Celebrating the St. Louis Jesuits

The St. Louis Jesuits (September, 2019): Bob Dufford, Jon Foley, Tim Manion, Dan Schutte, and Roc O’Connor.

The St. Louis Jesuits (September, 2019): Bob Dufford, Jon Foley, Tim Manion, Dan Schutte, and Roc O’Connor.

On September 29, 2019, the five member of the St. Louis Jesuits presented their final concert together, and OYH was there! Today, co-hosts Zack and Matt are joined by several guests to look back on the contributions of this pioneering group of composers. You’ll hear from listeners, pastoral musicians, and liturgical composers including Tom Booth, Lorraine Hess, Carol Browning, Bob Moore, Rory Cooney, Craig Colson, and Jaime Cortez. Most importantly, you’ll hear lots of our favorite songs from the past fifty years.

The final concert of the St. Louis Jesuits at the Powell Theater in St. Louis, Missouri (September 29, 2019).

The final concert of the St. Louis Jesuits at the Powell Theater in St. Louis, Missouri (September 29, 2019).

So, please open your hymnals to the music of the St. Louis Jesuits!

Episode links

For more information about the St. Louis Jesuits and their other compositions, visit their composer pages at OCP: Bob Dufford, John Foley, Tim Manion, Roc O’Connor, and Dan Schutte.

You can help support this podcast by supporting our sponsors. For more information about the sponsor of this episode - Great Catholic Music - visit their link.

You can purchase a special commemorative recording, “Coming Home,” that includes all of the songs from the Jesuits’ final concert. Most of the recordings used in this episode came from this collection (those not from this album are linked below).

You can also purchase the other song recordings you heard in this episode: “Earthen Vessels” (John Foley), “Lift Up Your Hearts” (Roc O’Connor), “Seek the Lord” (Roc O’Connor), “This Alone” (Tim Manion), “Be Not Afraid” (Bob Dufford), “One Bread, One Body” (John Foley), “City of God” (Dan Schutte), “Jesus the Lord” (Roc O’Connor), “May We Praise You” (John Foley), “All the Ends of the Earth” (Bob Dufford), “Here I Am, Lord” (Dan Schutte), “Sing of Him” (Bob Dufford), “Take, Lord, Receive” (John Foley), “Sing to the Mountains” (Bob Dufford), “Emanuel” (Tim Manion), “Blest be the Lord” (Dan Schutte), “There is a River” (Tim Manion), and “Though the Mountains May Fall” (Dan Schutte).

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"City of God"

Zack Stachowski, Dan Schutte, Matt Reichert (NPM 2018)

Zack Stachowski, Dan Schutte, Matt Reichert (NPM 2018)

We are kicking off a new year with our second conversation with Dan Schutte! In this episode, co-hosts Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert speak with Dan about his song, “City of God.” They talk about its origins as an Advent song, the musical structure of the piece, the importance of the St. Louis Jesuits in forming a generation of guitar players, and more.

So, please open your hymnal to "City of God."

 

Episode links

For more information about Dan Schutte and his other compositions, visit his composer page at OCP. You can also visit his website at www.danschutte.com

You can help support this podcast by supporting our sponsors. For more information about the sponsor of this episode, Simply Liturgical Music, visit www.slmusic.org.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording for "City of God” from OCP.

You can also purchase the other song recordings you heard in this episode: Instrumental arrangement of “Gloria from Mass of Light” (David Haas), piano instrumental of “City of God" (arr. Jon Sarta), “I Will Give You Rest" (David Haas), “Sing a New Church” (NETTLETON, text by Sr. Delores Dufner, OSB), “What Have We Done for the Poor Ones?” (Lori True), “This Alone” (Tim Manion), and “Blest Be the Lord” (Dan Schutte). 

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Special Feature: A Conversation with Fr. James Martin

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Fr. james Martin, SJ

In just a few short days, we’ll be launching our second season of new episodes and interviews. Just in time for graduation and commencement season, we’ll start with our conversation with composer John Angotti about his song, “I Send You Out.” We’ll also be welcoming Carol Browning, Fr. Ricky Manalo, our second conversation with David Haas, and many more.

Before we do, we want to share with you this special feature. A few weeks ago, co-host Matt Reichert was able to spend time chatting with Fr. James Martin for the other podcast he hosts, “Ministry Monday.” In that episode, they discussed a host of topics including evangelization, maintaining a healthy balance, and navigating culture wars. They had a great conversation, and not all of it fit into the episode. So, we saved a few nuggets for you. 

Today, you’ll hear the excerpts of that conversation that deal with liturgical music. Fr. Jim will share a little about his experience with liturgical music and some of his favorite songs. You can hear the rest of this conversation at ministrymonday.org

So, we hope you enjoy this excerpt. If you haven’t yet, make sure you are subscribed to Open Your Hymnal so you never miss an episode. Get ready for Season Two!

 

Episode links

Fr. James Martin, SJ, is a Jesuit priest, editor at large of America magazine, consultor to the Vatican's Secretariat for Communications, and author of numerous books, including the New York Times bestsellers “Building A Bridge,” "Jesus: A Pilgrimage," and "The Jesuit Guide to (Almost) Everything." You can find out more about his ministry and speaking engagements on his Facebook page.

You can listen to the full interview with Fr. Jim at the "Ministry Monday" website.

