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Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast
43 minutes | 5 days ago
SE03 EP03 – Motets – with Dr. Aaron James
What is a motet? Where did this musical genre come from? What has the word "motet" meant throughout history? What can motets of the past teach us about incorporating non-obligatory texts into the sacred liturgy? How can the music and texts of motets make the other texts of the Mass, especially those of the lectionary, come to life? We explore these questions with Dr. Aaron James, the Director of Music for the Toronto Oratory of St Philip Neri, serving the music program at Holy Family Church in Toronto. He’s a graduate of the Eastman school of music, earning there both the PhD in musicology and a DMA in organ performance. He shares helpful scholarly insights which help illuminate the path for music directors as they make repertory choices. Too, we hear some recordings produced by the singers in his excellent parish music program. The Oratory's YouTube channel is available at: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCRRUmJAW2o_nh74VB3ijYxQ The website for the music program of the oratory is: https://oratory-toronto.org/holy-family-parish/choirs/
45 minutes | 9 days ago
SE03 EP02 - Growing up Catholic in China and Musical Life in the Church in China – with His Eminence Joseph Cardinal Zen
A brave man and heroic witness for the freedom and rights of the Church in China and Hong Kong, His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen, joins us for a discussion about music while growing up in Shanghai, in his formation as a Salesian, and in seminaries in China.
45 minutes | 3 months ago
SE03 EP01 – Sanctity, Beauty, and Universality in Modern Sacred Music – with Sir James MacMillan
One of the most prominent composers of our time, Sir James MacMillan has written for concert hall and stage as well as for the Church. A devoted Catholic, Sir James joins us for the opening of season three to discuss transcendence, beauty, spirituality, and universality in music, particularly focusing on the ability of music to speak to Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Check out Boosey & Hawkes' website for more information about Sir James and his works: https://www.boosey.com/composer/James+MacMillan.
19 minutes | 5 months ago
SE02 EP20 – Lectio Divina and Biblical Exegesis of Gregorian Chants for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost – with Dom Mark Kirby, OSB
Listen in on a sermon given last summer at Silverstream Priory in County Meath, Ireland, by the founding prior of the priory, Dom Mark Kirby, OSB, a priest-monk and musician. Check out the Priory's website at https://www.cenacleosb.org. As we conclude season 2, we'd like to thank you for listening! Please consider taking a moment to rate us on iTunes and leave us a review, as doing so helps others find out about the podcast.
23 minutes | 5 months ago
SE02 EP18 – 7000+ Hours of Gregorian Chant – Behind the Scenes at the Neumz Project – with John Anderson & Alberto Díaz-Blanco
The largest recording project in history is coming to life in an excellent new app for sacred musicians and those wishing to learn to pray and sing Gregorian chant in the Mass and Divine Office. In this episode we dive into the story of the monastery, the singing of the nuns at Notre Dame de Fidélité in Jouques, France, their sister monastery in Bénin, and the exciting new Neumz project with two of the main figures behind the project, John Anderson and Alberto Díaz-Blanco. Check out Neumz at their website: https://neumz.com Correction for this episode: while Andy Bloomfield spent time in the abbey of Fontgombault, it was his brother Benjamin that developed the GABC chant tools.
33 minutes | 5 months ago
SE02 EP19 – Where Do I Start? A Pastoral Plan for Changing a Parish Music Program - with Dr. Mary Jane Ballou
Is there an opportunity for improvement in your parish music program? Has there been a change in personnel, circumstances, or resources that makes growth possible? Perhaps the COVID-19 pandemic has presented possibilities for progress. Maybe you are looking at how to introduce the proper chants into a parish Mass, improve the hymnody used, or build the choral program. How does one make changes in a prudent and positive manner? Dr. Mary Jane Ballou joins us to discuss these and related questions. Dr. Ballou is Music Director at an Ordinariate parish in formation in Jacksonville, Florida. In addition to conducting and performing, Dr. Ballou is a regular contributor to the Sacred Music journal of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) on the practical aspects of choir/schola training and management, and is a member of the CMAA’s group blog, The Chant Café. Dr. Mary Jane Ballou's Website Sacred Music Journal Chant Cafe Blog
26 minutes | 6 months ago
SE02 EP17 – Sacred Music as a Vital Part of Parish Life and Fellowship – Roundtable with Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Charles Cole, and Fr. Robert Pasley
In our first roundtable discussion on sacred music we talk with experienced church musicians and CMAA chaplain, Fr. Robert Pasley, about fostering community in parish life through building up sacred music programs. Charles Cole's Website: https://charlescole.com Mary Ann Carr Wilson's Website: http://www.maryanncarr.com/index.html Church Music Association of America's Website: https://musicasacra.com
33 minutes | 6 months ago
Bonus Episode 5 – Introduction to the Organ for Pianists – with Dr. Crista Miller
Learn some tips and tricks to orient yourself along the journey from pianist-only, to organist-as-well. Dr. Crista Miller, Director of Music and Cathedral Organist at the Co-cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Houston, discusses differences in technique between the two instruments, learning to pedal, figuring out registration, and some great beginning repertoire. For more information about her summer 2020 online class at St. Joseph's Seminary, click here: https://jenniferdonelson.com/classes To register, click here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes For the list of repertoire Dr. Miller recommends, click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Practical-Beginning-Repertoire-Collections-for-Organists.pdf For more information about Dr. Miller, check out her bio here: https://www.sacredhearthouston.org/dr-crista-miller-1 The co-cathedral's YouTube page is here: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4N4fjBNP595MgpsgIiqWQw Or on SoundCloud here: https://soundcloud.com/user-545548420 Dr. Crista Miller's personal SoundCloud page has some great recordings and interviews she's given: https://soundcloud.com/cordenuit8
