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The Catholic Choirbook I Paperback – October 20, 2009
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Noel Jones first sang chant in a choir of men and boys and followed that up by chanting daily masses before he was a teenager in a small town in Ohio. Summer studies with Benedictine monks took him further along the chant path prior to his leaving for New York City where he directed Catholic choirs and was organist at the Church Center for the United Nations as well as accompanist for the United Nations Singers. Later in Germany he was organist for the English masses at the DOM Cathedral in Frankfurt. Then, living in Italy, he played for masses at Il Duomo in Barga, Italy and produced and conducted the town's annual San Cristoforo Day celebration concert in the 11th century church. Working as an opera coach, he has worked with singers in Germany, Italy and the United States As a church organ designer, he eventually located in Tennessee, where he joined the staff of a Catholic church as director of music, involved in returning church music to chant and polyphony. The choir grew from 16 to 46 under his leadership. He and Mary C. Weaver have founded Musicam Sacram, a CMAA chapter in East Tennessee and he was a participant in the 2010 Church Music Association of America Colloquium in Pirrsburgh, PA. He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists. He serves as Creative Director of www.frogmusic.com. His wife, Ellen Doll Jones, CAGO is a church musician as well and works with Noel as a co-editor on projects. They both perform organ recitals, often playing duets. Ellen is a board member of the Church Music Conference at Sewanne, TN. They live on a farm in East Tennessee Most recently, he taught Liturgical Music at a Catholic High School. He is available for workshops on chant, choral conducting, organ registration and hymn playing.
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Today we are very glad to receive another new 2nd release of the Catholic Song Book.
We all hope that this new book may Guide us and generally all the Catholic churches to regain the traditional Catholic beautiful sacred songs. This is a great resource to start to bring the real Catholicism back into the liturgy after being marginalized for so long. The author has also provided a few different voicing so that these same pieces can be sung by nearly every vocal group, even ones that do not have all four voice parts. Instead of searching all over the internet and asking for songs donation from overseas,the Author really help us in adding so many beautiful songs into our Choir library.
This is certainly a worthwhile resource and provides essential music for the liturgy. In these difficult financial times, it is great to have something that is also fiscally responsible as many cannot afford music.