August opportunity

Good news! A new Sacred Music Retreat was brought to my attention that you might find interesting.  It is at the Oratory in Cincinnati, from August 8th to 12th, the cost is $450 (includes room and meals).  The focus will be on singing for the Extraordinary Form Mass, as well as the Divine Office.  This... Continue Reading →

Thank you!

Thank you all for taking part in this Intro to Chant series.  I just wanted to share a few things that we went over in class for those who were not able to join us. Here is a worthwhile reflection by Msgr. Pope on the quality of prayer that we find in tradition.  I think... Continue Reading →

Pentecost Sunday

As I mentioned in class, there will be a Traditional Low Mass at St. Titus in Aliquippa this Sunday for the Feast of Pentecost.  The Mass will begin at noon, with the rosary and confession starting at 11:30. After the Mass, we will sing the Veni Creator, which provides a wonderful opportunity for a plenary... Continue Reading →

May 17th

In preparation for Pentecost, we will be focusing on two chants:  the Magnificat (the song of Our Blessed Mother, enlivened by the Holy Spirit), and the Veni Creator Spiritus (the traditional Hymn to the Holy Spirit). The Magnificat has a variety of melodies, so we will become familiar with how to read the different modes... Continue Reading →

May 10th – Ascension Thursday

Reminder:  Class will be held in the Youth Room (bottom floor) in Founder's Hall.  Let me know if you plan to join us after attending the 7pm Mass at St. Monica's. Here is what to expect: We will begin with the Pater Noster, for which I will hand out the music, but I will not... Continue Reading →

History of Solfege

We will be using solfege throughout the course in order to warm up our voices and to become comfortable with the melodies (though probably not as thoroughly as we did on the first day).  With that, you may be interested in learning a little more about the history of solfege.  Here is a fun video... Continue Reading →

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