18 minutes | 6 months ago
Bonus Episode 4 – 40+ (Mostly Free) Resources for Making Excellent Sacred Music in a Time of Restrictions
Are you a music director looking for ideas about what to do whilst there are restrictions on sacred music put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic? Check out this episode. It's not for the casual listener, and we don't go into any virology or epidemiology, but for the music director in search of music to sing and play when faced with limitations, we hope you'll find this helpful. For a link to all the resources mentioned in the episode and more, click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/resources
35 minutes | 6 months ago
BONUS Episode 3 – The Top 5 Misconceptions about Music at Mass (Part I: nos. 1 and 2) – with Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
What are the top five things that people don't understand when it comes to sacred music? In this first part of a two-part episode, we take time to give a substantive response to what many Catholics might not know or don't get right about music for the sacred liturgy. We look at liturgical and philosophical principles that have been fleshed out through the centuries as the Church has guided musicians in building up the treasury of sacred music, and spend some time on insights from Church documents. For more information about the Summer 2020 online class taught by Dr. Donelson-Nowicka at St. Joseph's Seminary, "Principles of Sacred Music," click here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/upcoming-events. To register, or for an FAQ about sacred music study at Dunwoodie, click here: https://www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes.
29 minutes | 6 months ago
SE02 EP16 – “Lord, Teach Us to Pray:” The Spiritual Fruits of Obedience in Matters Liturgical – with Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB
On this episode, we discuss matters of liturgical formation, both for musicians, as well as for those we serve. Dom Alcuin Reid is the founding Prior of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, and a liturgical scholar of international renown. His principle work, The Organic Development of the Liturgy (Ignatius Press, 2005) carries a preface by Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger. Dom Alcuin's Address at the 2019 Sacred Music Colloquium is available here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Reid-Article.pdf Monastère Saint-Benoît website: https://www.msb-lgf.org/ Monastère Saint-Benoît Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Monastere-Saint-Benoit-816333008482594/
37 minutes | 6 months ago
Bonus Episode 2 – Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children: A Look at the Ward Method
Are you looking for an authentically Catholic curriculum and method for teaching music to children? Something that's practical, fun, and helps children to grow in love of the Church's sacred music? This bonus episode looks at the history of the development of the Ward method, its underlying educational principles, its place in Catholic education, and the experience both of those who learn to teach with the method, as well as that of children who learn music using the method. Our guest is Mr. Kevin Collins, an NYC actor and father. More information about the July 20–24, 2020 class "Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children," taught live over Zoom through St. Joseph's Seminary is available here: https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/upcoming-events. Registration and an FAQ are available here: www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes. The printable book of litanies mentioned at the end of the episode is available here: http://jenniferdonelson.com/sacred-music-resources.
34 minutes | 7 months ago
SE02 EP15 – A Catholic Portrait of Abbé Franz Liszt – with Dr. Jay Hershberger
Franz Liszt, haunted by the spectre of God's grace, was never able to fully shake off his Catholic faith. Our guest, Dr. Jay Hershberger, the president of the American Liszt Society, shares with us a Catholic portrait of the pianist and composer's life, highlighting his story of conversion, his later years in fervent practice of his faith, his compositions about various Catholic topics and music for the liturgy, and even about his non-musical writings about the theological issues of the day. Dr. Alan Walker's 3-part biography of Liszt is available here: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/241476/franz-liszt-volume-1-by-alan-walker/ https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/184865/franz-liszt-volume-2-by-alan-walker/ https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/184864/franz-liszt-volume-3-by-alan-walker/ Check out the American Liszt Society here: http://americanlisztsociety.net Dr. Hershberger's faculty page at Concordia College in Moorhead, MN is available here: https://www.concordiacollege.edu/directories/faculty-staff/details/dr-jay-a-hershberger/
32 minutes | 7 months ago
SE02 EP14 – From Ragas to Responsories: A Hindu Becomes a Catholic Priest – with Fr. Gaurav Shroff
An opinion piece published in the New York Times on May 8, 2020, entitled “Christianity Gets Weird,” highlights for readers the attraction of beauty and mystery for the young, and how that attraction leads to an embrace of the Faith, even in spite of (perhaps because of!) the countercultural nature of it all. This interview with Fr. Gaurav Shroff, a priest of the archdiocese of Atlanta, is likewise a testament to the power of beauty, mystery, and sacred music to attract.
