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Richard J. Clark has served since 1989 as Music Director and Organist at Saint Cecilia Church in Boston, Massachusetts. He is also Chapel Organist (Saint Mary’s Chapel) at Boston College. For the Archdiocese of Boston, he directed the Office of Divine Worship Saint Cecilia Schola. His compositions have been performed on four continents.
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"In accord with no. 55 of the instruction of the Congregation of Rites on music in the liturgy (March 5, 1967), the Conference of Bishops has determined that vernacular texts set to music composed in earlier periods may be used in liturgical services even though they may not conform in all details with the legitimately approved versions of liturgical texts (November, 1967). This decision authorizes the use of choral and other music in English when the older text is not precisely the same as the official version."
— Catholic Bishops for the dioceses of the United States (November, 1969)

A Simple SSA Offering
published 23 January 2013 by Richard J. Clark

OMPOSED FOR the Boston City Singers, Sing a New Song is based on Psalm 98, reflective of last week’s Responsorial psalm and this Sunday’s Introit. It is a very simple setting for SSA choir with a simple organ accompaniment. It easily learned in a rehearsal or two. A simple harmonization of the melody alternates with a three part canon of the same melody, ending with a rhythmic and step-wise descant.

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PDF • “Sing a New Song” (SSA with Organ)

As a guest choir, the Boston City Singers recently sang this piece at St. Cecilia Parish in Boston. But more importantly, this secular organization beautifully models the evangelization we must do in our churches and faith communities (from their website):

Directed by founder, Jane Money, the Boston City Singers was founded in 1995 as a response to budget cuts in music education in the public schools. They provide outstanding music training opportunities to low and moderate income inner-city youth in the communities in which they live. With eight different programs, the students who sing with BCS range in age from four years to eighteen years old.

Eighty percent of the students who sing with BCS live in Boston’s urban neighborhoods. Boston City Singers’ vision is to provide the highest level of musical training and wide–ranging performance opportunities to young people, to inspire personal development, celebrate diversity, and foster goodwill within our city and surrounding towns. As advocates for the performing arts, BCS see themselves as partners with the local community and ambassadors to the world. Through their gift of song, the members of the BCS develop a lifelong love of music and the heart to live in a world of differences.

This is a wonderful example of action taken to better our communities, backed by a long-term commitment! This is what we must do to strengthen our prayer and strengthen our faith communities.