Today, February 3 at 9 AM, saw the first gathering of a Gregorian Chant Choir for homeschoolers. We had about 15 young people come out. Yours truly was the director. Using elements of the Ward Method of teaching music, we began with how to produce a proper tone, and the beginnings of solfege. Then we learnt the entrance antiphon “Lord grant that they may have” from the collection By Flowing Waters. We also learnt the first part of the antiphon Ave verum Corpus. I was very pleased with how things went. There as some very nice voices among these young people. My initial hope is that this choir will be able to sing the Mass at funerals here at St Joseph’s and, on occasion, sing at other Masses. I think there are few more beautiful sounds than a well-formed young people’s choir, especially singing Gregorian chant. Once we have progressed a bit, I will include an audio file of how we sound. Stay tuned.
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