St. Dunstan Music Guild
Do you sing? Consider joining the Schola
Are you able to read at least some music, perhaps sing a bit of harmony, and are willing to dedicate yourself to learning? Consider joining the St. James Schola Cantromum (Latin for school of music) and bringing beauty to the Mass through sacred music and assisting all those gathered in lifting their hearts to the Lord.
The schola meets every Sunday from 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM for group practice and members also spend time on their own during the week learning hymns using online videos and practicing assigned pieces. Please contact Al Lamoureux, Music Director, to discuss whether or not this might be a fit for you by attending a practice: email@example.com. Schola member expectations: regular, on time attendance at practice and Mass, willingness to be guided by the director, and communication about any upcoming planned absences.
Play an Instrument?
If you play an instrument and would like to share your gift at one of the Masses please let us know so that together we can see if this is a fit. To play at the 8:00 AM please contact keyboardist Jeremy Dobbs: firstname.lastname@example.org. To play at the 10:15 Mass please contact music director Al Lamoureux: email@example.com. Expectations: home practice as needed, regular on time attendance at Mass, willingness to be guided by the director, and communication about any upcoming planned absences.
About St. Dunstan
St. Dunstan (c. 909 – 19 May 988) served as the Archbishop of Canterbury and brought about great reform to the English people, not in a small way through his considerable musical abilities: chant, hymnody, and in the manufacturing of church bells and organs. During a time of social, moral, and spiritual decline, St. Dunstan arose as a restorer of the spiritual life, especially through the monastic way of life in England, a life centered on the chanting of the holy Psalmody, hymnody and prayers of the Divine Office. He encouraged the integration of this monastic way into the everyday life of the laity and his reforms restored not only the monasteries, but also the general piety of the entire English nation.
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