You can purchase the recording of "I Send You Out" (by John Angotti) from World Library Publications. You can hear the full recording of "Sons of God" (by Ray Repp) on Youtube.

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"You Are All We Have"

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Fr. Francis Patrick (Fran) O'Brien is the guest for our Thanksgiving episode, and everyone is invited! Fran shares with Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski his approach to text and melody, his musical influences, and what it's like to be both a liturgical composer and a parish pastor. Plus, there are lots of cameo appearances from Lucien Deiss, Alexander Peloquin, Stephen Sondheim, the cast of Hamilton, and (if you wait for it) Doc Severinsen. We'll need to get a bigger table!

So, please open your hymnal to "You Are All We Have."

 

Episode links

For more information about Fr. Fran O'Brien and his other compositions, visit his composer page at GIA Publications.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording from GIA Publications. Here you can also purchase the other Fr. Fran O'Brien song you heard in the episode: "How Deep the Riches," and "Nativity Carol." While at GIA, you can purchase "Gloria of the Bells" by Alexander Peloquin and "No Greater Love" by Fr. Michael Joncas. The song "Grant To Us" by Lucien Deiss can be purchased at World Library Publications. Finally, "City of God" by Dan Schutte can be purchased at OCP. 

The song "Alexander Hamilton" from the musical Hamilton (Lin-Manuel Miranda), "Move On" from the musical Sunday in the Park with George (Stephen Sondheim), and "Johnny's Theme" (Doc Severinsen) can be purchased on iTunes. 

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"Open My Eyes"

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Jesse Manibusan wears many titles: "Ambassador of Joy," "Catholic Ninja," "Itinerant Witness," and more. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert chat with Jesse about his journey to liturgical music, his work with - and advocacy for - young people in the Church, his experience with depression, and how he finds ways to radiate joy. If you work in ministry or work with young people, this is a conversation you will not want to miss.

So, please open your hymnal to "Open My Eyes."

 

Episode links

For more information about Jesse Manibusan and his other compositions, visit his composer page at OCP. You can also visit his website: www.jessemanibusan.com

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording from OCP. Here you can also purchase the other Jesse Manibusan song you heard in the episode, "Malo! Malo! Thanks Be to God." The recording of "Take All the Lost Home" by Joe Wise can be purchased from GIA Publications.

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental piano recording of "Open My Eyes" (arranged and performed by Jon Sarta) from iTunes. 

You can read the article about the Westminster study that Zack referenced at the University of Westminster's homepage.

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"Here I Am, Lord"

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What's the biggest challenge when interviewing Dan Schutte? Deciding which song to discuss. Join Matt Reichert and Zack Stachowski as they speak with Dan about one of his most ubiquitous compositions, "Here I Am, Lord." In addition, they chat about one of the most prolific and consequential group of liturgical music composers: the St. Louis Jesuits. You'll learn about the group's beginnings, the impact of their Ignatian formation, their impact on the broader culture of the English-speaking Church, and more. Plus, you'll hear about a special college residence hall where the residents are the biggest fans of Dan's music that you'll ever meet!

NOTE: We had some sound difficulty with this episode, as one of our conversation tracks was corrupted. We still think it sounds pretty good, but we're sorry for the inconvenience!

So, please open your hymnal to "Here I Am, Lord."

 

Episode links

For more information about Dan Schutte and his other compositions, visit his composer page at OCP. You can also visit his website at www.danschutte.com

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the song recording from OCP. Here you can also purchase the other Dan Schutte songs you heard in this episode: "Only This I Want," "Blest Be the Lord," and "Sing a New Song."

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental piano recording of "Here I Am, Lord" (arranged and performed by Paul Tate) from GIA Publications. 

You can learn more about the work of the St. Louis Jesuits by visiting their composer page at OCP. We used two songs from other members of the group in this episode, and you can purchase them on the OCP site: "One Bread, One Body" (John Foley), "Be Not Afraid" (Bob Dufford). 

You can purchase a recording of the University of Notre Dame fight song on iTunes.

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"Hail Mary: Gentle Woman"

There are numerous Marian hymns and songs in each Catholic hymnal. In this episode, Zack Stachowski and Matt Reichert discuss one of the best-loved and most-cherished, "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman". In conversation with the song's composer, Carey Landry, Zack and Matt discuss the imagery used to describe Mary, the surprising lack of congregational songs that incorporate the "Hail Mary" text, and the catechetical impact of Carey's music. Plus, Carey shares (and sings!) about his important ministry as a hospital chaplain. 

So, please open your hymnal to "Hail Mary: Gentle Woman."

 

Episode links

For more information about Carey Landry and his other compositions, visit his composer page at OCP.

You can purchase a copy of the score and a copy of the original song recording from OCP. Here you can also purchase the other Carey Landry songs you heard in this episode: "Only a Shadow," "Peace is Flowing Like a River," and "Bloom Where You're Planted."

You can purchase a copy of the instrumental piano recording (arranged and performed by Paul Tate) from GIA Publications. You can also purchase a copy of the choral recording (arranged by Richard Proulx and performed by the Cathedral Singers) and a copy of Dan Kantor's "Ave Maria" from GIA Publications. 

You can watch the video recording of Bobby McFerrin's live concert performance of the Bach/Gounod "Ave Maria", with the audience singing along, on YouTube. 

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"You Are Mine"

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.

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