Thursday, August 14, 2008

My Chant Project: UPDATE

After my first ad ran the second week in several parish bulletins around the Diocese, I am up to EIGHT respondents in one parish, four respondents in another parish, and three other respondents, one of whom is not even Catholic, but read the ad in a friend's bulletin.

EIGHT people in one parish... I am starting to find this interesting! None of them are choir members or involved in their parish's music ministry recently. They are ALL very enthusiastic and anxious to get started.

I have gotten in contact with a person I spoke with last month at our Diocesan Music Committee meeting. He was asked by the Pastor at an area church to coordinate the music for the TLM at their parish which is celebrated on alternating weeks. He was concerned about finding people that would want to be involved. This parish is rather close by the parish from which I have gotten the best response. I think we might be able to help each other out...

And so I will repeat the advice that was given by both Jeffrey Tucker and Scott Turkington at the Chant Intensive this past June.... go and get scholas started in your area. Work out the details once you get going, but JUST GET THEM GOING!

11 comments:

José F. Moreno said...

Where is this taking place?

Dan Hunter said...

Dear Sir,
I would love to join your schola.
Where can I sign up?

God bless you.

danphunter1@aol.com

Chironomo said...
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Chironomo said...

For those of you who are truly interested and would like to know where this is all taking place, I'll be happy to speak with you via e-mail at (sacred_music@comcast.net). I try to not post too much information online since this all kind of a "new thing" around here, and I need to protect my job from the big mean chant hating powers-that-be.

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

It sounds good, let's get one started.

Brian Kopp said...

Here's our local effort:

http://stbenedictschola.org/

Thomas said...

Very interesting. I am doing the same thing in Galesburg, Illinois, which is in the Peoria diocese. We will begin with Compline and other "common" hymns that could be used in any Novus Ordo Mass. It's a small town, and I've only placed ads in the three parish bulletins in town, but there have been five respondents so far, only one of them in the existing choirs as far as I know. For anyone in the vicinity interested, there is also a schola starting for the TLM in Davenport, Iowa at St. Anthony's.

Chironomo said...

It's so encouraging to hear about the effort's being made across the country... it will probably be slow going notwithstanding some kind of modern day "Tra le solicitudini" being promulgated. In the meantime, we'll just have to build from the ground up.

Mary Jane said...

And remember that it only takes two to make a schola. More are nice, but don't wait for the crowd. Attract them. Way to go, Chironomo.

Chironomo said...

A comment about something important that has been said here, but which may not have been picked up on... NONE of the respondents for this project are choir members or have participated in the music ministry. When looking for schola members, try going OUTSIDE the established music program. There are skilled people out there who are not "in the choir" ...

Adrienne said...

"There are skilled people out there who are not "in the choir" ...

Probably most of the skilled people are not in the choir. Skilled people do not want to sing Haugen and Haas.