I'd like to offer some reflections on the SummerSong program at the University of Notre Dame. I was privileged to offer two workshops last week as part of the program. I spoke about the role of music in the various rites of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. There are approximately 25 students enrolled in this year's SummerSong program. The J. S. Paluch Company/ World Library Publications generously underwrites up to half the cost of the first year's enrollment in the program. The students are all talented parish musicians and take advantage of workshops, clinics, and coursework while at Notre Dame for two weeks. On Friday evening, it was a delight to be able to attend the concert of sacred American music they led at the chapel of Moreau Seminary, pictured here.
The space was very "live" and the student choir was directed by Nancy Menk, who holds the Mary Lou Morris and Judd Leighton Chair in Music at Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana. Nancy was one of the teachers in the SummerSong program. The concert was terrific and showcased the talents of these fine musicians. What a wonderful opportunity for the students in attendance. For you pastoral musicians out there looking for an opportunity to build your skills and increase your knowledge in liturgy, music, and theology, contact the SummerSong program at Notre Dame.
I am still basking in the glow of the NPM convention. Mrs. Margaret Paluch, the gracious woman who led the J. S. Paluch Company for so many years, was able to attend the WLP choral showcase at NPM. It was wonderful to have her in attendance. Here's a photo I will always treasure, showing Mrs. Paluch and yours truly after the showcase was concluded.
It makes such a difference to work at a family-owned Catholic company, whose leaders (Bill Rafferty and Mary Lou Paluch Rafferty) are so dedicated to service to the Church. Their generous support of the SummerSong program, and many other educational programs, is a testament to their commitment to the singing and praying Church. And for this I gotta sing, and I gotta pray. I hope your week is a good one.