Arrival Day Energy and anticipation
were high today as choristers arrived on campus to kick off NCYC
2008! Choristers participated in an opening prayer service and
dinner before heading off to the first rehearsal of the season.
Learning names and mingling followed before setting to work
discussing camp expectations in large and small groups over pop and
popcorn. Arrival Day concluded by singing Compline, a form of
Opening prayer service in the Baptistery
Fr. Anthony welcoming the choristers!
Prior Tom Andert giving a blessing
Choristers blessing themselves in Baptistery
Game time before rehearsal
Birdie on a perch!
Mom, look, we won!
Rehearse, rehearse, rehearse!
Dr. Theimer bestowing his singing wisdom!
Andrew taking part in the icebreaker
Catch me if you can!
Hey, look at my new friends!
Time to socialize
Head Camp Leader Lucas
Establishing some ground rules...
The National Catholic Youth Choir is a liturgically-based choir open to Roman
Catholic youth entering 10th-12th grade.
The conductor of the choir
is internationally renowned choral clinician Dr. Axel Theimer. Fr. Anthony
Ruff, OSB, a monk of Saint John’s abbey, is the founding director of the
choir. The program takes place each summer on
Saint John's Abbey
in central Minnesota. What is unique
about the National Catholic Youth Choir is its liturgical focus. The
singers learn about the Catholic liturgy and how the treasury of sacred
music (Gregorian chant, Palestrina, Mozart, Bruckner, Poulenc, Duruflé...)
fits in Catholic worship today. The choir also sings contemporary and
newly-written music, some of it specially commissioned for the NCYC.