A press release from the National Catholic Youth Choir
For Release: Immediate Contact: Dorothy Kantor
Saint John’s University School of Theology
September 28, 2010 (320) 363-3154 or email@example.com
“One Lord, Many Traditions”
National Catholic Youth Choir
The National Catholic Youth Choir was founded in 2000 and has just finished its eleventh season. The choir is sponsored by Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary and meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. It began under the motto Spreading the Catholic Faith Through Great Music as a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.” The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music and is led by world renowned choral conductor, Dr. Axel Theimer. Fr. Anthony Ruff, O.S.B., a monk of Saint John’s abbey, is the founding director and chaplain. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical, and the choir seeks to implement the directive of Vatican Council II that the “treasury of sacred music” be preserved and fostered in the modern liturgy.
On June 15, 2010 selected high school students from throughout the United States traveled to Saint John’s University to participate in the 15 day camp and tour. This year’s theme was One Lord, Many Traditions. Promoting the idea that what unites us is greater than what divides us! We celebrated the many ways of praising God and serving Christ with music from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Moravian Brethren and Evangelical traditions.
After several days of intense choir rehearsals and camp activities the choir departed Saint John’s and began their concert tour at Sacred Heart Church in Staples, MN. The six day tour also included concerts at St. Michael’s in Grand Forks, ND, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND, Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen, SD, St. Mary’s in Sioux Falls, SD and St. Bartholomew in Wayzata, MN. Daily tour and camp photos are available on our website at www.CatholicYouthChoir.org.
The last full day of camp the choir recorded a CD at Saint John’s University. This CD will be available to the general public for purchase after October 15. Please check our website after this date for ordering information.
Catholic youth going into 10th-12th grade in 2011 are strongly encouraged to apply for the June 14-28, 2011 program. Application and audition information is available online at www.CatholicYouthChoir.org or contact Dorothy Kantor at 320-363-3154 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This looks to be a fascinating conference: American Sarum: Our Anglican Liturgical and Musical Heritage. The place is Christ Church Bronxville, New York. Dates: January 14-17, 2011. It begins with the best possible opening: a concert of medieval music by the choir of Trinity Wall Street.
Many have asked…
Winter Chant Intensive: January 3-7, 2011; New Orleans, LA. Details and registration information forthcoming.
Sacred Music Colloquium XXI: June 13-19, 2011; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Details and registration information forthcoming.
Announcing the CMAA Fall Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Houston Cathedral. October 21-23,2010 This three day event is sponsored by the CMAA Houston Chapter, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and St. Theresa Church in Sugarland, Texas.
Faculty includes Dr. William Mahrt, Scott Turkington, Arlene Oost-Zinner, Rev. Robert Pasley, Dr. Crista Miller, and Jeffrey Tucker. There will be separate courses in beginning Chant for women and men, an advanced chant Master Class, Training for Priests, Deacons, and seminarians, as well as lectures and fellowship. Vespers will be sung in Latin and English on Friday evening; The event will conclude with a Missa Cantata in the ordinary from on Saturday, October 23rd.
Fr. Robert Skeris will conduct a chant seminar at the Bishop O’Connor Catholic Pastoral Center, Madison, Wisconsin, October 1-2, 2010. This should be a great event! See the diocesan page created for the event.
The Charlotte Observer reports on an August 6-7, 2010, workshop at St. Ann Catholic Church. Arlene Oost-Zinner is directing the chant. I’ll be lecturing.
A fascinating line up that includes Jerry Galipeau, Will Breytspraak, David Haas, Fr. Andrew Wadsworth, and this writer. What I liked most about last year was getting to know all the regular parish musicians who attend. I learned so much from my conversations with people! Hope to see you August 21.
If you are anywhere near Sarasota, Florida, this is a wonderful opportunity for you. Edward Schaefer is leading a three-day workshop on sacred music and chant at the Christ the King Catholic Church, July 22-24, 2010. It is only $50.
The schedule for the William Byrd Festival this year is up. It might be the greatest musico-liturgical event of the year. The dates are August 13-29, Portland, Oregon.
Dr. Richard Marlow of Trinity College, Cambridge, England will return to Portland to conduct Cantores in Ecclesia in a two-week festival of choral masterpieces by the greatest composer of the English Renaissance, William Byrd (1540–1623). The festival will feature six liturgical services, three concerts and six public lectures. The services include Byrd’s Masses for Three, Four, and Five Voices, Compline and Evensong from the Anglican rite, Mass for the Assumption with selections from the Gradualia of 1607. The opening concert on August 13 features tenor Oliver Mercer and Mark Williams on harpsichord and organ in a program of Byrd’s consort songs; the Festival Concert on Aug 29, directed by Dr. Marlow, includes Byrd’s moving setting of the Lamentations of Jeremiah.
The Gregorian Institute of Canada is offering a program from the 12th to the 18th of August. See the site for more information.