Friday, October 15, 2010

Winter Chant Intensive in New Orleans

St. Patrick's Church in downtown New Orleans, LA; January 3-7, 2011.

Instruction will be offered on two levels, with a limit of twenty five spots in each of the classes:

Scott Turkington of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina, will offer his famed and rigorous course for beginning and advancing singers.

Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University will offer an advanced class for experienced chanters interested in broadening their abilities both in terms of scholarship and performance practice.

The week's closing Mass(Epiphany propers) will conclude with a solemn Te Deum sung in honor of the Vigil of Our Lady of Prompt Succour, the patroness of New Orleans. Her miraculous intervention has saved the city from fire, flood, and other disasters; and most notably during the Battle of New Orleans on 8 January, 1815. After Our Lady saved the city from the invading British army, a perpetual Te Deum was vowed on that date. At St. Patrick’s we will observe this unique custom, and in celebration of the city’s French heritage, the Gregorian chant melody will be sung alternating with the organ versets by Louis Marchand. Andrew Mills, organist.

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