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Peter M. Kolar
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Peter Kolar is Senior Editor of Hispanic Music and Publications for WLP, having joined the editorial staff of WLP in 1996. He oversees development of the Hispanic liturgy resources, music, and recordings produced by WLP. Peter is the founding editor of the bilingual missal, Celebremos/Let Us Celebrate® and the editor of its companion music resource, the Himnario/Hymnal. He also spearheaded the second edition of WLP’s Hispanic hymnal Cantos del Pueblo de Dios.

 

A native of Detroit, Michigan, Peter's father is Polish-American and his mother is from El Salvador, Central America. Music and culture were an important part of his upbringing. Peter began formal piano instruction at age 7 and was playing regularly for Catholic Masses by age 10. After graduating from St. Lawrence Seminary High School in Mount Calvary, Wisconsin, Peter went on to study music at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, where he earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in composition. He resides now in El Paso, Texas, where he continues his full-time work for WLP while remaining active in the diocese as a liturgical consultant and coordinator for its music ministry formation program. Peter sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference, and is the director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.

In 2012, after years of concentration in other aspects of ministry and publishing, Peter revisited his passion for piano and released a much-anticipated classical CD, "Variations", a solo album showcasing his talents as a gifted performer and composer. The CD’s playlist features Peter’s masterful arrangements of sacred hymns, as well as his own works. Due to its inspired originality and classical appeal, “Variations” has earned widespread praise and positive reviews.

In addition to his solo CD, various other songs and arrangements by Peter are available through WLP, notably the acclaimed bilingual Mass setting "Misa Luna" (chosen by several dioceses and archdioceses as an official setting), the bilingual intercessions “Oración de los Fieles”, and the best-selling "El Señor Es Compasivo", a serene, bilingual setting of Psalm 103.

In 2004, Peter was commissioned to write the theme song for the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, one of the largest annual gatherings of Catholics in the world. The result of that effort was the hit anthem, "Healing Balm", which uses contemporary beats, pop styles, and rap in a compelling song for mission and sending. You can hear "Healing Balm" sung by artists Danielle Rose and Tony Alonso with “PK” himself performing the spoken rap on the CD "God Is My Rock".

Before moving to El Paso, Peter served for 14 years as the Music Director at Holy Cross/Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Chicago, Illinois, where he led its renowned Marimba Ensemble. Performances by the Holy Cross Marimba Ensemble under his direction include appearances at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, NPM conventions, and Chicago’s Symphony Center. Though no longer actively involved in the group, Peter continues to do guest appearances with the Marimba Ensemble, collaborating as recently as 2012 for a performance in Los Angeles. Under his tenure, the Marimba Ensemble released two recordings, "Marimbas Fantásticas, Volume I" and "Marimbas Fantásticas, Volume II", both available from WLP.

A respected composer and arranger, Peter has contributed much to today’s liturgical repertoire and ministerial landscape. One of his significant contributions has been his notated piano accompaniments to Spanish-language pieces. In addition, Peter has gained a reputation as a skillful instructor on authentically emulating Hispanic styles and rhythms on the keyboard. Peter remains a dedicated and sought-after bilingual clinician in the areas of liturgy, music, and ministry. He appears frequently at various events, conferences, and showcases nationwide.

 

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Gusten y Vean/Taste and See: Psalm 34 - Click and Print

Oracion De Los Fieles - Kolar - click and print

Litany of the Saints - Kolar - flutes oboe horn trumpets violins - click and print

Litany of the Saints - Kolar

Litany of the Saints - Kolar - click and print

Litany of the Saints - Kolar

Healing Balm/Canto de Misericordia - Click and Print

El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Psalm 103

Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness Click & Print

The Lord is Rich in Kindness: Psalm 103/ El Señor es Compasivo:Salmo 103 (102)

Lord, Show Us Your Mercy/ Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness: Psalm 85/ Muéstranos, Señor: Salmo 85(84)

Muéstranos Señor: Salmo 85 (84)/Lord Show Us Your Mercy: Ps 85 (84)

Muéstranos Señor: Salmo 85 (84)/Lord Show Us Your Mercy: Ps 85 (84) - Kolar - click and print

Muéstranos Señor: Salmo 85 (84)/Lord Show Us Your Mercy: Ps 85 (84) - Kolar

O Lord of Light - Kolar - click and print

O Lord of Light - Kolar

Ave Maria - Palazon/Kolar - click and print

Ave Maria - Palazon/Kolar

Variations - Peter M. Kolar - piano CD

Hail Holy Queen - Rose/arr Kolar - click and print

Hail Holy Queen - Rose/arr Kolar

Gloria a Dios - Misa Luna

Ave Maria

You Are the Highest Honor / Tu Eres el Orgullo: Judith 13

Misa Luna - Instrument Parts for Trumpet 2 in C and Bb - Kolar - Click and Print

Misa Luna - Instrument Parts for Trumpet 1 in C, Bb, and A - Kolar - Click and Print

