There are many different services which we can offer to your parish and community through our music. Some of the more common elements of our tours are described below. However, we are also open to new ideas and events to interact with your parish. In addition to performing in churches, the choir has previously appeared at both grade schools and high schools and would be open to similar events.
Many of the songs the choir performs on tour, written by director Steven Warner and other composers, are bound to the mission of the choir and are presently being published. In an informal workshop setting, we can discuss performance techniques, liturgical usage and principles, and cantor and psalmist techniques while we share our songs with your community. All are welcome to join in this "hands-on" event, and local parish musicians and music directors are especially encouraged to attend. Bring your voices and your instruments!
The music of our Eucharistic Liturgy embraces all ethnic styles and varied instrumentation. We will work with or provide a cantor and/or psalmist for the service. Many of our psalm settings are performed with Celtic harp, or guitar and organ, and were written for the choir by a variety of composers.
Evening Prayer and Vespers form the other half of the great prayer tradition of the Church. For these services, the choir's voices, together with guitar, organ, and harp, offer a synthesis of English plainchant and contemporary musical forms. Often the parish also considers a Light Service (Lucearium) to begin the liturgy. If the parish desires, a short concert by the folk choir can follow Vespers.
The concerts of the Notre Dame Folk Choir can take a variety of musical forms. Our most popular performances embrace the theme of the entire liturgical year, from the Advent season through the feast of Christ the King. Using this as our starting point, we weave together many different kinds of liturgical music—psalmody, chant, spirituals, early American hymnody, contemporary compositions, and mantras. We celebrate the many cultural components of the Catholic experience through our international song—compositions from Ireland, Africa, France, and Mexico all find their way into this kind of performance.
Because we are a folk choir, we stress the involvement of the people in all our performances. Participants in our evenings of song and prayer are given a program which includes many of the refrains and hymns. The singing of the assembly is an integral part of a concert of sacred music with the Notre Dame Folk Choir.