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Ordained in 2011, Father Friel served for five years as Parochial Vicar at St. Anselm Parish in Northeast Philly. He is currently studying toward an STL in sacred liturgy at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C.
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When you consider that the greatest hymns ever written—the plainchant hymns—are pushing the age of eight hundred and that the noble chorale hymn tunes of Bach date from the early eighteenth century, then what is the significance of the word “old” applied to “Mother at Thy Feet Is Kneeling”? Most of the old St. Basil hymns date from the Victorian era, particularly the 1870s and 1880s.
— Paul Hume (1956)

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Sacred Music Camp for Children in Philadelphia
published 10 June 2018 by Fr. David Friel

HILADELPHIA’S Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul has a rich musical history, which was nicely summarized in a booklet published a few years ago. This summer, however, will mark a musical first for the basilica.

The inaugural Cantate Domino Festival is a musical camp open to boys and girls, 7–15 years of age. The event will span two weekdays in July and conclude with an evening concert. Participants will receive training in singing technique and music theory, reinforced through exposure to sacred repertoire.

The Festival will be held July 23 and 24, 2018, from 9 AM to 5 PM. The concluding event will be a concert in the basilica at 7 PM on July 24, 2018.

This camp will be staffed by a group of experienced and well-trained musicians, including:

Charlene Angelini, Director of Music at the Cathedral Basilica
Danielle Molan, Archdiocesan Children’s Choir Director
Nathan Knutson, Director of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
Lisa Knutson, Administrator, Zipoli Institute for Sacred Music
Mark Loria, Principal Organist at the Cathedral Basilica

More information and the registration form for the Cantate Domino Festival are available here.