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Author: Richard Schletty

From Jeff at Corpus Christi Watershed...

VERY FEW CHOIRS can sing Allegri's Miserere Mei as it should be sung. (Come to think of it, Corpus Christi Cathedral did it cori spezzation Good Friday a few years ago—and it was marvelous.)
With small choirs in mind, fifteen years ago I adapted this piece for a setting of the "Agnus Dei." So many have asked for it over the years, I made it available today:
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Author: Richard Schletty

July 12, 2016 - ADVENT
St. James Music Press


We know that some of you guys and gals have already planned all your Advent music and are already looking at Easter 2017! (You know who you are...) But for those of you who are looking for a wonderful new Advent service, (or a fresh way to present your Advent Lessons and Carols, here it is.

Darkness to Light: A Liturgy of Advent Lessons and Carols

Throughout history, the Church kept Advent as a season of great solemnity - a time in which to meditate upon the ultimate issues of death, judgement, hell and heaven. Advent, though, was also a time of great rejoicing, for Christ would come, not only as Judge, but also as Savior, and would usher in the Kingdom of God. Advent, therefore,...

Author: Richard Schletty

"I Long for You / As Morning Breaks" composed by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote. © 1981 Damean Music. 

Let me tell you about my experience this week with the above song (first published in 1981). 

I lead singing (often with both voice and nylon guitar) at one and sometimes two churches on weekends. We chose this setting by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote for the 12th Sunday in Ordinary Time. Note that the original was written in 4/4 time. Well, my keyboard player at St. Mary's, Larry, had done an adaptation in 3/4 (waltz) time several years ago for a Polka Mass. He sent me his Sibelius score and a...

Author: Richard Schletty

Composed by Balhoff, Daigle and Ducote. © 1981 Damean Music. Performed and mixed by Richard Schletty (vocals and guitar) in his basement studio. 

Note: After posting this, I realized that the 3/4 arrangement I received from my piano player was adapted for a Polka Mass. I will re-record at the the original 4/4 meter.

Read about the composers here:

Author: Richard Schletty

From Fabrizio Ferrari at Sheet Music Direct:

With Father's Day just around the corner, we have hand-selected 20 of the very best songs about fatherhood, from Luther Vandross' beautiful tribute to his Dad Dance With My Father, to Stevie Wonder's Isn't She Lovely - celebrating the birth of his first daughter, Aisha.

Give your Dad the gift of music this Father's Day!

Go to

Author: Richard Schletty

Edgar Villavert Combong sent a message to me about his song. I like it. The song does need better mastering to bring out the voices more. - Richard Schletty

"Please check my You Tube submission entitled, "TO JESUS, THRU MARY", and see if you like it.  This song was used for the Women's Cursillo theme song and has been used in some catholic churches in the San Francisco/Bay Area. The song was recorded by the St. Joseph (Church) Youth Choir, Pinole, California. Thank you."

YouTube description: A special song dedicated to our beloved and blessed Mother Mary. Performed by The St. Joseph Youth Choir, Pinole,...

Author: Richard Schletty

The article below is from Jeff Ostrowski at Corpus Christi Watershed. 

Fifty Tips For Training Amateur Choirs

EARLIER THIS WEEK, I promised to release my 98-minute speech online if we could garner enough pledges to donate $30 to Corpus Christi Watershed. I’m so grateful to everyone who made a pledge, and we met our goal. This talk was delivered live at the 2016 Sacred Music Symposium, and here’s the recording:


Author: Richard Schletty

This is a traditional Ambrosian chant style version, as written by Benoit. See my uptempo, guitar-driven version in 6/8 meter which I posted at this site. 

Where Charity and Love Prevail

Author: Richard Schletty

This is a 6/8 meter version of a song that is usually sung in a more fluid chant style. See the traditional Ambrosian chant version which I posted at...

Author: Richard Schletty

This project is a virtual collaboration between Richard Schletty (Minnesota, USA) and Hendrik Steiner and Karl Anselm (Germany). It's an Art Rock album which combines classical and progressive stylings with lyrics that speak of love, contentment, loss, hope, social justice, earth care, dreams and spirituality. Direct link:

Thank you for listening and for your support.

Author: Richard Schletty

Psalm 8 - Trinity Sunday - cycle C
Composed and performed by Richard Schletty This is my submission to the Sunday Psalm

Guitar and voice version:

Piano and voice version:

Song lead sheet (PDF), piano + voice staff notation (PDF) and two audio file...

Author: Richard Schletty

May 10, 2016 - A FREE GIFT from St. James Music Press 



Author: Richard Schletty

A recent new user, Regina99, wrote:

"Looking for words and name of a May Procession hymn used each year in my elementary school years during this Mother's Day Procession to Our Lady. Here are some of the words: Roses we bring to thee, Queen of the Rosary....Red blooms with pain untold, blend with royal robes of gold....

Found this site accidentally while looking for the above hymn. I did not know it existed."

Can you help Regina find the hymn?

I found it!

"Queen of the Rosary" is hymn number 82 in Mount Mary Hymnal (published 1937). Words by Sister Chrysostom, SSND, and music by M. Haller. The entire hymnal is available as...

Author: Richard Schletty

Partial video demo of a song I am working on with Dan Vi Nguyen. Feel free to make suggestions for improvement. 

Details of project here:

Here is a full audio demo of version 3 in 4/4 time (an upbeat approach):


Author: Richard Schletty

From Fabrizio Ferrari who is CEO, violinist and music composer at Virtual Sheet Music. – Richard Schletty

I am sending you this letter to inform you of our latest additions and news (as you requested). Today we are also featuring our first music commentary, with deep musical insights, from our senior editor Jennifer Vose.

Important: Many of our users have not discovered our entire catalog yet, so here is the link:


Author: Richard Schletty

New Exclusive Transcriptions and Arrangements in High Quality Sheet Music by Virtual Sheet Music® 

These are exclusive high quality, downloadable and printable digital sheet music titles by Virtual Sheet Music offered in PDF file format complete of audio MIDI and Mp3 files. Most of these items also include Mp3 accompaniment files to play along with your computer or Mp3 audio player. These arangements are exclusive, and cannot be found anywhere else!

Moments for string quartet "Moments" for string quartet, by Andre Van Haren

Moments for...

Author: Richard Schletty

From JMT Ministries:

We pray you have experienced a most Blessed Lent and Easter with your family and friends!

We have exciting news to share: John Michael Talbot has begun recording his first music project in 5 years and we need to make room for new inventory! This is VERY GOOD NEWS for YOU!

To make room on our shelves we are offering you our BIGGEST SALE EVER:


Complete details follow below! All prices for CDs and Books have already been...

Author: Andre van Haren

Hi all! I am a big fan of the music notation software Sibelius and created 4 tutorials that are available on Amazon. All these guides are downloadable, and are Print Replicas Kindle Editions, which sounds very impressive, but simply means that they are printable PDF files! The information is explained in easy to follow steps and I included lots of helpful screenshots.

Author: Richard Schletty

Jane KraemerPsalm 67: O God, Let All The Nations Praise You
for Sixth Sunday of Easter, Cycle C or for Thanksgiving Day Mass

Music: © 2016 Matilda Jane Kraemer –
Text: Revised Grail Psalms, © 2010 Conception Abbey/The Grail, admin. by GIA Publications, Inc. –

Baritone soloist: Richard Schletty – ...

Author: Richard Schletty

Movement 7 from Hungry For Heaven. A total of 11 movements at

Lift Me Up
7th Movement, Hungry for Heaven

Raise me skyward in a torrent