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Author: Richard Schletty

This just in from Nick Alexander:

I just got the CCLI Top 2000 list, and Greg Walton has broken through! His song "Come To Us," an Advent/Christmas song, made it. It's currently in the 1700s, but it's there.

A lot of "...

Author: Richard Schletty

We need help finding or creating a recording of a song that was popular in Catholic churches and youth groups back in the early 1970s. I was able to find the words and chords but I have no idea how the melody goes. Would someone like to collaborate on this? If you can scratch out the melody for me, I can record the song for Mary who has been looking for a recording of this song for many years. We don't know the name of the composer.

Here is what Mary wrote:

"I have to tell you, finding the right Magnificat is like looking for a needle in a haystack, except that it's a really...

Author: Richard Schletty

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Morehouse College Ray Charles
Performing Arts Center

830 Westview Drive, SW
Atlanta, GA 30314

Saturday, September 13
9:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.

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Showcase and sell your music on any website!

Details here:

Create an unlimited number of customizable, mobile-friendly music players to embed on your website and share online. Build playlists from any of the tracks in your CD Baby account. Sell your songs on any site, and reach a wider audience by encouraging reviewers and fans to embed the playlists you create.

Author: Richard Schletty

Two new users signed up at recently, and they gave CHRP as a reason for signing up. 

What is CHRP? The sound of a bird? An abbreviation for chiropractic? Here is what it is:

Christ Renews His Parish

Christ Renews His Parish is a copyrighted parish renewal process that has existed since 1969 and has been recommended by the renewal office of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. It has...

Author: Richard Schletty

When registering as a user here at TCS today, Lorine wrote:

"I love Catholic music.  I'd like to find meditation music for our monthly women's meeting."

"Interiors" is an album I...

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Essential Chants for All Musicians 

Text Author : James Whitbourn

"One way or another, this is music that choral musicians have to know and understand just as a writer has to know the alphabet."

—James Whitbourn

Laudate is a collection of chants presented so all musicians—not only liturgists or specialist singers—can explore a repertory so rich and extraordinary that it has dominated and influenced musical composition for centuries, even to the present day.


Author: Richard Schletty

This August, GIA will host reading sessions in fourteen different cities across the nation. Come to explore and experience new repertoire for your choirs!

For free registration,
or call 1-800-GIA-1358
Be prepared to give us the name(s) of those attending, your church name and zip code, and which session you plan to attend.

As always, each session features:

  • Free registration
  • A complimentary music packet worth over $40.00
  • Choral music in a wide range of styles, difficulty, and...

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Good news. You can now watch Simonetta & FourEver's recent EWTN appearance on Life on the Rock here: 

More at: 


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From Words to Music
A User's Guide to Text for Choral Musicians

by Gerald Custer / Blake Henson
2014 by GIA Publications, Inc.

The power of story and story-telling makes choral singing irresistible...and the impact of text wedded...

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Hymn Arrangements

These arrangements are just a couple of clicks away at
•Look for Hymnal Handbell Arrangements 
•Select your hymnal
•Search by hymn number or by title


Author: Richard Schletty

Good news. You can now watch our recent EWTN appearance on Life on the Rock here: 

A note from Len Pacek:

Dear friends,


We just wanted to let you know about a great opportunity to interact with the singing group "Simonetta &...

Author: Richard Schletty

Join us for our 16th annual music ministry summer institute for Young Adults and Adult Leaders!

Saturday, August 2 at 7:30 PM
$18 at the door (no advance ticket sales)
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
St. Catherine University 
St. Paul, MN

Join the Music Ministry Alive! family as we celebrate our "Sweet Sixteenth" year of fostering the growth of young pastoral...

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"All Things Are Possible"

Wednesday, July 9, 2014
 9pm ET, 8pm CT, 7pm MT and 6pm PT

Broadcasts repeat late night Saturdays and early Tuesday mornings!
For complete information please visit: 

Author: Richard Schletty

NPM National Convention–St. Louis, Missouri

Monday, July 14 through Friday, July 18, 2014
America’s Center—701 Convention Plaza

GIA is thrilled to be a part of this year’s National Pastoral Musician’s Convention in St. Louis, MO. We have a number of exciting events and breakout sessions to offer presented by a talented mix of GIA composers and clinicians. Be sure to visit us at the GIA booth in the exhibit hall where you will find a wonderful array of new music and resources for your ministry along with our most popular favorites.

Featured Clinicians


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Flor y Canto, tercera edición is the newest edition of the best-selling Spanish Catholic hymnal in the U.S.!

Discover why thousands of Hispanic Catholics turn to Flor y Canto to lift their voices in song. Whether you are looking to unite the diverse cultures of your Hispanic community, searching for more music for Rites and celebrations or want a music resource—created with guidance from Church documents—with over 13 Mass settings, Flor y Canto, tercera edición will lift the hearts and voices of your assembly in praise!

Explore an expanded repertoire of over 740 titles from more than 15 Spanish-speaking regions around the world with PDF...

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I like this collection of Spanish and English Mass videos posted under the YouTube channel GloryBe TV:

Here is a sample video – the sung Padre Nuestro (Our Father) from Misa Rosas del Tepayac. 

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By Chris Robley

If you’re reading this blog, you already know about the benefits of developing musical proficiencies. I mean, you’re a musician, right?

But lots of people just aren’t aware of how music education can positively affect a young person’s entire development, from a boost in learning and verbal skills, to better grades and SAT scores, to just — ya know —feeling good about life in general.

As arts funding is continually threatened (or outright cut from budgets), it’s more important than ever to spread the word about the many benefits of a musical education....

Author: Richard Schletty

By Rob Schlette (posted at

To be precise, mastering for digital distribution isn’t mastering at all, in most cases. Rather, it’s premastering. This article will help you know what to ask for from your mastering engineer.

The so-called ‘mastering’ process is actually two related, but operationally discrete sub-processes:

Premastering, which encompasses all of the aesthetic decisions related to preparing a set of mixes for an audience. Premastering answers any questions related to...