunday Teaser

Ever wonder what a thunderstorm (that's interrupting a concert (which is taking place on a lake)) sounds like on St. Monica's mighty organ? Come to 'Never On a Sunday', this Friday at 7:30pm. Music you wouldn't normally hear at church and the program is free and open to all! (Turn up your volume to hear a little teaser)

[12/11/18]   Thank you to all who came out to enjoy Celebration of Carols! We had a great time and hope you did, too!
If you took any pictures or videos, please feel free to post them here or email them to Conner McMains ([email protected]) or Emmanuel Espiritu ([email protected])!

One of the many carols for this Saturday’s Christmas concert - Celebration of Carols.

Please join us for a great evening of music for the Christmas season!

Baylor University organists are warming up for tonight’s recital - come enjoy an exciting and varied program at 7:30pm. It's free!

Patriotic Concert

Here is quick video of our choir singing "O, Shenandoah" at the Patriotic Concert!

Thank you to everyone for coming out to our Patriotic Concert & Picnic this past Saturday! And Happy 4th of July! 🎆🎇🇺🇲️

1 day left! Here’s another teaser for you!
Come join us for this FREE event and bring the entire family!
St. Monica Fine Arts Patriotic Concert
TOMORROW! Saturday, June 30
Picnic: 6pm
Concert: 7pm

2 days left until the annual St. Monica Fine Arts Patriotic Concert! Looking forward to sharing some wonderful music with everyone! Here’s a sneak peek from our dress rehearsal this evening.

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Organ Duo Recital Teaser 2
Never On a Sunday Teaser
Patriotic Concert
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