Dolly Sokol

#009: Representing the Feminine Voice (with Sarah Hart and Kate Williams, featuring Dolly Sokol)

Sarah Hart

Sarah Hart

One of the major pastoral opportunities facing those of us in ministry is in the area of representation. With increasingly diverse membership, even in rural and outlying communities, there isn’t a parish in existence that shouldn’t be evaluating their practice carefully. As our cultural paradigm shifts from “believing leads to belonging” to “belonging leads to believing,” our success in gathering, leading, and ministering to a community starts with whether the members of that community feel they belong in the first place. 

Kate Williams

Kate Williams

In our last episode, Diana Macalintal challenged us to consider the issue of representation when we process and evaluate our liturgical celebrations. In particular, Diana challenged us to ask how much of our liturgical music repertoire was composed by women. In this episode, we explore that challenge more deeply through conversation with two important voices: Sarah Hart and Kate Williams. In doing so, we consider the progress that women composers have made in liturgical circles, the barriers that remain, and we ask, “what, exactly, is the feminine compositional voice”? 



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You can find out more about Sarah Hart, her compositions, and her other work by visiting her composer page at and her personal website at Her article, "Finding the Feminine Voice: A Woman Composer in the Church," was published in the March 2018 issue of Pastoral Music

You can read Dolly Sokol's article, "Liturgical Principles for a New Consciousness," in the NPM digital publications archive. It is found in the October-November 1987 issue of Pastoral Music.

For more information about composing and publishing liturgical music, consult the links below, arranged alphabetically (NOTE: This is an incomplete list of resources. Please contact us if you would like additional links listed).

GIA Publications | Hope Publishing | ILP Music | Liturgical Press | MorningStar Music | OCP | World Library Publications

The recording of "Resucito" was produced by OCP.  The piano recording of "Beach Spring" was performed by Fr. Robert Koopmann, OSB, on the album Sacred Improvisations

Visit NPM's digital resource library, referenced at the end of the episode. 

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