Chant music called to me long before my conversion to Catholicism. It is such a beautiful form of prayer, and I love attending masses where chanting is performed. It adds a certain dimension to the whole experience. Sacred music and Gregorian chants have gained a wider audience over the last few years with the release of albums such as Angels and Saints at Ephesus by Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles. They’ve released several albums that have soared to the top of the classical music charts. You can imagine how delighted I’ve been that chanting has been added to our masses whenever possible. If you haven’t attended a live performance of chanting, I would encourage you to place that at the top of your bucket list. We’ve had two live performances at my church this year and it’s truly an incredible experience.
Gregorian Chant School
I’ve discovered that the Gregorian Chant School start next month. Yes, there is an annual local chant school every November, and I’ve registered. I will be attending Saint Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant for four weeks in November. Our class ends with us celebrating mass as chanters on Christ the King Sunday. How cool is that? I have always, always, always wanted to learn how to chant. We will be spending Saturdays learning about the history of chant, how to read the musical notations, and, of course, learning how to chant. What a great way to spend a Saturday.
Listen to Gregorian Chant
If you’re not familiar with Gregorian Chant or can’t remember what it sounds like, listen to the sample track. You might also be interested in the music below, as well as some of the chant recordings, especially Advent at Ephesus. Tell me what you think. Do you love chant music, too? Have you ever shared my dream of wanting to chant? Let me know in the comment box below.