Friday, May 23, 2008

Re-building a Catholic Culture...

By restoring continuity with Tradition.

That, it seems to me, is what Pope Benedict's pontificate is all about.

Here at St. Stanislaus, one of the ways I'm trying to follow the pope's lead is in a program we started in our parish school last year, Liturgical Music.

In this program (which I am currently teaching) our children learn about the liturgy and learn the basic Catholic prayers, as well as the Ordinary of the Mass, in Latin. I also teach them Gregorian Chant as well as other Catholic sacred music, and we try to give them an exposure to some of the treasures of our rich tradition.

And the program is bearing fruit. You can hear that in the recording I posted last week of our children chanting the Gloria at a school Mass.

Here is another recording, this time of our fifth and sixth graders. I taught them the Regina Coeli, and this is them singing it at one of our Masses during the Easter season.

Regina Coeli

I am tremendously proud of our kids!

Music from St. Stanislaus

Here is a recording of our current Music Director, Gavin Craig, playing Dietrich Buxtehude's (1637-1707) Prelude in G.

Prelude in G

Music Director Position Announcement

Our Music Director here at St. Stanislaus is leaving us in a few weeks, in order to return to school full-time.

So, we are now searching for a new Music Director/Organist. I hope to fill the position by early July.

St. Stanislaus is a parish in the Diocese of Kalamazoo of about 250 families. We have a school whose enrollment is approximately 90 students, which I believe is one of the best little schools in our diocese.

The position is 1/2 to 3/4 time, depending on how we integrate certain aspects of the school music program. We may be able to combine this position with other responsibilities to create a full-time position.

The candidate should possess competency in organ: ability to accompany congregational singing and familiarity with simpler organ repertoire. Competency in other instruments would be a plus. He/she should also have basic knowledge of choral conducting. Knowledge of Gregorian Chant would be a plus.

The Music Director/Organist plays at the two Sunday Masses (Ordinary Form), and directs the adult choir, which rehearses once per week. The Music Director, in consultation with the pastor, also plans and provides music for the weekly school Mass.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience.

Download the full job description.

If you are interested, or know someone who might be, please contact me! And please get the word out!