The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, beginners and intermediate chanters should be prepared for full immersion from the start. You will learn or review how to read and fully navigate all aspects of traditional Gregorian notation (square notes) with a masterful teacher.
The course will also address correct Latin pronunciation, the sound and mystery of the eight Church modes, Psalm tones and their applications, questions concerning the rhythm of plainsong, and more. Compline will be sung to allow participants to experience the beauty of a portion of the sung Divine Office. Gregorian repertoire will be used for Divine Office, Mass and for a concert on Thursday evening.
The CMAA Summer Chant Intensive is intended for beginning and continuing students and all who love and appreciate the central role that chant plays as the prayerful song of the Roman Rite–not only at cathedrals and basilicas but in any parish. The conference will inspire and prepare participants to continue the renaissance of sacred music in our time, in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass. In the years since the first CMAA Chant Intensive course was taught in 2008, hundreds of students have benefited from this in-depth course in Gregorian chant.
This summer’s course will be taught by instructor Wilko Brouwers, from the Netherlands, in one section including men and women. In addition to the sessions on chant, this year’s course will also offer breakout sessions by Dr. Ann Labounsky on organ improvisation, as well as a concert on Thursday evening combining chant and organ improvisation.
Summer Chant Intensive 2015 Schedule (preliminary).
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The intensive will begin on Tuesday afternoon, June 23rd, and conclude with a 12 p.m. chanted Votive Mass in the ordinary form on Friday, June 26 at the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The sung Mass will include Mass Ordinaries and the Gregorian propers for a Votive Mass.
Mail-in and online registration can be completed now. To register by mail and pay by check, complete the registration form and mail to CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. The discount code for members has been sent to our member list by email. Please contact Janet Gorbitz or Mary Weaver or call 505-263-6298 for questions about your member discount code if you have not received it.
Tuition includes all sessions and materials as well as snacks and Dinner on Tuesday. You will receive all course materials including the Parish Book of Chant upon arrival. The week’s events will culminate with Mass at the Duquesne University Chapel, after which an optional closing lunch will be served.
Early Registration (deadline: March 31) for CMAA members is $300, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $350. Payment must be made in full by March 31 to receive this rate.
Regular Registration (deadline: May 31) for CMAA members is $350, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $400. Payment must be made in full by May 31 to receive this rate.
Space is limited for this course, but late registrations will be accepted if space is available after 5/31/15. The late registration fee is $50.
An optional meal plan is available that includes breakfast (Wednesday – Friday), Lunches (Wednesday – Thursday) and Dinner on Thursday for $85. Wednesday dinner is on your own.
An optional Final Lunch after the Friday Mass is available for $25.
Dormitory accommodations will be available again to CMAA program attendees this summer. With easy walking distance to classrooms, chapel, dining facilities and other campus amenities, the reasonable rates and convenience of Vickroy Hall (Address: 1345 Vickroy Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) will make the dorms very attractive to our registrants. Dorm rooms are arranged in a suite arrangement, with two rooms sharing a bath. Complimentary wi-fi will be available in the dormitories. Login and Password information to be provided. Registrants may choose either single or double occupancy in the dorms. Room rates are $50/night single occupancy or $40/night for double occupancy.
Two payment options are available:
Payment by check, with $75 deposit due now and the balance due by March 31, 2015. If paying by check, please complete the registration form and send it with your deposit. Checks should be made payable to CMAA and mailed to CMAA Programs, P.O. Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. Add $25 if you need the special meals option.*
Other Suggested Accommodations
HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS are also available at the Hilton Garden Inn, University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone: 1-412-683-2040. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $134 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of four per room. Make your reservation before June 8th, 2015 to get the special group rate.
Amenities include free internet in all guest rooms and valet parking at $7 per day (discounted from $18/day). The property includes a business center with complimentary printing and printer, fitness center, full service restaurant, bar, complimentary beverage area and complimentary shuttle service within a 3-mile radius. This hotel is not within easy walking distance of Duquesne University, so guests staying at the Hilton should plan to use the hotel shuttle, public transportation or their own vehicle to attend the events on the Duquesne campus.
