In all my life I don’t think I have ever heard it mentioned that the art of improvisation, done well, ranks alongside the greatest works of Palestrina or Mozart.
It’s a singular joy to make music, but as we all know, it’s the behind-the-scenes work that makes our rendition of the music truly special—all to the glory of God and the edification of His faithful.
Nor does this world always punish vice.
Does your chanting need a simple tune-up or a whole engine rebuild? Let’s take a look under the hood.
The Baronius Press edition is beautiful, but lacks important markings for singers.
Over these next few months, I want to try reach out to our readers.
The most problematic genre for use in broadcasting is the English setting of the Mass Ordinary since all of the major settings are currently under copyright.
I am imagining a new ensemble, built out of necessity, for the singing of polyphonic motets and even Mass ordinaries.
Prevented from receiving Holy Communion for a time, Frassati became “consumed with Eucharistic Fire.”
You know your own sound so well. You know your strengths, and what you need to work on. Why not suck it up and become your own vocal coach for a while?
Before we began recording, the participants unanimously gave permission to post online.
Sigh … another day, another invisible “white note” to ignore!
A mother remembers the time she was chosen to “crown Mary” and describes organizing a “May Crowning” for her family during the pandemic.
The Sacred Music Symposium is bearing fruits none of its organizers—myself included—could have imagined. Laus Deo!
As churches are working towards reopening, it is also no small change for many to concede congregational singing and choirs of any size. So many musicians have already sacrificed so much, spiritually, artistically, and economically.
Did you know every Mass is a celebration of our Lord’s Ascension? — Here’s proof.
This image of Christ as the Good Shepherd constitutes the supreme model for all pastors, clerical or (in a broader and unordained sense) lay—anyone leading others into the Sheepfold of the Church. It is, therefore, crucial to understand the various nuances of pastor, or shepherd.
It’s hard to believe, but Father Knauff’s “Christ the King Hymnal for Congregational Singing” (1954) omitted this hymn!
Music is a language, but it does not supplant our own. Rather, it enlivens our words so that they can penetrate the soul with the fullness of their meaning—and enlighten our eyes in any circumstance.
Words of Hope from Gerard Manley Hopkins