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Marcy Weckler Barr was a Chicagoland native, raised in Morton Grove.  She began her liturgical music ministry in the early days of Vatican II, at Regina Dominican High School in Wilmette.  She received degrees in vocal performance from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and later studied as a post graduate at Northwestern University, also in voice performance.  She began to compose for liturgy in 1975, but did not "hit her stride" until the early 90's.

In addition to being a musician for liturgy and a full-time music director for 35 years, Marcy was a skilled freelance solo and choral musician, singing for Chicago Opera Works, Chicago Symphony Chorus, Music of the Baroque, Grant Park Symphony Chorus, and Light Opera Works, Evanston. 

Mother of Dan and Emma, grandmother of Daniel, she served as the music director at St. Thomas of Villanova Parish in Palatine, IL. 

Marcy was a longtime member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), the North American Composers Forum (St. Louis), and the Vicariate I Music Liturgy network (Archdiocese of Chicago).  She also worked with the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House (Archdiocese of Chicago) , and the Lay Ministry Formation Program: Called and Gifted (Archdiocese of Chicago).  She  taught in the Cantor Schools offered by the Office for Divine Worship (Archdiocese of Chicago) and provided workshops on use of MIDI instruments in liturgy (Archdiocese of Milwaukee).

Over the course of her liturgical music career, Marcy produced a number of CD's: on her own (Road to Emmaus), for her parish (Christmas at St. Thomas, Gentle Woman: Songs of Mary, On that Blessed Night) and with Tony Barr (You Are for Me, Light Eternal, Where Might We Find You?).

With World Library Publications, Marcy published Yours Are the Words, a collection of psalms for advanced cantor and assembly, and many octavos including  Quodlibet: Were You There/Amazing Grace, I Lift My Soul (Psalm 25), God Mounts His Throne (Psalm 47), Our Blessing Cup (Psalm 116), In the Arms of the Shepherd (Psalm 23) , and Song of Farewell (for Holy Thursday and Easter season), among others.


 

All on Earth in Sea and Sky - Weckler Barr

All on Earth in Sea and Sky - Weckler Barr - click and print

All on Earth in Sea and Sky: Psalm 98

Answer When I Call: Psalm 91

As Morning Dawns: Psalm 63

God Mounts His Throne: Psalm 47

Have Mercy on Your People/You Call Us as Your People: Psalm 33

Have Mercy on Your People/You Call Us as Your People: Psalm 33

I Lift My Soul to You: Psalm 25

I Lift My Soul to You: Psalm 25 - Click and Print

In the Arms of the Shepherd: Psalm 23

In the Arms of the Shepherd (Flute, 2 Violins & Cello Parts) - Click & Print

In the Arms of the Shepherd (Flute, 2 Violins, & Cello Parts)

Joyfully You Will Draw Water/Shout for Joy: Isaiah 12

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit: Psalm 104

Lord, Send Out Your Spirit: Psalm 104

Show Us Your Goodness: Psalm 85

My Soul Proclaims (Magnificat): Luke 1

My Soul is Thirsting: Psalm 63

O God, My God: Psalm 22

Our Blessing Cup: Psalm 116

Quodlibet on Were You There and Amazing Grace

Quodlibet on Were You There and Amazing Grace

Quodlibet on Were You There and Amazing Grace (C Instrument Parts)

Show Us Your Goodness: Psalm 85

Song of Farewell

Song of Farewell

The Lord is Kind and Merciful: Psalm 103

The Lord is My Shepherd: Psalm 23

The Vineyard of the Lord: Psalm 80

The Vineyard of the Lord: Psalm 80

This is the Day: Psalm 118

Those Doing Justice: Psalm 15

Turn to Us, O Lord: Psalm 80

Turn to Us, O Lord: Psalm 80

Veni Sancte Spiritus - Weckler Barr

Veni Sancte Spiritus - Weckler Barr - click and print

With God as My Light: Psalm 27

With God As My Light: Psalm 27

Who is the King of Glory?: Psalm 24

Who is the King of Glory?: Psalm 24

Yours Are the Words: Psalm 19

Yours Are the Words: Psalm 19