To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate, access our event reservation page.
Cancellation: Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office by June 8 will receive a refund less the nonrefundable $75 deposit. Refunds will be processed after the Chant Intensive course has concluded. Any requests for cancellation after June 8 will only be processed if a replacement from the waiting list is able to take your place. We expect this course to fill quickly, so don’t delay.
Wilko Brouwers of the Netherlands will be the instructor for the Chant Intensive course this summer. He has taught both chant and polyphony at the CMAA Colloquia since 2004 and has developed a loyal following among CMAA program attendees. We are indeed fortunate that his schedule will allow him to also teach this course.
Wilko Brouwers has conducted the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht since 1989 and the Strijps Kamerkoor Eindhoven since 2004. He is also currently the director of the Gregorian Schola of St. Benedictus Abbey in Achel, Belgium, a post he has held for the last eight years. His original compositions have been published and recorded.
As a music educator, Wilko Brouwers teaches choral conducting at the Utrecht Art Center in the Netherlands. Internationally, he has taught workshops on Gregorian chant in Auburn, Alabama, Still River, Massachusetts, and Pamplona, Spain. Brouwers is the author of Stepping Tones, a method of sight reading for elementary schools and children’s choirs based on the Ward Method. His Words with Wings: Gregorian Chant for Children in Twenty Lessons has been published by the Church Music Association of America, with both student and teacher’s workbooks and demonstration CDs. Brouwers also writes on chant, music education, vocal training, and choral repertoire for a number of Dutch and European music journals.
Dr. Ann Labounsky is widely known, both in the United States and in Europe, as a virtuoso performer and improviser at the organ and particularly as a leading American disciple of Jean Langlais. From 1962 to 1964 she lived and studied in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. There, as an organ student of André Marchal and Jean Langlais, she immersed herself in the French organ tradition, studying many of Langlais’s organ compositions with the composer, and playing them for him on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. In 1964, as Langlais’s student at the Schola Cantorum, she was awarded Diplôme de Virtuosité with Mention Maximum in both performance and improvisation, the first American organist to be so honored.
Labounsky has been a frequent concert performer on two continents, including a number of recitals on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. Her performances have been broadcast over the French National Radio, as well as public radio stations in the United States. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ were earned at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. She also holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of a biography of Langlais, Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, (Amadeus Press, 2000). In celebration of the centennial of Jean Langlais in 2007, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists produced a DVD entitled Life and Music of Jean Langlais for which she was the narrator and performer at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California.
Labounsky holds the position of Organ Artist in Residence at First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. For more information about Dr. Labounsky, visit her website.
Graduate and undergraduate music students may receive credit for their attendance at CMAA Colloquia and Chant Intensive courses.
Recommended Text, available for purchase at the course: Gregorian Missal or Graduale Romanum. Please bring your own copy or make plans to purchase one at registration.
Presenting Two Courses in One Venue:
2015 Winter Chant Intensive and “Sing the Mass,” a Course for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians, at the Cathedral of SS Simon and Jude in Phoenix, Arizona, January 5-8, 2015
The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, beginners and intermediate chanters should be prepared for full immersion from the start. You will learn or review how to read and fully navigate all aspects of traditional Gregorian notation (square notes).
The course will also address correct Latin pronunciation, the sound and mystery of the eight Church modes,
The fifth annual Musica Sacra St. Louis conference will explore “The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary” and “English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers”. Instructors include Dr. William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University; and Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of St. Louis.
The conference is open to all who have an interest in the history and application of music in the liturgy; music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests and deacons, religious, seminarians, etc.
Various publications in the past few years attest to a growing interest in the office of Compline, including Kenneth Peterson’s Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline and The Song of Prayer: A Practical Guide to Learning Gregorian Chant. These, and other resources, will be part of a Paraclete Press table at the August 22-23 Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium, itself dedicated to the office of Compline.
In addition to chant, workshop sessions will also introduce lesser-known but beautiful Compline-oriented polyphonic works, including a Salva nos by Palestrina. For more information about the colloquium, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, see www.gregorian.ca. The registration deadline is August 15, 2014.
