St. Thomas Aquinas Sacred Music

Music ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church (Dallas, Texas) STA Sacred Music is the music ministry of St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church in the Lakewood area of Dallas, TX


François Couperin - Two mass parts

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Marvin Judy of the Schudi Organ Company- the company that built our beloved pipe organ. Marvin passed away at his home on Saturday evening after a bout with pancreatic cancer. In many ways, Schudi Opus 6 has lost its father.

Requiescat in Pace.

Michael Conrady plays the Schudi organ of St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Dallas, Texas. This is the magnum opus of organ builder Marvin Judy who passed away Fe...

[03/26/16]   A little Triduum Trivia (and musically themed, of course):

St. Thomas Aquinas's famous hymn, Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium, was written for the Feast of Corpus Christi, but is also sung on Maundy Thursday, during the procession from the church to the place where the Blessed Sacrament is kept until Good Friday. (At our parish, the Blessed Sacrament resides where Saint Joseph normally stands.) The last two stanzas of Pange Lingua Gloriosi Corporis Mysterium, called separately Tantum Ergo, are sung at Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament.

Perhaps lesser known is the piece that inspired St. Thomas's famous work: Pange Lingua Gloriosi Proelium Certaminis, written by Venantius Fortunatus, a Latin poet and hymnodist in the Merovingian Court, and a Bishop of the early Catholic Church. A portion of this piece, known as Crux Fidelis, has been performed by the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir on several occasions.

[03/17/16]   This Sunday, March 20th, at 3:00 p.m., hear a musical telling of the Passion of Christ according to St. John!

The St. Thomas Aquinas Choir and the combined 3rd-8th grade Children's Choirs of St. Thomas will be accompanied by strings, brass, percussion, and organs in the performance of Bob Chilcott's St. John Passion.

Admission is free.

Bob Chilcott is a contemporary British composer and one of the most prominent sacred choral composers of our time. In the British choral tradition, children sing along with adults in liturgy and performances of sacred music. For the first time in many years, Maestro Conrady and STA Children's Choir Director Carol Anne Taylor have arranged for the St. Thomas Aquinas Choir to be joined by our children's choirs for a performance in this tradition.

Chilcott's music is not only beautiful and expressive, but also accessible, making it a "family-friendly" passion experience. So, invite your friends and join us for a biblical, sorrowful, evocative, and ultimately optimistic one-hour journey as we celebrate Palm Sunday and move forward into Holy Week.

[03/02/16]   St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Concert Series continues this Friday, March 4th, immediately following Stations of the Cross (approximately 8:00 p.m.). This week, the Gyros String Quartet reprises its popular rendition of The Seven Last Words of Christ by Franz Joseph Haydn.

Composed in 1785 for a Good Friday Service at the Cathedral in Cadiz, Spain, this work is comprised of a series of meditations on the stations of the cross. Haydn's deep religious conviction shows in this beautiful composition. It was acclaimed so much in its original version for full orchestra that the composer was moved to write this version for string quartet, along with one for solo piano, and even an adaptation for full oratorio forces.

Even though they are called a string "quartet," Gyros will be five players for this concert since Haydn calls for the addition of a string bass to the standard string quartet instrumentation: two violins, viola, and cello.

Pray the stations at 7:00 on Friday and then stay to hear how they inspired a great composer. 02/12/2016

Gyros String Quartet - What’s New | BLOG: Lenten Music, part 1

Don't miss a fantastic concert to kick off your Lenten observances tonight following Stations of the Cross! Acclaimed soprano Camille King and the Gyros String Quartet present a short (40 mins) program of baroque devotional Marian pieces. Stations start at 7, program starts at 8. Free admittance, as always. For more info- check out this blog entry:

[12/25/15]   You sang like ANGELS. Merry Christmas, y'all! 09/29/2015

Concert: All Souls Day Vespers and Requiem

All Souls Day Vespers and Requiem will be on Monday, November 2. Vespers will begin at 7pm followed promptly by the Duruflé Requiem. Admittance is free and the public is invited to attend!

This is a much beloved tradition not only in our parish, but in churches around the world. We hope to see you there. All Souls Day Vespers and Requiem featuring Requiem by Maurice Duruflé, Op. 9 Performed by: The St Thomas Aquinas Choir Michael Conrady, director Jonathan Ryan, organist Janna Hinebaugh, mezzo-soprano Patrick Gnage, baritone

[07/23/15]   "I feel that our souls are moved to the ardor of piety by the sacred words more piously and powerfully when these words are sung than when they are not sung, and that all the affections of our soul in their variety have modes of their own in song and chant by which they are stirred up by an indescribable and secret sympathy."

- Saint Augustine, Confessions

[04/20/15]   Just a few hours to go! Soon we'll be enjoying works by Marchand, Bach, Franck, Gigout, Vierne, and Dupre, performed by Johann Vexo on our beloved pipe organ. The recital begins at 7:30pm and admission is free. See y'all soon!

[04/16/15]   Don't miss this organ recital!

St. Thomas Aquinas Music Department presents an organ recital by Johann Vexo on Monday, April 20, 7:30pm. Mr. Vexo is an internationally known performer and is a former organist at Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris, France.

Don't miss this opportunity to hear our beloved pipe organ in what will surely be a recital to remember.

The concert includes works by Marchand, Bach, Franck, Gigout, Vierne, and Dupre. Free admission.

[03/18/15]   Wasn't St. Rita's Schola Cantorum fantastic? We were so thrilled to host them in concert. Thank you, St. Rita Catholic Church - Dallas, for lending them to us for the evening!

[03/03/15]   St. Thomas Aquinas Lenten Concert Series presents:

Penance and Promise: A Lenten Concert

sung by the Schola Cantorum of St. Rita Catholic Church under the direction of Dr. Al Calabrese

Featuring the music of Stanford, Purcell, Durufle, Latona, Perosi, and much more

Friday, March 13, 8:00pm
Following Stations of the Cross (7:00pm)
Free admittance

Promises to be a great concert. Don't miss it!



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