Resident composer for Catholic schools

Singer-songwriter, Amanda McKenna, will work with Catholic schools in the Diocese of Parramatta as the new resident liturgical music composer.

In response to needs expressed by schools and parishes, McKenna will write contemporary, congregational-friendly music specifically for use in Catholic liturgy.

Working with staff and students, she will focus on creating material for students in Years 7 to 12, as she believes there is very little music that caters to this age group.

"The sole purpose of music in the Catholic liturgical context is to draw us more deeply into the liturgy," McKenna said. "We are well aware of how important good music is to the evangelisation process, and it is in answer to this need that this project has been initiated.

"My hope is to collaborate on this project with schools and parishes as well as talented musicians and budding composers and to draw gifted individuals from this diverse group to work with me on various aspects of the project."

McKenna said her songs will focus on a number of specific themes, including gathering, gifts, Communion, thanksgiving/reflection, recessional, Psalm responses, Mass setting and retreat/reflection days.

Amanda is not new to the Diocese. She composed the theme song, "With One Voice for the Catholic Schools", for the Focus on Learning Conference in 2003 and has worked with many schools and parishes across the Diocese.

Resident composer for Catholic schools (Catholic Outlook March 2006)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Catholic Education Office, Diocese of Parramatta
Amanda McKenna

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6 Mar 2006