Children’s Schola resumes rehearsal on Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 3:45-4:30PM! If your child is interested in joining, please contact the Director of Music at the email or phone number below. Our curriculum is based on an entire year, so it is important to sign up soon!
Winter of 2014 began a new and exciting development in music at the cathedral. Throughout the history of the Latin Rite, sacred music was sung at the liturgy and taught through generations by the school of singers known as a schola cantorum. The schola was made up of men and boys who studied the sacred, liturgical music of the Church. After initial establishment in the first millennium by the pope, scholae cantorum appeared throughout the Christian West as a way of providing music that could not be performed by an entire congregation. While our Schola Cantorum includes boys and girls, the mission is the same: to preserve Gregorian chant and the treasury of Catholic sacred music for catechesis and evangelization, as well as to beautify the sacred liturgy and instill a love of sacred liturgy in children.
If you are (or have): a child in grades 3-8; can commit to a weekly rehearsal and frequent performance; can (or want to learn how to) read modern musical notation and Gregorian chant; enjoy singing and learning with others, then the Schola Cantorum might be for you! Rehearsals are weekly on Wednesday from 3:45-4:30PM, while Masses and other services sung are TBD by the Director of Music in consultation with parents.
For more information, please contact the Director of Music, Bruce Ludwick, Jr., at email@example.com or 205.251.1279×107.
From an informational email:
1) Your child will learn how to sing healthily, making the most of their vocal potential. This pays many dividends, including their self-esteem and development as individuals.
2) Your child will learn both modern and Gregorian musical notation, along with solfege. These skills carry over to EVERY aspect of musicianship, both in the singing voice and with instruments.
3) Rehearsals will begin and end promptly; they will be energetic, uplifting, and disciplined!
4) Membership is limited to grades 3-8. This is very important, as it allows us to mentor younger singers with the older ones, while recognizing that those younger than grade 3 might not be able to keep up with the work load or singing demands.
5) We will sing a few times this Fall, and then every six weeks or so in the Spring, size of group permitting.
6) Your child’s participation will in no way negatively affect their participation in your home parish, should you not be Cathedral parishioners. We want to be “good neighbors”!