This style of music allows people to join in a prayerful way – it allows it to become almost second nature, rather than being all-encompassing of attention. It facilitates rather than distracts from prayer. It has a potential to draw young people out of their day to day toward beauty by providing an experience that is approachable but set apart.
Simple, beautiful, dignified, singable. That’s the music of the Dominican Friars of Poland, now available in English. A rotating cast of non-professional singers from across the country came together over an extended weekend to record two albums’ worth of liturgical music.
Most of the pieces were unfamiliar to most of the singers, and yet the beauty of the music, coupled with the spiritual depths of the texts, provided the singers with ongoing inspiration throughout this challenging experience. The performances here, recorded by volunteer singers after a brief period of rehearsing, are meant to inspire and encourage others to use these very same pieces at their own liturgies. They can be learned and sung well in a short amount of time, by dedicated choirs of modest means.
The two albums’ worth of material form a basic corpus of music for the whole church year. Today we are excited to share with you the first album, Soul of Christ, with choral music for Lent, Easter, and Ordinary Time. The second album, featuring music for Advent, Marian feast days, and Ordinary Time will be released in the fall of 2020.
We are pleased to make this music available for free to the whole world. Please download our scores and start singing! We know that this music will transform the prayer life of singers and congregation alike through its powerful, meditative beauty.
Recording and Mastering
Audio recording by: Bill Levey, Via Audio Seattle
Mastering and post-production by: Magda Piotrowska, Hear Candy Mastering
Score editor: Jan Warchoł
DLC Choir 1
Christopher Mueller, conductor
Julia Bellefeuille, Erin Brown, Hope Chamberlain, Becca Chavarría, Danielle Dellino, Eugenia Geisel, Mary Van Hollebeke
Mikaela Hertel, Ariaga Mucek, Tess Murray, Annie Nguyen, Jenny Taylor
Paul-Henry Flynn, Marcin Juraszek, Br. Andrew Thomas Kang, O.P., Fr. Gabriel Torretta, O.P.
Zachary Groeblinghoff, Fr. Lukasz Misko, O.P., Peter Molina, Giordan Montero
Recording date: Thursday, January 2, 2020
Blessed Sacrament Church, Seattle, WA
Performances: 2, 3, 6, 8, 10, 11, 12, 19
DLC Choir 2
Zachary Groeblinghoff, conductor
Julia Bellefeuille, Erin Brown, Hope Chamberlain, Becca Chavarría, Eugenia Geisel, Lizzie Priddis, Sophia Holt, Caitlin Lynch
Mikaela Hertel, Tess Murray, Annie Nguyen, Jenny Taylor
Marcin Juraszek, Br. Andrew Thomas Kang, O.P., Fr. Lukasz Misko, O.P.
Matthew McGehee, Peter Molina, Giordan Montero
Recording date: Saturday, January 4, 2020.
Performances: 1, 4, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
A project of this scope has many participants and many costs, and we gratefully accept donations from anyone who would like to support our work. Please go to Donate tab on the top to make a financial contribution of any size to the Dominican Liturgical Center, which commissioned and recorded these pieces.