Benedictines of Mary Once Again Top Traditional Classical Album Artist

Universal Music Classics announced that The Benedictines of Mary have been named Billboard's Top Traditional Classical Album Artist of 2013, for the second year in a row following the same honor in 2012. The label sent over these details:

Their chart-topping albums Advent at Ephesus and Angels and Saints At Ephesus also were the #2 and #3 Top Traditional Classical Albums for 2013, while Decca, De Montfort Music and the Benedictines of Mary accounted for three of the Top 5 Traditional Classical Album Imprints of the year.

The Sisters will once again share their gimmick-free and genuine music-making with the world in 2014 when they release Lent At Ephesus on February 11, 2014. The forthcoming recording includes poignant chants, intricate harmonies and rousing hymns of glory and redemption. The album captures the vibrancy and purity of the music suited for the reflective season of Lent.

Founded in 1995, The Benedictines of Mary, Queen of Apostles, are a young, monastic order of Sisters. Hailing from Missouri, the sisters are young, contemplative and extremely musical. They do not set foot beyond their Northwest rolling farmland, focusing solely on living an austere, yet joyful life set apart from the world. Working on their farm and mostly living off the land, they sing together eight times a day as part of their daily monastic schedule, lifting their hearts to God through music.

The order's Prioress, Mother Cecilia, vacated her seat in the horn section with the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio to enter religious life, despite her conservatory background where music was emphasized over religion. A graduate of The Shepherd School of Music at Rice University, in Houston, Texas, Mother Cecilia acts as arranger and drives the selection of repertoire for the recordings. Sr. Scholastica, the Order's sub prioress helps design their album artwork.

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