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About the author:
Noel Jones first sang chant in a choir of men and boys and followed that up by chanting daily masses as a teenager in a small town in Ohio.
Summer studies with Benedictine monks took him further along the chant path prior to his leaving for New York City where he directed Catholic choirs and was organist at the Church Center for the United Nations as well as accompanist for the United Nations Singers. Later in Germany he was organist for the English masses at the DOM Cathedral in Frankfurt.
In Italy, he played for masses at Il Duomo in Barga, Italy and produced and conducted the town's annual San Cristoforo Day celebration concert in the 11th century church.
Working as an opera coach, he has worked with singers in Germany, Italy and the United States
As a church organ designer, he eventually located in Tennessee, where he joined the staff of a Catholic church as director of music, involved in returning church music to chant and polyphony. The choir grew from 16 to 46 under his leadership.
He is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists and is a member of the Church Music Association of America. He serves as Creative Director at www.frogmusic.com. Most recently, he taught Liturgical Music at a Catholic High School.
He is a popular clinician for workshops on chant, choral conducting, organ registration and hymn playing.
If You Can Sing "Joy to the World" You Can Learn To Read And Sing Gregorian Chant
Noel Jones, AAGO
Ellen Jones, CAGO
Created for people who want to learn how to read and sing Gregorian Chant, using the 8 notes of Joy to the World to give you a firm foundation and before long, you know all the notes of chant and also the intervals, that is, how to jump from one note to another.
On our website, a complete set of slides of pages from the book are posted with music to hear and practice with in our Free Chant School. The book has links to these free files.
Once we work through the intervals, which does not take long, you then begin singing actual Gregorian Chants in English. Trying to learn to sing in Latin and sing Gregorian Chant is like trying to relearn to ride a bike and juggle at the same time - two different activities. Here you get to hear chant sung by one of the finest chant singers our time and learn to sing along.
How successful is this book? One woman and her 7 year old daughter were at a fast food restaurant and the daughter saw her mother looking at the practice files from the internet. Her daughter asked to try it and was reading and singing chant before they left the restaurant.
The book is being used as part of the curriculum of a large homeschooling group.
- Publication Date:
- 146090477X / 9781460904770
- Page Count:
- Binding Type:
- US Trade Paper
- Trim Size:
- 8" x 10"
- Full Color
- Related Categories:
- Music / Religious / General