OYH Selects: "Covenant Hymn"

Today's guests along with other OYH alumni! From left to right: Gary Dangle, Tom Kendzia, Jaime Cortez, Diana Macalintal, and Rory Cooney.

Today's guests along with other OYH alumni! From left to right: Gary Dangle, Tom Kendzia, Jaime Cortez, Diana Macalintal, and Rory Cooney.

To conclude our Lenten series, we are bringing you our Easter Vigil episode, originally released in March, 2018..

Join hosts Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski as they return to composers Gary Daigle and Rory Cooney, this time in conversation together about one of their best-known and best-loved collaborations. You'll hear about "homiletic" texts, the song's intended use for rites of initiation, and the latest OYH liturgical music "bombshell". Our conversation is also joined by Diana Macalintal who shares more information about the RCIA and the concept of "covenant" in the ritual action of the Easter Vigil. 

So, please open your hymnal to "Covenant Hymn."

 

Episode links

For more information about Gary Daigle and his other compositions, visit his composer page at GIA Publications.

For more information about Rory Cooney and his other compositions, visit his composer pages at GIA PublicationsOCP, and WLP. Also, be sure to check out his blog, "Gentle Reign".

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording from GIA Publications. You can also purchase the other song recordings you heard in the episode: the instrumental guitar recording of "Covenant Hymn" (arr. Steve Petrunak), the instrumental piano recording of "Covenant Hymn" (arr. Paul Tate),  "I Am For You" (Rory Cooney), “Come to the Waters” (Lori True), “Litany of the Saints” (John Becker), “Exodus 15: To God be Praise and Glory” (Janet Sullivan Whitaker), and “Sicut Cervus” (Palestrina, ed. Maynard Klein).

You can learn more about Diana Macalintal and her work at her website: www.TeamRCIA.com 

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A Lenten Celebration, 2019

“The Woman at the Well”

“The Woman at the Well”

We are marking the mid-point of Lent with a special feature episode. You’ll hear a range of great seasonal music from a variety of composers arranged around the final three Gospel readings for Lent, the “Scrutiny Gospels.” These readings are shared with us by composers Meredith Augustin, Ian Callanan, and Luke Rosen. We hope that this presentation will help you in your own preparations for the celebration of Easter.

So, please open your hymnals!

 

Episode links

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “Parce Domine/Ubi Caritas” (arr. Jeremy Young), piano instrumental of “Lenten Suite” (Paul Tate), “Turn My Heart” (Marty Haugen), “Restless is the Heart” (Bernadette Farrell), “Lead Me, Lord” (Samuel Wesley), “Hosea” (Gregory Norbet), "piano instrumental of “Attende Domine” (Jerry Galipeau), “He Healed the Darkness of My Mind” (David Haas), “Open My Eyes” (Benedetto Marcello, arr. Dale Grotenhuis), “I Want to Walk as a Child of the Light” (Kathleen Thomerson), “Brille Tu Luz” (Stella Garcia Lopez, Rudy Lopez), quodlibet on “Were You There/Amazing Grace” (arr. Marcy Weckler Barr), piano instrumental on “Precious Lord” (Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB), “With the Lord There is Mercy” (Val Parker), “When Jesus Wept” (William Billings), “We Shall Rise Again” (Jeremy Young), “Give Me Jesus” (arr. Meredith Augustin), and “Attende Domine” (arr. Trevor Thompson).

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OYH Selects: "You Are Mine"

Matt Reichert, David Haas, Zack Stachowski (LA Religious Education Congress, 2018)

Matt Reichert, David Haas, Zack Stachowski (LA Religious Education Congress, 2018)

To mark the season of Lent, we are releasing one episode each week. This week, we are re-releasing one of our very first interviews.

First published in 1991, "You Are Mine" is one of the most popular contemporary liturgical songs used in the Church today.  It consistently appears at the top of "favorite liturgical song" lists and surveys and is heard in parishes around the world. In this episode, composer David Haas speaks with Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert to break open the song, sharing the origins and intentions behind the piece.  Topics discussed include the emotional connections to liturgical music, singing text set in the voice of God, and what it means to "let a song go" when it has found a life of its own. David is joined by friend and composer Kate Cuddy. If you feel a connection to this beautiful piece, it will be deepened after you listen to this episode.

