Organ Manuals

Gregorian 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 Schola of the Diocese of Columbus is committed to promoting Gregorian chant as the “supreme model for sacred music” (Pope Pius X). Under the direction of Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald, the Schola aims to produce informed, nuanced performances from chant notation exclusively. To that end, the Schola delves 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 Schola doesn’t sing primarily at the Cathedral, but enhances the liturgies at other parishes throughout the Diocese of Columbus. Throughout the 2020-2021 season, the Schola rehearses weekly during the months of September, October, January, and February and sings at various liturgies during that time.

Current Members

Thom Gall
H. Lee Rose
Kylen Franz
Peter Kim
Philip Baltzer
Kevin Lohr
Richard Celestina
Scott C. Ewing
David Gentil

2019-2020 Appearance Schedule

At Saint Joseph Cathedral
Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, October 31, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, December 12, 2020 at 5:15 p.m.
Saturday, January 30, 2021 at 5:15 p.m.

For more information, please contact Dr. Fitzgerald.