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Catholic News Herald

Serving Christ and Connecting Catholics in Western North Carolina

080417 singingCHARLOTTE — “Sing to the Lord a New Song” was the theme of this year’s annual St. John Neumann Choir Camp June 19-23. Directed by Soo-Jin Ridgell, the camp consisted of more than 70 choristers and volunteers.

The choristers sang daily Mass with Father Patrick Hoare and spent the day learning about everything from good vocal techniques to theology to “secret codes” found in music, mainly, the church modes and a musical cryptogram. The choristers composed a musical cryptogram spelling Father Hoare’s name.

They then composed Psalm 110 “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek” and offered it to him by singing Psalm 110 during Sunday Mass.
— Marty Schneider and Soo-Jin Ridgell