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Men's and women's scholas sang all the propers, in addition to motets by Victoria and Palestrina, some amazing organ improvisations by Horst Buchholz, the ordinary Mass IV sung from the first to the last, and concluding with Ut Queant Laxis for the Feast of St. John the Baptist.
The most successful scholas I know, for example, formed without being asked and sing in order to make a contribution to the parish.
Why Train to Sing? 2009
In the first session Prof. Dobszay will give a presentation drawing on his experience over two decades of fostering and developing traditional chant in the vernacular and in Latin, at all forms of the Roman rite (old and new), at parish celebrations of Mass and Vespers with several kinds of adult choirs, a student schola, and scholas from Catholic parochial schools.
In addition to the growing numbers of liturgical scholas appearing around the country (here is a map), there are also many secular groups that are devoted to excellence in performing the glorious polyphonic music of the renaissance.
Quire in Cleveland 2009
Many scholas are looking now to the Introit as a way of re-solemnizing the Mass, and it is an excellent place to begin.
Also, in parishes where the EF begins, there are not developed scholas available to sing the propers or sing large Mass settings.
I know of no other event that compares in terms of training Catholic musicians of the future, training to be producers on the local level, to establish scholas to sing the Mass, to conduct and sing with the purpose of upgrading the liturgical experience in the Catholic framework (though there are many faith traditions that will be represented here).
His book Communio deserves a high place in the modern history of the new liturgical movement for providing an entryway for new scholas to sing the propers of the Mass, along with the Psalm verses that were extremely hard to find until his book.
It takes years for scholas to get going and to develop the ability to sing the propers, and it also takes time for the people in the pews to get to the point that they can contribute to the singing of the ordinary.
The Mass tomorrow will be celebrated in Latin, with the men and women's scholas singing Mass ordinary IV, and the propers for the Epiphany.