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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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A Refresher on Chorister Training
2018 October 30 by Lucas Tappan

There are three areas that are especially helpful to be competent in when working with children.

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Leeds Cathedral and the Schools Singing Program
2018 October 25 by Lucas Tappan

In addition to great choir schools at our cathedrals, the Church needs grass roots programs like this throughout our parishes.

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The Problem with the Universal Prayer of the Church
2018 September 13 by Lucas Tappan

Young people today aren’t yearning for the ancient expressions of the Church’s liturgical life merely due to a distorted view of a supposedly golden former age…

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New Catholic Choral School…in Detroit!
2018 August 31 by Lucas Tappan

“Qui bene cantat bis orat!”

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We have all encountered these moments that sustain us along our pilgrim way and I assume the same could be said of all the Holy Martyrs.

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“Being Evangelical Catholics requires that we know the Gospel, believe the Gospel, live the Gospel, and share the Gospel with others—and this begins and ends for us in the sacred liturgy…”

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The Sung Canon
2018 July 11 by Lucas Tappan

Since the Canon cannot be recited “silently” in the Ordinary Form, I wonder if chanting it might be one answer to the lack of transcendence we often encounter within Mass.

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