Students of Floriani's first children's chant camp, 2023.
Out of the mouths of babes!
In early June, Floriani held its first chant camp for children. Kid’s aged 7-17 (with a few even younger than that) joined us at St. Anne’s to be immersed in sacred music for five days. The core of the program was to prepare for a fully sung liturgy on the final day of the camp, which coincided with the Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Thus, the participants learned a great deal of music, including the beautiful (and rarely sung) Missa Sancti Hildegardis, composed by St. Hildegard von Bingen.
In addition to learning repertoire, the advanced participants had the chance to conduct the choir, several of whom were chosen to conduct a specific piece for the final liturgy. The result was that for the majority of the Mass, Floriani was hardly involved, and the reins fell almost entirely to our juvenile maestros. The readings were sung by one of the male campers, and a few of the students even took on soloing the propers of the Mass—not an easy feat, for children or otherwise! After the Mass, we capped the night with Compline, the liturgical night prayer of the Church, which was chanted in its entirety by the camp participants.
A musical renaissance is underway, and we are resolved to foster its growth from the ground up. Our mission is not simply to impress people with what we can sing, but to bring the next generation into the fold, and to empower them to carry the torch themselves. By supporting us, you are taking action in a pivotal moment in history, lending your hand to the rejuvenation of a culture—a culture that bears the responsibility of truth by spearheading an awakening to beauty. Enjoy some photos/videos from the camp below 👇
Some of our students practicing their solo parts during snack break!
The advanced students chanting the Sanctus from Missa Sancti Hildegardis.
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