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Dr. Lucas Tappan is a conductor and organist whose specialty is working with children. He lives in Kansas with his wife and two sons.
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Essentially the Missal of St. Pius V is the Gregorian Sacramentary; that again is formed from the Gelasian book which depends on the Leonine collection. We find the prayers of our Canon in the treatise “De Sacramentis” and allusions to it in the 4th century. So our Mass goes back, without essential change, to the age when it first developed out of the oldest liturgy of all. It is still redolent of that liturgy, of the days when Caesar ruled the world and thought he could stamp out the faith of Christ, when our fathers met together before dawn and sang a hymn to Christ as to a God. The final result of our enquiry is that, in spite of unsolved problems, in spite of later changes, there is not in Christendom another rite so venerable as ours.
— Fr. Adrian Fortescue (d. 1923)

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Choir School Ingredients
published 5 May 2015 by Lucas Tappan

LMT 7 ERHAPS I should use the phrase choral foundation as opposed to choir school in my  blog posts. My ultimate goal is to cultivate worthy music for the sacred liturgy through the musical and liturgical formation of our young people. In the past, I have spoken to priests and music directors who either don’t have a parochial school, or the school is not sympathetic to the goals of a choir school. Don’t fear. The point is not to begin a school for the sake of having a school, but to build a choral program in a way that works best for your parish, no matter how small. I will confess, the regular routine of rehearsals during the school day is easier, but a number of the English cathedrals (and parish churches) do very well with an after school program, and you can too!

At the very least, it is necessary that a parish have a competent music director working alongside a pastor who has a liturgical vision grounded in the Church’s wisdom regarding liturgy and sacred music. If your parish has that, all you need are some children for the choir. Get started!