2015 September 29

I feel that solfege is the fastest and most secure route to establishing the scale and the way its notes function within that scale in the minds of singers.

Fr. David Friel At The Papal Masses (Part 2)

2015 September 29

We are so proud of our own Fr. David Friel.

Papal Liturgies - Day 6 of the Papal Visit

2015 September 28

Pope Francis celebrated the Closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families on the last day of his visit.

PDF Download • Extremely Rare Hymnal (1952)

2015 September 28

Published by the Catholic Choirmasters' Guild of Buffalo, New York.

Papal Liturgies - Day 4 & 5 of the Papal Visit

2015 September 26

2 Papal Masses in New York and Philadelphia.

Fr. David Friel & Pope Francis

2015 September 26

A friend kindly sent me these photos…

Praise to the Holiest

2015 September 26

The seven stanzas of amazingness by Blessed Cardinal Newman with three tunes to choose from.

Papal Liturgies - Day 3 of the Papal Visit

2015 September 24

Pope Francis celebrated Solemn Vespers at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC.

Joan Brudieu • Simple Kyrie (Revised)

2015 September 24

When people ask how to begin teaching polyphony, I show them this.

Getting the most from your choir: Passion

2015 September 24

Passion … is a tremendous engine for achieving the very best results.

Musical Resources • 18th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 September 24

“In thy tender mercy, guide aright, we beseech thee, O Lord, our hearts…”

My New Assignment—Part 1

2015 September 24

Please pray for me as I continue to discern my vocation to the priesthood.

Papal Liturgies - Day 2 of the Papal Visit

2015 September 23

Some highlights of the papal liturgies on the second day of Pope Francis's visit

The Art of Breathing

2015 September 23

If there are only two concepts you are able to instill in a child in the early stages regarding breathing, they would be 1) fill and empty the stomach with air just like a balloon (don't use the chest) and 2) keep the shoulders down and relaxed.

Interesting Video About The Latin Mass (Massachusetts)

2015 September 23

I believe Fr. Robert Fromageot was professor of Gregorian chant at the FSSP seminary.

Transposed Mode • This Sunday’s Communion

2015 September 22

One could also use a Mode VII psalm tone to “solve” the problem … but that just sounds wrong.

A Serious Problem That Needs To Be Addressed

2015 September 22

The accusation by this lady really hurt me; but I'm not sure why…

A Striking Approach To Performing Gregorian Chant

2015 September 21

A commenter had posted, “Their metrical chant is a revelation!” That piqued my curiosity.

A Missal for the Ordinariate

2015 September 20

Concrete gestures that enter hearts and stir consciences are essential, inspiring in everyone that inner conversion that is the prerequisite for all ecumenical progress. — Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI

“Agnus Dei” For Three Voices • Guillaume Dufay

2015 September 19

…including a digression on why choirs hate Solfège.

How many tunes should we use?

2015 September 19

Including a brief survey of tunes for Benediction hymns from a few of the hymnbooks on my bookshelf.

Musical Resources • 17th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 September 19

“Very humbly, O Lord, we implore of thy majesty, that the holy mysteries we are celebrating … save us from transgressing in the time to come …”

Communion Antiphons for Advent • World Library Publications

2015 September 18

World Library Publications has published settings of Communion propers for Advent. Listen here to beautiful recordings directed by Paul French.

Sir David Willcocks (1919-2015)

2015 September 17

Sir David Willcocks passed away at home today aged 95.

Pontifical Solemn High Mass in Steubenville

2015 September 17

Students and Alumni of the Sacred Music Program of Franciscan University of Steubenville sang the Pontifical Solemn High Mass celebrated by Cardinal Burke.

“The songs and hymns presently in use need to be reconsidered.”

2015 September 16

“…it is important to avoid musical forms which, because of their profane use, are not conducive to prayer.”

“Live” Recording Of Polyphonic Kyrie VIII

2015 September 16

Last Sunday we sang a beautiful composition by Richard Rice.

