How to Start a Scola Choir from the Benedict XVI Institute of San Francisco Archdiocese

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The Cardinal Newman Society

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Recently the men’s schola of St. Patrick Church in Placerville made its debut at the Vigil of the Assumption (in the San Francisco Archdiocese).

It was a newly scheduled Mass, as they usually don’t have vigils for holy days of obligation.

Lesson #1: If you want to bring Gregorian chant to your parish, don’t take away anybody else’s beloved music (or time slot).

People have a lot of misguided assumptions around Gregorian chant. People who know that I (Diane Silva) was the founding chairman of the Ave Maria University sacred music department and that I once led a semi-professional choir Voci del Tesoro often assume only expert musicians can “pull off” Gregorian chant.

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