Church Music Association of America

Upcoming Church Music Events

The CMAA is pleased to post information about your sacred music event. Contact us for details. See the forum for more church music events. If you are thinking of organizing a workshop, here are some practical suggestions, including a link to information on how to create your own online registration form.

Announcing Winter Sacred Music 2017


Winter Sacred Music 2017 | January 2-6, 2017 | Birmingham, AL

Get all the details about the upcoming Winter Sacred Music program at the program webpage and make plans to join us there. Join directors Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins for five days of Chant and Polyphony at the lovely Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham. Registration is now available. Space for this program will be limited, so make your plans to join us now.

Winter Sacred Music Webpage

Colloquium Music Book Available for Download

Hot Off the Presses…


Photo courtesy of Rene Zajner

…take a look through the Colloquium Music book before you get to St. Louis. Although you’ll receive a nicely printed copy at registration, you can see it online now.

Download the book here:

2016 Colloquium book–larger, high-resolution pdf (24 megabytes)
2016 Colloquium book–smaller, low-resolution pdf (10 megabytes)

For all the details about the event, visit the Colloquium details page here:
Colloquium Details


Still thinking about the CMAA Summer Chant Courses?

Regular registration for the 2016 Summer Chant courses ends May 31st. Save late fees by registering now! We have a few spaces still available for each course.

During the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016, the CMAA and the Mary Pappert Music School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are hosting two courses.

The Summer Chant Intensive is focused on directing skills this summer. Join Wilko Brouwers in developing your directing skills in a 5-day course on conducting chant. See all the details about the course at our Summer Chant Course webpage.

Ward I – That All May Sing is offered for the first time by the CMAA. Scott Turkington will share his expertise in the Ward Method during the course which also runs June 27 – July 1. For all the details, visit our Summer Chant Course webpage.

If you have questions about the courses, or want to check availability, please contact us at

Announcing Southeastern Sacred Music’s Summer Workshop



Mark your calendar:

Summer Sacred Music Workshop II

Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, 2016
The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Building on the success of the 2015 workshop held at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in Jasper, Ga, Southeastern Sacred Music invites you to join them again for the 2016 workshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Whether you are a singer, a choir director, priest, deacon, or seminarian, this one-and-a-half day workshop is an ideal opportunity for you to:

  • learn to read and sing Gregorian chant (or further develop your chanting ability), under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Donelson,
  • gain the skills and tools to immediately improve your parish music program, guided by the wisdom of the Second Vatican Council, and
  • explore repertory options (many of them available at no cost) for the Ordinary Form of the Mass, no matter what your parish or choir situation, and
  • study special topics including sacred polyphony, use of the organ, restoring Catholic tradition to the funeral Mass, and a session for clergy with Father David Carter, and
  • participate in a solemn Vespers and solemn sung Mass, and hear the Basilica’s majestic pipe organ in recital.

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Announcing Musica Sacra Florida’s 2016 Chant Conference

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MusicaSacra Florida – 8th Annual Gregorian Chant Conference

Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21, 2016
at Saint Mark the Evangelist Church, Tampa, FL

The Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) is pleased to announce the 8th annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.

The Conference will include:

“Gregorian Chant as the Basis for Choral Excellence” (Larry Kent)

“Starting with English Chant” (Mary Jane Ballou)

“A Guide to Square Notation” (Susan Treacy)

“Basic Training in Chant for Priests & Deacons” (Fr. Patrick Hough, S.J.)

Chant Choirs
Scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), advanced men, advanced women

Opening Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening. Music provided by the Florida Pro Musica Schola.
Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening (anticipated Sunday Mass) with English & Latin chants provided by conference participants

For all the details about the conference and how to register, visit:

Conference – Dallas TX – May 19-21, 2016

Saint Rita with stigmata“High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression”

A conference for Catholic musicians, artists, and writers, May 19-21 in Dallas, TX, is now open for registration. “High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression” culminates with the world premiere of a 90-minute work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists by Frank La Rocca entitled “A Rose in Winter.” All events will take place on the campus of St.Rita Catholic Community, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244.

