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Instrumental Music Programs

At St. Croix Catholic, we believe that music is essential to educating the whole child: mind, body, and soul. Through performing, creating, and responding, the child receives a totally encompassing musical outlet. Music encourages understanding of the historical and cultural heritage of our community and the global community. Knowledge of the fundamentals of music leads to a fuller participation in liturgy, worship, and our world. In support of this development, St. Croix Catholic offers Orchestra, Concert Band, and access to the parishes' Children's Choir. 
New in 2019-2020: We are excited to share with you that beginning with the 2019-2020 school year, Mrs. Erika Hammerschmidt, currently the SCCS Orchestras and Chamber Ensemble Director, will also be directing the SCCS Concert Bands.  Mrs. Hammerschmidt has been working at SCCS for three years and her schedule allows for expansion such that we can move the Concert Band program in-house. In addition to being under the care and expertise of an excellent director in Mrs. Hammerschmidt, this change will help us with greater consistency and flexibility in scheduling, as well as more in-house collaboration across our music programs.
Registration for Semester 1 of our 2019-2020 Orchestra and Band programs is now open.
To register:
Please fill out Instrumental Music Enrollment form (one per student).
Return form with payment to:  SCCS, Attention Mrs. Hammerschmidt, 621 Third Street South, Stillwater, MN  55082
All student musicians should be registered and paid by Friday, August 23. If you need alternative payment arrangements or financial assistance, please contact Christy Eberhardt,
Please take note:
  • Beginner Band students are asked to attend either a Summer Band Camp, August 5-8 (afternoons) or sign up for four individual lessons with Erika Hammerschmidt. Students will learn how to hold the instrument, how to produce the right tone on the instrument, play and read the music notation for the first 5 notes on their instrument, and how to read quarter notes/rests and whole notes. This preparation will enable a successful start to the Beginner Band experience.
  • Ensemble tuition does not include purchase of lesson book (approx.$10 collected after first session) or the acquisition of an instrument. SCCS has some string instruments available for rental. Mrs. Hammerschmidt can advise families of external rental or purchase options. Mrs. Hammerschmidt may be reached at: