I just learned that one of our bloggers and one of the kindest men I’ve ever known, Charles Culbreth died yesterday. He was a unique musician – with a church career that ran from contemporary folk Christian to chant. It is my understanding that he was also an inspired music educator who taught many children and young people the joy of music. No one who ever met Charles forgot him.
Let us not forget him now. Please remember him in your prayers.
There is still some time and still some places available for singers who want to have a ripping good time singing chant and polyphony, networking and hanging out with lovers of sacred liturgical music, working with some of the “best of the block” in the field, and taking their own skills and experience up to another level.
From June 25 to June 30, 2018, there will be beautiful music at the lakeside campus of Loyola University, with Masses celebrated in the Madonna della Strada chapel. Extraordinary Form, Ordinary Form, Latin and English, and now Spanish! Head over to the CMAA website and see all the opportunities to sing music you love.
If you’re a beginner at singing, fear not! The basics of chant are taught and there is a special choir to introduce you to the intricacies of polyphony. There’s no “karaoke choir” here. Instead you have a chance to work on skills with a welcoming community. Everyone was a beginner once upon a time; the best of us remember it!
Put the kitchen remodel on hold, see if the car won’t hold out one more year, whatever! Come to Chicago and discover the joy of great liturgical music that YOU are a part of.
Your spirits will be lifted and your faith strengthened. What more do you want?
Please click over to my latest blog post at SacredMiscellany.com for a wonderful YouTube video of a Serbian Easter hymn. It’s full of singing, blossoming trees, Easter eggs, and children. And, hey, it’s Bright Monday for the Eastern Orthodox.
Lovers of Sacred Music are cordially invited to visit my blog at sacred miscellany for a taste of Great Saturday Lamentations from the East. Better yet, subscribe to the blog and never miss a moment of interesting and beautiful sacred a cappella music.
You might find the site a bit tricky to navigate since much of it is Dutch (Flemish). However, even if travel isn’t in your plans, it’s nice to know what others are up to in the sacred music world.
Interestingly, this festival always has a South Korean presence. And if you visit the site of the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, you will find a considerable number of Korean students. What is the relationship there? Is chant more popular than guitar music in Korean Catholic circles? And why are the singers predominantly women? Why does life present so many questions?
Stop wasting your time with Solitaire or Death of the Galaxy (I just made that one up)!
Sharpen your ear and/or your smarts with Theta Music Trainer. I like to think I’m a pretty smart cookie. Well, I’m tuning up my rusty interval recognition – and feeling like the Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz.
There are a zillion games and a wonderful way to take a break from whatever you’re really supposed to be doing and still be able to justify it.