The conference focuses on the relevance of beauty in life and liturgy, the continuing tradition of the commissioning and creation of great art by and for the Church, and the issues of sainthood in our daily lives. Attendees will also have free admission to the world premiere, an organ recital by Stefan Engels, and sung Vespers. Some meals will be provided.

Presenters will include:

–Frank La Rocca, composer
–Matthew Lickona, librettist
–Alfred Calabrese, conductor
–David Clayton, artist, and author of “The Way of Beauty”
Fr. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A, prior provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and former director of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia.
–an organ recital by Stefan Engels
–masterclasses for conductors, composers, and writers
–four outstanding American soloists


The cost for the conference is unbelievably low, just $55 for all three days for the general public.


Announcing the CMAA Summer Chant Courses


Summer Chant Courses for 2016!
June 27-July 1, 2016
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


Ward I – That All May Sing

Results from our Colloquium survey last summer indicated that our membership is clamoring for more information and training about teaching children. Covering the topics in one-hour breakout sessions at a Colloquium, no matter how valuable, isn’t sufficient time to allow participants to gain the skills needed.

In response, for the first time, we will be offering a beginning course in the Ward method* concurrent with our Chant Intensive course.

The five-day course will be taught by Scott Turkington, providing training to allow participants to teach groups of children using these tried and true methods. Read the entire description at our Summer Chant webpage.

Gain the skills and tools you need to begin teaching the Catholic leaders of tomorrow to sing using Justine Ward’s methods.

Ward method materials including Teacher’s Manual, Student Workbook, Teacher’s Workbook, pitch pipe, and Red/Green pointer stick will be provided for each participant.

* The CMAA Ward Course does not have any official Ward accreditation and is not affiliated with the Center for Ward Studies.


homeslider-oldmainSummer Chant Intensive for Directors

The CMAA has offered Chant Intensive courses since 2008. Each year, new attendees take the knowledge home and use it in their home parishes, increasing their skill level and sharing the information with others. What has been a consistent request from CMAA program attendees has been more information and training on effective chant direction. This summer’s Chant Intensive will do just that.

This course (Monday – Friday) will be taught by Wilko Brouwers, focusing on directing techniques for current and prospective chant directors. Through the use of:

General directing exercises,
Individual practice with the choir group (participants choose their own chant pieces), and
Video analysis,

… participants in the directing course will gain knowledge and practical experience during the 5-day course. The class will have two sections — for prospective directors and for singers — see the complete description at our Summer Chant Course webpage.

The basics of chant will not be taught in this course, other than as illustrations for the directing course.

Because of the nature of our summer course offerings, we must limit class sizes to allow time for adequate interaction with the instructors.

So… if you have been waiting for the opportunity to study with a master director to gain the skill and confidence to direct your own schola or would like to gain the skills to improve the sound of your choir, please make plans to join us this summer in Pittsburgh.

If you prefer to mail in your registration, please download a registration form for your preferred course from the webpage and mail it to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. Please contact Janet Gorbitz if you have questions about the summer courses at


Conference Music Book Uploaded – Winter Sacred Music 2016


Winter Sacred Music 2016 – Houston, TX January 4-8, 2016

Download and preview the Music Book for the CMAA’s Winter Sacred Music 2016 today! The entire repertory is now available online!

MUSIC BOOK – Winter Sacred Music 2016

Still deciding about joining us in Houston? Don’t delay. Register now and avoid late fees.

2015 Tournemire Conference

Tournemire-2015Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  in collaboration with
The Church Music Association of America
and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


The Aesthetics and Pedagogy of Charles Tournemire:
L’Orgue mystique

featuring Richard Spotts
and the new Dan Jaeckel organ
in the Duquesne university Chapel of the Holy Spirit

November 20-23, 2015

Duquesne University will hold a conference exploring the legacy of Charles Tournemire’s L’Orgue mystique on November 20-23, 2015 on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Most of the events will happen on Monday, November 23rd.

