Spirit-Lifter: High Schoolers in Rural Minnesota Singing Byrd
  • This recording is of the Sleepy Eye St. Mary's HS Schola Cantorum (grades 7-12, 18 voices) at All-School Mass on Friday. They took this piece to Solo / Ensemble Contest this morning and received a high Superior rating (38/40).

    Sleepy Eye is a town in rural Minnesota with a population of 3,404. It is also incredibly fertile ground musically and in terms of Catholic life, and blessed with a stunning church. The parish has two adult / intergenerational mixed choirs (OF and EF), and an adult Men's Choir; the HS Concert Choir, this Schola Cantorum, and Elementary Choristers, as well as five organists and a volunteer brass ensemble.

    The school and parish have invested heavily in musical education and musical liturgy.

    I am truly blessed to be working here. Glory to God for this beautiful place. I hope these sounds lift some spirits.

    Lord, Make Me to Know Thy Ways
  • Yea, it gladdens the heart!
  • CHGiffenCHGiffen
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    Congratulations on the lovely work!
  • Thank you both! They are an exceptional group of students.
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  • Carol
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    How lovely! Congratulations on your nurturing of this sacred sound.
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  • Jeffrey Quick
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    Very nicely done! What's the background on that contrafactum? I've played that pavan a lot.
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  • cesarfranck
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    What a pleasant way to end my day.
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  • StimsonInRehabStimsonInRehab
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    How, No-Name? Just......how? Anything and everything you do is so effortlessly excellent.
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  • Thanks again to all for the kind comments!

    Jeffrey, I'm afraid I don't know the background of the contrafactum. It is mentioned in a paper on "Modern Byrd Contrafacta" by Richard Turbet in the Early Music Review, so I'm given to understand that its provenance is not terribly ancient. The Earl of Salisbury, His Pavane, makes for some fine choral music, though.

    Stimson, you flatter too much! God is good, and this contrafactum is accessible! :-)

    We'll see how the New Ulm Diocesan Chorale does with the Bruckner Vexilla Regis this Saturday morning at the Chrism Mass. "Effortless" and "excellent" may not come to mind.