Catholic Bulletin Art • Installment #69

2015 September 16

Today's installment is a picture of Saint Alphonsus Ligouri.

10 Ideas for Practicing Choral Music

2015 September 15

"Practicing Choral Music: Ten ideas the singer who doesn't think they can practice on their own" by Doreen Fryling, a lifelong practice avoider.

To God Who Giveth Joy To My Youth

2015 September 15

“Old age steals on with its rich harvest and its peculiar trials, yet the same lips pronounce the same exultant words…”

Fr. Jonathan Morris, Pit Bull Attack, & More

2015 September 14

What you didn't know about Fr. Jonathan Morris…

Getting the most from your choir: Preparation

2015 September 14

Only by knowing a piece inside and out can we teach it effectively and efficiently.

Brilliant Idea for A Parish Fundraiser

2015 September 13

A Different Type of “Silent” Auction

Coming to Church on Time

2015 September 12

Sunday is not exactly a day of rest—I'm sure many people working in Sacred Music would heartily agree!

To What Shall We Aspire?

2015 September 11

Set the bar high and hold precious our sacred treasury of music.

Praying for Our Dead

2015 September 10

"Praying for Our Dead: Essential Music for Catholic Funeral Mass" workshop will be held in Jaspers, GA on October 3. Choir Communiqué • 10 September 2015

2015 September 10

This Friday is special.

Musical Resources • 16th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 September 10

“May thy grace … cause us to be zealous at all times in the doing of good works.”

PDF Download • SAB Setting of “Jesu Rex Admirabilis”

2015 September 09

Including an update on wonderful things happening for Sacred Music in Colorado!

“Imagination, Preparation, Passion” • Getting the most from your choir

2015 September 08

“The conductor should be able to hear a perfect performance of the piece before it even begins.” —Dr. Alfred Calabrese

Video Demonstration • “Do Choral Vowels Matter?”

2015 September 08

Can you see the difference? Can you hear the difference?

Teaching New Singers

2015 September 08

I like to cover (or re-cover) all of the basics with the boys and girls.

A New Edition Of The 1962 Missal?

2015 September 07

Download these Propers for Saint Pio of Pietrelcina—according to the 1962 Missale Romanum!

Liturgy And Diversity

2015 September 07

“His answer was surprising to me, and I thought it both prudential and catholic.” —Chris Mueller

The Importance of Uniforms

2015 September 06

The world needs the witness of priests in ordinary life, not just inside the church building.

“Wearing The Cassock” • A Bishop Weighs In

2015 September 05

“I think that all of us clerics should rethink our choice of clothing…” —Bishop René H. Gracida

Mind, Senses and Recorded Music

2015 September 05

A little pop psychology for your weekend.

Six Things Of Which We’ve Lost Sight

2015 September 04

No. 3: Christ is the center of our music—not us.

Rehearsal Videos • “Jesu Dulcis Memoria”

2015 September 03

I first sang this marvelous piece as a freshman in college, under Dr. James F. Daugherty.

Cardinal Burke will be in Steubenville!

2015 September 03

Cardinal Burke will be visiting Steubenville next Tuesday. Choir Communiqué • 2 September 2015

2015 September 02

This Sunday, we'll continue our “experiment” that we began last week—receiving Holy Communion.

Musical Resources • 15th Sunday after Pentecost (Extraordinary Form)

2015 September 02

“May thine abiding loving-kindness, O Lord, cleanse and fortify thy Church…”

Video • Ars Celebrandi 2015

2015 September 02

A video of Ars Celebrandi Workshops in Poland


2015 September 01

Never purchase another Missalette: Daily Companion approved by the USCCB!

BIG NEWS • SSPX Priests can Validly Absolve

2015 September 01

Pope Francis has granted that SSPX priests can give absolution validly and licitly during the Jubilee Year of Mercy.

The Responsorial Psalm: What You Never Knew!

2015 September 01

…including recent documentation from the Bishops' Committee on the Liturgy (USCCB).