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Music by Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou is the founding director of Cantorae St. Augustine and an expert on sacred music and Gregorian chant, with a doctorate in sacred music.  A resource for choirs and singers looking to expand their horizons.  An engaging and experienced director, workshop leader, and performer.  A writer, blogger, and researcher on the world of a cappella sacred music in the Western and Eastern churches.  A freelance harpist specializing in Renaissance and Celtic music for concerts and special programming and producer of albums for harp. Her arrangements of music for harp and for a cappella women’s voices will soon be available on this site as well.

As a performing musician, Dr. Ballou presents programs that weave the music of Spain, the New World, and the Celts into stories of love, faith, and courage – with a good dose of humor thrown in.  She has produced two CDs of harp music and regularly appears in concert and festival settings in northeast Florida.  Recent concerts included “The Colonial Harpist” and “Irish in a Spanish Town,” which reflect the diversity of early Spanish Florida.

Requiem pour une américane à Paris for Organ and Trumpet

Previewing a remarkable composition for organ and trumpet by Boston-based composer Richard J. Clark.  Seven movements based on the Gregorian chant propers for the requiem mass, performed by the composer on the organ and Richard A. Kelley, trumpet.  Learn more about the composer at http://www.rjcceciliamusic.com/ I’m not a big fan of modern organ compositions, many of […]
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Palm Sunday At Last!

The journey through Lent has finally brought us to Palm Sunday.  The 11 o’clock Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine started outside with our bishop, Felipe Estevez and the Cathedral clergy, Knights of Columbus, St. Augustine’s Royal Family, and a huge church-full of worshippers.  The Passion was read well and the Cathedral choir did […]
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