Please note that obviously there is a tremendous amount of music in print today, and the needs of every parish are different. The list ofsuggested resources below does not include the following:
• annual subscription resources
• bilingual and multilingual music resources
Each of the major publishers of musicfor Catholic worship carries its own selection of the above, and each has its advantages and disadvantages, many of which come down to personal taste. Serious cantors and liturgical musicians will want, over time, to build up their own library of these resources, as no single hymnal or collection has everything one could ever need.
Responsorial Psalms and Gospel Acclamations
The following publications contain all the Lectionary Responsorial Psalms and Gospel verses, along with varied Gospel Acclamation responses, needed for all Sundays and solemnities of the liturgical year. For the most part, verses are chanted to psalm tones and refrains are brief and easy to sing.
From GIA Publications:
Psalms for the Revised Common Lectionary (Guimont)
The Cantor's Book of Gospel Acclamations (Guimont)
The Gelineau Gradual (Gelineau)
Respond and Acclaim (OCP)
From OCP Publications:
A Lectionary Psalter (Schiavone)
From World Library Publications:
Psalms and Ritual Music, Cycle A Psalms and Ritual Music, Cycle B Psalms and Ritual Music, Cycle C
By Flowing Waters, Paul Ford, Liturgical Press, 1999.
A collection of over 700 unaccompanied chants for use in the lit-urgy, containing psalms, Entrance and Communion antiphons, Mass settings (with both English and Latin versions for many of the chants), and much more. An invaluable and accessible resource for choirs, direc-tors, and assemblies seeking to familiarize themselves with the Church’s tradition of chant singing.
Psallite (Cycle A, B, and C), Liturgical Press, 2005, 2006,2007
A comprehensive collection of psalms and antiphons for the litur-gical calendar, in English, including the proper Entrance and Communion Antiphons for all Sundays of all three liturgical cycles. An excellent resource that is providing many parishes with the opportunity to reintroduce chant singing into their parish repertoire.
The Roman Gradual/Graduate Romanum (Solesmnes)
Available through many different publishers, this is the primary collection of Latin chant, containing the propers for the entire liturgical year, the ritual and votive Masses, sanctoral cycle, and the complete “Kyriale,” the collection of all the chants for 17 different Mass settings as well as additional music. The volume is entirely in Latin, and the chants are in “neume” (4-line) notation.
A Gregorian Chant Handbook, William Tortolano, GIA Publications, 2005 A clear and concise guide to learning to read chant (square-note, or neumatic) notation for the person with no prior experience.
Music Development Resources
Sight-Sing a New Song, Jennifer Kerr Breedlove, World Library Publications, 2004
Designed both for classroom use and for self-study with a keyboard, this method gives a basic introduction to the skills of sight-reading and musical notation, specifically geared to the needs of the volunteer singer.
The Care and Feeding of Singers: A Handbook of Choral Vocalises, William Ferris, World Library Publications, 1993.
A collection of vocal exercises aimed at developing healthy vocal techniques for singers as well as honing listening and intonation skills within a larger group.
Winning Warm-ups for the Voice, Kathleen van de Graaf, Domenico Productions, Inc., 1999.
A 60-minute CD of vocal warm-ups for singers enabling the singer to vocalize systematically through all parts of their registers with-out use of a piano. Available in versions for female high voice, female low voice, male high voice, and male low voice. A second CD, More Winning Warm-ups for the Voice, is also available, as is a 92-page book titled A Systematic Approach to Voice Exercises (also by Kathleen van de Graaf).
What Every Musician Needs to Know about the Body, Barbara H. Conable and Bnjamin J. Conable, GIA Publications, Inc., 1998, 2000.
Based on a six-hour course of the same name, this book explains an approach to healthy and efficient use of the human skeletal and mus-culature systems, known as “body mapping.” This book relies on illus-trations, diagrams, and charts to give a very clear and understandable explanation of the workings of the entire body.
General Instruction of the Roman Missal, USCCB Publishing, 2002.
The basic “handbook” for how to do liturgy in the Roman Catholic Church, with a great deal of information regarding sacred music. Basic reading for any Roman Catholic, especially one involved in ministry of any kind. Available in LTP’s The Liturgy Documents, Fourth Edition, Volume 1.
Music in Catholic Worship: The NPM Commentary, ed. Virgil Funk, NPM, 1983.
Another collection of previously published articles, this book takes each of the five sections of the U.S. Bishops’ document Music in Catholic Worship one at a time. Each section is printed in its entirety and then followed by four or five articles addressing the issues presented by each section.
Singing Our Worship, J. Michael McMahon, a pastoral musician’s guide to the General Instruction on the Roman Missal 2000, NPM, 2002.
