List of Roman Catholic Church musicians

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List of Roman Catholic Church musicians is a list of people who perform or compose Catholic music, a branch of Christian music. Names should be limited to those whose Catholicism affected their music and should preferably only include those musicians whose works have been performed liturgically in a Catholic service, or who perform specifically in a Catholic religious context.


Traditional and hymnal

Composers who wrote Catholic sacred music

Note: The term classical music has been used broadly to describe many eras which do not fit the label. Initially the term specifically meant 1730–1820 (the Classical period), but for this list the period from the Baroque period to the modern era will be included in this section. This is because Renaissance and especially Medieval music tends to be dominated, in the West, by Catholic religious music.

Roman School

The Roman School is a group of composers strongly linked to the Vatican and the Council of Trent. Many of them were, or became, priests. Although much of their work is too early to be mentioned here it did survive into the early Baroque. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina is generally seen as the most famous member. As a list of members is in the article on the subject, repetition of names in it should be normally avoided, although Palestrina is notable enough to be in both.

21st Century Classical School

There is a small but growing school of church composers, favoring a return to Catholic music that can be called "classical", writing original organ, choral, and vocal music that is often based on Gregorian chant. Andrea Amici (b. 1972) has written Gregorian-based music of high quality.[11]

Twentieth century and contemporary music

Popular composers and artists

Contemporary Catholic music takes many forms, from rock to folk. The genre of music, although not as popular as evangelical Christian music, is continuing to grow.

Contemporary Catholic musicians tend toward two main forms of expression: liturgical and non-liturgical. In a liturgical context, music is performed in a manner intended to heighten the spiritual atmosphere of a liturgical service, such as during Sunday mass, Eucharistic adoration or Stations of the Cross. The non-liturgical context, though very much worshipful, usually takes the form of a concert without the presence of a liturgical service. Non-liturgical settings are mainly focused on building Christian fellowship within Catholic communities. Non-liturgical artists find the opportunity to uniquely share their faith through their personal lyrics, and directly to audiences between songs. Although Catholic musicians tend toward one expression over the other, many will minister within both expressions with the appropriate music styles.

The following popular composers and performers are of note:

Liturgical Artists

Non-liturgical Artists

Note: The Unity Awards began in 2001 with the intent of being a Catholic-specific equivalent to the GMA Dove Awards.[14] In certain cases the following mentions winners of this award.

Catholic hip-hop artists

Note: It is difficult to find an existing list of Catholic emcees (rappers) and DJs. This is an attempt to create an exhaustive list of said artists. Some of these artists are listed above under "Non-liturgical Artists". Most of these artists are affiliated with

Liturgical music

Many composers have contributed to the distinct sound of contemporary Catholic liturgical music, including Marty Haugen, Dan Schutte, and the St. Louis Jesuits. For more details, see Contemporary Catholic liturgical music. Two thirds of American Catholic Parishes now use this style of music in their liturgies.[41] A recent trend has turned to pieces based on Gregorian chant, and liturgical projects like the Chabanel Psalms.

See also

Web sources

  1. ^ Faith of Our Fathers - Text Only
  2. ^ Icking Music Archive
  3. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  4. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  5. ^ Concordia's Thursday Report_November 19, 1998
  6. ^ IMSLP
  7. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  8. ^ Seattle
  9. ^ Catholic Encyclopedia
  10. ^ Naxos
  11. ^
  12. ^ [] and []
  13. ^ Obituary
  14. ^ Washington Times by way of Highbeam
  15. ^ Spirit and Song
  16. ^ Ceili Rain's website
  17. ^ Cheer Up Charlie website
  18. ^ Unity Awards for 2006
  19. ^ Crispin
  20. ^ a b Unity Awards for 2004
  21. ^ Dana
  22. ^ Unity Awards 2007
  23. ^ [1]
  24. ^ Katholicus website
  25. ^ Last Day's website
  26. ^ Manuel3
  27. ^ Carlos & Minh Solorzano - Members of the interdenominational Christian band COME THIRSTY from Tucson, AZ who are signed with the Tate Music Group. Both of them also work as Catholic School teachers for the Tucson Diocese. When not working with COME THIRSTY Minh can be heard singing the National Anthem at various sporting events while Carlos freelances as a session drummer and as a tribal drumming composer whose music has been featured on VH1, MTV & E! Entertainment Television. Unity Awards 2006
  28. ^ Oaks of Justice
  29. ^
  30. ^
  31. ^ Pierced
  32. ^ Point 5 Covenant
  33. ^ Katrina Rae's website
  34. ^ Remnant
  35. ^ Righteous-B's website: Also mentioned at Unity Awards site
  36. ^ Rise
  37. ^ Seven Sorrows
  38. ^ [2]
  39. ^ [3]
  40. ^ Cradle Catholic
  41. ^ The Center for Liturgy, ]

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