The summer of 2014 . . .
marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Church Music Association of America and its journal Sacred Music. This will be the focus of celebration at Colloquium XXIV in Indianapolis, June 30–July 6, 2014.
It is not as if this were a new society, even then, far from it. It was an amalgamation of the Society of St. Cecilia (1874) and the Society of St. Gregory (1913). In view of the importance music played in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council, church musicians of the two societies saw the need to join forces to take advantage of the directions the council had indicated for the integration of the treasury of sacred music with substantive participation of the people in the sacred action: the great heritage of Gregorian chant and classical polyphony should enhance the participation of believers in the action of Christ in the Mass, and this should form a precedent for the composition of new sacred music. And so at a meeting in late September 1964, at Boys Town, Nebraska, members of these societies together established the CMAA as a continuation of their groups.
Soon after, new directions in Catholic Church music emerged that were not entirely in accord with the prescriptions of the council: the use of styles borrowed from popular music and so-called “folk music”
Did you know you can receive graduate credit through Duquesne University’s summer music program for participating in the 2014 Sacred Music Colloquium or summer Chant Intensive?
See the complete listing of all Duquesne’s summer program’s credit courses here.
Get complete details on the summer Chant Intensive. Registration ends May 1.
Get complete details on the Colloquium. Early-bird registration (with significant price discount) ends March 31.
Perhaps you are wondering why you should attend a Chant Intensive course.
Here is the goal of the course:
To develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for Gregorian chant performance. As a participant in the Chant Intensive course, you will understand basic Gregorian chant theory according to the Solesmes and other methods, and be able to transfer this knowledge from the written page to live performance as a singer or conductor in liturgy.
This course is where you can learn how to be an effective singer and/or conductor of chant for your own program wherever you live. Since Vatican II, it is not so easy to find a chant expert in your hometown. Learning the finer points of singing and/or directing chant is a lonely goal if you don’t happen to be lucky enough to have a teacher near you. This course allows you to gain the knowledge you need to either sing in a schola or start your own chant group as a director. Whether you just want to be able to sing the new English Missal chants effectively or you want to work toward the goal of singing the Latin propers from the Graduale, this course is for you.
While offering much information about the theoretical concepts, the course is geared toward live performance of chant. You will learn:
1. Reading the four-line staff ● Clefs ● Principles of Solfege ● Basic Neumes ● More complex neumes ● Bar lines
2. Introduction to Chant Rhythm ● Solesmes Method history and application ● Principles of Arsis and Thesis ● The Ictus ● Counting ● Alternative approaches Semiology overview
3. The Gregorian Modes ● Basic Modal structure: Finals, Dominants, Ranges ● The Major Modes ● The Minor Modes
4. Mass Ordinaries ● The Kyriale ● Mass settings in English
5. Mass Propers ● The Gregorian Propers ● English Alternatives
6. The Art of Psalmody ● Antiphonal singing ● Pointing the Psalms
7. Chant Hymns ● Singing the Divine Office
8. Mass preparation for June 12, 2014 (Duquesne University Chapel, 5:00pm) ● Ordinary of the Mass (Mass TBD) ● Propers for the Solemnity of Pentecost
Textbooks include the Gregorian Missal (Solesmes) and the Parish Book of Chant (CMAA).
If you have put off making the trip to take this course in the past, make this the year for intensively studying chant. Registration for Summer Chant Intensive is still open, so register today. The dates for this year’s Summer Chant Intensive are June 9-12, 2014. The course will be held again at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. For more information about the instructors and details regarding registration, visit this page.
We’ve posted the Preliminary Schedule of events for Colloquium XXIV, to be held in Indianapolis, IN June 30 – July 6, 2014. Registration is open. Find more information about the event and plan to join us! We’ll be celebrating the 4th of July together, including the city’s wonderful fireworks display viewed from the 9th Floor of the hotel on the pool deck.
SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM XXIV
June 30-July 6, 2014
You are invited to experience the Sacred Music Colloquium, the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world. Our 2014 program offers new and expanded opportunities for learning, singing, listening, and interacting with the best minds and musicians in the Catholic world today!