A monk is a man like any other man, who loves life and seeks happiness. However, he does not always find it right away. He follows his quest in the world, in his heart, and is aware of others’ feelings: the beautiful and the less beautiful, laughter and tears; good and hard times; peace and anguish born from the awareness of sin and fault.
He allows everything to touch him to and welcomes it in his heart to look for coherence.
Until the moment he hears a voice talking to him, poi…
Our Lady of Clear Creek Abbey is a Benedictine monastery located in the diocese of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It was founded in 1999 by Notre-Dame de Fontgombault, a French Abbey which belongs to the Solesmes Congregation, as does Clear Creek. The Patron Saint of Clear Creek Abbey is the Blessed Virgin Mary under the mystery of her Annunciation.
Like the other monasteries of the Solesmes Congregation, Clear Creek Abbey belongs to those institutes of religious life entirely dedicated to contemplat
Lycourgos Angelopoulos, head of the Byzantine Chorus of Greece, is considered to be an expert in Byzantine music, as he aims to preserve its authentic tradition through both an aesthetic and historically accurate musical process.
Divna Ljubojevic was born in Belgrade in 1970. She studied at the Mokranjac Musical School and graduated from the Novi Sad Musical Academy. She practiced religious singing with the choir of Vavedenje monastery, where she was trained by the sisters who held her
After studying at the academies of Drancy, Sceaux and the 6th arrondissement of Paris, Isabelle Durin entered the CNR of Versailles as a student of Alexandre Brussilovsky. In 2003, once her studies were successfully completed, she became a member of the Orchestre National dIle-de-France, led by Yoel Levi. She appeared as a special guest in Vietnam in 2004 and 2006, at the grand Opera and l’Espace-Centre Culturel of Hanoi. Since 2002, she has been the Artistic Director of the Festival Musical…
Catherine Braslavsky is adept in Indian, Gregorian, Judeo-Spanish, and harmonic chants. She has studied von Bingen’s music extensively.
Similarly eclectic in his tastes, Joseph Rowe’s love of music and culture has brought him across five continents. He has performed with an equally diverse cadre of musicians, ranging from World Music pioneer Hamza El Din to The Grateful Dead.
Henryk Gorecki studied at the State Higher School of Music in Katowice between 1955-60. In 1968, he joined the faculty and rose to provost before resigning in 1979. Gorecki became a leading figure of the Polish avant-garde during the post-Stalin cultural thaw, and his works of the 1950s and 1960s were characterized by an adherence to dissonant modernism.
Apart from two brief periods studying in Paris and a short time living in Berlin, Gorecki has spent most of his life in southern Polan
Harmonies is a girls’ choral group based in Los Angeles, comprised of girls ages eight through 18 under the musical direction of Orchestral and Choral Conductor Maestro Antonio Espinal, founder of the choir. Established in 2002, Harmonies is one of the most dynamic and versatile girls’ choirs in the city of Los Angeles. The choir has been recognized for the dedication of St. Thomas Church in 2002, and since performs every year at St. Sophia Orthodox Cathedral and Our Lady of the Angeles Cathe…
Saint John’s Abbey in central Minnesota, founded by Bavarian Benedictine monks in the middle of the nineteenth century, has developed many ministries and become a center of prayer, scholarship, education, parish ministry, inter-Christian ecumenical dialogue, publishing, and progressive liturgical renewal. It is the home of St. John’s University and School of Theology Seminary, Preparatory School, Liturgical Press, National Catholic Youth Choir, Boy Choir, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, C…
Esteban Salas (1725 – 1803) was a Cuban composer of religious music. His compositions focused chiefly on vocal music, and are a fine representation of the late Baroque style. Although heavily influenced by French and Italian works of the period, his music is considered to incorporate an original Latin American component.
He became a teacher and head of music at the Chapel of Music at the cathedral of Santiago de Cuba from 1764. He also studied theology and canon law and was ordained a p
At a time when there did not yet exist a Latin liturgy, in the meaning that will have after the Council of Trente, the Preachers adopted identical liturgical books for all houses of the Order. There were several reasons for this initiative, both spiritual and practical. They hoped to unify hearts through uniformity of custom, liturgical custom included; and since they moved not infrequently from house to house, and from province to province, particularly for studies, there was an advantage in…