St. Theresa Youth Schola Cantorum Information
Beginning this August, St. Theresa parish will offer a schola cantorum for all interested youth. “Schola Cantorum” literally means “school of singing.” The goal of the Youth Schola is to pass on the rich musical tradition and heritage of our Catholic faith, through teaching and training our students to use their voices to glorify God at Mass. We are extremely excited to be able to offer this opportunity to our young people to grow in their musical ability as well as their faith!!
The Catholic Church has given us a wealth of sacred music in our 2,000 year history, but chief among that music is Gregorian chant. It is the most distinctly Catholic music in the world, as well as being the most well-suited to bring our minds and hearts to prayer. Gregorian chant is also the ideal music to begin teaching to young people, because of its simplicity as well as its focus on tones instead of rhythms. It enables the students to concentrate their efforts on producing the best tone, learning to read music notation, listening to their fellow choristers, and blending their voices together. For these reasons, the Schola will begin with a focus on chant, as well as on many of the beautiful hymns of our faith.
The Schola will meet on Wednesday afternoons/evenings for rehearsal beginning mid-August, and beginning at the end of September we will sing approximately once a month at the 11:30 Mass. We may offer an Upper Schola and a Lower Schola, divided mostly by age and voice maturity. All students must be able to attend rehearsals regularly, as they will be unable to lead a congregation in singing music that they are not familiar with.
Practices begin Wednesday, August 18. Please register as soon as possible to ensure adequate materials can be ordered and prepared. The signup sheet can be turned in physically or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Requirements for members:
Students must be able to read fluently (probably at least 7/8 years old) and must be able to participate in an hour long rehearsal each week. Students will also come for a 5 minute voice test to determine their abilities and placement. Students are not required to be a member of St. Theresa of Avila parish.
Note for Parents: Child Protection protocols for the diocese of Baton Rouge require us to have one background-checked adult present for every six children. The pianist and director allow for 12 students; beyond that, we would like to create a rotating schedule of background-checked parents who could stay with us during rehearsal to meet the appropriate ratio. If you are available for this, it would be greatly appreciated!
If you have any questions, please contact our schola director, Mrs. Rebecca LeBlanc. She can be reached by call or text at 225-405-7233, and by email at email@example.com .
To download the sign up sheet, click HERE
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