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Elementary Schools Information Guide

William Vaughan (left), music director at Church of the Assumption, the choir and cantor Aidan Galvan (right), rehearse the music prior to Sunday Mass last month in the San Leandro church.

Young cantor sings of the glories of God

Singing at Mass suits Aidan Galvan. So much so he usually serves as a cantor at two Masses on Sunday mornings at the Church of the Assumption in San Leandro.

He often sings with the children's choir at the 9 a.m. Mass but he is just as attentive and composed singing with the adult choir at the 10:30 a.m. Mass that follows.

In between Masses last month the young cantor, accompanied by William Vaughan, Assumption's music director, sang a favorite song — "Ave Maria." The song inspired goosebumps and brought smiles to the faces of everyone who happened to be inside of the church.

Aidan, a fourth-grader at Assumption School, has been taking music lessons from Vaughan since he was in kindergarten. Vaughan said that he noticed that his pupil, even at that young age, had a gift for song early on.

"He had a sense for singing and had perfect pitch," Vaughan said. "He was able to sing the right notes right away."

When Aidan was given the "Ave Maria" to learn he "nailed it in a few weeks," Vaughan said.

In August Aidan served as cantor at the Mass celebrating the birth of the Blessed Virgin Mary and has participated at several parish Masses since then. When asked what he likes about singing in church, Aidan said that it was fun and that it was bringing him closer to God.

Vaughan has been working with a number of students at the San Leandro school in helping them develop as cantors. His role is to have the children become more actively involved in the liturgies. "You have to start working with the children when they are very young and start planting the seed."

So far the seed is flourishing in Aidan's heart.

Mozart's Alleluia is another favorite song of the young singer. It's the best, he said, because "it has a super high note."

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