Q: Does an adult have to accompany me and attend MMA as well?

No, but it certainly enriches the experience for the youth participants when an adult also attends. But most years, the majority of youth participants come alone with no adult attending. We usually have about 50 adult participants, while we have around 150 youth attending.


Q: Do I have to be Catholic to apply?

No. MMA is an ecumenical program and we welcome applications from all Christian denominations.


Q: How should I decide what track to apply for?

Read through the track descriptions here on the website and on the application forms. You will participate in one track only, as they take place at the same time. We try very hard to honor your first choice. If you need help, consult with your parish music director or music teacher.


Q: I have heard about private lessons. Tell me more about this.

Applicants have the option of requesting a forty private lesson with one of MMA’s master teachers. You can choose to take a private lesson on each and all of the different instruments you play or you can choose to take a lesson on an instrument different from your track. The cost for each lesson is $40.00.


Q: I’m an instrumentalist, not a singer. Do I still have to sing at MMA?

Yes, everyone sings at MMA for the final “Sing” concert. While you might be given instrumental parts for certain songs during the “Sing,” you are expected to sing on the songs you are not playing your instrument on. If you are not as comfortable singing as you are playing your instrument, don’t worry – you will be singing as part of a large group and there are plenty of people who can help you learn your vocal part if you’re having trouble.


Q: Do I have to remain on campus during MMA, or can I commute?

All youth participants are required and expected to live on campus throughout the entire MMA experience, even those who may live close by. Part of the rich experience of MMA is the community that we share during the week. There are no exceptions to this requirement.


Q: Can I come for just some of the time if I cannot make it the entire week?

No. Again, this is a powerful experience of community and each day builds upon the other. We need you here the entire time, as we are accountable to each other. Being part of MMA is a commitment.


Q: When I apply, does that mean that I am automatically accepted?

No, that is not the case. Those who are accepted to MMA are young people who demonstrate not only musical interest and talent, but also an involvement and commitment to service and ministry in their parish and/or school. That is why there is an essay portion of the application as well as two letters of recommendation.


Q: Are there scholarships available?

Yes, there are a limited number of scholarships available, due to the generous support of organizations, publishers, and individuals. Check out the application form for specific information. Click here for more info.


Q: How many times can I attend MMA?

You can attend MMA a maximum of three times, if each time you fit into the age requirements.


Q: Are there events open to the public that my parents, family, and friends can attend?

Yes. At the end of MMA, we present a final musical experience, called the MMA Festival “Sing,” which is a powerful experience where you as youth participants will be sharing your God-given gifts and talents. That event is open to the public, and you will receive more information about that at the time of your acceptance. We also invite your family and friends to join us for the final Mass on the concluding Sunday of MMA.


Q: Is there a dress code for the week?

Dress for the week is informal, and there is a dress code with minimal guidelines that you will receive after your acceptance. There are a couple of events that we ask you to dress up for, but the majority of the week is very informal.


Q: If I am accepted, when do I have to be there?

For MMA 2017, you will need to arrive on St. Catherine University campus on Tuesday, July 25th no later than 12:00 noon. and you cannot leave until after lunch on Sunday, July 30th.


Q: I am flying to Minnesota. What airport do I fly to? Will someone meet me at the airport, and get me back to the airport when MMA is over?

You will fly into Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP), which is about 10 minutes from St. Catherine University. You will make your own flight arrangements, but DO NOT make those arrangements until your acceptance is final (which will be around June 1). We will provide hospitality to and from the MSP airport if you request it. You will make these arrangements directly with the MMA Transportation Coordinator about a month before the beginning of MMA.


Q: Can I come early or stay later?

You can certainly come early or stay later, but we will not be able to house you on-campus before Tuesday, July 25, 2017 or after Sunday, July 30, 2017. Any plans you have, you will need to figure out on your own.


Q: If I am driving, can I leave my car on campus?

Yes, but you will not be allowed to drive it or leave campus at any time during MMA. When you arrive at MMA, you will be required to surrender your car keys to the MMA staff until the end of the week.

What follows are some of the most common questions asked about Music Ministry Alive! Youth Track. If you still have questions after reading the following, do not hesitate to contact us at musicministryalive@gmail.com. After acceptance, both youth and adult participants will receive more detailed information to help them prepare for the MMA experience.

Q: How old do I have to be to apply for the youth track?

To apply you must be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in high school or your first or second or third year of college in the following fall.


Q: Do I have to know how to read music to attend MMA?

No, it is not a requirement. But if you do not read music well, we might assign you to a daily music reading class, which will only help you. But being able to read music is not a requirement for acceptance (but it sure doesn’t hurt!).