I have been blessed to work for the past almost seven years for Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Topeka, KS. When I arrived in 2008 I took over the adult choir and began a children’s choir. In 2011 we founded the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum, an after school music program for children modeled after the European choir school, for the formation of future musicians for the parish and for the Church in general. In 2013 the adult choir was grafted into the program, and today there are more than 30 adults and 45 children (an several student organists) in the Schola Cantorum. My favorite hours each week are the various rehearsals with the adults (a wonderful family of musicians), the children and the men who sing the Communio and verses during choral Masses. I look forward to sharing with the readers how this program came about and to encourage others to do the same (If I can do it, so can you!). In the mean time, please visit Schola Cantorum website (www.mphm.com/schola-cantorum) and like it on Facebook.
*The first video is of the adults singing Palestrina’s Alma Redemptoris Mater. The second is of the senior choristers singing Boris Ord’s Adam lay ybounden.