Misa Luna - Instrument Part for Oboe (C Instrument 2) - Kolar - Click and Print

Misa Luna - Instrument Part for Flute (C Instrument 1) - Kolar - Click and Print

Gusten y Vean/Taste and See: Psalm 34

Oracion de los Fieles (Bilingual Intercessions)

El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Salmo 103 Click and Print

El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Psalm 103

Misa Luna - Guitar/Vocal Score - Click and Print - Kolar

Misa Luna - Guitar/Vocal Score - Kolar

Misa Luna - Keyboard/Vocal Edition - Click and Print - Kolar

Misa Luna - Keyboard/Vocal Edition - Kolar

Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness

Healing Balm/Canto de Misericordia

Misa Luna CD - Kolar

Misa Luna - Assembly Card - Kolar

Alaben Todos/Let All the Earth Praise: Salmo 148

In Every Age: Contemporary Songs of Faith - Voices As One ® Volume 2

Through the Eyes of God CD

Love One Another - The Wedding Collection CD

Cantos del Pueblo de Dios 6 CD Set (Complete Recording)

Eso Me Basta, Señor/All That I Need - Click and Print

Eso Me Basta, Señor / All That I Need

Cantos del Pueblo de Dios Keyboard Accompaniment

Cantos del Pueblo de Dios Hymnal Guitar Accompaniment

Cantos del Pueblo de Dios Hymnal Assembly Edition

Marimbas Fantasticas Vol. II CD

Marimbas Fantasticas CD

Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness - Instrumental Parts

Tesoros Ocultos/Treasures Out of Darkness - Click & Print Instrumental Parts

Stand in the Light

Los Confines de la Tierra/All the Ends of the Earth: Salmo 98

Los Confines de la Tierra/All the Ends of the Earth - Salmo 98 - Click and Print

Al Partir el Pan/When We Break This Bread - Click & Print

Al Partir el Pan/When We Break This Bread

Love One Another - The Wedding Collection Songbook

God Is My Rock CD

Pescador de Hombres/Lord, When You Came to the Seashore

Lord's Prayer / El Padre Nuestro (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Hoy Nos Ha Nacido/Today for Us a Savior is Born: Salmo 96(95) - Abeyta (Lobato)

Christ Is Risen

Lord, Have Mercy / Señor, Ten Piedad (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Lamb of God / Cordero de Dios (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Gospel Acclamation / Aclamación del Evangelio (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Ven, Salvador (Kolar)

Ven, Salvador/Come Savior Lord - arr. Peter Kolar - click and print

Ven, Salvador/Come Savior Lord - arr. Peter Kolar

Los Confines de la Tierra/All the Ends of the Earth: Salmo 98(97) - Abeyta (Lobato)

Sprinkling Rite / Rito de la Aspersión (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Ave Maria

Psalm 130: Del Señor Viene la Misericordia/With the Lord There Is Mercy

Glory to God (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Great Amen / Gran Amén (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Memorial Acclamation C / Aclamación Memorial III (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Memorial Acclamation B / Aclamación Memorial II (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Memorial Acclamation A / Aclamación Memorial I (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Holy, Holy, Holy / Santo (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Diálogo del Prefacio (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Preface Dialogue (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Prayer of the Faithful / Oración de los Fieles (Misa Luna) - Revised for 2011 Implementation

Pan del Cielo (Bread of Heaven)

Ave Maria

Aclamacion del Evangelio/Gospel Acclamation - trumpet and flute - click and print - Kolar

Aclamacion del Evangelio - Gospel Acclamation (Kolar)

Pan del Cielo/Bread of Heaven - Click and Print

Psalm 130: Del Señor Viene la Misericordia/With the Lord There Is Mercy

Aclamacion del Evangelio/Gospel Acclamation

Aclamación del Evangelio/Gospel Acclamation

Be Forever Praised! A Collection of Psalms, Hymns, and Spiritual Songs

El Auxilio Me Viene del Señor/Our Help Is From the Lord: Psalm 121

Pan del Cielo/Bread of Heaven

Aclamación del Evangelio/Gospel Acclamation

Through the Eyes of God

Mi Alma Tiene Sed/My Soul Is Thirsting for You: Psalm 63

Open Wide the Doors to Christ (Instrumental Parts)

Open Wide the Doors to Christ

Open Wide the Doors to Christ (Instrumental Parts) - Click & Print

El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Psalm 103 (Flute Part) - Click & Print

