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CMAA Summer Courses

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CMAA SUMMER COURSES:
June 27 – July 1, 2016,
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

The CMAA is proud to present two new summer courses for the summer of 2016. Both courses will be held concurrently at the Mary Pappert Music School at Duquesne University.

Chant Intensive – Directing Chant and Ward Method I – That All May Sing

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CHANT INTENSIVE FOR CHANT DIRECTORS

This course (Monday – Friday) will be taught by Wilko Brouwers, focusing on directing techniques for current and prospective chant directors. While we have offered basic chironomy courses and breakouts on the subject of direction at our annual Colloquia, the schedule of the Colloquium never allows enough time to delve into the technique of effective direction of chant, the underlying principles, resources, and analysis, interpretation and expression of chant direction. This course will fill that need. This course is one day longer in duration than the chant intensive course in recent course offerings to allow an in-depth study of directing.

Content and Topics:

Making the choir start: an invitation for breathing
Ascendental movement
Binary and ternary movement
Arsis and thesis
The rhythmic theory of Dom Mocquereau: possibilities and interpretation
Intepreting the pausa signs
Practical use of the Graduale Triplex
Analysis, interpretation and expression: possibilities and limitations

Method:

General directing exercises
Individual practice with the choir group (participants choose their own chant pieces)
Video analysis
Participants may be chosen to conduct one chant piece in the final concert

Required and recommended books:

Graduale Romanum (required)
Gregorian Missal (recommended)
Graduale Triplex (recommended)

Participants may bring their own copies of the required and recommended books to the course or may purchase them at the registration table before the start of the course.

Course Schedule

Prerequisites for the Course:

Participants must be able to sight-read any Gregorian chant piece with solfege.
Participants prepare three (3) chant pieces (free choice) from the Propers, one of which they can sing by heart.
Read the following pdf file on semiology in preparation for the course:
Sacred Music – Semiology

Notes: This course will be limited to no more than 20 participants.

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED

CHANT INTENSIVE FOR CHANT SINGERS

While this year’s CMAA Chant Intensive is about conducting chant, the course is open not only to directors, but also to experienced chant singers who wish to observe and learn about conducting, but without participating in conducting the group during the week. This course is one day longer in duration than the chant intensive course in recent course offerings to allow an in-depth study of directing.

Description:

Not quite ready to begin directing your own schola? Perhaps you are an experienced singer who would like to gain knowledge about directing without the stress of directing in front of the class.

If this is your situation, you can participate in the course as a singer. You will sing not only under the direction of Wilko Brouwers, but also under the direction of various participants who are developing their conducting skills. You’ll be able to observe the conducting techniques Wilko shares, as well as how they are put into use by various class participants.  In learning the underlying conducting principles, you’ll also increase your skills as a singer. Your feedback to the participants and your voices will greatly enhance the course for all.

Required and recommended books:

Graduale Romanum (required)
Gregorian Missal (recommended)
Graduale Triplex (recommended)

Participants may bring their own copies of the required and recommended books to the course or may purchase them at the registration table before the start of the course.

Course Schedule

Prerequisites for the course:

Participants must be able to sight-read any Gregorian chant piece with solfege and should have significant experience in singing chant. The basics of chant will not be taught in this course, other than as illustrations for the directing course.
Read the following pdf file on semiology in preparation for the course:
Sacred Music – Semiology

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED

Ward Method I – That All May Sing

For the first time, the CMAA is offering a beginning course in the Ward method developed by Justine Bayard Ward (1879 – 1975). This method was developed by Ward for the purpose of providing a basic integrated musical education for children in primary and intermediate grades of Catholic schools. The Ward Method has Gregorian Chant as its basis. Using her method, directors of children’s choirs may work toward the goal that all the children may sing — not just those with the most obvious natural talent.

The CMAA has offered short breakout sessions about the Ward method at Colloquia, but has not had the time available to provide the needed training for participants to take the methodology home to use with students before now. This summer’s course will provide training to allow participants to teach groups of children using these tried and true methods, including the planning and conducting of regular Ward lessons to groups of children.

A typical Ward lesson of approximately twenty minutes’ duration will contain these elements (as detailed in the Book One teacher’s manual):
• Vocal exercises (tone quality, timbre, voice placement)
• Rhythm (rhythm and metrical gestures and dictation)
• Staff notation (various systems)
• Dynamics – Expression
• Words – Song Texts
• Intonation – Pitch (Intonation exercises, eye and ear training, arm and finger gestures)
• Songs with and without words

Scott Turkington will share his training and experience in sharing the Ward method with participants in this course in the hope of preparing new generations of Catholics to sing in choirs, scholas and in actively participating in the parish liturgies as parishioners in the pews.

