Sacred Music

Scott Turkington
Director of Sacred Music

The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe is excited to announce that, as of July 1, Scott Turkington has become the new Director of Sacred Music at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Scott studied music at the University of Minnesota, the Boston Conservatory of Music and The Catholic University of America. Today, he is an accomplished organ recitalist and lecturer. In recent years, he has been the organist and choirmaster for Holy Family Catholic Church in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. 

Scott has many plans for the Shrine, beginning with building upon the work of previous directors, then exploring the Church’s treasury of sacred music, and ultimately expanding the Shrine’s choral, organ and congregational music liturgy.  

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Chant Camp

One of Scott’s most exciting new developments is Chant Camp—five days wherein beginners learn the fundamentals of traditional chant while seasoned singers improve their talent. By the end of the week-long course, attendees possess an excellent grasp of reading chant notation and singing with confidence by the last day, for the final performance, which will be chanting at the Shrine’s 12:15 Mass.

This year’s Chant Camp ran from August 15 through August 19, 9:00 A.M. to 12:00 P.M. Nearly 30 youth participated and had an extraordinary time! 

Scott Turkington plans to host more Chant Camps soon, inviting more age-ranges to participate. The Shrine will keep you informed of the next opportunity to learn chant from our new Director of Sacred Music.