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Schaal Music is a husband and wife team of professional musicians, who provide both live and recorded music for liturgical and nonliturgical events.

"I will sing praises to my God, all my life long." Psalm 146:2

We are chosen to share 

I pray all of you are enjoying these cooler, shorter days. Summer has ended and my family and I are fully back into the swing of school and busy schedules. I was recently having a conversation with a friend about the videos I have posted on youtube and how much he enjoyed them. It reminded me how much I enjoy making them and sharing my creativity with those around me. I love every aspect of creating music, but so many times, I find myself doubting my abilities, thinking "Is any of this any good, will anyone listen to this?" I know that is not the case, but the doubt still creeps in. The evil one wants nothing more than for us to doubt the goodness God has given us. I need reminders like my friend sharing his love for my music/videos. We all need reminders that we have amazing things to share with those around us, for the Glory of God. 

I have pulled out my (dusty) recording equipment and DSLR camera and started making videos again. I am trying to trust, let go, and let God do the good work in them. It is not up to me to touch people's hearts, but I know that God can work through my talents and change lives. May we all have the wisdom to see our gifts, offer them to God, and recklessly share them with our families, communities, and the world. 

I have posted a few videos here. Happy listening to all of you, and may God bless you with a trust in his goodness.

In Christ, Nichlas


 

 

Communion Antiphons 

Communion antiphons are musical refrains taken from scripture with verses taken from the Psalms. The antiphons are sung during the distribution of communion at mass. In many cases they tie together the readings and themes of the mass being celebrated. When I first started working in Liturgical music, over 15 years ago, I had no ideas what a communion antiphon was. I was well versed in the many beautiful "communion songs" we sing in our churches, ("One Bread, One Body," "I Am the Bread of Life," "The Supper of the Lord"...)  but did not know that for hundreds of years the church had used the "communion antiphons" as their communion songs. After Vatican II all the communion antiphons were translated to the world's languages, but the chant music did not fit with the new translations. I have attempted to use different settings of communion antiphons but have found them far to complex to teach to my choir each week, let alone get the congregation singing with us. The video below is my attempt to find a middle ground. In this video you will hear all the communion antiphons for the season of lent. I have boiled them down to three simple refrains. My hopes is to make it easy on my choir and ultimately congregation. Stay tuned for more videos as I complete the setting for Easter, Advent and Christmas following the same goal of simplicity and repetition. If you would like copies to try out with your communities, please contact me and I will happily share them with you, I'm still in the testing stage and would love your input. In Christ, Nichlas

New Ventures for the Schaal Family! 


We just wanted to share that we have moved to a new parish!  Nichlas just started working at St. Anthony's Church in Tigard as their full time music director.  We were very sad to leave our Resurrection Parish community but feel confident that God has called us forward to serve at St. Anthony's in this next part of our lives.  To all those at Resurrection, we cannot thank you enough for your gifts of service, your example of abundant generosity, your joy and fellowship, and the countless ways you have ministered to and cared for our family.  We pray for you often. 

We will share news of our next new venture in November, when our precious baby number 4 is due!  Keep us in your prayers. 

Come Holy Ghost 

Our first music video!  Here is a fun arrangement of "Come Holy Ghost" which we put together.  Enjoy, like, share!

Next concert!! July 19, at 7 pm in Eugene, OR 

We are so excited to be taking our concert on the road to Eugene, OR! July, 19 @ 7 pm at St. Mary's Catholic Church, we will be performing an outdoor concert with songs from our album, "The Call: To Know, Love, and Serve" as well as a new song or two. This is a FREE event, with CDs for sale after the concert. Come and join us!! 
 

Concert Videos Now Available 

A big thank you to all those who helped perform, mix, record, and attend our concert last weekend.  We had such a wonderful time praying and singing with you and it was such a joy to share our music and stories with you.  If you weren't able to attend the concert, or want to relive it again, you can now see it on youtube!  The complete concert playlist is available on the link above. 

Please like, share, and tell use your thoughts! We pray your Lent continues to be a prayerful and peaceful time.

~ N& J

Lenten Song 

Lent is upon us.  "Lenten Song" reflects on the season of Lent, our call to conversion, and change. 

CD Release Concert! March 7, 2015 at 7 pm 


This is our next exciting venture!  Mark your calendars now for March 7 at 7 pm for a CD Release Concert of our album THE CALL: TO KNOW, LOVE, AND SERVE.  We are so excited to join with the help of Resurrection Parish's Music Ministry to bring you a live performance of all the songs from our new album, as well as prayers and meditations of the inspirations behind the music.  Please come join us, tell your parishes, bring your friends!!   For any questions, email schaalmusic@gmail.com



 

What IS Praise and Adoration night? 

As we have been inviting you all to join us for our praise and adoration evenings, (coming up tomorrow night!!!) I thought it might be helpful to introduce what Eucharistic adoration is, for those who might not be familiar with it. 

Because of our belief that Christ is truly present in the Eucharist, we hold immense reverence for his Presence in the consecrated host. The early monastics had such a keen sense of the Real Presence of the Eucharist that a devotion emerged over time which involved the display of a consecrated host as a focal point of prayer.  Let me explain the flow of our evenings of Praise and Adoration to help describe what goes on in this devotion.

Our adoration evenings begin with songs of praise and joy. Then, the priest brings out our Lord, in the form of the host, and places Him in what is called the monstrance. This is an ornate and golden vessel whose sole purpose is to hold the body of Christ on display. Then, we sit in His presence. We sing. We listen. We pray. We talk. We are quiet. As the end of the evening approaches, we participate in the ancient rite of benediction.  Here, the monstrance is raised up, as Christ was raised on the cross, and we are blessed in His presence. We proclaim the "Divine Praises" and sing the medieval hymn by Thomas Aquinas, "Tantum Ergo:"


Down in adoration falling,
This great Sacrament we hail;
Over ancient forms of worship
Newer rites of grace prevail;
Faith will tell us Christ is present,
When our human senses fail.

To the everlasting Father,
And the Son who made us free,
And the Spirit, God proceeding
From them Each eternally,
Be salvation, honor, blessing,
Might and endless majesty. Amen.



Then, the priest returns Him to the humble tabernacle, where He is hidden away, ever present, ever loving, always waiting for us. We stand and sing with hearts full of joy, songs of praise and thanksgiving.

"Out of the darkness of my life, so much frustrated, I put before you the one great thing to love on earth: the Blessed Sacrament... There you will find romance, glory, honour, fidelity, and the true way of all your loves on earth, and more than that: Death. By the divine paradox, that which ends life, and demands the surrender of all, and yet by the taste -or foretaste- of which alone can what you seek in your earthly relationships (love, faithfulness, joy) be maintained, or take on that complexion of reality, of eternal endurance, which every man's heart desires."  ~J.R.R. Tolkien

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