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Author: Nick Alexander

Sean Clive writes:

Thanksgiving Songs and thoughts...

Easter Song by Glad - Thanks be to God for the Resurrection!

Artist by Ben Calhoun - Thanks be to God for His creation - for creating us and loving us and holding us in being!

Remember Me...

Author: Richard Schletty

Below are some excerpts from today's email newsletter from Virtual Sheet Music. My friend and orchestral collaborator, André van Haren, does Sibelius engravings for Fabrizio Ferrari at VSM. I assure you that the music scores from this company are meticulously prepared according to strict "house rules" (style sheets). And the practice videos are awesome. They feature concert pianist Lisa Maresch and are directed by pro audio engineer Raj Lathigara. A unique interactive video player allows you to easily speed up and slow down the tempo of the piano accompaniment audio/video track and set up loops and markings while reading your scrolling solo instrument part...

Author: Richard Schletty

From GIA Publications:

Singing Our Faith—Second Edition

A comprehensive resource designed to aid all who prepare children for liturgy, and liturgy for children.

Hymnal: Singing Our Faith–Second Edition is an exciting mix of great music, diverse styles, and broad scope—the...

Author: Nick Alexander

Nick Alexander here...

This is a list of my favorite Thanksgiving songs.

  1. Thanks by Ceili Rain...

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Complete Palestrina Edition • Now Online!
published 14 October 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

Palestrina • Jaw-Dropping "Kyrie" based on a Hymn
published 18 October 2016 by ...

Author: Richard Schletty

Click here for six choral pieces for the Feast of Christ the King from GIA Publications.

Selections include:

Concertato on Crown Him with Many Crowns
Arr. Richard Proulx
A powerful and...

Author: Richard Schletty

Explore several selections of Music for All Saints and All Souls.

Brought to you by GIA Publications.

Author: Richard Schletty

Sung at the funeral of Arthur Minus 9/29/2016. Church of St. Matthew, St. Paul, MN. Jack Heitzinger at the piano. Sr. Anne Becker on organ. 

Holy God, we praise Thy Name; 
Lord of all, we bow before Thee! 
All on earth Thy scepter claim, 
All in heaven above adore Thee; 
Infinite Thy vast domain, 
Everlasting is Thy reign. 

Hark! the loud celestial hymn 
Angel choirs above are raising, 
Cherubim and seraphim, 
In unceasing chorus praising; 
Fill the heavens with sweet accord: 
Holy, holy, holy, Lord. 


Author: Richard Schletty

Come to the Water. Tune: John B. Foley, SJ. Text: Isaiah 55:1, 2, Matthew 11:28-30. (c) 1978, John B. Foley, SJ, and New Dawn Music.

Oh let all who thirst
Let them come to the water
And let all who have nothing
Let them come to the Lord
Without money without price
Why should you pay the price
Except for the Lord?

And let all who seek
Let them come to the water
And let all who have nothing
Let them come to the Lord
Without money without strife
Why should you spend your life
Except for the Lord?

And let all who toil
Let them come to the water
And let...

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff and Cynthia Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

Kevin Allen has released a fantastic choral collection choirs everywhere will welcome. Click here to download a sample page. This collection is for SAB: Soprano, Alto, Bass. It is 42 pages long. It was published in 2016. The composer is Kevin Allen, highly...

Author: Richard Schletty

O God, Our Help in Ages Past by Isaac Watts, 1674-1748. Presented at Church of St. Mary, downtown St. Paul, Minnesota. Rich and Larry leading.

1. O God, our Help in ages past,
Our Hope for years to come,
Our Shelter from the stormy blast,
And our eternal Home!

2. Under the shadow of Your throne
Your saints have dwelt secure;
Sufficient is Your arm alone,
And our defense is sure.

3. Before the hills in order stood
Or earth received her frame,
From everlasting You are God,
To endless years the same.

4. A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are like an evening gone,
Short as...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Ministry of Brothers of Heart in Peace and Sound. Anderson wrote: "I'm a Catholic musician since 1999. Nowadays I'm playing electric guitar in a band named 'Irmãos de corração'."

Author: Andre van Haren

Music theory tutorials by André van Haren, starting with the basics. 

Note that the YouTube video here is a playlist. Click on "hamburger" icon in upper left corner of YouTube video to select lessons, or let them auto-play. I will be adding lessons to this playlist in the days and weeks to come. Follow along!

Visit Andre's music site at

Author: Richard Schletty

Sung by Richard at St. Mary's in St. Paul, Minnesota. Text: Ernest E. Ryden, 1886-1981, alt., © sts. l-3, Lutheran Church in America, © st.4, 1958, Service Book and Hymnal. Tune: O WALY WALY, LM; English; harm. by Martin West, b.1929, © 1983, Hope Publishing Co.

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff Ostrowski at the Corpus Christi Watershed website:

Learn how to sing in an SATB multi-part choir!

Get started by downloading the PDF below:

PDF Download • GUERRERO KYRIE “Part C”

Then sing along with the YouTube videos at

Let us know...

Author: Richard Schletty

O Christ, the Great Foundation. Lyrics: T. T. Lew. Tune: AURELIA. Sung at St. Mary's Church on 8/13/2016. More at

O Christ, the great foundation
On which your people stand
To preach Your true salvation
In every age and land:
Pour out Your Holy Spirit
To make us strong and pure,
To keep the faith unbroken
As long as worlds endure.

Baptized in one confession,
One church in all the earth,
We bear our Lord's impression,
The sign of...

Author: Richard Schletty

A new Mass that is inspiring, versatile and engaging:

Mass of Christ, Light of the Nations by Tony Alonso

With a through-composed and verse/refrain Gloria, SAB choir plus descant, and instrumentation for two C instruments, trumpet, cello, piano or organ, Mass of Christ, Light of the Nations offers a wide variety of texture possibilities and is an effective setting for any ensemble. Accessible for the choir and congregation alike, it will quickly become a favorite that you return to continually throughout the liturgical year...

Author: Richard Schletty

The Signs of the Times is a peace song which relates to the events of the world today. Soloist: Janice Hoang Dispo.

Words and Music by: Edgar Villavert Combong © 2013

When I see the signs of the times
I asked myself about tomorrow
Shall I see white clouds and skies of blue
Amid the winds of war that men blow

Author: Richard Schletty

Join the Music Ministry Alive! family as we celebrate our eighteenth year of fostering the growth of young pastoral musicians! Come sing and celebrate with youth from around the country and beyond!

Saturday, July 30th at 7:30 PM

$17 advance tickets available at
$20 at the door
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium
St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed:

I am currently working on a hymnal project, which—among other things—entails pouring through thousands of pages from old Catholic hymnals. Some hymns I discover are sentimental and low quality, while others are quite inspiring. Whenever possible, I’ll share these books with our readers. Some of our planned releases will astound you! On the other hand, some books are interesting primarily from a Catholic historian’s point of view.

HERE'S A RARE HYMNAL from 1937 you might enjoy downloading and glancing through: