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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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"It's good that you are in the USA, otherwise who is going to—in the best sense—make music?"
— Ignaz Friedman writing to Josef Hofmann (4 January 1940)

When Music Encounters Religion
published 8 March 2018 by Andrew Leung

HIS VERY SPECIAL project has been going on at the University of St Andrews in Scotland. The TheoArtistry Project is a research project conducted by the Institute for Theology, Imagination and Arts that studies the relationship between theology and arts. In 2016, the institute brought a group of theologians and composers together to explore how God can reveal Himself through music. The biblical scholars first did some extensive studies on certain scripture passages and shared their studies with the composers; the composers then wrote new choral pieces that express the texts.

Here is a short documentary about their project:

A CD featuring the works by Sir James MacMillan and the new compositions of the TheoArtistry Project, sung by St Salvator’s Chapel Choir, was released in January. Excerpts from the CD can be found in this YouTube video. Our readers might also be interested in this article, by Dr. George Corbett, Lecturer in Theology, Imagination and the Arts at the University of St Andrews, entitled: Classical Music’s Divorce from God has been One of the Great Failures of Our Times