This is a sing-along showcase of the music of the late Brother Colin D. Smith. There will be opportunities to purchase his music before and after the session.
Brother Colin was a much loved and well respected liturgist and composer of liturgical music. His work includes the well-known "Mass Shalom" and the full collection of "Responsorial Psalms". He also wrote two collections of liturgical songs and hymns, a setting of "O God Our Help in Ages Past", an accessible setting of the Exsultet and other Mass settings.
During this showcase participants will have the opportunity to sing along with Donrita to the music of Br Colin, learn how Colin intended his psalm settings to be performed and pick up some engaging new repertoire for their congregations to easily learn.
The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) was established by a Sydney Man in the UK for musicians of the Anglican Church. Donrita will discuss how RSCM Australia can be a valuable tool for liturgical music ministers of all denominations in today's church.
The RSCM is not only for Anglicans and is not only for choirs of the past. RSCM Australia offers support to all liturgical music ministers including organists & pianists, choristers and cantors, instrumentalists, choir directors, clergy, composers and the singing assembly.
Donrita will reveal how RSCM Australia can be of relevance to today's liturgical music ministers by discussing its:
A parish musician since her youth and former member of the Broken Bay Diocese’s Liturgical Commission and chair of its subcommittees for Music and Art & Environment, Donrita Reefman has directed the Cathedral Schola of the Diocese of Broken Bay for over 15 years and founded Maris Stella, its Diocesan Senior and Youth Choirs, in 2008 and 2009.
She has been the Director of Music of the John Paul Liturgical Singers since 2005, when its founder, Br Colin D. Smith, handed the baton to her, shortly before his death. In addition, she formed a small Parish Bereavement Ensemble to sing at funerals for which she played the organ and also at nursing homes. Formerly Donrita was the keyboardist and backing singer in Sword, a contemporary Christian Band. She enjoys working with parishes to form choirs and liturgical music ensembles and training and mentoring their choir directors. She has developed a series of Workshops in Liturgical Music to assist parish music ministers.
Donrita has recently relocated from Sydney to a farm in East Gippsland, Victoria. A member of the Australian Academy of Liturgy, she holds a MA (Liturgy).
This October is the 10th anniversary of Br Colin D. Smith's death. To mark the occasion, Donrita will be coordinating the Brother Colin Smith Festival, a celebration and showcase of his life and liturgical compositions, in collaboration with the Christian Brothers and RSCM Victoria, and held in East Melbourne.
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