I will be privileged to field your questions alongside two well known and widely respected church musicians: Mary Ann Carr Wilson and Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
What happened to this masculine presence in all things musical in the United States?
My assistant and I recently had the privilege while in England to have lunch with Dr. Ronny Krippner…
“And yet I may live and die a true and perfect member of his holy Catholic Church without which I believe there is no salvation for me.” —William Byrd
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I mentioned to my (much younger) assistant that certain battles I will no longer fight. She told me I was becoming bitter—but I can honestly say that isn’t the case.
In my own diocese, “The Catholic Academy of Sacred Music” was incorporated for that very purpose last summer.
“Make it an unbreakable rule to ingrain the rudiments of music theory into the very bones of the beginning student, preferably before the age of nine or ten.” —Dr. Lucas Tappan
Thirty years ago most pastors would not have been open to inaugurating good sacred music programs in their parishes, but times have changed.
These were two joyful, yet profitable, weeks spent with a dedicated group of devout Catholics…
Every choirmaster should place a high priority on recruitment, otherwise in time he commits a form of “choral contraception”…
St. John Paul II Catholic Church joins a growing number of parishes (including the Cathedral) in our archdiocese committed the renewal of both the Sacred Liturgy and Music.
I also feel this is the reason that many church musicians in England don’t matriculate into doctoral programs—their choir schools imparted more than a doctoral program could ever give.
Organ improvisation is on the mind of many organists these days as they cope in the absence of choirs and other musicians.
We can sometimes be so caught up in advancing Gregorian chant that we fail to remember that every single age in the history of the Catholic Church has seen forms of popular religious music…