So, please open your hymnal to "You Are Mine."

 

Episode links

For more information about David Haas and his other compositions, visit his composer pages at OCP and GIA Publications.

For more information about Kate Cuddy and her compositions, visit her composer page at GIA Publications.

You can purchase a copy of the song score and a copy of the original song recording from GIA Publications.

You can purchase a copy of the live concert recording (from the "Glory Day" recording), a copy of the instrumental piano recording (arranged and performed by Paul Tate), and a copy of the instrumental ensemble recording (arranged by Stephen Petrunak) from GIA Publications.

You can purchase the other music you heard in this episode: “Your Beauty, God” (Mary Louise Bringle/David Haas), “With This Bread” (Kate Cuddy), “And Jesus Said” (Sylvia Dunstan/Tony Alonso), “We Will Rise Again” (David Haas).

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Celebrating the Music of Women Composers

Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart

We’re focusing on music written by women composers, and we’re blessed to be joined by five guests: Sarah Hart, Lori True, Carol Browning, Lorraine Hess, and Kate Williams. You’ll hear our guests discuss the experience of composing, publishing, and ministry as women. You’ll also hear several additional composers featured in this episode’s OYH Playlist.

Carol Browning

Carol Browning

So, please open your hymnals!

Lori True

Lori True

 

Episode links

You can find out more about the work of our guests by visiting their artist pages:

  1. Sarah Hart: OCP page, personal page

  2. Lori True: GIA page

  3. Carol Browning: GIA page, MorningStar page, Liturgical Press page

  4. Lorraine Hess: WLP page, personal page

  5. Kate Williams: GIA page

Lorraine Hess

Lorraine Hess

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “Be With Me, Lord” (Sarah Hart/Curtis Stephan), “Who is the Alien?” (Lori True), “Ubi Caritas” (Carol Browning), “Glorify Him by Your Life” (Lorraine Hess), “Hymn of St. Patrick” (Diana Macalintal), “All That is Hidden” (Bernadette Farrell), “In Every Age” (Janet Sullivan Whitacre), “Enter In” (Kathleen Basi), “Dame Tu Paz” (Anna Betancourt), “Bienaventurados” (Lourdes Montgomery"), “In the Morning, In the Evening” (Bex Gaunt), “I Am the Bread of Life” (Suzanne Toolan).

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Kate Williams

Kate Williams

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"We've Come This Far By Faith:" Celebrating Black Sacred Music

Leon Roberts

Leon Roberts

We’re focusing on the rich heritage of the Black sacred music tradition, and we’re blessed to be joined by two important voices: Leon Roberts (recorded in a presentation from 1985), and Lynne Gray. Join co-hosts Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert for an exploration of the treasury of hymns, spirituals, and gospel songs. You’ll hear lots of standard and familiar music, and you’ll also hear selections from several contemporary composers.

So, please open your hymnals!

 

Lynne Gray

Lynne Gray

Episode links

You can find out more about the work of Leon Roberts by visiting his composer pages at OCP and GIA Publications. You can find out more about Lynne Gray and her work by visiting St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church and the Duke Ellington School of the Arts.

The recording of Leon Roberts’ presentation was from the 1985 convention of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. You can find out more about the work of NPM by visiting www.npm.org.

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: “We’ve Come This Far By Faith” (Goodson), “With Hands Lifted Up” (traditional), “Traditional Prayer with Moans” (anonymous), “Deep River” (anonymous), “Great is Thy Faithfulness” (traditional), “The Solid Rock (My Hope is Built on Nothing Less)” (Mote), “Father, I Stretch My Hands to Thee” (Wesley), “Lead Me, Guide Me” (Akers), “We Shall Walk Through the Valley in Peace” (Hatter), “The Lord is Blessing Me Right Now” (traditional), “Taste and See” (Moore), “Psalm 27: The Lord is My Light” (Harbor), “Lord, I Love You (God is So Good)” (Jansen), “Hail, Queen of Heaven” (Holland), “Holy, Holy, Holy” from the Mass of New Beginnings (Petty), “You’re the One” (Roberts).

