June 19 – June 24, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota
The Church Music Association of America is proud to invite you to celebrate with us as we hold our 27th Colloquium in 2017. The CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium continues to be the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world. Our 2017 program offers new and expanded opportunities for learning, singing, listening, and interacting with some of the best minds and musicians in the Catholic world today! Liturgies will be held at three great venues – the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus, the Church of St. Mark, and St. Agnes Church. In addition, we will have an organ recital at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul on Wednesday evening.
The CMAA Colloquium is primarily focused on instruction and experience in chant and the Catholic sacred music tradition, participation in chant choirs, lectures and performances and daily liturgies. During the week, you’ll be able to participate in ordinary and extraordinary form Masses, in Latin or English, as well as an evening Vespers, and sung morning and night prayer.
As a participant, you are an integral part of the beautiful music from the Roman Catholic tradition. Experience not only the traditional Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony of the church’s musical treasure, but also new compositions of English propers and ordinaries by various composers, as well as modern motets.
Who Should Attend?
* Copyrighted music not included in the Music Book.
Participants in the 2017 Colloquium will be treated to liturgies and an organ recital at four wonderful venues in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Saint Paul, the home of St. Agnes Church, was the location of the founding of the Church Music Association. For the first time at a CMAA Colloquium, we have the opportunity to experience the liturgy in the tradition left behind by Monsignor Richard Schuler.
Our opening Mass on Tuesday, June 20th will be held at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.
The Wednesday and Thursday Colloquium Masses will be held at the Church of Saint Mark. Wednesday evening will offer an organ recital by Samuel Backman at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Thursday evening, we’ll sing an Extraordinary form Vespers service for 1st Vespers for the Sacred Heart also at the Church of Saint Mark. Friday’s Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church in downtown St. Paul. Our final Mass of the week will be back at the Church of Saint Mark.
General Registration information: Check or credit card payment must accompany registration. Mailed Registration forms must be postmarked on or before March 1st (Early Bird) or May 7th (Regular). Registrations postmarked after May 7th will be charged a $50 late fee. You may register online at ONLINE REGISTRATION. Mailed registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or email) by the close of business, June 7th. After June 7th, registration is only available by telephone by calling our office at (505) 263-6298 on a space available basis.
Dormitory housing will be available on the University of St. Thomas campus. Faculty will be housed on-campus as well.
The conference hotel for Colloquium 2017 is the Doubletree Hotel, located at 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101 in downtown St. Paul. A special conference rate of $149/night (plus taxes) at the conference hotel are available until May 19, 2017. This hotel is not within easy walking distance of the campus. Please plan to make other arrangements for your commute to and from the university for daily events. MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS