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.

Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education – National Conference March 10-11 in New York

GC LogoNational Conference: “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education”

  • Friday, March 10 – Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), Yonkers, New York
  • $75 registration for both days, or $50 for one-day registration
  • Meal package available
  • Registration deadline – February 1

What role does the Church’s treasury of sacred music play in contemporary pastoral ministry and religious education? How does one build a sacred music program of excellence which serves as an integral part of the sacred liturgy and is also effective both in drawing souls to Christ and forming people in the Catholic faith? This national conference will bring together clergy, seminarians, scholars, musicians, teachers, and Catholic school administrators to consider the place of Gregorian chant and excellent choral music in the life of the Catholic Church in America today. The conference seeks to inspire attendees with ideas for starting or continuing to develop sacred music programs of excellence in Catholic parishes and schools. The conference organizers also hope to encourage discussion about the vitality and necessity of beauty and sacred music in the catechesis and formation of Catholics, as well as in the evangelization of non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics.

This two-day conference will feature:

  • Keynote addresses by Msgr. Robert Skeris, Fr. Christopher Smith, and Mark Langley
  • Presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on topics related to the conference theme
  • Masses and the sung Divine Office with distinguished children’s and parish choirs
  • Opportunities for informal discussions

Topics include:

  • Sacred Music in Spanish-Speaking Communities
  • Chant Camp for Parishes
  • Pastoral Care of Musicians
  • Pastoral Implications of Vernacular Chant
  • Parish Youth Orchestra and Conservatory For a Diverse Neighborhood
  • Mystagogical Catechesis and Sacred Music
  • The Schola Cantorum as an Integral Part of the Catholic School
  • A Practical Perspective in Starting an After-school Children’s Choir Program
  • Gregorian Chant as a Unifying Force in Multiethnic Parishes
  • Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
  • Forthcoming English Translations of Hymnody of the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Musical Literacy and Liturgy
  • The Role of Beauty and Chant in Spiritual Formation
  • The Dollars and “Sense” of Catholic Education
  • Training Choristers according to the English Cathedral Tradition and Royal School of Church Music
  • Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
  • Gregorian Chant in a Small Rural Parish
  • The Ward Method of Music Instruction

Presenters include: Dr. Mary Jane Ballou, Dr. Francis Brancaleone, Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Heitor Caballero, Colleen Crafton, Fr. Richard Cipolla, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, Fr. David M. Friel, Raymond Henderson, Dr. Aaron James, Fr. Robert Johansen, Lisa Knutson, Nathan Knutson, Alexis Kutarna, Frs. Robin Kwan and Kevin Mann, SJC, Dr. Ann Labounsky, Nicholas Lemme, Mary Catherine Levri, Dr. Crista Miller, Joel Morehouse, James Monti, Dr. Jared Ostermann, Kurt Poterack, Dr. Ronald Prowse, Laurence Rosania, Jonathan Ryan, Dr. Edward Schaefer, Dr. Samuel A. Schmitt, Fr. Innocent Smith, OP, Students of the Atonement Academy, Dr. Jay Swain, Fr. Jon Tveit, Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, The Ward Centre of Richmond, Virginia, Nicholas Will, Gustavo Zayas, and Amy Zuberbuler.

Winter Sacred Music Book – Available for Download

The Music Book for the cover-front 2017 WINTER SACRED MUSIC (Birmingham, AL, January 2-6, 2017) is now available online!

You’ll receive a printed copy when you check in to registration in Birmingham, but you can get a look at it here in advance.


There is still time to register for Winter Sacred Music… come and join us in Birmingham in January and make some beautiful music.


WINTER SACRED MUSIC WEBPAGE (for all the details).

Winter Sacred Music 2017 – Birmingham, AL



Make plans now to join the CMAA in Birmingham, Alabama in the New Year! The Winter Sacred Music program for 2017 will be a great way to start the new year.

Study Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony with Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins, attend breakout sessions with Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President.

Wednesday evening features an Early Music concert with the Highland Consort.

For all the details, visit our webpage: WINTER SACRED MUSIC

Early Registration has been extended… so sign up today!


Fall Sacred Music Retreat | Vancouver, WA

st-james-greater-croppedFALL SACRED MUSIC RETREAT

OCTOBER 7-8, 2016 | Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater
218 W. 12th St., Vancouver, Washington 98660

A Two-Day Introduction and Continuing Education of the Church’s Sacred Music:

The curriculum will be centered around learning the different areas of music within the Mass (Propers, Ordinaries, and sacred polyphony accessible to any choir) and enhancing the vocal technique required to attain such music. Lectures will also touch on the Sacred Liturgy as a whole, and the role music must play in returning to a proper understanding of the Mass.


Open to all choir directors and church musicians of any level:
$20 for individuals
$100 for parish choirs up to 15 members
$150 for parish choirs over 15 members

Register by October 1, 2016 by visiting


Friday, October 7th
5:00 pm: Check-in and Welcoming
5:30 pm: Opening Lecture: The Spirit of the Sacred Liturgy, Scott Powell
6:30 pm: Sung Vespers for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: First Rehearsal

Saturday, October 8th
9:00 am: Sung Votive Mass to the BVM by the St. James Collegium Musicum
10:00 am: Breakfast (provided) and Lecture: Singing THE Mass, not Singing AT Mass, Scott Powell
11:00 am: Voice Technique Part 1, Andrew Steele
12:00 pm: Second Rehearsal (with small break for lunch)
2:00 pm: Split Sessions: Vocal Technique 2, Andrew Steele
Q&A and Presentation for Music Directors, Scott Powell
3:30 pm: Final Rehearsal
5:00 pm: Sung Vigil Mass by all conference participants
6:00 pm: Farewell Reception




Scott Powell – Pastoral Assistant of Music and Liturgy, Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. Director and Organist of the St. James Collegium Musicum


Andrew Steele – Baritone and Vocal Coach, Pastoral Assistant of Faith Formation of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater

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

Gregorian Institute of Canada – Chant Colloquium 2016

Member-College-Main-St-Augustine_0-300x188CHANT COLLOQUIUM 2016
August 11-14, 2016
Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto

The Gregorian Institute of Canada is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has traveled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant.

The colloquium also includes a series of scholarly papers in honour of the late Andrew Hughes, renowned Canadian chant scholar and Professor at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the workshops and lectures, there will be daily offices and Sunday mass sung with Gregorian Chant.

The Program and Registration Form are online at .

Register Now for Sacred Music Workshop II

chattanooga-aSoutheastern Sacred Music’s Summer Workshop | July 22-23, 2016 | Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga, TN

UPDATE: Register before JULY 10th!! Late Registrations will continue to be accepted after July 10th as space allows!

See updated information about the workshop here: WORKSHOP UPDATE

The workshop begins on Friday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The program includes chant sessions, rehearsals for Mass, a chanted Vespers service, and an organ recital.

See the latest article by Andrew Leung about the Basilica where the upcoming event will be held here: A Guardian of the Sacred Tradition in the South


For more information, visit the Southeastern Sacred Music website, email Maria Rist, or call 865-335-0588.

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

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