Schola prep – just some extra help with singing

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”

Joy/Sorrow Practice Videos

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”

Eucharistic Prayer 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”

Eucharistic Prayers

Tomorrow, we will be learning a few prayers that can help to focus the mind and heart in times of adoration before the Blessed Sacrament.  In preparation, you might enjoy this article from the Dominicans in Washington D.C., which is a beautiful reflection on the significance of Christ choosing to retain the appearance of breadContinue reading “Eucharistic Prayers”

Tomorrow: Marian Prayers

In our second session of this Intro to Chant series, we will get to know some Marian Prayers that will be helpful throughout the year; the Marian Antiphons.  If you joined us for Vespers during Advent and Lent, then you are already familiar with two of them.  They all have at least two versions: SimpleContinue reading “Tomorrow: Marian Prayers”

First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary

Happy Memorial of the Queenship of the Blessed Virgin Mary! It is such a great day to begin our Intro to Chant series; under the heavenly mantel of our Blessed Mother.  We will finish the evening singing the Salve Regina – you can practice with this recording if you are not familiar with it: YouContinue reading “First day of Intro Series / Queenship of Mary”

Just a fun find…

I am currently preparing for the Communion chant during the Easter Vigil (you may have noticed the Latin/English translation on the Easter Vigil handout) and stumbled across this fun find. First, here is the video that I am using to help prepare: As I was searching for videos, I came across the same chant thatContinue reading “Just a fun find…”

Not quite sure what this “Vespers” thing is all about?

Here is a little introductory video that you might find helpful.  It gives you an overview of the Liturgy of the Hours and where Vespers fits within the prayer.  If it still seems a bit foreign, just show up to one of the evenings and see how it goes.  Feel free to ask me questionsContinue reading “Not quite sure what this “Vespers” thing is all about?”

Getting ready…

Hey everyone! I’m excited we will be offering more opportunities to chant Vespers this season.  We will be at St. Monica’s on Sundays (Dec 2, 9, 16), and at St. Blaise on Wednesdays (Dec 5, 12) and for the O Antiphon days (Dec 17-23).  Visit the About page for the Church addresses.   A preparationContinue reading “Getting ready…”

Thank you!

Thank you all for taking part in this Intro to Chant series.  I just wanted to share a few things that we went over in class for those who were not able to join us. Here is a worthwhile reflection by Msgr. Pope on the quality of prayer that we find in tradition.  I thinkContinue reading “Thank you!”

Pentecost Sunday

As I mentioned in class, there will be a Traditional Low Mass at St. Titus in Aliquippa this Sunday for the Feast of Pentecost.  The Mass will begin at noon, with the rosary and confession starting at 11:30. After the Mass, we will sing the Veni Creator, which provides a wonderful opportunity for a plenaryContinue reading “Pentecost Sunday”

A brief history of music notation

I mentioned a little about the development of notation last week and thought you might find this video interesting.  Keep in mind that chant existed through oral tradition before notation was created, so listening to chant is very important to learning. (side note:  some of the pronunciations are a bit off, but the narrator actuallyContinue reading “A brief history of music notation”

History of Solfege

We will be using solfege throughout the course in order to warm up our voices and to become comfortable with the melodies (though probably not as thoroughly as we did on the first day).  With that, you may be interested in learning a little more about the history of solfege.  Here is a fun videoContinue reading “History of Solfege”