Organ Manuals

Saint Gregory Schola and Saint Cecilia Schola

“Above all, the study and practice of Gregorian chant is to be promoted, because, with its special characteristics, it is a basis of great importance for the cultivation of sacred music.”
-Musicam Sacram, No. 52
 
“The Church acknowledges Gregorian chant as especially suited to the Roman Liturgy: therefore, all things being equal, it should be given pride of place in liturgical services. But other kinds of sacred music, especially polyphony, are by no means excluded from liturgical celebrations, so long as they are in accord with the spirit of the liturgical action.”
-Sacrosanctum Concilium
 
“The more closely a composition for church approaches in its movement, inspiration and savor the Gregorian form, the more sacred and liturgical it becomes; and the more out of harmony it is with that supreme model, the less worthy it is of the temple.” 
-Pope Pius X
 
 
The Gregorian Chant Scholas of the Diocese of Columbus are committed to promoting Gregorian chant as the “supreme model for sacred music” (Pope Pius X). Under the direction of Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, the Scholas aim to produce informed, nuanced performances from chant notation exclusively. To that end, these Scholas delve into the Solesmes Method which includes the study of chant rhythm, interpreting neumes and learning their nomenclature, modality in chant and how it’s transposed, melodic tendencies within the Ecclesiastical Modes, count singing, Solfege, and so on.
 
The Scholas–St. Cecilia for an ensemble of trebles and St. Gregory for tenors and basses–sing not only at the Cathedral, but enhance the liturgies at other parishes throughout the Diocese of Columbus.
 
For more information, please contact Dr. Fitzgerald.