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.

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.

New Music Reading Session

There is a new music reading session on Saturday of the Sacred Music Colloquium. If you have a piece of music you would like to submit for inclusion in the 2009 new music volume, please send it to newmusic@musicasacra.com in PDF format by June 10. Each composer may submit up to two pieces, for a total limit of 15 pages. A piece is either a motet or a Mass movement, Latin- or English-texted; hymns are permitted but not encouraged. In your e-mail, be sure to include your contact information for inclusion in the book. As this is a composers’ forum as much as a reading session, participation is limited to registered Colloquium participants. There is a $20 submission fee, paid through paypal or by check to our programs office (address in the footer of this page). The fee covers the cost of printing the volume, and saves you from having to make 200 copies of each of your submitted compositions.

Registration deadlines upon us

The May 1st registration deadline for the Chant Intensive has passed. We can squeeze a few more in, but you need to register this week. As for the Sacred Music Colloquium the registration and payment deadlines are May 15th. Register now to reserve your spot.

Summer Programs filling up

The CMAA’s nineteenth annual Sacred Music Colloquium is filling up in record numbers. The registration deadline is still two months away, but rooms are going quickly. In fact, if you were planning on attending and staying in a single room, be advised that as of today there are only 25 rooms remaining at the lower price. Register today.

Still haven’t decided? One look at this year’s playlist is sure to sway you. Buchholz conducting Haydn with orchestra? Brouwers conducting a polyphonic Requiem? Turkington conducting the Byrd for Five? Countless treasures await us, including lectures by Dr. William Mahrt and Fr. Frank Phillips, an organ recital by Brother Jonathan Ryan of St. John Cantius, a new motet by Chicago’s own Kevin Allen, not to mention fellowship with old friends and new.

Don’t forget that the week before the Colloquium Scott Turkington will be teaching the second annual Summer Chant Intensive. Graduates of his week long courses are changing the shape of music in parishes all over the country. The deadline for registration is May 1st.

If there is someone you know who isn’t quite convinced he should be attending, consider giving him (or her!) Jeffrey Tucker’s book, Sing Like a Catholic. Proceeds from all sales go directly into the Colloquium scholarship fund. Purchase the book here.

Sound files from Colloquium 2008

Here is Ave Maria by Anton Bruckner, sung as the recessional to the final Mass of the Sacred Music Colloquium XVIII, with 240 singers conducted by Horst Buchholz, sung at Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University, June 22, 2008, recorded by Corpus Christi Watershed.

Here are more sound files.

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

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