“I can't thank you enough for the wonderful gift of your music at the Christmas Mass. It was simply breathtaking and a wonderful preparation for the liturgy... I look forward to a growing relationship.”
Welcome to the Music Pages of my website. I'm not performing as much these days, but Amy Fradon and I are doing occasional concerts and my CDs are still for sale.
See the Calendar for upcoming offerings.
Songs of Mary (2010)
Welcome Brigid (2005)
Chalice of God (2005)
The Path (2004)
Circle of Wisdom (1998)
Listen to Katy's music in an audiovisual morning meditation on Beliefnet.
Click on "Launch the Meditation", my music is in the background.
Welcome Brigid is the title track of Katy's 3rd CD, which
features medieval, celtic, and original devotional chant and song to the Divine
Katy is joined by Amy Fradon on vocals and accompanies herself
on hurdy gurdy, shruti box, concertina, and flutes. Also
Lynn Margileth, frame drums, and
Julie Last, vocals, keyboard, bells, tambourine, recording, sound engineering, mixing.
Sounds True included two of Katy's songs from her Welcome Brigid album on this new compilation CD, which includes selections from Ruth Cunningham, the Catherine Braslavsky Ensemble, the San Antonio Vocal Arts Ensemble, Susan Lincoln, Stephanie Heidemann, and Nóirín Ní Riain. This soothing collection of 15 traditional chants and praises call on Our Lady for healing, guidance, and comfort and create a quiet respite from the rush of modern life.
It was our intention to channel/create a body of music that is interfaith
accessiblečthat explores concepts of God and practice which transcend the
various established religious expressions, yet is still grounded in
traditional spiritual and religious experience. For this reason, we chose
parts of the form of the traditional Mass, as a depiction of the ritualized
journey an initiation into and with God presence that is a part of any
spiritual quest. We brainstormed with a female Episcopal priest about what
the different components of the mass symbolize. Amy allowed the form and
intention to offer lyrics through her, and Katy subsequently channeled the
music from the inspiration of the words and intention. Arrangements were
created together. The phases of the journey include the opening (Kyrie),
praising (Gloria), prayer (Pater Noster), peace (Passing of the Peace),
innocence (Agnus Dei), and abundance (Ite Misse Est).
This CD was recorded live in the gorgeous chapel of Holy Cross Monastery, a
Benedictine Order, in West Park, New York. As it was recorded in a live
space, you will hear a few unplanned accompaniments in some of the pieces:
the radiator, a train in the background, a cough or two, and the spirits of
seekers from years gone by.
We love singing Christmas music- telling the Christmas story of Incarnation,
Light, and Love in the darkest time of the year always lifts our spirits and
prepares us for the New Year. And we are blessed to be able to do this with
each other as we are dear friends and sisters. We sang these pieces for our
community on a blizzarding December 14th night and continued to work into
the wee hours of the morning singing through the deep, peaceful silence
created by the sacred space of the monastery and by the deepening snow
outside. We hope you will be drawn into the warmth, comfort and mystery that
the energy of this night and the power of the music created. And may all
your lives be full of the truest blessings of the Christ." -- Katy and Amy
Not available online. Order from Katy via email
This rich and contemplative album is a collection of the chants of
Hildegard von Bingen (1098-1179), medieval nun, abbess and mystic, which
were sung by the nuns of her abbey, day after day, year after year, but
not written down until near her death. The music is performed by a
medieval choir Katy sang with in Vermont, and the voices of the group's 14
women, rising and circling with Hildegard's stunning melodies, are full of
the earthy spirituality of the middle ages; vielle (medieval fiddle),
harp, and flute accompany.
Listen to Samples:
O beata infantia
O quam mirabilis est
Songs on the CD
O virtus Sapeintie ensemble
O quam mirabilis est Katy Tayor
O viriditas digiti Dei ensemble
O tu suavissima virga Betsy Brigham and ensemble
O lucidissima apostolorum Susan Comen and ensemble
O Bonifaci ensemble
O beata infantia ensemble
O nobilllisima viriditas Gail Ireland
O ignee spiritus Gail Ireland, Elizabeth Thompson, Anik Gibeau, and Nancy Snow