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Mass of Renewal

posted Nov 20, 2015, 12:35 PM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Nov 20, 2015, 12:36 PM ]
Do not be conformed to this world but be transformed by the renewal of your mind. (Romans 12:2)
This is Curtis Stephan's inspiration for this setting, that we sing during Ordinary Time. Arranged for SAB choir with accompaniments easily accessible for organ or guitar, the Mass parts are connected by a triumphant, ascending main theme. He describes his motivation for composing this: “We have the beautiful opportunity to rediscover what it is that we proclaim and celebrate every time at Mass. I pray that this particular 'renewal of [our] minds' can truly transform us into the body of Christ.”
 
Curtis Stephan began playing piano at age five. But in college, he began to write music as a release. "Every day was a battle to see purpose in my life, to really believe that there was hope – that God had something in store for me that was meaningful and exciting," the singer-songwriter related. "So I ended up sitting at the piano and pouring my heart out through music. It has always been the best way to understand and express my emotions." After receiving a bachelor’s degree in music and master’s degree in jazz studies from the University of Northern Texas, he answered the call to be a Youth Music Minister at St. Ann's Church in Coppell, Texas, a parish with 18,000 members. "I felt like that was what I was supposed to be doing. I really want to promote a message of hope for people with my music," he says.