by Janet Gorbitz
This is a signature volume chronicling the history of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, founded in 1955 by Father (later Monsignor) Richard J. Schuler. The Chorale is now in its 42nd season of singing with professional orchestra the great Classical and Romantic Masses of composers like Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven and Schubert, as a part of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass celebrated in Latin at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul, Minnesota. This book also recounts the important role that Monsignor Schuler played in the area of sacred music in the post-Vatican II Church. It was his heroic commitment, through word and deed, to the authentic implementation of Sacrosanctum Concilium, the Second Vatican Council’s document on music and liturgy, that helped keep the patrimony of Catholic sacred music alive in the United States for a new Renaissance.
When Monsignor Schuler was accused of living in the past, he often said that he was rather forty years ahead of the times. And he is being proven correct.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Virginia A. Schubert, PhD has sung in the soprano section of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale for many years, and is currently president of the Board of the Chorale. She assisted Monsignor Schuler when he was editor of Sacred Music magazine, and is a member and former officer of the Church Music Association of America. She is a professor emerita of Macalester College, where she taught French, chaired the French Department, and served as Associate Provost during a 37 year career. Dr. Schubert was decorated by the French government as an Officer in the Order of Academic Palms. She is a Lady Commander in the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem. Dr. Schubert is a member of Saint Agnes parish and the parish of Nativity of Our Lord, both in Saint Paul, MN. To contact the author, email at email@example.com
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