Music is provided for 4:00 Saturday mass and 10:30 Sunday mass every weekend. Our cantors, the Adult Choir and the Children’s Choir sing for most of the Masses. The guitar group, comprised of Frank Sprick and Steven and Janet Gabrey, present the music at three Masses per month. It is our hope to encourage the congregation to sing joyfully unto the Lord.
Dianne Heinrichs: Director of Music
Dianne and her family became members of St. Boniface Church in 2008. She became the Director of Music about a year later. She and her husband, Steve, have five children. Dianne coordinates all the church musicians, directs the Funeral, Adult and Children’s Choirs, and serves on the Liturgy Committee. She also maintains a private piano studio in her home and enjoys accompanying whenever possible.
Frank has been playing the guitar and singing at St. Boniface since the mid-1980s. He also played with the River Valley Life Teen Band for five years, sings with the St. Boniface choir and the funeral choir. Frank and his wife, Betty, have two sons, four grandsons, and three great-granddaughters (including twins) and one great-grandson. He is retired from a local printing firm and enjoys working in the garden and yard and fishing.
Janet and Steven Gabrey:
Janet became a member of Saint Boniface Church in 2001. Janet and Steven met in 2008 and were married at Saint Boniface on July 9, 2016. Steven moved to Arkansas in July 2016 from Natchitoches, LA where he was a biology professor at Northwestern State University of Louisiana. He currently works for Sylvan Learning of Fort Smith, is an adjunct biology professor at the University of Arkansas Fort Smith, and is a substitute teacher for Fort Smith Public Schools. He is also a licensed master bird bander and is on the board of the Inland Bird Banding Association. Janet is the Director of Finance for Fort Chaffee Redevelopment Authority. She and Steven are avid concert-goers. Janet serves as a lector and sings in the choir. She and Steven joined Frank Sprick to form the guitar group in March 2017.
Cantor Music Ministry
Lori became a member at St. Boniface Church in 2000. She joined the choir in 2003 and began serving as a cantor in 2007. She and her husband, Justin, have three daughters, Mora, Olivia and Amelia. Lori is a Doctor of Audiology at Center for Hearing, Ltd. She serves as a lector, Eucharistic minister and is PTO President of St. Boniface School.
Cristin has been a cantor since moving to Arkansas and joining St. Boniface parish in 2001. She and her husband, Mark, have two sons, Andrew and Ethan. Cristin works as an engineer for Whirlpool and is also involved with Parish Life, Women’s Group, and Children’s Liturgy of the Word ministries at St. Boniface
Daniel joined the St. Boniface Children’s Choir at age 11 and became a cantor soon after. A 2014 Subiaco Academy graduate, he cantors and is active with the Adult Choir during school breaks from the University of Illinois. He is pursuing a degree in Computer Engineering and sings with the traditional choir at the St. John Neuman Center campus ministry at UIUC.
The Adult Choir sings for Christmas Eve Midnight Mass, Holy Week, Confirmation and for 10:30 mass about once a month. The choir rehearses on Wednesdays from 7:00 to 8:00 pm in the choir loft. New members are always welcome.
Children’s Choir meets on most Sundays after the 10:30 Mass. Children’s Choir is open to all children in 3rd-9th grades from St. Boniface Church.