A family of musicians at St. Joseph’s in Devils Lake

by St. Joseph’s Church, Devils Lake


Ternes Family of Musicians; Kyle, Allison, Taylor, Alexis, Andrew and Trinity.(Submitted photo)

St. Joseph Church in Devils Lake had a unique change to their music coordinator position. In November 2016, the Ternes family took the position. Kyle and Allison, along with their four children, enjoy the active role they are able to take at St. Joseph’s. Kyle began playing guitar at St. Joseph when he moved to Devils Lake in 1996. Over the past 20 years, he has added the piano, organ and mandolin. Allison began singing alongside Kyle after they were married in 1998. She also plays the trumpet. They have encouraged their children to take on an active part in music as well.

Taylor, a 17-year-old senior, played his first Mass in January 2008 at the age of eight. He plays the organ, piano, guitar and trumpet for Mass. Alexis, a 15-year-old sophomore, is involved through singing, playing the flute, guitar and most recently the violin. Andrew, a 10-year-old fifth grader at St. Joseph school, has started to play the organ and piano at Mass. He also plays at school Masses and for special Masses. Trinity, an eight-year-old third grader, is beginning to sing and has played alongside the family with her violin and piano.

The Ternes Family works closely each week with a wonderful, steadfast group of volunteer musicians and cantors in their parish. Many of these individuals have been volunteering their time and talents for many years. Collectively, the musician group provides awareness that music adds to the beauty of each Mass.