Music

St. Gabriel School band members meet high expectations

Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, music teacher at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, has been teaching children music in an orchestral setting for about 50 years. Music, she noted, is a shared experience with others and a lifelong love.

The St. Gabriel School Concert Band members raised their instruments and played parts of a song.

They were at one of their twice-weekly practices in the basement of the former convent building across from the school, and the music, to the untrained ear, seemed to be on target.

However, Sister Gail Buckman, SSND, the band's conductor, gently and consistently reminded students of areas where they could improve.

"That's where my crescendo has to happen, right."

"It should be getting softer."

"The cymbal goes 'boom' and we're there."

Young Catholic Musicians tout ‘sense of community’

Lauren Koesterer, a rising junior at Cor Jesu Academy (right), played the trumpet alongside her twin brother, Justin Koesterer, a rising junior at St. Louis University High School, left, on June 18 at the Cathedral of St. Peter in Belleville, Ill. They have been playing trumpet regularly at different Masses for about three years. Lauren has been awarded a scholarship through Young Catholic Musicians.

Lauren Koesterer can't help tooting her horn about the Young Catholic Musicians.

She has played trumpet with the talented young instrumentalists and musicians for about six years.

"It's a great sense of community," Lauren said. "We're all doing something we love — singing or playing an instrument. It's a way to come together to share our talents."

Being part of the music at Mass is a way of glorifying God with those talents, she added.

St. Dominic High School has notable jazz musicians

St. Dominic High School's jazz ensemble musician Wyatt Forhan, right, is among 21 of the top high school jazz musicians in the country to be chosen for an all-star touring jazz orchestra this summer, The Next Generation Jazz Orchestra. Forhan waited with St. Dominic senior Elaina Heavner.

Larry Johnson closed one of the last practices of the St. Dominic High School jazz band's school year by reminding the students that they have more talent than they realize and can "take it to the next level."

He's given this advice before, because he's witnessed their talent and has had a hand in developing it.

Take, for example, junior Wyatt Forhan, who plays drums in the jazz band but also plays bass trombone, trombone, piano, bass guitar and tuba.

Cathedral Basilica lands performance by 'Voice from Assisi' Friar Alessandro

Friar Alessandro Brustenghi

As Scott Kennebeck says, "Sometimes, the Holy Spirit works in mysterious ways."

How else does one explain the upcoming performance by a world-renowned tenor falling into his lap?

"I just got a call out of the blue," said Kennebeck, the executive director of the Cathedral Concerts series, which extended its 24th season by three weeks to accommodate the performance by Friar Alessandro Brustenghi.

Singing sisters serve the poor, create music for the soul

Sister Teresa of the pop band Siervas played the bass guitar during an undated concert. Sister Teresa and 11 other women, who are members of the Servants of the Plan of God, have taken their inspirational music to other countries but also do social service work in Peru.

LIMA, Peru — When people wave at members of the pop band Siervas as they drive through the city, the nuns in the musical group know they've arrived on the world stage.

The 12 women religious in the group — The Servants in English — have taken their inspirational music to other countries and created hits that their fans sing and carry in their hearts.

Sacred music evangelizes, lifts up hearts

The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles rehearsed songs in their new chapel in Gower, Mo., in February.

VATICAN CITY — 'Tis the season for a huge assortment of holiday concerts and carols to choose from, making Advent and Christmas a unique period for reminding people of the evergreen beauty of sacred music.

And music can be that gentle lure that helps welcome and embrace those who have become distant from the Church, said one liturgy and music expert.

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