Only 32 pages long, this booklet addresses very specifically those aspects of the General Instruction of the Roman Missal that pertain to music ministry. Its uncluttered and readable clarity makes this an excel-lent resource for musicians curious about the GIRM and its impact on music.
Sourcebook for Sundays and Seasons, LTP.
An annual resource that provides information about the seasons and daily liturgical observances. Helpfid for familiarization with Roman Catholic liturgy.
The Way We Worship: Pastoral Reflections on the General Instruction of the Roman Missal, ed. Gordon E. Truitt, NPM, 2003.
A collection of articles from “A General Instruction Primer” to items on liturgical catechesis, music, liturgical law, and pastoral theol-ogy designed to give ministers a clear, readable, easily grasped view of the GIRM.
At Home with the Word, LTR
An annual resource providing insights regarding the scriptures for Sundays.
A Music Sourcebook, compiled by Alan J. Hommerding and Diana Kodner, LTR 1997.
One of LTP’s “sourcebook” series, this volume contains quotes from prayers, scripture, songs, writings of famous musicians, and count-less other sources.
Blessed Are the Music-Makers, Alan J. Hommerding, World Library Publications, 2004.
Unlike most other collections of prayers for music ministers, this book is specifically intended to provide immediately accessible, season-ally relevant, brief, and musically rewarding prayer services suitable for beginning or ending rehearsals or meetings. An invaluable resource!
A Pastoral Musicians Book of Days, compiled by Gordon E. Truitt, NPM, 2000.
Generally following the Roman calendar for feasts and memorials, this book includes reflections not only for those saints we would nor-mally expect but also marks the birthdates of composers such as Praetorius and Verdi, as well as key people such as Charles Wesley and Martin Luther King Jr.
Prayers for Those Who Make Music, compiled by David Philippart, LTP, 1996.
A prayer book for cantors, choir members, instrumentalists, choir directors.
With Every Note I Sing. David Haas. GIA Publications, 1995.
A prayer book for cantors and vocalists.
In Shining Splendor. Richard Fragomeni, World Library Publications, 2006.
Reflections and meditations on the Exultet.
For Further Reading
Cantor Basics, Revised Edition. Jim Hanson, Melanie Coddington, Joe Simmons, OCP, 2003.
This revised classic provides liturgical information, recruitment strategies, technical skills, and spiritual tips for cantors.
Psalmist and Cantor: A Pastoral Music Resource, ed. Gorton Truitt, NPM, 2005.
A slim volume containing seven brief articles about aspects of the ministry of the cantor such as being psalmist, preserving vocal health, animating assembly song, recruitment of young cantors, and so on.
Handbook for Cantors, Diana Kodner, LTP, 1997.
A must for anyone in the cantor ministry; this book pursues some more specific issues which the smaller Guides cannot address, including more information regarding psalm tones, gesturing, weddings and funerals, how to teach music to an assembly, and much more.
The Musicians Soul, James Jordan, GIA Publications, Inc., 1999.
The Musicians Spirit: Connecting to Others through Story, James Jordan, GIA Publications, Inc., 2002.
The Musician’s Walk: An Ethical Labyrinth, James Jordan, GIA Publications, Inc., 2006.
Each book in this trilogy by renowned conductor James Jordan is like a retreat on paper, deserving of being read and reread, with quotes from musicians and others are interspersed with Dr. Jordan’s own reflec-tions on music and music-making.
The Parish Cantor: Helping Catholics Pray in Song. GIA Music, 1991.
A basic, pastoral book regarding the liturgical role of the cantor. The Singer’s Ego: Finding Balance Between Music and Life, Lynn Eustis, GIA Publications, Inc., 2005.
An acclaimed singer and voice teacher, in this very personal mem- oir-like account of her own experiences, addresses many of the concerns unique to vocal musicians.
I Will Call God’s Name. GIA Music, 1995.
This two-volume VHS features David Hass and Bonnie Faber presenting a workshop on cantor skills.
Teach Us to Pray: Praying the Psalms, St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2000.
This video from the Catholic Update series presents catechesis, sto-ries, and witness about the psalms in Roman Catholic liturgy. Features composer David Haas.
National Association of Pastoral Musicians NPM
962 Wayne Avenue, Suite 210 Silver Spring MD 20910-4461 www.npm.org
American Guild of Organists 475 Riverside Drive, Suite 1260 New York NY 10115 www.agohq.org
GIA Music, Inc.
7404 South Mason Avenue Chicago IL 60638 www.giamusic.com
The Liturgical Press Saint John’s Abbey PO Box 7500
Collegeville MN 56321-7500 www.litpress.org
Oregon Catholic Press 5536 NE Hassalo Portland OR 97213-3638 www.ocp.org
World Library Publications J. S. Paluch Company, Inc. 3708 River Rd. Suite 400 Franklin Park IL 60131 www.wlpmusic.com