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The Sound of Beauty- An Introduction to Sacred Music

December 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am - December 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

Can sacred music change lives? 

Why is Gregorian chant so popular, even for non-religious people?

Is there new sacred music, or is it all old?

Listen in as our host, Emily Macke discusses the nuances of sacred music with guests Catherine Fishlock and Dr. Mary Catherine Levri.  Emily believes that, “The timeless nature of beautiful sacred music leads to the contemplation of God’s infinite essence.”

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Catherine Fishlock is the Director of Music Ministry at St. Gertrude parish in Madeira. She is also the voice instructor and choir director for the Dominican Novitiate and is currently serving her 19th class. Catherine holds a Bachelor of Music in piano performance from the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill and a Master’s degree in vocal performance from the Cleveland Institute of Music. She spent years performing regional opera and as a soloist with several regional orchestras in concert work and oratorio. Over the years, as her family grew, she became more dedicated to sacred music and liturgy, and consequently devoted her talents to this area. Her work now includes teaching workshops for church choirs, seminarians and religious.

 Dr. Mary Catherine Levri is the director of music at Mount St. Mary’s Seminary and School of Theology. She received a Doctorate of Musical Arts in organ performance from the University of Notre Dame in 2017, where she was a student of Dr. Craig Cramer. Mary Catherine served as the Assistant Director of the Liturgical Choir, Director of the Community Choir, and Assistant Organist at the Basilica of the Sacred Heart at Notre Dame from 2010 to 2015. In 2008, she received a Master’s of Theological Studies from the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies in Marriage and Family.

Outside of the Seminary, she has worked with well-respected musical groups in the Cincinnati area, given lectures on church music and served as organist and choir director in parishes in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, Indiana, and frequently fills in as an organist at a number of parishes in Cincinnati.

These resources are mentioned during the podcast, and are listed here as a bonus to our listeners (click for links):

“Top Five Pieces through the Centuries” Lists:

Catherine’s List:

  1. Easter Sequence Chant – Victime Pascale Laude 
  2. Magnum Mysterium – Victoria 
  3. Mozart Requiem Mass 
  4. (Anything by) Edward Elgar 
  5. Ave Maria – Morten Lauridsen 

Mary Catherine’s List:

  1. Gregorian Chant – Reproaches – Triduum ( Chanticleer)
  2. Lamentations – Thomas Tallis (Tallis Scholars )
  3. Palestrina Missa Brevis (Tallis Scholars)
  4. Sacred Motets – Bruckner 
  5. 7 Last Words – James MacMillan


Recommended Choral Groups:


  1. The Sixteen 
  2. The Tallis Scholars 
  3. Chanticleer 
  4. VOCES8 


  1. Musica Sacra 
  2. Collegium Cincinnati 
  3. Athenaeum Chorale 


December 8, 2020 @ 8:00 am
December 15, 2020 @ 5:00 pm
Event Category:


OH United States


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