This is a small, lay-led effort to make the beauty of Gregorian Chant more widely available in the parish setting. Originating under the title, “Chant at St. Monica’s [Church],” we have grown to include additional locations in our efforts. In order to retain our relationship with St. Monica, we chose the patronage of her son, St. Augustine, to whom the quote “He who sings, prays twice” is popularly attributed. Under the new title “St. Augustine’s Schola,” we hope to continue to share our love for prayer through Gregorian Chant with our Catholic brothers and sisters in the Pittsburgh area.
We are currently offering a Beginner’s schola (school for Gregorian Chant/choir) to assist with the Extraordinary Form (EF) Mass at St. Blaise Church on Feb. 13th (7pm) in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes.
Anyone interested in learning how to sing the Mass is invited to join us on Thursdays, January 30th and February 6th at 6:30pm in the St Blaise Parish Office. The first class will focus the Ordinary Chants (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Angus Dei) and a few hymns. The second class will focus on the Propers (chanted prayers particular to the day). With these classes, participants will learn how to sing from Chant notation, Latin pronunciation, and aspects of singing for the Liturgy.
Participants are then welcome to assist with singing for the EF Mass at St. Blaise on Thursday, Feb. 13th at 7pm (schola members are asked to arrive at 6pm).
Please feel free to contact Ann through this website with any questions, or if you would like to bring a chant opportunity to your parish.