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OYH Lessons & Carols, 2018

“The Nativity,” from  The Saint John’s Bible

“The Nativity,” from The Saint John’s Bible

We are closing out Advent with our fourth release, our first ever “OYH Lessons & Carols.” You’ll hear a range of great music from a variety of composers. You’ll also hear readings woven throughout, read by friends of the podcast: David Haas, Jes Garceau, Audrey Reichert, Carol Browning, and Jesse Manibusan. Whether you listen while driving in the car, baking Christmas cookies, preparing for liturgy, or anyplace else, we hope that this celebration will serve as a moment of pause and reflection during this busy time of year.

So, please open your hymnals!

 

Episode links

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: Instrumental arrangement of “O Little Town of Bethlehem” (arr. Petrunak), “Gaudete” (arr. Haas), piano instrumental “O Come, O Come Emmanuel” (arr. Tate), “Great Joy” (Haas), “Where the Promise Shines” (Moore), piano instrumental “Of the Father’s Love Begotten” (arr. Tate), “More Lovely Than the Rose” (Kreutz), “Christmas Love” (Ridge), “Ecce Novum” (Gjeilo), guitar instrumental “Silent Night” (arr. Petrunak), “Still, Still, Still” (arr. Eicker), “Nativity Carol” (O’Brien), “Infant Holy” (arr. Coman), guitar instrumental “It Came Upon the Midnight Clear” (arr. Roth), “O Come, All Ye Faithful” (Angotti), “By Star and Candlelight” (Powell), “Wake from Your Sleep” (Schutte), guitar instrumental “I Wonder as I Wander” (arr. Roth), “Verbum Caro” (anon.), “We Do Not Know” (Bell, arr. Alonso), “Come Weal, Come Woe” (Foley), “For Unto Us a Child is Born” (Handel), organ arrangement of “Joy to the World” (arr. Newman).

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Songs of Mary

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It’s another very special themed episode of OYH! To commemorate the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we’re playing some of our favorite Marian songs and hymns. We’ll play a lot of music, in a lot of different styles, including liturgical and devotional music. You’ll hear songs celebrating Mary as servant, as mother, as queen, as intercessor, and Marian songs from around the world. You’ll hear, too, from a few of our friends as they share their favorite Marian songs.

So, please open your hymnals!

 

Episode links

You can purchase the song recordings you heard in this episode: Instrumental arrangement of “Gloria from Mass of Light” (David Haas),” “Holy is Your Name” (Haas), “Sing Out, My Soul” (Whitacre), “Among All” (de Silva), “Maria Era Su Nombre” (Perez), “Alma Redemptoris Mater” (tr. chant), “No Wind at the Window” (Bell), “On This Day, O Beautiful Mother” (Lambillotte), “Salve Regina” (arr. Proulx), “Hail, Holy Queen” (traditional), “Mary, Queen of the Poor” (Ridge), “Ave Maria” (Kantor), “On the Lips of an Angel/Ave Maria” (Soper/Bach/Gounod), “Song of Mary” (Schutte), “The Memorare” (Hess), “Las Apariciones Guadalupanas” (traditional), “Ang Puso Ko’y Nagpupuri” (Hantiveros), “Serdeczna Matko” (traditional), “O Sanctissima” (traditional), and “Immaculate Mary” (traditional).

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OYH Selects: "Night of Silence"

Matt Reichert, Dan Kantor, and Zack Stachowski (Minneapolis, 2017)

Matt Reichert, Dan Kantor, and Zack Stachowski (Minneapolis, 2017)

Did you know that 2018 is the 200th birthday of the song “Silent Night?” To celebrate both this important anniversary and the start of the Advent season, we are re-releasing our interview with Dan Kantor about his song, “Night of Silence.” You’ll hear the same great interview from 2017, but with added features like the OYH Playlist segment.

Dan Kantor's song, "Night of Silence," has been sung and celebrated in churches and concert halls around the world. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert chat with Dan about writing vivid text, creating harmonic structure, and the importance of celebrating Advent. We also learn new words like "Quod Libet," Matt gets Zack to both play his guitar and sing for our listeners, Rob Strusinski shares his memories of this song’s origins, and we explore the importance of Advent with a reflection written by Rachel Held Evans.

So, please open your hymnal to "Night of Silence."

