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Author: mwinzer

Captivating arrangements, ethereal vocals and the soulful sounds of old world instruments such as the duduk make this remarkable Christmas album a must have for the holiday playlist.  Veteran producer Michael Crittenden composed serene arrangements to match the peaceful, celestial tones of soprano vocalist Abigail Winzer who reimagines Christmas classics that celebrate the...

Author: Richard Schletty

I am excited about a new album recently released by Michael Corsini. Michael's vocals are unprocessed, honest and intimate. His excellent acoustic guitar strums and arpeggios provide the only instrumental backing. All songs are wonderfully balanced and rich in Spirit. This gives me the same good feeling that I used to get listening to songs by Michael Johnson. The added benefit here is that we can absorb words anticipating the birth of Jesus Christ. I highly recommend this album. Visit Michael at www.michaelcorsini.com...

Author: Richard Schletty

Like a Shepherd. Text: Isaiah, Ezekiel, Matthew; Bob Dufford, SJ. Tune: Bob Dufford, SJ; acc. by Sr. Theophane Hytrek, OSF. (c) 1976, Robert J. Dufford, SJ, and OCP.

REFRAIN: Like a shepherd He feeds his flock
and gathers the lambs in His arms,
holding them carefully close to His heart, 
leading them home.

Say to the cities of Judah:
Prepare the way of the Lord.
Go to the mountaintop, lift your voice;
Jerusalem, here is your God.

I Myself will shepherd them,
for others have led them astray.
The lost I will rescue and heal their wounds
and pasture them, giving them rest.

Come...

Author: Richard Schletty

Holy Is His Name, composed by John Michael Talbot. Copyright © 1980 Birdwing Music. Performed by Richard Schletty. Mosaic altarpiece is located at the Church of St. Mary in downtown St. Paul. 261 E. 8th St.

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
And my spirit exults in God my Savior
For He has looked with mercy on my lowliness
And His name will be forever exalted
For the mighty God has done great things for me
And His mercy will reach from age to age
And holy, holy, holy is His name
And holy, holy, holy is His name

Author: Nick Alexander

Sean Clive writes:

Thanksgiving Songs and thoughts...

Easter Song by Glad - Thanks be to God for the Resurrection!

Artist by Ben Calhoun - Thanks be to God for His creation - for creating us and loving us and holding us in being!

Remember Me...

Author: Richard Schletty

Below are some excerpts from today's email newsletter from Virtual Sheet Music. My friend and orchestral collaborator, André van Haren, does Sibelius engravings for Fabrizio Ferrari at VSM. I assure you that the music scores from this company are meticulously prepared according to strict "house rules" (style sheets). And the practice videos are awesome. They feature concert pianist Lisa Maresch and are directed by pro audio engineer Raj Lathigara. A unique interactive video player allows you to easily speed up and slow down the tempo of the piano accompaniment audio/video track and set up loops and markings while reading your scrolling solo instrument part...

Author: Richard Schletty

From GIA Publications:

Singing Our Faith—Second Edition

A comprehensive resource designed to aid all who prepare children for liturgy, and liturgy for children.

Hymnal: Singing Our Faith–Second Edition is an exciting mix of great music, diverse styles, and broad scope—the...

Author: Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander here...

This is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving songs.

  1. Thanks by Ceili Rain...

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Complete Palestrina Edition • Now Online!
published 14 October 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Palestrina • Jaw-Dropping "Kyrie" based on a Hymn
published 18 October 2016 by ...

Author: Richard Schletty

Click here for six choral pieces for the Feast of Christ the King from GIA Publications.

Selections include:

Concertato on Crown Him with Many Crowns
Arr. Richard Proulx
A powerful and...

Author: Richard Schletty

Explore several selections of Music for All Saints and All Souls.

Brought to you by GIA Publications.

Author: Richard Schletty

Sung at the funeral of Arthur Minus 9/29/2016. Church of St. Matthew, St. Paul, MN. Jack Heitzinger at the piano. Sr. Anne Becker on organ. 

Holy God, we praise Thy Name; 
Lord of all, we bow before Thee! 
All on earth Thy scepter claim, 
All in heaven above adore Thee; 
Infinite Thy vast domain, 
Everlasting is Thy reign. 

Hark! the loud celestial hymn 
Angel choirs above are raising, 
Cherubim and seraphim, 
In unceasing chorus praising; 
Fill the heavens with sweet accord: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord. 

Holy...

Author: Richard Schletty

Come to the Water. Tune: John B. Foley, SJ. Text: Isaiah 55:1, 2, Matthew 11:28-30. (c) 1978, John B. Foley, SJ, and New Dawn Music.

Oh let all who thirst
Let them come to the water
And let all who have nothing
Let them come to the Lord
Without money without price
Why should you pay the price
Except for the Lord?

And let all who seek
Let them come to the water
And let all who have nothing
Let them come to the Lord
Without money without strife
Why should you spend your life
Except for the Lord?

And let all who toil
Let them come to the water
And let...

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff and Cynthia Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Kevin Allen has released a fantastic choral collection choirs everywhere will welcome. Click here to download a sample page. This collection is for SAB: Soprano, Alto, Bass. It is 42 pages long. It was published in 2016. The composer is Kevin Allen, highly...

Author: Richard Schletty

O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748. Presented at Church of St. Mary, downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Rich and Larry leading.

1. O God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal Home!

2. Under the shadow of Your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting You are God,
To endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Ministry of Brothers of Heart in Peace and Sound. Anderson wrote: "I'm a Catholic musician since 1999. Nowadays I'm playing electric guitar in a band named 'Irmãos de corração'."

Author: Andre van Haren

Music theory tutorials by André van Haren, starting with the basics. 

Note that the YouTube video here is a playlist. Click on "hamburger" icon in upper left corner of YouTube video to select lessons, or let them auto-play. I will be adding lessons to this playlist in the days and weeks to come. Follow along!

Visit Andre's music site at www.andrevanharen.com

Author: Richard Schletty

Sung by Richard at St. Mary's in St. Paul, Minnesota. Text: Ernest E. Ryden, 1886-1981, alt., © sts. l-3, Lutheran Church in America, © st.4, 1958, Service Book and Hymnal. Tune: O WALY WALY, LM; English; harm. by Martin West, b.1929, © 1983, Hope Publishing Co.

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff Ostrowski at the Corpus Christi Watershed website:

Learn how to sing in an SATB multi-part choir!

Get started by downloading the PDF below:

PDF Download • GUERRERO KYRIE “Part C”

Then sing along with the YouTube videos at www.ccwatershed.org/blog/2016/aug/18/polyphony-dummies/

Let us know...

Author: Richard Schletty

O Christ, the Great Foundation. Lyrics: T. T. Lew. Tune: AURELIA. Sung at St. Mary's Church on 8/13/2016. More at www.hymnary.org/text/o_christ_the_great_foundation

O Christ, the great foundation
On which your people stand
To preach Your true salvation
In every age and land:
Pour out Your Holy Spirit
To make us strong and pure,
To keep the faith unbroken
As long as worlds endure.

Baptized in one confession,
One church in all the earth,
We bear our Lord's impression,
The sign of...