Description:

Participants will learn how to plan a lesson, teach a vocal exercise, help non-singers to find their singing voices, teach an intonation exercise, play “listening” games, play “look and remember” games, study rhythm patterns, give rhythm dictation, teach a song without words and teach a song with words.

Course Schedule

Prerequisites:
Prerequisite: Basic knowledge of music theory, including tonic sol-fa system.

Notes: This course will be limited to no more than 30 participants.
The CMAA Ward course does not have any official Ward accreditation and is not affiliated with the Center for Ward Studies.

Textbooks and teaching materials (a $65.50 retail value) will be provided to participants for the course.

ONLINE REGISTRATION CLOSED

FACULTY

mku monteverdikamerkoor utrecht (145 van 210)(1)Wilko Brouwers of the Netherlands joins us this year for Chant Intensive for Directors and Singers. 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.

turkington1Scott Turkington, Organist and Choirmaster of Holy Family Church and Holy Family Academy in Minneapolis, MN, joins us for Ward Method I – That All May Sing.

Prior to joining the staff at Holy Family in 2013, Turkington served as principal organist and choirmaster of the Roman Catholic Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, SC. Until 2010, he served as organist and choirmaster for the Roman Catholic Basilica of Saint John the Evangelist in Stamford, Connecticut, where he conducted a choir in a program of weekly polyphonic Mass settings and Gregorian chant. Before accepting the position at St. John’s in 1998, he was Assistant Organist and Conductor at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. While at the National Shrine, he played for over 500 services each year, and appeared on live national television dozens of times.

He has been Music Director at the Church of the Covenant in Boston; Music Teacher and Organist at St. Paul’s Choir School in Harvard Square, under Theodore Marier. A native of Minneapolis, he studied music at the University of Minnesota, the Boston Conservatory of Music and The Catholic University of America. His former teachers include Heinrich Fleischer, Phillip Steinhaus, and George Faxon.

In frequent demand as an organ recitalist, he has played innumerable recitals in the Northeast, having made his New York debut at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. He has performed for a national convention of the Organ Historical Society, and is a featured performer on the Organ Historical Society’s compact disc, Organs of Baltimore. In 1994, his choir performed for Pope John Paul II at St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

He is editor of A Gregorian Chant Masterclass by Theodore Marier, published by the Abbey of Regina Laudis in Bethlehem, Connecticut. This book and its companion CD feature the Stamford Schola Gregoriana and the nuns of Regina Laudis, both conducted by Turkington.

Registration Information – Mail-in

Mail-in and online registration can be completed now. To To register by mail and pay by check, complete the registration form for your desired course 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 call 505-263-6298 for questions about your member discount code if you have not received it. If you wish to pay your registration fees in installments, please use the mail-in form. Please note that payment must be made in full by March 31st for early bird tuition rates. NOTE: REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED.

Registration Form for Chant Intensive – Director

Registration Form for Chant Intensive – Singer

Registration Form for Ward I – That All May Sing

Tuition includes all sessions and supplemental materials as well as coffee breaks as described in the schedule. No meals are included in this tuition. All meals will be taken at the university dining hall.  Payment is made at the entrance to the dining hall on a pay-as-you-go basis. Ward Course participants will receive all course materials upon arrival. Chant Intensive participants may bring their own copies of the required and recommended books to the course or may purchase them at the registration table before the start of the course. The week’s events will culminate with a concert/demonstration at the Seminary Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Friday, July 1st.

Ward I Tuition:

Early Registration (deadline: March 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $350, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $400. Payment must be made in full by March 31st to receive this rate.

Regular Registration (deadline: May 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $400, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $450. Payment must be made in full by May 31st to receive this rate.

Note: ONLINE LATE Registration is now CLOSED.

Space is limited for the courses, but late registrations will be accepted if space is available after May 31, 2016. The late registration fee is $50. To inquire about registration after June 7, email us at programs@musicasacra.com.

Chant Intensive – Director Tuition:

Early Registration (deadline: March 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $300, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $350. Payment must be made in full by March 31st to receive this rate.

Regular Registration (deadline: May 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $350, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $400. Payment must be made in full by May 31st to receive this rate.

