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SE03 EP14 – Historical Notation, and the Link between Meaning and Notation in Sacred Music – with Charles Weaver

What is the fundamental experience of music? How does a notated piece of music relate to that fundamental experience? What are the limits of musical notation in conveying sound? Why does all this matter for the Catholic musician? We look at these topics and more with...

SE03 EP13 – Meeting Your Spouse in Choir, Weddings, and Babies – with Theresa and Ben Volpe, Sam and Lauren Rowe, and Drs. Jacek and Jennifer Nowiccy

Join us for some good, old-fashioned love stories, the history behind finding a spouse in a Catholic choir, inspiration for lay vocations and family life, and the role singing can play in it all. Check out summer sacred music study at St. Joseph's Seminary:...

SE03 EP12 – Saint Juan de Ribera, Devotion to the Eucharist, and the Importance of Prayer in Liturgical and Musical Renewal – with James Monti

We look to a great Spanish saint for inspiration in his holy life, devotion to the Most Blessed Sacrament, and his care for the sacred liturgy and its accompanying sacred arts. St. Juan de Ribera (1532–1611) is an inspiring example of establishing foundations which...

SE03 EP11 – The Origins of Gregorian Chant: The Roman Schola Cantorum and Old Roman Chant – with Dr. Joseph Dyer

Eminent chant scholar, Dr. Joseph Dyer, explains the Roman origins of Gregorian chant, the role of the Roman Schola Cantorum in the development of Roman chant, and what happened to that chant once it interacted with Franco-Gallican chant to become Gregorian chant....

SE03 EP10 – Sergei Rachmaninoff and the Sounds of Russian Orthodoxy – with Dr. Richard Fountain

We venture east in this episode for a look at Russian Orthodox music that impacted the life and compositions of Sergei Rachmaninoff (1873-1943). Dr. Richard Fountain, professor of piano at Wayland Baptist University and convert to Eastern Orthodoxy, shares with us...

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Season 1

Episode 1– An Archbishop’s Reflections on Sacred Music – with Archbishop Alexander K. Sample
Episode 2 – Beauty and Catholic Culture: a Story of Conversion – with Vida and Josh Hernandez
Episode 3 – The Role of Sacred Music in Catholic Education – with Charles Cole
Episode 4 – Introduction to Gregorian Chant – with Dr. William Mahrt
Episode 5 – The Spirituality of Gregorian Chant – with Fr. Cassian Folsom, OSB
Episode 6 – Historical Techniques for Teaching Music to Children – with Charlie Weaver
Episode 7 – The Role of Sacred Art in Evangelization and Church Patronage of Art – with Dr. Elizabeth Lev
Episode 8 – Evangelization and Catechesis through Music: South American Jesuit Missions and Working with Underserved Populations –  with Lisa Knutson
Episode 9 – Modern Sacred Music – with Kevin Allen
Episode 10 – Teaching Sacred Music in Nigeria – with Fr. Jude Orakwe
Episode 11 – Developing a Sacred Music Program: St. Vincent Ferrer, NYC – with James Wetzel
Episode 12 – The Participation of Little Children in the Sacred Liturgy – with Dr. Timothy O’Malley