El Señor es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Psalm 103(102) - Click & Print Trumpets

Alleluia! Music for Easter Time

Al Partir el Pan/When We Break This Bread

El Auxilio Me Viene del Señor/Our Help Is from the Lord

Si No Me Acuerdo de Ti: Salmo 137

Si No Me Acuerdo De Ti

Hoy Nos Reunimos

Al Partir el Pan

Aclamación 3 (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Aclamación Memorial para Niños (Misa Queribines para Niños)

Aclamación 2 (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Aclamación 1 (Misa Querubines para Niños)

El Auxilio Me Viene del Señor: Psalm 121/Our Help Is from the Lord: Psalm 121

Misa Luna: Padre Nuestro (Spanish Only)

Ven, Oh Espiritu/Come, Holy Spirit/Halina Espiritu - Click & Print

Santo (Misa Mariachi)

Tú Eres el Orgullo/You Are the Highest Honor: Judith 13

Como Busca la Cierva/Like a Deer That Longs: Salmo 42 (41)

Cantemos al Señor/Let Us Sing to the Lord: Exodo 15

Somos Su Pueblo/We Are His People: Salmo 100(99)

Mi Alma Está Sedienta/My Soul Is Thirsting: Salmo 63(62)

Aclamen al Señor/Let All the Earth Cry Out: Salmo 66 (65)

Dios Mío, Dios Mío/My God, My God: Salmo 22 (21)

Acompáñame, Señor/Be with Me, Lord: Salmo 91 (90)

Muéstranos, Señor/Lord Show Us Your Mercy: Salmo 85(84) Muéstranos, Señor/Lord, Let Us See Your Kindness: Salmo 85(84)

Vengan, Vengan/Come, Enter

Vayan en Paz/Go Now in Peace

Padre de Bondad/O God of Goodness

Letanías I para los Escrutinios (Em)

La Cruz de Cristo/The Cross of Christ

Gloria y Alabanza/Glory and Praise to You

Fieles, Te Alabamos

Creo en Dios Padre

Bendito y Alabado/Blessed Be the Name of God

Aclamación Bautismal - "Tú has revestido de Cristo."

Through the Eyes of God

MIsericordia, Señor: Salmo 51

El Vive, Él Reina

Canten a Dios con Alegría

El Auxilio Me Viene del Señor: Salmo 121

Canta, Jibarito

Mi Virgen Ranchera

Este Es el Día (Rosas)

Alégrense, Cielos y Tierra

Un Vaso Nuevo

Tomado de la Mano

Los Peces en el Río

Alabemos a Dios

Los Magos Que Llegaron a Belén

Las Mañanitas (Versión para Celebraciones)

Envía Tu Espíritu: Salmo 104

Madre Llena de Aflicción

Ofertorio (Todo Lo Que Tengo)

Oración de los Fieles (Bilingual Intercessions)

Cordero de Dios (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Doxología y Gran Amén (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Aclamación Memorial I (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Santo (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Preface Dialogue (Misa Querubines para Niños)

Señor, Escucha Nuestra Oración (Intercesiones)

Gloria (La Misa Ranchera)

Aclamación del Evangelio (Misa Caribeña)

Aleluya, Cristo Resucitó (Correa/Thillet)

Gloria a Dios (Correa/Thillet)

Padre Nuestro (Centeno)

Santo (Kolar)

Aleluya (Misa Popular)

Cordero de Dios (Misa Mariachi)

Doxología y Gran Amén (Misa Mariachi)

Aclamación Memorial III (Misa Mariachi)

Abres Tú la Mano: Salmo 145

Siempre Unidos

Venimos ante Ti

Ven, Señor (Rubalcava)

Un Solo Señor (Rubalcava)

Que los Ángeles Te Lleven

El Señor Es Compasivo/The Lord Is Rich in Kindness: Salmo 103(102)

Tu Recuerdo, Señor: Salmo 137

Bendeciremos Por Siempre: Salmo 145

Con la Cruz

Mi Alma Tiene Sed/My Soul Is Thirsting: Salmo 63(62)

Sol de Este Pueblo (Viva Para Siempre)

Porque Nos Invitas

Las Apariciones Guadalupanas (Desde el Cielo)

Buenos Días, Paloma Blanca

Ave María

Aleluya, el Señor Resucitó

Adiós, Oh Virgen de Guadalupe

Ven, Salvador (El Dios de Paz)

Las Mañanitas Tapatías

Amor Es Vida

Alabaré

Healing Balm/Canto de Misericordia (Instrumental Parts) - Click & Print

Si No Me Acuerdo de Ti: Salmo 137

Ven, Oh Espirítu/Come, Holy Spirit/Halina Espiritu

For the Beauty of the Earth Piano Book