"Sed nomine tua da gloria"
& The Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU
What's Up with the Schola?
For the past few years, we haven't had a sufficient
number of students interested in maintaining a weekly
performing schola, but that doesn't mean we haven't been
Song and chant are the musical cornerstones of our
worship life. The prayer offices are all chanted using the
venerable tones of the monastic tradition. Mass is sung
too with intoned prayers and Eucharistic elements that
most don't know can be chanted.
For the past two years, we've been blessed to have the
brothers of ΕΣ Chapter of ΦΜΑ Sinfonia
chant the Tenebrae office (a.k.a. "the Service of
Shadows") on Holy Wednesday. Our Latin complines are still
prayed at special times with ad hoc scholas
forming for the services.
The future, however, is open. We'd love to see the
reestablishment of a standing schola able to provide music
for masses and special services, but "open" means open.
This model can be restructured to meet the interests and
availability of students, faculty, and staff. Let us know
what you might be thinking.
In the meantime, enjoy the historical information here as a taste of what we have done and whetting of the appetite for what could be done in the future.
Origin of the Schola cantorumEarly music has a place on the modern college campus! The Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU launched the Schola cantorum in Fall '05 to provide musical support for the weekly mass and selected other liturgies at the Chapel of Christ the King (a.k.a., the Lutheran Campus Chapel at WVU). It provided a place for those with an interest in (or even passion for) early music to get together and make music. As such, the Schola cantorum committed itself to the reintroduction of early sacred music in its liturgical context on a modern college campus.
Founding director, Jonathan Neiderhiser, at the time, was
a D.M.A. candidate in conducting in WVU's College of
Creative Arts. He has since completed his studies
and is teaching in the Dakotas. He was named the Vogelsong
Kapellmeister at the Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU, a
position underwritten through a generous grant awarded in
memory of The Rev. Fr. Edward Vogelsong by his family. Fr.
Vogelsong was one of the "Five Vicars" who served the
Lutheran Campus Ministry at WVU prior to the calling of
the first full-time campus pastor.
Getting NoticedThis one caught us by surprise. Check out Gary Penkala's article, "A Curious Little Choir," on the CanticaNOVA Publications blog: (http://www.canticanova.com/articles/misc/art7bo1.htm). The article was forwarded to us by Dr. Jonathan Neiderhiser. CanticaNOVA Publications specializes in "new traditional music" for the Catholic church. Samples of musical scores are available at http://www.canticanova.com.
The Schola's RepertoireThe Schola cantorum has covered music from the earliest plainsong through the 1958 iteration of the 1888 Common Service. It's primary responsibility as a liturgical choir was the support of the mass at the Chapel of Christ the King. Consequently, the liturgical chants, especially of the third setting of the Lutheran Book of Worship (1977), were stock in trade. This liturgy, however, was lifted from the Swedish Massbook that itself was a collection of late Medieval Latin mass ordinaries. The mass propers have been sung from varies psalters, graduals, antiphoners, and the like.
When the full Latin mass was sung, the Novus ordo was used, employing the well-loved Orbis factor and propers for Judica. Another year, the De angelis ordinary was employed for the late-night mass.
The 1960 Breviary provided the material for Advent Latin vespers, and the full compline from that breviary has graced many of our Advents and Holy Weeks.
Moving beyond the plainsong, Neiderhiser began introducing Medieval and Renaissance polyphony, enriching our masses.
Sunday has, since 2000, been an opportunity to explore the
continuing reformation of worship in the Lutheran family.
Luther's Deutsche Messe
has been sung in both English and German. Henry
Melchior Muhlenberg's colonial American mass has been
sung. In fact, every Lutheran mass in the Ministerium of
Pennsylvania, General Synod, and General Council
traditions has been sung on the various Reformation
Sundays and All Saints' Sundays throughout the last
fifteen years. Many years, the Schola played the
vital role in helping the congregants through these
beautiful, interesting, yet not always musically easy
Are you an interested vocalist or instrumentalist?As mentioned, we'd love to see the Schola singing and chanting again. So, who's ready to sing? Contact Chaplain Riegel (Schola@LutheranMountaineer.org or 304-680-5388) or, for those on facebook, join the Schola cantorum fbGroup.
A Quick ReviewFor the first several years, Schola members sang most Sunday masses at the Chapel of Christ the King, and also lent their expertise to special highlight services. Our highlight services have included the following.