Sacred music canchange young lives

March 26, 2012

Kudos to Living Water College for their offering of a summer program in sacred polyphony (WCR, March 19).

Young people need opportunities, not only to hone their vocal and musical skills, but also to meet God in the beauty of music. Fine sacred music is a powerful force for evangelism of the young, yet, in our pop-media-saturated society, few avenues are available.

My own evangelizing moment came, when, at the age of 15, I attended an English-language performance of Bach's St. Matthew Passion, given by two high schools together with a civic orchestra in Maidstone, England.

That Good Friday concert in 1958 changed my life, and probably the lives of most of the young performers. This came about because the school and the parents decided to back the project with resources and encouragement for an entire school year.

To the young people who are considering the Living Water summer program in sacred music, I would say "seize the day" because this is a rare opportunity that has the potential to reveal the Lord to you in a special way.

And when you return, use your skills within your own parish and archdiocese.

Jean Sult
Archdiocesan Choir