St. Anne’s Catholic Church in San Diego, Calif., is helping to revive sacred music by teaching children how to sing Gregorian Chant in its annual “Chant Camp,” according to Father John Zuhlsdorf’s blog.
Mary Wilson, choir director at the parish, said that she “realized how quickly and how beautifully children learn chant… and how much it meant to them.” While students learn the sacred music, they’re “also being formed in the faith.
The “chant camp” is not about a “performance,” but is concerned with “singing for the glory of God” and the “sanctification of the faithful,” Wilson explains.
“Jesus is at the center and final end of all of our efforts,” Wilson said. “One of the aims of Gregorian chant is to take you outside of time.”
Another place that is helping revive sacred music is Newman Guide-recommended College of St. Mary Magdalen in Warner, N.H. Students at the College take part in the all-college choir for four years, singing at Mass each Sunday and on special feast days, according to the College’s website.
“The primary purpose of the choir is to enrich the liturgy through the singing of chant, polyphony, and the best of the Church’s hymnody,” the website states.
In addition, students at the College take two “Music and Singing” courses during their freshman year in which they “gain an understanding of the rich history of music through a reading of selected ancient philosophers and Church Fathers, and recent magisterial documents on liturgical music.”
The website continues:
…[Students] will learn chant notation and rudimentary solfege, become familiar with the basic deposit of Gregorian chant that Paul VI said should be known by all Catholics (i.e., the collection of chant entitled Jubilate Deo.), and become familiar with the organization and contents of the Graduale Romanum.
To learn more about the music program at the College, please see this interview with the College’s choir director.
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