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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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Summer Sacred Music Workshop — Report
published 18 August 2015 by Andrew Leung

CTL Workshop Report AST SATURDAY, I was presenting at the Summer Sacred Music Workshop in Jasper, Georgia. It was the first time I have ever present at a workshop and it was a very positive experience for me. I was blessed to be able to work with some wonderful faculty members: Fr. David Carter, Fr. Charles Byrd, Bridget Scott, Jonathan Eason, Maria Rist and Noel Jones. Many of our participants described the experience as joyful and peaceful. The turnout was really good, about 130 participants from 6 different states gathered at Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church. I was very happy to see brothers and sisters from the Episcopal Church, Methodist Church and Presbyterian Church participating in the workshop.

Participants were introduced to the Ward’s Method during the workshop. They were split into 3 Chant Scholae and 2 Polyphony Choirs, where musical instructions were given. These groups also sang the Novus Ordo closing Mass. A keynote was delivered by Fr. David Carter, JCL, pastor and rector of the Basilica Sts. Peter and Paul in Chattanooga, Tennessee. His talk was entitled “Re-discovery of the Church’s Sacred Tradition: II Kings 22”. He has given us permission to share his talk in written format:

    * *  PDF RE-DISCOVERY OF THE CHURCH’S SACRED TRADITION: II KINGS 22

In his talk, Fr. Carter compared his experience of discovering Sacred Music to King Josiah’s story. Through telling his story, he explained the theology of Sacred Music and the Church’s teachings on Liturgical Music. He also gave some practical suggestions on how to improve parish music programs towards the end of his talk. If you are interested in these suggestions, you can find them from page 12 onward in the PDF file. These suggestions are very helpful and I strongly recommend you to read them.

It is very touching to see so many people thirsting for true Sacred Music, the treasure of the Church. The Church is slowly rediscovering her Tradition. I pray that this workshop will bear much fruit.