Marymount University students in Dr. Kimberly Hess’s “Fundamentals of Music Theory” course are breaking new ground as a choir. A new translation of the Roman Missal is resulting in changes to the music sung at Masses and will be implemented in Advent 2011.
Dr. Hess and her students recently traveled to Notre Dame, Indiana, for a workshop entitled, Finding the Music in the New Translation, led by well-known Catholic composer Steven C. Warner. At the workshop, Mr. Warner introduced his newly composed Mass settings, "Mass of Charity and Love" and "Mass for Our Lady." While in Indiana, they also sang with the Notre Dame Folk Choir, led by Mr. Warner, at the April 3 Mass at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at the University of Notre Dame.
The Marymount students will be the first choir to record with the new Missal translation for the televised Mass at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. The Mass, to be recorded on October 7, 2011, will air on November 27, 2011.
In this photo, taken in the choir loft of Notre Dame's Basilica of the Sacred Heart, Dr. Hess is seated front row center, with students around her and Mr. Warner in the back.