The reading session last night went quite well. We were in a good acoustic space; Incarnation church in Centerville, Ohio. Here is a photo of the exterior:
The people in attendance were good sight readers and wonderful singers. We sang through many of the various parts of WLP's new and revised musical settings of the Mass. I jumped back and forth between the organ and the piano. It was great to show people how versatile these settings are. The Archdiocese has a marvelous plan for musicians. They have invited each publisher (GIA, OCP, and WLP) in for a reading session. A group of musicians from the Archdiocese will then sift through all of the settings, then there will be another session where what they determine as the "best" settings will be presented to all musicians. The musicians were assured last night that this in no way was a determinant for every parish; parishes are free to sing any setting they choose; this is just meant as a guide.
The day before, on Monday afternoon, WLP presented a similar reading session for musicians in the Archdiocese of Chicago. Here's a photo of that event, taken at Saint John de Brebeuf church in Niles, Illinois.
As much as I am frustrated by the whole translation process (see previous posts), I find myself getting much more rooted (and a little excited) when spending time with parish musicians. I know that they have mixed feelings about the new translation, but they are sharing an excitement about learning, teaching, and singing the new settings. This group of people gives me the most hope as we move forward. You can see and hear our new and revised Mass settings over at Sing the New Mass.
Thank you for your comments in recent days. I want to assure you that I love this Church; saints and sinners that we are.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.