The Schola Cantorum provides music for the High (Sung) Mass on Sundays and Holy Days. The Schola’s purpose is to prepare the chants of the Mass, the responses and the Ordinary, to intone the singing proper to the people, and to intone the chants of the Roman Gradual proper to the Choir. Moreover, the Schola prepares polyphonic music to add greater solemnity to the Mass, and on the most solemn occasions, will substitute polyphonic compositions for the Ordinary chants, thus opening wide the greatest treasury of the Church. Our repertoire of sacred polyphony includes compositions from medieval times through those penned in recent years.
Those wishing to join the schola are encouraged to contact John Rokosz for an audition.
The Schola Cantorum sang several traditional hymns at Father Angelus Shaughnessy’s bedside in The Vincentian Home of Pittsburgh on Thursday March 1, 2018, the evening before he returned home to our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. Watch the video here.
Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord, and may he now enjoy the everlasting hymns of the Heavenly Hosts.
New Second Album: Resurrexit Sicut Dixit
The Schola Cantorum of St. John XXIII Parish is pleased to announce the release of their second recording, Resurrexit Sicut Dixit. This 20-track album is a collection of chant and polyphony that journeys through the penitence of the Lenten season, the sorrow of Passiontide and Holy Week, and finally the joy and triumph of Easter.
Please support the schola, and especially the Traditional Latin Mass by sharing these recordings with your friends and family. They make a wonderful gift, perfect for meditation, prayer, or relaxed listening.
This new album, as well as Christum Natum Adoremus, are available as a digital download or streaming media at all major online music providers (Amazon MP3, iTunes, Spotify, and many others). CDs are available from Amazon and will be offered for sale at St. Boniface after Mass at a discounted rate when supplies are available.
Selections from this album:
First recording: Christum Natum Adoremus
Christum Natum Adoremus, the first release in what is planned to be a series of professionally produced albums under the label of St. John XXIII Parish, is a collection of those chants and polyphonic compositions that were sung at High Masses during the fall of 2014, including All Saints, Advent, and Christmas. The selections are chosen to be a wide representation of the material the Schola prepares, including an Introit, chant hymns, polyphonic motets, and a polyphonic Mass setting in a variety of styles from medieval to modern.
The album is available as a digital download or streaming media at all major online music providers (Amazon MP3, iTunes, Spotify, and many others). CDs are available from Amazon and will be offered for sale at St. Boniface after Mass at a discounted rate when supplies are available.
In 2016, the Schola plans to record a second album featuring music from the coming Epiphany, Lent, Passiontide, and Easter seasons.
Two selections from the album:
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Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir)
St. John XXIII Parish is pleased to offer opportunities for children ages 8 and up to sing in the Pueri Cantorum (Children’s Choir) ensemble!
No audition is necessary, but the ability to sing tunefully is preferred. The choir rehearses on Saturday mornings from 10-11 a.m. at the St. Boniface site of Holy Wisdom/St. John XXIII Parish in the Northside. Rehearsals will provide free instruction in sight singing, part singing, Gregorian chant, Latin pronunciation, and child vocal technique.
The Pueri Cantorum sings at select High Masses during Advent/Christmas and Lent/Easter, and at select Saturday morning Low Masses. For more information, or to register, please contact conductor Mrs. Sharon Burchill at email@example.com.
Gradus Cantorum (Young Adult Choir)
This intermediate-level ensemble is for the older children, high school students and graduates, and young adults, functioning essentially as a junior varsity to the adult choir. The Gradus choir is tasked with more difficult chant and polyphony, and much of their repertoire is taken from the Schola Cantorum (adult choir). Within the Gradus ensemble, singers that show the aptitude are invited to be Schola Apprentices, singing with the adult choir for select rehearsals and Masses.
This process of “graduating” young singers into the adult choir encompasses the vision for the entire parish music program. Cultivating and nurturing musical talent within the parish congregation is a primary mission of the adult schola, and as the cycle continues, it will prove most fruitful for the vitality of the Schola Cantorum, and for the parish as a whole.
Soli Deo Gloria!