Season 2

Episode 1 – Sacred Music and Sacred Silence as Powerful Spiritual Medicines – Part 1 with His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah
Episode 2 – The Worship of God: The Heart of the Mission of the Church – Part 2 with His Eminence, Robert Cardinal Sarah
Episode 3 – All about Saint Cecilia, Or: When in Rome – with Gregory DiPippo
Episode 4 – The Spiritual Fruits of Singing the Mass for Both Priests and the Laity – with Fr. Nathan Cromly, CSJ
Episode 5 – Musical Treasures of the Mozarabic (Hispanic) Rite – with Jim Monti
Episode 6 – Understanding Christ in the Psalms – with Dom Benedict Andersen, OSB 
Episode 7 – St. Elizabeth of the Trinity as Musician and Spiritual Friend – with Dr. Anthony Lilles
Episode 8 – The Pipe Organ: King of the Instruments – with Dr. Nathan Knutson
Episode 9 – The Music of Notre Dame de Paris: The Organs and Organists through the Centuries – with Olivier Latry
Episode 10 – Beauty, Reverence, and Whether It’s All in the Eye of the Beholder – with Dr. Alice von Hildebrand
Episode 11 – William Byrd: English Catholic Composer and Recusant – with Dr. Kerry McCarthy
Episode 12 – The Hows and Whys of Illuminated Chant Manuscripts – with Elizabeth Lemme
Episode 13 – Pope Pius X’s Motu Proprio on Sacred Music – with Dr. Susan Treacy
BONUS Episode 1 – Conducting and Group Vocal Tips for the Parish Music Director – with Dr. Timothy McDonnell
Episode 14 – From Ragas to Responsories: A Hindu Becomes a Catholic Priest – with Fr. Gaurav Shroff
BONUS Episode 2 – Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children: A Look at the Ward Method – with Kevin Collins and Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
Episode 15 – A Catholic Portrait of Abbé Franz Liszt – with Dr. Jay Hershberger
Episode 16 – “Lord, Teach Us to Pray”: The Spiritual Fruits of Obedience in Matters Liturgical – with Dom Alcuin Reid, OSB
Bonus Episode 3 – The Top 5 Misconceptions about Music at Mass (Part I: nos. 1 and 2) – with Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
Bonus Episode 4 – 40+ (Mostly Free) Resources for Making Excellent Sacred Music in a Time of Restrictions
Bonus Episode 5 – Introduction to the Organ for Pianists – with Dr. Crista Miller
Episode 17 – Sacred Music as a Vital Part of Parish Life and Fellowship – roundtable with Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Charles Cole, and Fr. Robert Pasley

Episode 18 – 7000+ Hours of Gregorian Chant: Behind the Scenes at the Neumz Project with John Anderson and Alberto Díaz-Blanco
Episode 19 – Where Do I Start? A Pastoral Plan for Changing a Parish Music Program – with Dr. Mary Jane Ballou
Episode 20 – Lectio Divina and Biblical Exegesis of Gregorian Chants for the 5th Sunday after Pentecost – with Dom Mark Kirby, OSB

Season 3
Episode 1 – Sanctity, Beauty, and Universality in Modern Sacred Music – with Sir James MacMillan
Episode 2 – Growing up Catholic in China and Musical Life in the Church in China – with His Eminence, Joseph Cardinal Zen
Episode 3 – Motets – with Dr. Aaron James
Episode 4 – Music of the Ordinariate – with Fr. James Bradley
Episode 5 – Swimming the Thames and the Tiber – with Dr. Jay Hershberger
Episode 6 – Dominican Chant – with Fr. Innocent Smith, O.P.
Episode 7 – Modality in Gregorian Chant – with Dr. William Mahrt
Episode 8 – Pius X School of Liturgical Music: A Snapshot of Sacred Music Education in America – with Dr. Francis Brancaleone
Episode 9 – Liturgical Changes in Tudor England: Thomas Tallis’ Stable Position – with Dr. Kerry McCarthy
Episode 10 – Sergei Rachmaninoff and the Sounds of Russian Orthodoxy – with Dr. Richard Fountain
Episode 11 – The Origins of Gregorian Chant: The Roman Schola Cantorum and Old Roman Chant – with Dr. Joseph Dyer
Episode 12 – Saint Juan de Ribera, Devotion to the Eucharist, and the Importance of Prayer in Liturgical and Musical Renewal – with James Monti
Episode 13 – Meeting Your Spouse in Choir, Weddings, and Babies – with Theresa and Ben Volpe, Sam and Lauren Rowe, and Drs. Jacek and Jennifer Nowiccy
Episode 14 – Historical Notation, and the Link between Meaning and Notation in Sacred Music – with Charles Weaver
Episode 15 – The Music and Life of Jean Langlais – with Dr. Ann Labounsky
Episode 16 – Sentiment, Emotion, and Sacred Music – with Nicholas Lemme
Episode 17 – A Snapshot of Catholicism in America: The History of the Music Program at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC – with Dr. Jennifer Pascual