In the fall of 1963, a little girl, who was four years old started piano lessons which prepared her for a life-long career in music. From grade school plays and high school musicals and scholarship awards to touring with college choirs and accompanying senior recitals, Debra Main-Berardi has done it all.
A magna cum laude graduate from Western Liberty University, Debra applied her vast liturgical experience and musical knowledge as the Director of Music Ministries at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, West Virginia. Working closely with her colleague, including published GIA composer Stephen Pishner, Debra planned and coordinated ordination, all Diocesan and Cathedral Masses, as well as organizing and conducting a pilgrimage choir and music ensemble at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC.
Debra was born and raised in an ultra-conservative Protestant home establishing a deep foundation of faith which later led to her conversion to Catholicism. After serving Saint Joseph’s for eight years, Debra moved to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. In Myrtle Beach, Debra served as the Music Director at a large parish attended by tourists from the entire East Coast.
In 2013, Debra recorded her first CD, Before I Was Born, in which Debra expresses her deep belief that God formed and called her to the vocation of sacred liturgical music, specifically within the Catholic Church.
Her liturgical experiences include Catholic and Protestant services as well as Jewish celebrations and holy days.
Debra and her husband Nick, a retired New York City educator, moved to Las Vegas in 2016. She quickly became involved with several parishes within the Diocese of Las Vegas. She considered being a part of the musician team at Guardian Angel Cathedral and Saint Anthony of Padua an honor and privilege, working with the music ministry team to create an environment of worship and prayer for all who attend: parishioners and tourists alike.