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Sense and Sensibility
2019 September 19 by Lucas Tappan

This lesson is no less true in the realm of sacred music than it is in the realm of lovers.


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Let the Fun Begin
2019 September 03 by Lucas Tappan

I have been searching for ways to bring more choristers into the choir…


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Mr. Pete Avendano and His Incredible Choir
2019 August 27 by Lucas Tappan

Now back in Los Angeles, Avendano hopes to found a Catholic boys choir dedicated solely to singing the Church’s music.


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Five Suggestions • “Music in Our Schools”
2019 August 20 by Lucas Tappan

If we desire to educate, we should keep our end in mind—to teach children what is good, and to love that good.


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Five Rules • “Successful Music Camps”
2019 August 13 by Lucas Tappan

A choirmaster must always be recruiting…and a summer camp is a great recruiting tool.


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Announcing: Saint Rita Choral Academy!
2019 July 30 by Lucas Tappan

The parish’s new venture, the St. Rita Choral Academy, is the brainchild of Dr. Alfred Calabrese.


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A Call to Educate Our Future Musicians
2019 July 24 by Lucas Tappan

Most of these students, without ever having studied the Church’s documents on liturgical music, have an innate sense that our sacred mysteries require sacred music… and they WANT IT!


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In Support of the Choir School Tradition
2019 July 09 by Lucas Tappan

St. Paul’s Choir School is one of only three Catholic choir schools in the United States, and provides an approach we might call the apprenticeship method.


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James Kennerley’s “rehearsal with the men and boys was brilliant as is his organ playing.”


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In Search of the Deeper Meaning
2019 June 25 by Lucas Tappan

I have heard it said that magic shows up at every concert but usually goes home disappointed.


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Nevertheless, we have had, and quite frankly still have, a number of fine choirs, conductors and organists that I would place on par and even above our European brethren.


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If you are interested in the great English Cathedral music tradition, please consider listening to these podcasts.


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Further Thoughts on Westminster Cathedral
2019 May 21 by Lucas Tappan

I am reminded of the care with which the Pieta was transported from the Vatican to New York City for the World’s Fair in 1964 and I hope and pray that the Westminster Cathedral Choir will be treated with as much veneration and respect.


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Like the great Cathedral of Notre Dame, this daily musical offering belongs not only to the Church in London and the British Isles, but to the universal Church.


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A Reason To Hope
2019 April 30 by Lucas Tappan

We need to remember how small the amount of yeast is that is needed to leaven the dough.


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Strive for Greatness!
2019 February 27 by Lucas Tappan

Stop trying to make everything easy, and therefore unimportant.


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The Cantor and Congregational Singing
2019 February 12 by Lucas Tappan

I wonder if we haven’t lost sight of the cantor’s original purpose of fostering congregational singing…


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Millennials and Authenticity
2018 November 27 by Lucas Tappan

But what do we mean by authenticity?


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Incredible Advent/Christmas Resource for Families
2018 November 13 by Lucas Tappan

Download this incredible resource for families who wish to live the liturgical life more deeply with the home.


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Chorister Catechesis
2018 November 07 by Lucas Tappan

Be mindful of the immense power that you as a choir director having in orienting your choristers toward Heaven.


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