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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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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modem: 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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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!