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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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Unfortunately my avocation of church musician doesn’t allow me to sidestep the Latin vs. vernacular issue any more than a house painter is able to avoid paint.

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An Unpleasant Task
2017 May 23 by Lucas Tappan

I realize it is hard, but perhaps this is the balance we are called to live—truth in charity.

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Recruiting and Auditioning Choristers
2017 May 16 by Lucas Tappan

The audition itself is very straight forward and usually takes about 10 minutes, although I know within the first minute if I plan to accept the child into the choir.

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Live recordings—music in honor of Our Lady of Fatima.

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
2017 May 02 by Lucas Tappan

If the Holy Mass really is the unbloody sacrifice of the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Christ, then the music we use will be radically affected.

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Take 2 Voice Lessons and Call Me in the Morning
2017 April 26 by Lucas Tappan

I watched in fascination as one of the tenors strained to reach notes obviously out of his range. I had never heard the chest voice forced so high in the male register.

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