Cristina Logan, Music Educator

Cristina with the pre-schoolers at St. Patrick’s Interparish School

Born in Havana Cuba, Cristina grew up in the South Florida, where as a teen she was very active in music and theater while a student Rosarian Academy and Cardinal Newman High School. She began to be involved in liturgical music ministry at the age of thirteen in her family parish St. Edwards in Palm Beach.

Ms. Logan first discovered her love for working with children at St. Augustine Catholic Student Center. As a student at the University of Florida in English and Theater, Cristina became active with a group of students who provided music for the then very popular “Children’s Mass” with Father Teale, while Father Bob Baker (Bishop Baker) was Pastor. Invited by Fr. Baker to help start the St. Francis Soup Kitchen and to provide music for prison ministry masses, Cristina became a student leader and eventually directed the music for the 9:30 Sunday Liturgy. Soon after, she started a children’s choir at St. A’s and provided private lessons in guitar for children.

In 1981 Cristina became the Music Director of St. Augustine’s and served the parish for ten years under the pastorate of Fr. John Gillespie. Inspired by Father Gillespie’s passion for the celebration of the Eucharist and liturgical worship, Cristina went on to complete Graduate degrees in Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry and Liturgy at Loyola, New Orleans, and an Associate Degree in Music at Sante Fe College.

After moving with her family to reside in New York, Ms Logan when on to serve as the Assistant Director of the Liturgical Commission and taught Liturgy for the Diocese of Rochester, New York.  Another family move to California brought more years of service in liturgical and music ministry.  In Los Gatos, California Cristina was hired to be a Liturgical Consultant and director of the Liturgy Committee for the Parish of St. Mary’s.  She taught music for St. Mary’s Catholic School for four years where once again she developed and directed a children’s choir.

A move to Morgan Hill led Cristina to take a position developing a comprehensive enrichment program for a large and visionary child development center. For three years Cristina developed curriculum for arts enrichment and taught Music, Drama, Movement, Dance and Spanish to almost a hundred children ages infants to 13 years old.

Returning “home’ to Gainesville with her four children in 2003, Cristina has directed Music at St. Madelines, St. Patrick’s Church, and Holy Faith Catholic Church where she is now the full time Director of Music. Her love for children brought her to accept an invitation to teach part time for St. Patrick’s Catholic School where she teaches music for Pre K3 to 4th grade students. She continues to direct children’s choirs and directs the student choir and musicians for the St. Francis High School masses.

Cristina Logan has served as director of Activities and Entertainment for the Alachua Relay For Life, is presently on the Liturgical Commission for the Diocese of St. Augustine, and serves on the Board of Directors for A Musical Offering. She is very excited to be part of AMO’s first Summer Music Camp for children.

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