 

Episode links

For more information about Dan Kantor and his other compositions, visit his composer page at GIA Publications. You can find more information about his music and other projects at his personal website: www.danielkantor.com.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording from GIA Publications. You can purchase the instrumental guitar recording of "Silent Night" (by Steve Petrunak) and the other version of "Night of Silence" (from David Haas' album "Star Child") at GIA Publications. The concert version of "Night of Silence" was performed by Yvonne Kenny and the Adelaide Symphony Orchestra and can be purchased from iTunes. You can also purchase the instrumental harp recording of "Silent Night" from iTunes. You can also purchase the songs you heard during the OYH Playlist: “God of Music, Guide Our Song” (Kantor), “Warm the Time of Winter” (True), “When He Comes” (Brown), “On the Lips of an Angel/Ave Maria” (Soper).

Dan has produced an entire website dedicated to the song "Night of Silence" and the season of advent. You can find it at www.nightofsilence.com

The blog post by Rachel Held Evans can be found on her website: www.rachelheldevans.com/blog/unsentimental-advent

You can purchase a copy of “The Bible Story of Christmas,” with narration by Bing Crosby, from World Library Publications.

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"No Greater Love"

Matt Reichert, Fr. Michael Joncas, and Zack Stachowski (July, 2018)

Matt Reichert, Fr. Michael Joncas, and Zack Stachowski (July, 2018)

We’re welcoming Fr. Michael Joncas back to speak about another one of his best-loved compositions: “No Greater Love.” While many know this popular song, not everyone knows that it was composed as part of a full Mass setting. So, there are a lot of layers to today’s episode: orchestral Mass settings, setting Scripture to music, using chant-like melodies, the effect of changes to the Mass translation, and what it means to compose “theatrical” liturgical music. We’ll discuss all of these with Fr. Michael, and explore them further with additional choices in the Open Your Hymnal Playlist.

So, please open your hymnal to "No Greater Love."

 

Episode links

For more information about Fr. Michael Joncas and his other compositions, visit his composer pages at GIA, OCP, and WLP. You can also visit his faculty page at the University of St. Thomas.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording for "No Greater Love” from GIA Publications. You can also purchase the other song recordings you heard in this episode: Instrumental arrangement of “Gloria from Mass of Light” (David Haas),” At Dawn" (Steve Petrunak), "What is This Place" (Oosterhuis), "Live on in My Love" (Tom Franzak), "Mary’s Song" (Fr. Michael Joncas), and "Heart of a Shepherd" (Rory Cooney). 

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OYH Selects: "On Eagle's Wings"

Fr. Michael Joncas

Fr. Michael Joncas

Open Your Hymnal is making its debut on Catholic radio tomorrow (September 1st)! To celebrate, we are releasing a re-mastered version of our very first podcast episode, "On Eagle's Wings," with composer Fr. Michael Joncas. The re-release includes the addition of our newest feature, the Open Your Hymnal Playlist, and more. Please enjoy this episode, originally released in May 2017!

[From the original episode posting]: The song "On Eagle's Wings" is everywhere: hymnals, YouTube, funerals and memorial services, and even PBS television specials. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert interview the song's composer, Fr. Michael Joncas, to learn more about the story of the song, the writing and publication process, and the song's legacy. There is even a surprise revelation about the connection between this beloved piece and Stephen Sondheim, and you don't want to miss it.

So, please open your hymnal to "On Eagle's Wings".

 

Episode links

For more information about Fr. Michael Joncas and his other compositions, visit his composer pages at World Library PublicationsOCP, and GIA Publications.

You can purchase a copy of the song score and a copy of the original song recording from OCP. You can purchase a copy of the live concert recording (performed by Fr. Michael Joncas, Marty Haugen, and David Haas in 1985) and a copy of the instrumental piano recording (arranged and performed by Paul Tate) from GIA Publications.

You can purchase song recordings for the pieces you heard on OYH Playlist: "The Lord is My Light" (David Haas), "Be With Me Lord" (Sarah Hart and Curtis Stephan), "Rorate Caeli" and "Deep and Lasting Peace" (Fr. Michael Joncas). 

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental guitar recording (arranged and performed by Stephen Petrunak) from iTunes. You can hear the United States Air Force Academy cadets sing "On Eagle's Wings" and watch Michael Crawford's live concert rendition on YouTube.

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