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The National Catholic Youth Choir

Saturday, June 24, 2017 - 4:30pm to 6:15pm

Missa Choralis Series | 2016-2017 Series 

Saturday, June 24 | 5:00pm Mass of Anticipation


The National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC)
André Heywood, Director
Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, Founding Program Director



CHORAL PRELUDE | begins at 4:30pm

Sicut Cervus | Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (c.1525-1594)      

The Word Was God | Rosephanye Powell (b. 1962)

Baba Yetu | Christopher Tin (b. 1976)

Qui verbum Dei retinent | Gregorian chant

 And I Saw a New Heaven | Edgar L. Bainton (1880-1956)

 The Lord Bless You and Keep You | John Rutter (b. 1945)


If Ye Love Me | Philip Stopford (b. 1977) 


Set Me As a Seal | René Clausen (b. 1953) 



The National Catholic Youth Choir (NCYC) was founded in 2000, by  program director Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB, is sponsored by Saint John’s School of Theology·Seminary, and meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. The choir began under the motto Spreading the Catholic Faith Through Great Music as a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.”  The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music and is led by choral conductor, André Heywood. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical. NCYC seeks to implement the directive of Vatican Council II that the “treasury of sacred music” be preserved and fostered in the modern liturgy.

Twenty-five students entering grades 9, 10, 11, and 12 from across the United States were selected to participate in the choir based on written applications, formal recommendations, and recorded auditions.  The summer camp generally takes place the last two weeks in June and includes extensive choir rehearsals, repertoire–based classes in religion, music theory, and/or music history, recreation, recording a CD, and daily prayer (Mass, Liturgy of the Hours, Rosary, Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament). The choir worships together as a group with the Benedictine monks on campus and with the Benedictine sisters in nearby St. Joseph and conclude each day by singing Compline. The choristers receive cantor training as encouragement for music ministry in their home parishes and throughout their adult life.  The two week camp includes a multi-state concert tour with up to seven performances.  In past years the choir has sung throughout Minnesota, Wisconsin, North and South Dakota, Illinois, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Michigan, Indiana, and Georgia.

Photo provided by: 
Mandy Wolvert, National Catholic Youth Choir