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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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Te Deum Laudámus
published 31 December 2015 by Andrew Leung

APPY NEW YEAR! And Happy Solemnity! According to the tradition, a plenary indulgence is granted, under the usual conditions, to those who chant or recite the Te Deum on New Year’s Eve. Here is a beautiful setting of Te Deum by Herbert Howells to start the year 2016.



I hope you enjoy the piece sung by the Schola Cantorum Franciscana, accompanied by Nicholas Will, under the direction of Dr. Paul Weber.