Funerals / Wakes

Over the years, I've provided music for countless funerals, memorial services, and wakes, in churches and at funeral homes. My experience with this began at a young age with my first church music position, and later expanded to services held elsewhere.

While my primary music ministry has been in the Catholic setting, I have provided music across many denominations, and also for non-denominational gatherings. Providing music at such a difficult time requires a special sensitivity to best honor the memory of the deceased, come together in prayer and mutual support, and navigate the many and sometimes conflicting requests of family members, as well as the parameters of church protocol.

Whether with traditional hymns, classical repertoire, contemporary worship music, or quiet instrumentals, I can collaborate with you to come up with a musical program for your service that brings peace, hope, and comfort. For wakes, I have often provided appropriate background piano instrumentals, while the funeral service music has ranged from instrumental accompaniment, vocal soloing, or a combination of both.

I'm able to utilize the piano, keyboard, or organ at a church or funeral home, or I can provide my own keyboard.

To discuss your particular needs, contact booking@barryrusso.com.  

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