Tuesday greetings from a very warm and muggy Franklin Park, Illinois.
When I first arrived here at WLP in 1999, I remember well our weekly music review sessions, held on Thursday mornings. A group of about ten of us gathered each week (and continue to do so) in our music room to review new music submissions. I have to admit that some of what WLP had published in the past in our choral library was really lacking. And even in 1999, I felt that some of what we published could use improvement. As the years unfolded, I noticed that the quality of the submissions (and quantity) was steadily improving. It became a real joy to gather on Thursday mornings to sing through or listen to recordings of better and better choral music for the Church. I know I am the head of this publishing house and my opinion has a certain bias, but I have to say that I truly believe that WLP is publishing the finest choral music for the singing and praying Church today.
The way we get our choral music into the hands of music directors has been evolving. It is really wonderful that musicians can now view sample pages of our choral music and listen to clips of a recording of the piece on WLP's web site. If you've never taken the time to do so, click here and be sure to "view sample pages" and "listen" to Brian Childer's beautiful Ubi Caritas. Another way that musicians can sample our newest choral music is through our choral subscription, a three-times-per-year mailing of the latest music from WLP, as well as a peppering of some of the gems in our choral treasury. One of the most exciting ways we share our music is through our music showcases at conventions and conferences, especially at the annual convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. There is nothing like hearing our music sung by hundreds and sometimes thousands of pastoral musicians.
This year, we are re-vamping our WLP "Sing the Seasons" choral reading sessions, which will take place in select cities in the United States. Check this out and find the session nearest you. I know that we haven't quite covered the entire country yet, but please be patient with us. Even if you are not a music director, why not sign up for one of these sessions, then bring the music back to your parish musician!
Obviously I am very proud of our composers and editors for the fine work they have done for the singing and praying Church.
Gotta sing. Gotta pray.