Bonnie Faber, while not a composer, has been a passionate ambassador for the cause of pastoral music for many years, and has never wavered in her commitment to the cause of quality liturgical music leadership that embodies the well-known liturgical, pastoral, and musical judgments that are at the center of what our calling is as pastoral musicians. Coming from a very large family in rural Watkins, Minnesota; Bonnie studied vocal music education at the College of St. Benedict in St. Joseph, Minnesota, and from there taught for several years in both public and Catholic schools, before turning her focus to parish ministry. Over these many years, Bonnie has served as a full time music and liturgy director for many diverse parishes in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, always committed to quality music making among her cantors, choir members and instrumentalists, but always focused and pointed toward what has been her primary passion as a pastoral musician – which should the passion for all of us doing this important work – empowering the singing and praying voice of the gathered assembly.
Bonnie has become well-known over the years nationally as well, first as a soloist and group singer on many liturgical music recordings, and as a workshop presenter at various gatherings of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) and for many diocesan and parish events. She has been a choir director and soloist for every single recording project I have done since 1982, and she has also been an integral part of the studio work of Marty Haugen, Michael Joncas, Fran O’Brien, Lori True, John Foley, Ricky Manalo, Paul Tate, Jeanne Cotter, Ian Callanan, Liam Lawton, and Donna Pena, just to name a few.
Amidst all of this activity, at the center of Bonnie’s vocation is her serving most of her adult life as a teacher. For several years Bonnie was on the faculty at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity in St. Paul, where she worked alongside Sue Seid-Martin, and helped to unlock and set free the vocal potential of not only seminarians and future priests, but many other graduate students who found important guidance in her vocal studio. She also has been a vital team member for the Music Ministry Alive! program since its inception. And to this day, in her private home studio, Bonnie continues to teach numerous students – young, old, professional and amateur – to literally, “find their voice.” Every single student of hers has discovered growth and achieved many victories in their vocal journey. This is at the heart of Bonnie’s legacy as a pastoral musician – she has helped us in our song and our prayer to find our true voice. And because of that, we have become that much closer to God. (DH: 3.13.18)
Bonnie’s Resources / How to contact Bonnie:
To contact Bonnie about scheduling a workshop for your parish or faith community, contact her at: [email protected]