Shari Whitico

Shari WhiticoBy: Paula Green

          A local woman’s spiritual calling has guided her onto a fulfilling, musical journey.  Shari Whitico, the music director at St. Bonaventure Parish in Glenshaw is releasing her second CD – Sharing Christmas.  The inspirational disc features traditional classics such as O Holy Night, and What Child is This?  Also included are contemporary classics like Mary Did You Know, A Hallelujah Christmas and Do Angels Really Sing?
       Area residents will have the opportunity to hear Whitico’s holiday songs at her CD release concert entitled A Journey to Christmas.  The event will be held at 7 p.m., Dec. 6, at St. Bonaventure Church, 2001 Mt. Royal Blvd, Glenshaw.  The concert is free and open to the public.  Copies of Sharing Christmas will be available for purchase for $15.
      Whitico’s first holiday CD Sharing Faith was released last year.   It contains selections – Great is Thy Faithfulness, The Old Rugged Cross, Better Than a Hallelujah and Blessings. 
       Whitico’s career path was not always in the musical industry.  She worked in other job industries before she answered a higher-calling and began utilizing her singing talents.
       She was raised in Monaca in Beaver County.  At the age of 17, Whitico began singing professionally at weddings.  She then attended Penn State University, where she studied music and held leading roles in all the campus musical productions.
       After PSU, Whitico went on to St. Vincent College where she earned her Bachelor of Science in Finance with a concentration in Accounting and Music.  She graduated cum laude in 1985.
       Following her graduation, Whitico worked for ten years as auditor, first for Federated Investors and then in public accounting.  She eventually retired from this profession to raise her two young sons.  Although her professional career was rewarding, she always had a deep desire to follow a vocation in spiritual music.
       Whitico began working as a parish musician at St. Victor Church in Bairdford, where she was a cantor and choir member for ten years.  In 1997, she accepted the position of organist/pastoral musician at Transfiguration Church in Russellton.  During her six years at this parish, she was a member of the Pittsburgh Diocesan Choir and Deer Lakes Community Choir. 
        Whitico returned to St. Victor in 2003 as parish organist and youth choir director.  In 2005, she accepted her current position at St. Bonaventure.  Her duties at the parish include leading the worship for the weekend and daily school Masses.  She directs the adult choir and the school’s children’s choir.  Whitico also provides the music for all of the weddings and funerals at the church.
         She also gives private piano lessons.  Whitico resides in West Deer Township with her husband Mike and two sons Michael and Joshua.  For more info, on her CDs, visit www.shariwhitico.com.