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.

Winter Chant Intensive 2012

2012 Winter Chant Intensive January 4-6, 2012, at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas. Sponsored by CMAA Houston. Full immersion classes for men and women; culminating in an OF, chanted Mass on Friday. Read more.

Colloquium Schedule Posted

The schedule for the Sacred Music Colloquium is now posted.

New Orleans in January 2011: Chant Intensive

The CMAA’s Winter Chant Intensive is in New Orleans: January 3-7, 2011. All details here.

2010 Chant Practicum at Houston Cathedral

Presenting the CMAA Fall Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, Texas. The dates are October 21-23, 2010.

This educational and liturgical event coincides with the installation of the new Martin Pasi Opus XIX Pipe Organ, which will be used to accompany the liturgies during this event.

The Practicum features chant instruction by chant legend Scott Turkington, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, SC (Beginning Chant for Men); renowned scholar William Mahrt, Stanford University and president of the CMAA (Advanced Chant for Men and Women); Arlene Oost-Zinner, CMAA and St. Cecilia Schola (Beginning Chant for Women); Rev. Robert Pasley, Pastor, Mater Ecclesia (Training for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians); Jeffrey Tucker, Managing Editor, Sacred Music; Author Sing Like a Catholic (Lecture).

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Pittsburgh is for Composers

As has become custom, the Colloquium in Pittsburgh will feature a new music reading session on Saturday, June 26, 2010. If you have a piece of music you would like to submit for possible performance by the group at large at the session, please send it to newmusic@musicasacra.com in PDF format (limited to 15 pages) by May 15, 2010. Your submission will be published in the New Music Session 2010 packet. You must be a registered participant of the Colloquium in order to have your work included. There is a $20 submission fee, payable via paypal or by check to our programs office: CMAA Programs, 166 North Gay St., #19, Auburn, AL 36830.

Chant goes south for the winter

In the best possible way. This year’s Winter Chant Intensive will be held in beautiful and historic Charleston, SC. The dates are January 4-8, 2010. The host venue for the classes and the closing Mass is the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist. As always, the course is limited to fifty participants and it sure to fill up quickly.

Pilgrimage Novena begins today – Friday, September 18

Please remember to start saying the Novena in Honor of the Immaculate Conception this Friday, September 18th. We will conclude the Novena in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Upper Church of the Shrine on Friday and Saturday, September 25 and 26th.

Also, please be advised that the EF Mass on Saturday, September 26 is a Votive Mass for the Blessed Virgin Mary and is not intended to fulfill your Sunday obligation. Please take this into consideration when making your plans for the weekend. We will have a list of Mass times at the Shrine and neighboring churches available at the Pilgrimage for those of you coming from afar.

Chant Classes in San Diego

CMAA member and seasoned director Mary Ann Carr Wilson will be offering 10 FREE Gregorian chant classes Wednesdays Sept. 9- Nov. 11, 7:30-9pm. Classes will be held in the choir room at St. Anne’s parish in Logan Heights (621 Sicard St., San Diego, CA, 92113)

Course time will be spent reviewing basics of style and notation, working together on at least one Mass setting (Ordinary), and several beloved chant hymns. The class is open to anyone interested in learning this form of sung prayer, and has been announced in the Southern Cross and various bulletins. Though classes will be taught sequentially, people can come and drop in at any time.

Feel free to include this notice in your parish bulletin or pass this along to anyone you think might be interested. Please write if you have further questions.

Sep 2009: Fall Pilgrimage: Gregorian Chant at the National Shrine, Washington, D.C.

Details and registration information here

Monteverdi Motets, Vocal Pedagogy, and what, Chironomy?

It’s all part of Sacred Music Colloquium XIX, coming up in a few weeks at Loyola University. Aside from daily chant (five scholas!) and polyphony (five choirs!) rehearsals, this year we’re featuring breakout sessions that go into more depth in the areas you’ve asked for. The difficulty for most of us will be deciding which to attend. More details can be found here.

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

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