Gregorian Chant has been called “one of the richest and most subtle art forms in music – indeed in the music of any culture.” (Catholiceducation.org) Pope Francis has exhorted the People of God, “Together, devote yourselves better to song as an integral part of the Liturgy, with Gregorian chant inspiring you as the first model.” (Address to Society of St. Cecilia, 9/28/2019)
This Mystagogy session provides an in-depth consideration of the history and nature of this ancient but defining aspect of our tradition as Catholics. To prepare for our discussion, here is a link to some recordings of famous Gregorian chants by the Benedictine Monks of Santo Domingo de Silos.
Our special guest presenter for the discussion is Dr. Cynthia Nicolosi. Dr. Nicolosi has a PhD in philosophy from the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome, Italy. She studied music composition for two years at the Claremont Graduate School in California and completed the certificate program in Gregorian Chant at Catholic University in Washington, DC. She was the director of the college choir at Magdalen College in Warner NH for seven years. Dr. Nicolosi is now teaching music history and honors courses at Regent University.