Tu es Petrus – Widor

Good evening, Choristers! I hope you are doing some great music studying before Halloween break. And I hope you do some during Halloween break, also! For those of you going on the tour, you leave in 1 week! And for those of you staying, this extra study is good for you vocally and musically.

Here is a recording of Tu es Petrus by Widor. I could only find the one video so far. It is a little hard to understand what the text is, as you have not seen it yet. Follow along with the words I posted below, and it will be easier.

Here is the text.

Tu es Petrus
et super hanc petram aedificabo ecclesiam meam
et portae inferi non praevalebunt adversus eam.
Et tibi dabo claves regni caelorum.

You are Peter,
And upon this Rock I will build My Church:
and the gates of hell shall not overcome it.
And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven.

I hope to have the music for tomorrow’s rehearsal. If not, we will have a lot to do Monday!!! 😮


Squeeeee of the Day…Teddy the Porcupine and the Pumpkin

Alright, Choristers, I thought if you are studying the music on the blog, you should be rewarded with something fun. I am creating a new category, called “Squeeeee of the Day.” (Definition of ‘squee’: so cute your brain might explode.) I won’t post these EVERY day, but when I do, it will be the new Squeeeee of the Day.

Here is Teddy the Porcupine eating a pumpkin. The sounds he makes are juuuuuuust soooooooo cuuuuuuuute!!!!

Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. 😀

Deep River (Italy Tour, 2010)

Good Evening, Choristers!

Here is a link to the Italy Tour from 2010. One thing that makes me nervous–the St. Nicholas choristers don’t look up at the conductor! Please, please, make sure you look up. You should know your music well enough to be able to look at the conductor most of the time. I know I tell you to look at your music–there are times when you really have to watch it. But your music should be held up high enough that you can see the conductor at the same time you are looking at your music.

Here is another version with a smaller group, with the soloists out front.

Which do you like best?


Psalm 43- Richte Mich Gott – Mendelssohn

Good evening, choristers! As promised, here is a recording of the Psalm 43-Tichte Mich Gott, by Mendelssohn. I chose this version because the video uses the same copy of music we are using, and it will be easy for you to follow.

It is good to watch and listen to the parts you are learning. However, you should often listen to the entire piece so you can hear the flow of it, and know exactly how your sections fit in. You should always know what happens before you are to enter with your section.

We have a very busy time ahead of us to prepare the pieces that are going to be on the tour, and even if you are not going on the tour, it is good for you to learn this music, as you may need to sing it in the future! 🙂

See you tomorrow!

Things to rehearse! (Ave Verum Corpus, Nunc Dimittis)

Hello, Choristers! I decided it is time to repost this. I posted it almost 2 years ago, but the video wasn’t working when I tried it. So here is a new post!

This is Ave Verum Corpus by Mawby. The choir is from BYU.

Next is Nunc Dimittis by Holst. It begins very softly, and is hard to hear at the beginning. The part you are learning comes in at 2:27.

One of my favorite recordings of the Nunc Dimittis is this one by a group called Voces8. You can really hear the parts clearly in this version. The group’s tempos are very different from the large choir’s version. Listen and see what you think!


Salve Regina — Desenclos

Hello Choristers,

Here is a recording of Salve Regina. Notice the legato lines of the piece, and the changing dynamics.

Next week we shall have the 6th grade back with us. Boys, remember you have an after-school Mass next Wednesday, October 8. Girls, yours will be the following week on Tuesday, October 14. 🙂