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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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Dr. Lucas Tappan
published 21 December 2012 by Corpus Christi Watershed

5394 Lucas Tappan Choral UCAS TAPPAN graduated in 2004 from Benedictine College in Atchison, KS—where he studied organ with Fr. Blaine Schultz, OSB, and Dr. Ruth Krusemark—earning degrees in Theology and Music. He earned his Master of Music in Church Music (organ performance) in 2009 from the University of Kansas and in 2014 was granted a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Church Music (choral conducting) from the same institution. His teachers included Michael Bauer (organ), James Higdon (organ), and Paul Tucker (choral conducting).

In 2008, Dr. Tappan arrived at Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Topeka, KS, and three years later founded the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum, an after-school choir program in the tradition of the EUROPEAN CATHEDRAL CHOIR SCHOOL. In 2012, he was privileged to spend six weeks observing the training of choristers at the Madeleine Choir School at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah—an experience that has greatly shaped the way he trains choristers.

The Gentlemen and Children of the MPHM Schola Cantorum released their first CD in November 2014. In January of 2016, they will travel to Rome to sing at St. Peter’s Basilica—joining the Sistine Chapel Choir—alongside several other children’s choirs from the Americas and Europe for the first CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL FOR EPIPHANY, sponsored by the Fondazione Pro Musica e Arte Sacra. Dr. Tappan lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons. He maintains a personal blog.

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