Registration, conference schedule and details about hotel accommodations are available by downloading this document. For more information about registration, please contact: Vera Metz at or by phone at (412) 396-6080. Forms may also be sent by fax at (412) 396-5479. Please address any questions to Benjamin Cornelius-Bates at


Conference Schedule

Friday, November 20:
Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit
9:00-11:30 AM: Masterclass on Tournemire’s l’Orgue mystique by Richard Spotts and organ students of Duquesne University.

Sunday, November 22:
Extraordinary Form Mass, Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit
2:00 PM: Richard Spotts, organ, L’Orgue mystique office 51 (Last Sunday after Pentecost), Duquesne Schola Cantorum, Jacob Temple, conductor, Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., celebrant, Servers from the Latin Mass Community.

4:00 PM Organ Artist Series, Jonathan Rudy, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Shadyside – $12, not included in convention fee

Dinner in the Downtown or Oakland area

8:00 PM Choral Compline, Heinz Chapel, Oakland

Monday, November 23:
Lectures, Mary Pappert School of Music
8:30 AM: Registration, Mary Pappert School of Music, lobby, 3rd Floor

9:30: Welcome Ann Labounsky, Chair of Organ and Sacred Music, Room 322
9:30 – 10:30: Richard Spotts: “An Introduction to L’Orgue mystique: practical aspects of performance”

10:45 – 11:45: Ann Labounsky and Kevin Lyczak: “Practical aspects in teaching Tournemire’s styles of Improvisations“

12 Noon: Lunch served in the lobby, 3rd Floor

1:15 – 2:15: Benjamin Cornelius Bates: “Spectral Implications in Tournemire’s L’Orgue mystique”

2:45 – 3:45: Kevin Faulkner: “Recent Research in Charles Tournemire’s Music: A new Biography”

3:45 – 5:00: Open consoles on the new organs in 314 and 216

(The Conference/AGO Chapter will divide into two groups, attending one session in each room)
5:00-5:30 Demonstration of the new organ in 314 and 216; first session; Peter Luley and Joseph Tuttle
5:38-6:15 Demonstration of the new organ in 314 and 216; second session

6:30 Dinner on the fifth floor of the Power Center

7:45 Peter Luley: “Practical tips for maintaining organs,” Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

8:00-9:00 Richard Spotts; Program of l’Orgue mystique

The official language of the conference is English.

Sacred Liturgy Conference – Portland, OR


Sacred Liturgy Conference: The beauty and spiritual treasures of the liturgy

Saint Stephen Catholic Church and Schola Cantus Angelorum in Portland, Oregon are sponsoring a Sacred Liturgy Conference October 29 – November 2, 2015.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics ranging from The Bishop as Guarantor of the Liturgy, Papal Legislation on Sacred Music, Active Participation in the Eucharist, Monastic Life: Virtues and the Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Space and sacred Architecture and other topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the outstanding faculty including:

Jesson Mata, Director, Office of Divine Worship
Rev. John J. Boyle, JCL
Rev. John Paul II, OSB
Rev. Paul Thomas, OSB, JCD
Rev. Eric Andersen, MA, STB
Lynne Bissonnette-Pitre, MD, PhD
Rev. Theodore Lange, STL
Francisco Romero, PhD
Indra Rustandi, PhD
The Most Reverend Alexander Sample, JCL, DD
Rev. Pius Harding, OSB

The Conference opens with a Votive Mass of the Most Holy Eucharist (OF) followed by one lecture and compline on Thursday evening, October 29th. On Friday, October 30th, participants will hear a full day of lectures, after which attendees will participate in a Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King (EF), followed by Compline. Saturday morning, October 31st begins with a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OF), followed by more lecture sessions. The day concludes with Vespers of All Saints. On Sunday, Nov. 1st, participants can participate in Lauds and the Mass of All Saints (OF) with Archbishop Alexander Sample. On Monday, November 2nd, the conference will conclude with the Mass of All Souls (EF) in the evening.

To find out more specifics about the schedule, accommodations, and how to register for the conference, download this form . Online information is also available at: and For information by telephone, contact Marlina Natalia at (971) 220-2750. Don’t delay; space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

More information on events is at our past events archive page.

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