Note: ONLINE LATE Registration is now CLOSED.

Space is limited for the courses, but late registrations will be accepted if space is available after May 31, 2016. The late registration fee is $50.

Chant Intensive – Singer Tuition:

Early Registration (deadline: March 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $275, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $325. Payment must be made in full by March 31st to receive this rate.

Regular Registration (deadline: May 31, 2016) for CMAA members is $325, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $375. Payment must be made in full by May 31st to receive this rate.

Note: ONLINE LATE Registration is now CLOSED.

Space is limited for the courses, but late registrations will be accepted if space is available after May 31, 2016. The late registration fee is $50. UPDATE: We can not accept any more late registrations.

COURSE CREDIT AT DUQUESNE

See the Duquesne University Summer Course offerings for information about taking these courses for credit. If you have questions about how to register through the university, please contact Dr. Ann Labounsky. For students taking the course for credit, CMAA tuition is waived. However, due to the limited number of spaces, please contact Janet Gorbitz at 505-263-6298 to reserve a spot before registering through Duquesne.

DORMITORY LODGING

Dormitory lodging is available on the Duquesne University campus within easy walking distance of the Mary Pappert Music School. Participants will stay at the Des Places Living Learning Center on the Duquesne campus. Temporary parking is available on Seitz Street while you unload your belongings. The entrance desk will be secured with round the clock desk staff and equipped with ID card access, so late arrivals are no problem. You can access a campus map by visiting the Duquesne University website here: Campus Map.

The dormitory offers free wifi (login information to be provided to registered participants by email).

The rooms are arranged in suite arrangements, with two or three rooms sharing a bath between. Rooms are single or double occupancy. Linens will be provided, including sheets, one pillowcase, two bath towels, two washcloths, one pillow and one blanket. If you like to read before bedtime, bring a small book light for your convenience. If you have special medical or dietary needs and require a refrigerator in the room, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com immediately to reserve one of a limited supply. There is a $10 charge for a refrigerator rental. All residence halls are air-conditioned. The University is patrolled by sworn officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You may register for a single- or double-occupancy room for your stay. Rates are $50/night for a single or $40/night for a double, including linens. If you request a double (shared) room, please email us at programs@musicasacra.com with the name of your preferred roommate. If you do not designate a roommate, we will assign one to you.

On-campus parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Parking garage for all guests. The garage is covered and centrally located on campus. Guests may park in the garage on a cash basis or a parking permit may be established for their stay on campus. It is recommended that you park in the garage on cash basis when you arrive and then visit the parking office during regular office hours to purchase your parking pass for the week.

Parking Rates
Rates subject to change, printed rates are not guaranteed.

Weekday Parking: $12.00
Evening and Weekend Parking (after 5pm): $ 6.00

For any participants with mobility issues, there is handicapped parking available at Duquesne University around campus. You can find out where those parking spaces are located by visiting the Duquesne University website here. These spaces do require the purchase of a surface parking pass at the parking office. Rates are the same for surface parking passes as for parking garage passes. Guests must have a handicapped tag or plate to make use of these surface tags.

Dining Times and Locations
Options Cafe (5th Floor, Duquesne Union)
Monday – Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 – 9:00 am
Lunch: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday and Sunday
Brunch: 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Dinner: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Starbucks (2nd Floor Duquesne Union)
Monday – Friday
7:30 am – 5:00 pm
Saturday
7:30 am – 3:00 pm

Red Ring Restaurant (Forbes Avenue – Power Center)
Monday – Friday
11:00 am – 7:00 pm

CANCELLATIONS

Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office (by mail or email) by May 31st will receive a refund less the nonrefundable $75 deposit. Refunds will be processed after the Summer courses have concluded. Any requests for cancellation after May 31st will only be processed if a replacement from the waiting list is able to take your place.

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS

Hotel Accommodations are also available at the Marriott Pittsburgh City Center, 112 Washington Place, Pittsburgh, PA 15219, telephone: 1-412-471-4000. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $159 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of four per room. Make your reservation before June 6th, 2016 to get the special group rate.

Amenities include free internet in all guest rooms. The property includes a business center, fitness center, pool, full service restaurant, bar. The Marriott is a non-smoking hotel. This hotel is within easy walking distance of Duquesne University, so guests staying at the Marriott can plan to walk up the hill to Duquesne University. To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate, access our event reservation page here:

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