Sessions for Youth Track participants are diverse, including:

  • Morning, Evening, and Taize’ Prayer
  • Group Musical Instruction (according to area of involvement or interest –Cantor/Voice, Keyboard, Guitar, Woodwind, Brass, Strings, Percussion, Composer)
  • Optional Private Lessons
  • Liturgical and Ministerial Leadership
  • Participation in Liturgical Celebrations
  • Peer Ministry Small Group Faith Sharing (a favorite among participants)
  • Daily Music Rehearsals
  • Special Concert Presentations by Team Members (past concerts include ones by David Haas, Mary Haugen, Michael Joncas, Lori True, Jaime Cortez, Tom Franzak, Donna Pena, Rory Cooney, Jesse Manibusan, and more)
  • Scripture Study
  • Social Events
  • Concluding Festival “Sing” Concert (open to the public)
  • Sunday Eucharistic Celebration (open to the public)

Come learn, sing, and celebrate with talented young people from across the country and beyond! Proclaim your love of music, the liturgy, and the awesome presence of God!

MMA is held each summer on the beautiful campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, Minnesota.  It takes place in a daily rhythm of prayer, workshops, and special events where youth participants learn about liturgy, ministry, scripture, and leadership, with many opportunities to sharpen their musical skills. MMA is a wonderful opportunity to grow musically, liturgically, and spiritually and to discover and deepen the leadership potential that God has planted within. The goal of MMA Youth Track is to help each participant grow as an individual so that they can better serve as leaders and ministers in the Church.


Youth Track is open to any youth who will be entering their 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year in high school or their first, second or third year of college and who is presently involved in or is interested in deepening their call as ministers of music in their parish and school communities.