I was going to do an “armchair liturgist” post on First Communions, but we’ve already hit that topic. If you care to read it and post your comments, feel free. Your additions to that old thread will bring it to the surface on the sidebar, right.
I bring it up because one of our musical middle school parishioners has a younger sibling celebrating First Communion on Saturday. I’ve been gently (I hope, gently) urging the young lady to play at Mass for some time now. The family approached me about having their daughter play the final song Saturday night.
Playing the whole Mass can be a very intimidating experience for young musicians. Sit in the purple chair and pontificate on the future of church music. How would you acclimate a young keyboard musician to liturgy? Are you flexible enough for a piecemeal approach? Would you encourage them to learn the Mass setting and play it week after week? Would you arrange a piano/organ duet so if disaster strikes, you have one keyboard working? Are there other liturgical services that you’ve found to be a good intermediate step to Mass?