Please press the play button above to hear the recorded interview, which was recently broadcast on KMFA 89.5.
The Fraternity of St. Peter is an international community of young priests that was founded in 1988 and has two seminaries: one in Germany and the other in Denton, Nebraska. The seminary in Nebraska just so happens to be the home of twelve of the most skilled and committed singers of Gregorian chant in the world, and their debut major-label recording is devoted to repertoire for the Mass and burial of the dead, commonly known as the Requiem. Grammy award-winning producer Christopher Adler and engineer Brad Michel, also a Grammy winner, built a state of the art mobile recording studio in the community’s training facility in the heartland of America.
Since the album’s release on May 12, it’s climbed to the top of the Billboard charts, and is currently #1 on Billboard’s classical Overall and Classical Traditional Album charts. The album also topped the iTunes and Amazon classical charts, which is remarkable for any artist but especially so for a group who does not tour. Fr. Zachery Akers directed the project and Fr. Garrick Huang is one of the singers. They spoke with KMFA’s Chris Johnson, who co-produced this feature with KMFA’s story seeker and production volunteer Joshua Figueroa.