The Auckland Catholic Music Schola specialises in liturgical performance of the traditional music of the church, especially Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. It sings for Sunday Mass at St John the Baptist in Parnell approximately twice a month (see our current programme), as well as for major celebrations such as Christmas and Easter; and occasionally at other parishes, or for weddings or funerals. It was founded in late 1995 by former members of St Patrick's Cathedral Choir, and has been based at St John's since Christmas of that year.
New members are welcome in all voice parts; the ability to read music is essential, as the turnover of repertoire is high. Regular practices are 6.15-7.30 pm each Wednesday at St John's.
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The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred song united to the words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn liturgy.
Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy Sacrosanctum Concilium, ¶112
Masakazu Senda began his musical training at the age of 5. He left his home and parents in Japan to study English in New Zealand when he was 12. Although he had no serious ambitions in pursuing a musical career, Masakazu continued his piano training with well-known teachers including David Guerin, and gave public performances. He entered the School of Music at the University of Auckland and studied conducting under Karen Grylls and analysis under Fiona McAlpine, as well as taking some piano performance courses. He is currently taking a leave from university, but intends to start postgraduate studies in the next few years.