Soli Deo Gloria schola

The “Soli Deo Gloria” Schola is a music ministry of volunteers helping each other to sing the Mass according to the Roman Gradual in a growing number of liturgies in Southern California. Click here for rehearsal dates.

Soli Deo Gloria (SDG) schola is here as a mid-point when you feel you need practice to better sing the Mass, yet you are not quite ready to dedicate the time with your church choir to sing polyphony (several voices in harmony). SDG Schola practices Gregorian chant (one voice: all sing the same melody) as contained in the Roman Gradual (official songbook of the Mass in the Roman rite).

In rehearsals, we sing through the “three degrees of participation of the faithful” defined by the 1958 and 1967 Instructions on music in the Sacred Liturgy (Read 1958 text in italic below, or download: de-musica-sacra-et-sacra-liturgia, and see paragraph 25). Then, when we are ready, we are going to sing the Mass where we are invited to do so.

” In solemn Mass there are three degrees of the participation of the faithful: 

First, the congregation can sing the liturgical responses. These are: Amen; Et cumspiritu tuo; Gloria tibi, Domine; Habemus ad Dominum; Dignum et justum est; Sed libera nos a malo; Deo gratias. Every effort must be made that the faithful of the entire world learn to sing these responses. 

Secondly, the congregation can sing the parts of the Ordinary of the Mass: Kyrie eleison; Gloria in excelsis Deo; Credo; Sanctus-Benedictus; Agnus Dei. Every effort must be made that the faithful learn to sing these parts, particularly according to the simpler Gregorian melodies. But if they are unable to sing all these parts, there is no reason why they cannot sing the easier ones: Kyrie, eleison; Sanctus-Benedictus; Agnus Dei; the choir, then, can sing the Gloria, and Credo.

Thirdly, if those present are well trained in Gregorian chant, they can sing the parts of the Proper of the Mass. “

Rehearsals are to learn, with the most advanced chanters helping the newer ones. We start at the beginning each time: the Word (logos) and the breath (Spiritus) together create chant (see also How do I start? ).

1- To prepare practicing the liturgical responses, please download and print: TLM dialogue-responses per pbc  then practice with the videos at this link.

2- To prepare practicing the Ordinary of the Mass, visit: Credo III, Gloria VIII, Pater NosterJubilate Deo MassMass VIII (De Angelis) (JP2 : we sing Mass VIII), Mass IX (Cum Jubilo) and/or download this App Square Notes on your cell phone.

3- To prepare practicing the Proper, review the calendar below, download the appropriate Sunday, and listen to the music files and/or download this App Square Notes on your cell phone.

See also: Books, books, books,…

We will practice the Introit and Communion antiphons for the upcoming 2nd, 3rd and 4th Sundays of the next few months. We will follow the Extraordinary Form calendar (1-year cycle), but most chants are also in the Ordinary Form 3-year cycle  .

“The foundation of all vocal study lies in the control of the breath.” said legendary voice teacher Giovanni Lamperti. We will remember his wisdom and gently exercise our breath control during the rehearsal. Please print and read this download: Quotes from Lamperti and McRae

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