Oddwalk Ministries


NCCYM 2016 Videos


This past weekend, Oddwalk was invited to take on several roles that exemplify the things we find important in our ministries, at the National Conference on Catholic Youth Ministry in San Jose, California.  We are grateful for these opportunities, whether it’s leading prayer, encouraging audience participation, making people laugh, or commenting on our retreat ministry.  Here are a few videos of those moments.


First, here we are, with Shannon’s wife Erin, singing a prelude before the Saturday morning mass, a piece by Orin titled “To Know Darkness,” published by GIA Publications and on our “Walk Away Different” CD.


Next, here we are talking a bit about our retreat ministry at a “Great Ideas” session later that day.


But a highlight for us of these NCCYM weekends is the “Youth Ministry Extravaganza” — a chance for folks like us, who “do what we do,” to thank the youth ministers (and others) in attendance and hopefully feed their souls through, among other things, humor.  We relish the chance to create original “set pieces” for this night (previously “May God Bless and Keep You,” “Songs We Should Never Record” and others); this year, thanks to an idea from our friend Erin Brennan, we created a segment where we pretend to be covering the Games of the XXIII Liturginerd Olympiad.


For a couple extra “goodies” related to the Liturginerd Olympics, click here! Thanks San Jose and the NFCYM for a great conference, see you next year at NCYC!

Another Publication! “An Advent Fantasia”


10868190_10152607335186309_4580600600644399850_nOrin learned today another piece of his is now in print, back at GIA for this one: “An Advent Fantasia” which combines several advent tunes and texts into what the cool kids a couple years ago called a mash-up.  Seriously, it is a prayerful merging of musical and textual ideas, and could even be appropriate as a first prelude on Christmas Eve – you know, not this year, but probably next!

No samples (sheet music nor audio) are posted yet, but you can see the page for the piece and order it by clicking right here!

Thanks, Keaton!


Friends and neighbors of Orin’s, the Ibendahl family, recently celebrated with the oldest daughter of the family, Keaton, as she received her first communion. Her and her younger brother Chapin saw Oddwalk last year at their school – and Orin’s neighborhood parish in St. Louis – St. Margaret of Scotland. They didn’t have any Oddwalk…

Oh, So That’s What David Haas Looks Like


Hey Everyone!  You all remember our friends over at GIA Publications, right?  Our two most recent CDs, and our published liturgical compositions, have all come through our relationship with GIA.  Well now GIA has a YouTube Channel, featuring videos from Oddwalk friend David Haas, talking about the upcoming changes to the Roman Missal and a…

New CD a-Comin! “Alright Now”


Oddwalk’s newest CD is coming your way later this fall! “Alright Now” will be our second CD with GIA Publications, and will highlight our fun and silly (but still mostly sacred) side. “Walk Away Different” (our first CD with GIA) focused mostly on our liturgical music, but did include some of our favorites like “Get…

Chris de Silva


Hey Everyone!  Just came back from New Orleans yesterday after a great time at the Hofinger Conference. We promise to get pictures up soon. One of the highlights of that conference for us, was getting to spend time with fellow GIA artist, Chris de Silva.  Originally from Singapore, Chris currently lives in Los Angeles, CA…

NCCYM Thursday


Hey everyone – busy day at NCCYM.  Got the booth set up, played at three separate performances (GIA “CrossGeneration” Showcase, Catholicateria stage, CMD Showcase)…  Coming up yet tonight: dinner with the GIA folks and a social hour (actually 2 hours) back in the exhibit hall.  Pictures and video to follow sometime later!