Friday, March 02, 2007

About the Pueri Cantores - Young Singers

A letter to the editor in the Feb online edition of:

About the Pueri Cantores - Young Singers

In “Language in the Roman Rite Liturgy: Latin and Vernacular”, Cardinal Arinze’s keynote address to the Gateway Liturgical Conference (published in Adoremus Bulletin December 2006-January 2007), he made reference to Pueri Cantores and Pope Benedict’s endorsement of its work.

This wonderful organization encourages young Catholics to sing the great liturgical music of the Church. Young choristers singing in parish and school choirs are invited to become members to encourage one another and participate in local, national and international Choir Festivals. At the Gateway Liturgical Conference 750 choristers sang at a Festival Mass celebrated in the Cathedral of St. Louis. I doubt that most of those young people will forget that experience! Pueri Cantores offers a alternative to the “hot dog and hamburger” music that we have been feeding our younger generation of Catholics.

As the Episcopal Moderator of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, Cardinal George of Chicago, has said, “Though many years have passed, I remember singing in the Paulist Choir in Chicago as a boy. Worshipping God in song gave me a great joy and satisfaction. It can give the same to singers and their supporters, as well as their listeners.”

For information about the American Federation Pueri Cantores please contact the national office, 615 East Chapman Avenue, Suite 200, Orange, CA. 92866. An informational DVD and printed information is available.

Father David M. DyeBoard Chairman, AFPC

OK, here's our choir, which is a member of Pueri Cantores

For Lent, they are singing Atende Domine, Adoramus te Christi, Ave Verum Corpus, Magnificat, and When I Survey the Wondrous Cross. We've lost some of the older boys to voice change, and have quite a crop of little ones; In spite of this, the choir will be singing in the Sacred Music venue of Boise Music Week, a secular event.

The choir sings a mass quarterly, and has traveled to Baker City to sing at mass, and hopes you will invite them!(click Dr. Berg's picture below for an email address)


Dr. Lynn Berg, Professor of voice at Boise State University, is the choir director. The choir needs you, men and boys! You will not get better free voice lessons than this!

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