Young Catholic Musicians

About Us

Director of Music

Father Bruce Forman, M.Div., MLM

Fr. Forman was ordained to the Priesthood May 18, 1974. At his first parish assignment, St. Jude in Overland, MO, he began The Young Catholic Musicians with 13 teenagers. Two years later, he was transferred to St. Sabina Parish in Florissant, one of the largest in the Archdiocese at that time. Within a few months, the YCM doubled in size. While serving at St. Michael Church in Shrewsbury, Fr. Forman continued his music education at Webster University, studying music theory, composition and orchestration. He earned a Master of Liturgical Music from The Catholic University of America's music school in Washington, D.C.

Director of Organization

Mrs. Mary C. Smith

Mrs. Smith joined the leadership of YCM as Director of Organization in 1976. Mrs. Smith coordinates scheduling, recruiting, and fund-raising efforts. Mrs. Smith welcomes new members and their families and helps them get acclimated to procedures at rehearsals and performances. Under her guidance, the YCM grew in numbers and quality. By 1999, the YCM was 120 members strong. That year, this select group of musicians helped lead the music at the Papal Youth Rally when St. Pope John-Paul II visited St. Louis. This was the second time the YCM played at a Papal Event. The first time was in the 1980's for the Papal Space Bridge, a satellite prayer service of young people in Los Angeles, Denver and St. Louis during the Pope's visit to Los Angeles.

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