52 minutes | 7 months ago
Bonus Episode 1 – Conducting and Group Vocal Tips for the Parish Music Director – with Dr. Timothy McDonnell
Our first-ever bonus episode—outside our normal publication schedule and a more extended conversation than our normal episodes—features a conversation with Dr. Timothy McDonnell of Catholic University in America. Looking at the near-term future of music making in the Church, our conversation presents music directors with ideas that they can implement to improve their skills in conducting, vocal pedagogy, and ear training now, and what the current situation means for the future of our parish music programs and profession. We offer ideas that you might implement in pared-down music programs under phased restrictions, and discuss a class Tim is offering through St. Joseph's Seminary this summer that's designed to help parish music directors improve their skills. For more information or to register for Tim's class, "Conducting and Group Vocal Pedagogy for the Parish Music Director" (July 29-31, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., live online), visit: www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes
42 minutes | 7 months ago
SE02 EP13 – Pope Pius X’s Motu Proprio on Sacred Music – with Dr. Susan Treacy
Join us for an episode which sets the stage for a deeper understanding of the principles in Pope Pius X's 1903 motu proprio Tra le Sollecitudini. We'll take a look at the musical scene in which the motu proprio appeared and the evolution of the document, as well as provide an overview of the structure and decrees of the document. Our guest is Dr. Susan Treacy, a convert to the Catholic faith, and musicologist who has inspired many Catholic university students to love the Church's treasury of sacred music through her years teaching at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Ave Maria University. For more information about the "Principles of Sacred Music" course offered online this summer (2020) through St. Joseph's Seminary, visit sacredmusicpodcast.com/upcoming-events.
29 minutes | 7 months ago
SE02 EP12 – The Hows and Whys of Illuminated Chant Manuscripts – with Elizabeth Lemme
How did medieval monks create illuminated manuscripts? What's behind the symbolism in all their visual elements? Why were they an important part of the monk's life and work? What do they have to do with my prayer life and understanding of sacred music now? Find out the answers to these and other questions in this episode with Mrs. Elizabeth Lemme of Pelican Printery House as she shares with us a little bit about her own growth in faith through this artistic medium, as well as her expertise in all their details. Pelican Printery House is available on Etsy at www.etsy.com/shop/PelicanPrinteryHouse More information about summer 2020 sacred music study is available at https://sacredmusicpodcast.com/upcoming-events Sign up for the May 2020 webinar on chanting monastic vespers is available here: https://forms.gle/SH2ENj9fMxYYLEJB7
34 minutes | 7 months ago
SE02 EP11 – William Byrd, English Catholic Composer and Recusant – with Dr. Kerry McCarthy
Have you ever wondered what it was like to be a Catholic musician under the reigns of King Henry VIII and Queen Elizabeth I? Are you interested in learning more about what makes Tudor era polyphony tick, or how Byrd's music evolved throughout his life? Take a deep dive on the music and life of composer William Byrd with our guest, renowned expert on these topics, Dr. Kerry McCarthy. Read Dr. McCarthy's bio here: www.byrdfestival.org/pages/guest_artists/kerry_mccarthy.html. Buy Dr. McCarthy's books here: www.amazon.com/dp/0195388755/ and here: www.amazon.com/dp/0415978610/. More information on the Summer 2020 Course "Conducting and Group Vocal Pedagogy for the Parish Music Director" is available here: www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes.
26 minutes | 8 months ago
SE02 EP10 – Beauty, Reverence, and Whether It's All in the Eye of the Beholder - with Dr. Alice von Hildebrand
We welcome an inspiring and wise guest on the show to talk about the perception of beauty, the effect of beauty on the soul, and how to form oneself and children in beauty. Dr. Alice von Hildebrand focuses on what she believes are the key virtues for every person: reverence and humility. Tune in to hear her words of encouragement for musicians and parents. To read the article we mention in the episode, "Wrong Approaches to Art," visit: www.alicevonhildebrand.org/wrong-approaches-to-art. To learn more about the summer course offerings at St. Joseph's Seminary in New York, visit www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes. For more on upcoming webinars on chant, visit jenniferdonelson.com/conferences-workshops.
38 minutes | 8 months ago
SE02 EP09 – The Music of Notre Dame de Paris: The Organs and Organists through the Centuries – with Olivier Latry
Join us for an update on the current situation with the organs at Notre Dame in Paris, following the April 15, 2019 fire. Our guest is the fantastic titular organist of Notre Dame, Olivier Latry, who gives us an assessment of the damage and what to look for in the road ahead. He also discusses the development of the instrument and its role in the sacred liturgy and the development of organ repertoire. For more information about Olivier Latry, please click here: www.concertorganists.com/artists/Olivier-Latry/. For more information about the Introduction to the Organ for Pianists class this summer at St. Joseph's Seminary, click here: www.dunwoodie.edu/dunwoodie-music-classes.
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