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Local Musicians Honor a Saint

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The St. Rose of Lima Church in Reno was filled with voices singing praise Thursday afternoon. Not too unusual for a Catholic church. What was different though were microphones were strategically placed, the classical instruments gathered to one side and the fact that the music was written by one Carmelite Nun from west Reno.

"I really wanted to be a part of the upcoming celebration of St. Teresa of Avila. And when I saw that no music had been written specifically for her, I sat down and did it," said Sister Claire.

St. Teresa of Avila's 500th birthday will be celebrated by Catholics worldwide in 2014. Sister Claire, who spent many years as a professional cellist before joining the Carmelites fused her two missions in life to write the eight pieces of music that were recorded this week.

"It is like a birth," she said of hearing it all come together for the first time. "It is in gestation for so long and you ask others for input, but to hear it all together and to hear it sung is like a birthday. It's a wonderful day. It's very exciting."

The Belle Voce Choir is performing the works. Sister Claire is playing her cello. And more music will be added to the CD when opera star Delora Zajick arrives in town to record her own composition as part of the celebration.

The CD will be published in August of 2014.

Written by Erin Breen 

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