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Rules for Gregorian Part 4 - Thoughts and Reflections - Composition of Choirs and Scholas

+ JMJ
One thing that comes up periodically is the inclusion of Woman in the schola (not the choir) for singing Gregorian Chant.

There are important distinctions to be made in reading the next passages.  First, choral music is not Gregorian.  Second is congregational singing.

The guidelines for Schola that I was given decades ago are summed up as:
If there are men capable of forming a schola, then they should with the exclusion of women.If there are not then, a female or mixed schola could be used. Now there are three passages to consider:
12. With the exception of the melodies proper to the celebrant at the altar and to the ministers, which must be always sung in Gregorian Chant, and without accompaniment of the organ, all the rest of the liturgical chant belongs to the choir of levites, and, therefore, singers in the church, even when they are laymen, are really taking the place of the ecclesiastical choir. Hence the music rendered by them must, at least for the greater part, retain …

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