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Impressions from Sacred Music Colloquium 2018
2018 July 03 by Lucas Tappan

I thought today I would share with readers some of my impressions of the wonderful events that took place.

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The Beauty of Dance
2018 June 05 by Lucas Tappan

There shall surely be dancing in Heaven.

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Too Much Emphasis On Liturgy? • A Response
2018 May 15 by Lucas Tappan

Perhaps the supposed over emphasis on the Liturgy among younger Catholics today is just a response to its devaluation since the 1960s.

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Choosing Choral Repertoire
2018 April 30 by Lucas Tappan

Is it okay for choirmasters to program the same piece several Sundays in a row?

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The boys encountered the same learning curves the adult men had previously, but their facility in solfege speed up the learning process.

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Tone Quality and Your Singers
2018 April 10 by Lucas Tappan

Ultimately it doesn’t matter if your choir resonates well and sings beautiful vowels but can’t communicate via the music…

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Building Your Choir Vocally
2018 February 20 by Lucas Tappan

If more choirmasters were honest with themselves, they would probably acknowledge that no more than 25 to 40 percent of their singers are actually leaders within their choirs.

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Review • Fr. White’s Tools for Rebuilding
2018 February 13 by Lucas Tappan

I’m edified by Fr. White’s work, but hope his regard for “church growth” doesn’t negate the Sacramental and supernatural nature of the Church.

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Music in Catholic Schools
2018 February 06 by Lucas Tappan

The Church possesses a tool of immense value.

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Forward, Ever Forward!
2018 January 23 by Lucas Tappan

One day, God willing, when He calls you into the New and Eternal Jerusalem, you will discover the eternal consequences of the offering of your widow’s mite.

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What If...
2018 January 16 by Lucas Tappan

Whether a Gothic cathedral in France, a rural Norman church in England or a Californian mission church, each one in its own way has the power to lift our eyes in contemplation of the New and Eternal Jerusalem.

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Sound Does Matter!
2018 January 02 by Lucas Tappan

In a sense, I understood every word. As a matter of fact, I was beaten over the head by every one of them.

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Of the Father's Love Begotten...
2017 December 27 by Lucas Tappan

Some day I wouldn’t mind cooking up a good ol’ fashioned Christmas Ball, but 'til then have to content myself with adding a few pounds (or more than a few) in honor of our Lord’s birth.

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7 Rules • “Your Family and Adventide”
2017 November 28 by Lucas Tappan

Children need to see that everything takes second place to your relationship with Christ.

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“Meet Me In St. Louis”
2017 November 21 by Lucas Tappan

Jeff recently asked if directors take choir pictures and I can’t say I do—but thankfully others did.

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Music and Evangelization
2017 November 13 by Lucas Tappan

It’s an incredibly refreshing and dare I say beautiful movement within the Church today…

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The Problem of Acedia
2017 October 10 by Lucas Tappan

We rarely speak of greatness in the Church anymore for fear of driving people away, yet look at all of the men who responded to the call of the priesthood because of the example of Pope St. John Paul II.

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A Silver Jubilee
2017 October 03 by Lucas Tappan

Many things have changed over the last quarter of a century in the field of church music and thankfully most of them have been for the better.

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Liturgical Education
2017 September 26 by Lucas Tappan

Perhaps I am just a Benedictine at heart but I feel the Opus Dei (Work of God) must truly be given pride of place in our personal lives…

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Until we start forming our youth in the Church’s treasury of sacred music we will continue contracepting our musical future to death.

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