OND Staff Report
Editor’s note: The following was submitted by the National Catholic Youth Choir.
Collegeville, Minnesota - When Fletcher Biby (NCYC Alum 2018) of St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Moorhead, Minnesota went to a youth choir camp, he knew there would be lots of singing. What he found was so much more: fun, friendship, and faith. “I really enjoyed this camp,” he said. “I learned a lot about how to use my voice and had fun with other kids my age. The music we sang was challenging, and the campus was beautiful! The rehearsals were long and tiring but rewarding because we knew we were making progress and learning lots.”
The National Catholic Youth Choir, which meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in central Minnesota, is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2019. Since the choir’s founding in 2000, more than 300 young Catholic singers have participated in the nine-day summer camp. They have all shared a powerful experience of singing sacred music, studying the Bible and their Catholic faith, learning some music history, and making new friends.
“It’s a positive, joyful experience of being Catholic that really speaks to young people,” said founding director Benedictine Father Anthony Ruff.
During the camp the choir members pray with the Benedictine monks and sisters, including the Rosary and Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. They end each day by chanting Compline. After the intense music rehearsal on campus, the choir goes on tour singing at parish liturgies and offering sacred music concerts.
Membership in the selective choir is by audition. Online applications are accepted from across the U.S. All young singers with note-reading ability and choir experience are invited to apply. For the 20th anniversary choir will be larger than ever – and they will be joined at the final Mass by dozens of alum singers from the past 20 years!
“The NCYC provides opportunity for every person to grow spiritually, intellectually, and socially into faithful disciples of Jesus Christ. I am so very happy to have taken part in it,” said Remy Mumby (NCYC Alum 2016) from Lansing, Michigan.
For information about the choir, including how to apply, go to www.catholicyouthchoir.org.