Music by Mary Jane Ballou

Mary Jane Ballou is the founding director of Cantorae St. Augustine and an expert on sacred music and Gregorian chant, with a doctorate in sacred music.  A resource for choirs and singers looking to expand their horizons.  An engaging and experienced director, workshop leader, and performer.  A writer, blogger, and researcher on the world of a cappella sacred music in the Western and Eastern churches.  A freelance harpist specializing in Renaissance and Celtic music for concerts and special programming and producer of albums for harp. Her arrangements of music for harp and for a cappella women’s voices will soon be available on this site as well.

As a performing musician, Dr. Ballou presents programs that weave the music of Spain, the New World, and the Celts into stories of love, faith, and courage – with a good dose of humor thrown in.  She has produced two CDs of harp music and regularly appears in concert and festival settings in northeast Florida.  Recent concerts included “The Colonial Harpist” and “Irish in a Spanish Town,” which reflect the diversity of early Spanish Florida.

Palm Sunday At Last!

The journey through Lent has finally brought us to Palm Sunday.  The 11 o’clock Mass at the Cathedral-Basilica of St. Augustine started outside with our bishop, Felipe Estevez and the Cathedral clergy, Knights of Columbus, St. Augustine’s Royal Family, and a huge church-full of worshippers.  The Passion was read well and the Cathedral choir did […]
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Rocking Out with Organ Voluntaries

 There are absolutely no pieces that are more entertaining to play than 18th century English organ voluntaries.  And I treated myself to two volumes of these.  Great slow full diapason introductions, followed by fugues or trumpet tunes with winsome echos.  Most of them are  by lesser composers who were leading organists in their day.  Boatloads […]
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