Good news! A Webinar on Chanting Monastic Vespers will be offered online by Jennifer Donelson (Director of Sacred Music at St. Joseph’s Seminary) from 5-6:10pm for the next few Sundays (May 3, 10, 17 and 24). Instruction will be provided in the first 40 minutes, followed by praying Vespers. The webinar is free and youContinue reading “Miss Singing Vespers? Another Home Chant Opportunity”
Hello all! I hope you had a joyful Feast of the Resurrection and that you are continuing to tap into the Pascha celebration as we endure the challenges of this coronavirus situation. The few schola events that we had planned are up in the air at the moment, so I unfortunately don’t know when theContinue reading “Chant study at home”
Hey everyone. I know this has been a particularly difficult Lent, and it is with great sadness that we anticipate Easter Sunday without the full joy of being present in the liturgical celebrations. This is a time in which our small efforts will make a big difference in our ability to take part in theContinue reading “Preparation for Easter”
As we are adapting to mitigate the danger faced to our vulnerable brothers and sisters by the coronavirus, you may be interested in learning a prayer uniquely suitable for this time. The link offers more information, along with a helpful practice audio. https://www.ccwatershed.org/2020/03/13/stella-caeli-a-hymn-against-pestilence/ You might also find this post regarding prayer in time of lock-downContinue reading “In this challenging time…”
Join us on Sunday, March 22nd for a Lenten meditation on our mortality and love for the departed through the beauty of Gregorian Chant.
Today (Feb. 11th) is the actual Feast day of the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary (aka Our Lady of Lourdes). Our Mass on the 13th will be a Votive Mass, joining the devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes to Our Lady of Fatima. Aiming to prepare our hearts along with our voices to uniteContinue reading “About the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary”
Here are some practice audios for the Ordinaries this Thursday. The pace is a bit faster than the initial practice post, so go through it a couple of times in order to become comfortable with it. You can practice in solfege, then switch to the Latin. I hope to do a separate post for theContinue reading “Practice Melodies for Ordinaries on Feb 13th (Mass IX)”
Here are the audios to help practice the propers. I am not a pianist, but they should still be good enough to give your voice a feel for the melodies. Go through it with your solfege sheet until it becomes comfortable, then sing it with the Latin. I also included an audio of simply speakingContinue reading “Practice Audios for the Apparition of the Immaculate Virgin Mary”
I’m sorry I had to cancel the Beginner’s Schola class on Jan 30th, but I hope the videos in this post will help you prepare on your own. We will be working primarily with Mass IX (Cum jubilo), which is used for solemnities and feasts of Our Lady. The Mass that will be offered onContinue reading “Ordinaries for Feb 13th”
Hey everyone: I unfortunately will be out of town this week due to a family emergency and need to cancel the practice this Thursday, January 30th. We should still be good for the practice on February 6th (6:30 – 8pm). Keep an eye on this site though; I will post practice videos for the OrdinariesContinue reading “Practice Canceled”
The Mass on Feb 13th will be in honor of Our Lady of Lourdes. We will focus on the Ordinaries (Mass IX) on Jan 30th and the Propers on Feb 6th. Practice videos and more information will be posted as we go. Please invite anyone you think may be interested – I hope you canContinue reading “Upcoming Opportunity”
I just happened to come across a beautiful meditation on the Rorate Caeli, an Advent Hymn which the schola will sing after the Communion verse on the 13th. Here is a recording of the chant to help you become familiar: The meditation is from the Dominicana Journal (click the link to read), reflecting on the contentContinue reading “An Advent Hymn for the 13th”
We will be learning Mass XVIII (the Ordinary chant setting for ferias, vigils, etc. during Advent and Lent), along with a few hymns appropriate for the season. Please invite anyone you think might be interested. I hope you can join us!
Happy New Liturgical Year!!! Unfortunately, we are not able to organize sung Vespers at St. Monica and St. Blaise this season. With praying Vespers during Advent and Lent for the past 3 years, I’m going to miss coming together to chant the psalms, along with meditating on the O Antiphons in preparation for the birthContinue reading “Advent Update”
The last opportunity to see the Illuminated Requiem exhibit will be this Wednesday, Nov 20th at St. Blaise. The exhibit has been visiting different locations throughout the month of November, seeking to assist in prayer for the deceased. Join us at 6pm for the presentation, exploring the content of the prayers of the Requiem Mass. Continue reading “Illuminated Requiem exhibit/presentation at St. Blaise”
Please share with anyone you think might be interested. I hope you can attend!
We have not focused on the specifics of singing in the past – largely because I am not trained in this area, but also because praying through chant does not require a soloist voice. It is a little different when seeking to sing for the Liturgy though. In this case, the extra effort in trainingContinue reading “Schola prep – just some extra help with singing”
Great job with learning the Te Deum and Lux Aeterna! As I mentioned, I would not expect to master a chant the first time it is introduced. Often, you need a night to let things sink in, forget some things, then restudy it, (and repeat). By this, you develop what you have learned in orderContinue reading “Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos”
Great job last Thursday! I just wanted to share a few videos to help with practicing the chants that were introduced. You’ll notice in this recording of the Ave Verum, the schola is singing antiphonally; one side chants the line to the double bar, then the other side chants to the next double bar. ThisContinue reading “Eucharistic Prayer Videos”