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THE WEDNESDAY REPORT: November 9, 2022

Dear Partners in Ministry,

Thanks to everyone who responded to my demo of Cantamus, the AI-based web app for singing ensembles. Overall, your responses were very positive! I've decided to take the plunge, so St. Noel now has an annual subscription to this new and exciting service.


Cantamus is a web-based service that takes digital versions of choral music and converts it into a not-perfect but quite amazing AI (artificial intelligence)-based rendition for rehearsal, lyrics included.

Because it's web-based, you don't need to download an app or have a smartphone to use it. Access it like you would any website, using your favorite browser.

Each of you will be invited to create a free-to-you account which will be added as a "singer" in one or more "ensembles" I've set up (Parish Choir, Cantors, Resurrection Choir). 

Then I will upload scores of new pieces to our ensemble's "rehearsal" page. You'll be able to:

  • open them and listen to them as often as you like
  • download practice tracks as MP3 files to play anywhere you want
  • choose to hear only your part or adjust the volume of parts to hear it the way it works best for you
  • record yourself singing along with the score if you'd like, and receive feedback from the app afterward about accuracy
  • send that recording to me if you'd like, which allows me to give you feedback personally
  • view a score either as standard notation or in a "piano roll" format for those of you who don't read music
  • get better at reading music by singing along with the piece and making correlations between what you see and what you hear
  • Work at your own pace to gain confidence in the "nuts and bolts" (notes, rhythms, and words) of new pieces


As powerful a tool as this is, it's by no means perfect. In fact, it's in its "alpha" stage of development, meaning that it will gain features and smooth out rough spots as the year goes by.

While one could definitely use this as an audition tool, It's not a way for me or anyone else to audition or judge you as a singer. I'll never require you to record yourself, but I'll always be willing to offer feedback if you choose to share. Your recordings are private to you and me. 

It's definitely not a perfect model for being a better choral singer. While the notes and rhythms will be accurately reproduced, it can't re-create the nuance and humanity you bring to our singing through good phrasing and diction. It's a way to learn the "ink," so that we can rehearse the "art."

It's not a diction coach. Cantamus has a fair way to go in terms of pronunciation. While it's pretty amazing already, there are some syllables that, um, don't compute. The developers are well aware and are working hard to improve this.

It's not a substitute for rehearsals. Sorry, but I am still your director, and I will not surrender my responsibilities to the robots.


At this point, I'm not going to try this for our Gaudete rep. You all are doing very well with this material already. However, there will be some Christmas items I'd like to upload for you. I will definitely get our money's worth out of this for Lent and Triduum. Finally, I plan on using this for any new psalms on the docket.

Watch for an invitation to Cantamus in your emails from me next week. If you know you don't want to use this service, just let me know and I won't send you an invite.

Finally, as we try this service out over the coming year, let me know how it's going. The most important thing for me is that it helps you!


You'll need:

  • JourneySongs
  • New in Folder: Psalm 98 (Ward)
  • New in Folder: Canticle of the Turning (Cooney)

Turn in:

  • In Your Dwelling Place (unless you are in Resurrection Choir)

Nov 13:

  • Psalm 98 (Ward) Learn Refrain IV; run verses for Sunday
  • Canticle of the Turning
  • Talk through Mass selections

Nov 20:

  • JS 640: Christ, Before Us


  • Child of the Poor: first run
  • All other rep: sing through, work trouble spots



Glory to God: MI 935 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene (Hart)

Children’s Dismissal (Sundays): WA · [score] · The Word of God (Ward)

Gospel Acclamation: MI 936 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene (Hart)

Prayer of the Faithful: spoken response

Eucharistic Acclamations: 

Lamb of God: MI 943 · 1.003 · Mass of St. Mary Magdelene (Hart)

NOVEMBER 13 · Thirty-third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Gathering Song: MI 313 · JS 768 · Gather Your People (Hurd)

Responsorial Psalm: WA · 2.013 · Ps 98: Sing a New Song (Ward)

Preparation of the Gifts: MI 631 · 3.010 · Canticle of the Turning (Cooney)

Communion: MI 312 · JS 777 · Here at This Table (Whitaker) 

Sending Forth: MI 407 · JS 647 · Lord of All Hopefulness (SLANE/Struther)

NOVEMBER 20 · Solemnity of Christ the King

Audio links coming tomorrow (running late today!)

Gathering Song: WA · JS 245 · Alleluia! Give the Glory (Canedo/Hurd)

Responsorial Psalm: WA · · Psalm 122: Let Us Go Rejoicing (Ward), v. 1–3

Preparation of the Gifts: MI 412 · JS 640 · Christ, Before Us (SUO GÁN/Whitaker)

Communion: MI 498 · JS 725 · Unless a Grain of Wheat (Farrell)

Sending Forth: MI 732 · JS 458 · Alleluia! Sing to Jesus (HYFRYDOL)

NOVEMBER 24 · Thanksgiving Day (9:00 Mass)

Gathering Song: JS 766 · Gather the People (Schutte)

Responsorial Psalm: JS 115 · Ps 145: I Will Praise Your Name/The Hand of the Lord Feeds Us (Soper)

Preparation of the Gifts: JS 609 · For the Beauty of the Earth (Kocher/Dix)

Communion: JS 789 · Lamb of God/Taste and See (Kendzia)

Sending Forth: JS 615 · For the Fruits of This Creation (AR HYD Y NOS/Pratt Green)

NOVEMBER 27 · First Sunday of Advent · The Liturgical Year 2023 (A)

As of this weekend, we begin using Breaking Bread 2023 (BB) in the pews.

Seasonal Gathering Song: BB 58 · 4.012 · Emmanuel (Angrisano)

Responsorial Psalm: Responsorial Psalm: WA · · Psalm 122: Let Us Go Rejoicing (Ward), v. 1, 2, 5

Preparation of the Gifts: BB 472 · JS 696 · In Every Age (Whitaker)

Communion: BB 347 · JS 789 · Lamb of God/Taste and See (Kendzia)

Sending Forth: BB 580 · JS 753 · In the Day of the Lord (Ridge)


Ordinary Time III (Sep 4–Nov 24, 2022)

Advent and Christmas (Nov 27, 2022–Jan 8, 2023)


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