How to Start a Parish Scola Choir from Benedict XVI Institute in San Francisco Archdiocese

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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