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Seminarians of the FSSP's International Seminary of St. Peter.

'Sancta Nox' album of Christmas Matins debuts at #1 on Billboard Traditional Classical Albums chart

Oct 8, 2021

By Autumn Jones

On Sept. 28, a community of seminarians from the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter’s European seminary released an album of... Read more

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Sacred music album recorded on eve of coronavirus lockdown storms Christmas charts

Dec 21, 2020

When the singers of the Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School gathered earlier this year to create a new... Read more

Jean-Christophe Geiser performs at the International Organ Festival in the Pantheon Sept. 5, 2020.

Catholic priests kick off first international organ festival at Rome’s Pantheon

Sep 8, 2020

By Courtney Mares

Under the nearly 2,000-year-old dome of Rome’s Pantheon and above the relics of early Christian martyrs, the melodies of Johann... Read more

Pope Benedict XVI on Aug. 28, 2010.

Benedict XVI praises “glorious music” of Bach in festival message

Jul 28, 2020

Pope emeritus Benedict XVI has praised the “glorious music” of Johann Sebastian Bach in a message to a festival in... Read more

London boys' schola tour brings music from Old Spain to the New World

Jul 16, 2019

By Mary Farrow

Franciscan mission priest St. Junipero Serra would perhaps recognize some of the music that will be sung in an upcoming... Read more

Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon.

Love God? Let your music aim high, Archbishop Sample says

Jan 28, 2019

Sacred music has a special role in the Catholic liturgy, and Archbishop Alexander Sample of Portland in Oregon has written... Read more

Image courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute

'Mass of the Americas' to premiere at San Francisco cathedral

Dec 5, 2018

The Mass of the Americas, a newly-commissioned Mass composed by Frank La Rocca, will premiere Saturday for the feast of... Read more

Pope Francis meets with choir members and muscians Nov. 24, 2018.

Pope Francis: Sacred music points to the beauty of Paradise

Nov 24, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

Liturgical and sacred music can be a powerful instrument of evangelization, because it gives people a glimpse of the beauty... Read more

Mary Ann Carr-Wilson greets the Marian Sisters of Santa Rosa before the Teaching Children's Chant Camp Workshop in Menlo Park, Calif., held last week. Photo courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute.

Workshop teaches how to teach Gregorian chant to children, teens

Aug 13, 2018

Parish music directors, teachers, priests, and religious sisters gathered near San Francisco last week for a workshop helping them learn... Read more

Teens participate in a chant camp in Benicia, Calif. Photo courtesy of the Benedict XVI Institute.

Bay area project expands Gregorian chant instruction to children, teens

Jul 27, 2018

By Carl Bunderson

An initiative in the Archdiocese of San Francisco to form the Catholic imagination through beauty will next month host a... Read more

The Sistine Chapel Choir performs at Westminster Cathedral, May 6, 2012.

The tradition of sacred choral music needs to be 'revived'

Oct 24, 2017

By Elise Harris

For one member of “the Pope's Choir,” the Catholic Church, while appreciating sacred music, has in some respects lost the... Read more

Grammy-winning producer guides Gregorian chant album

May 4, 2017

When Christopher Alder, an 11-time Grammy winning music producer, first was asked to help create an album of Gregorian Chant,... Read more

Is this the solution to Catholics' 'desperate' musical situation?

Mar 10, 2017

By Adelaide Mena

Hundreds of musicians and pastors from around the world have signed a document urging parishes and publishers should take care... Read more

A community of Benedictine sisters recording an album of sacred music.

Pope Francis: Education is key to the renewal of sacred music

Mar 4, 2017

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis said Saturday that while liturgical music has often struggled to live up to the quality and beauty the... Read more

London Oratory Boys Schola Choir. Courtesy of London Oratory and De Monfort Music.

London choir aims to bring sacred music from the Masses...to the masses

Feb 21, 2017

By Mary Farrow

You may recognize the sound of the London Oratory Schola Cantorum Boys Choir from epic motion picture soundtracks like The... Read more

Sacred music and … jazz? One composer's response to Vatican II

Dec 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

For American composer J.J. Wright, the Second Vatican Council's call to inculturate the Church's ancient musical traditions into “mission territory”... Read more

A view of the Vatican's Sistine Chapel on Oct. 29, 2014.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases new album for Jubilee of Mercy

Oct 7, 2016

By Elise Harris

For the second year in a row the Sistine Chapel Choir has recorded an album inside the chapel of its... Read more

Sacred Music Clinic in the Diocese of Lincoln.

Diocese of Lincoln sees strong turnout at first Sacred Music Clinic

Sep 1, 2016

The Diocese of Lincoln held its first “Sacred Music Clinic” Aug. 27 at St. Thomas Aquinas Church on the campus... Read more

The Sistine Chapel Choir sings in Westminster Cathedral, May 6, 2012.

Sistine Chapel Choir releases sacred music album recorded in its chapel

Sep 30, 2015

By Elise Harris

As the first album ever to be recorded inside the Sistine Chapel is released, Archbishop Georg Ganswein said the sacred... Read more

   Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone celebrates vespers at St. Sebastian on Jan. 5, 2014.

San Francisco project to promote beauty in music, liturgy

Feb 9, 2014

By Carl Bunderson

A recently launched initiative in San Francisco will educate Church musicians about sacred music and train lay ministers for their... Read more