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MusicaSacra Florida Conference Details 2016

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About the Conference:

This two-day workshop will present beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians with workshops and rehearsals that will enrich their knowledge of Gregorian chant and its use in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

Led by a faculty of chant specialists from around the state and beyond, attendees will learn practical methods for teaching chant and introducing it into the parish, as well as experience the chant in the context of both the Divine Office and the Mass. Beginning chanters will be introduced to the basics of notation and rhythm according to the classic Solesmes method.

Experienced chanters will learn new repertoire and advance their understanding of rhythmic and interpretive nuance. Resources and practical methods for the cultivation of English-language Gregorian chant in the life of the parish will also be discussed.

This workshop is ideal for choir members, parish music directors, Gregorian schola directors, music students, teachers, parents, seminarians, priests, deacons, and anyone who is interested in learning about the heritage of sacred music within the Roman Catholic Church.

The conference will begin on Friday afternoon and end with a Mass in the Ordinary Form on late Saturday afternoon. Chant for the Friday evening Mass in the Extraordinary Form will be provided by the Florida Pro Musica Schola, directed by Larry Kent.

A detailed schedule will be forthcoming.

Conference Registration:
Registration fees are $60 ($15 for full-time students with ID and children or Clergy) and include the price of instructional materials and instruction. Payment is made online.


Pre-registration is required.
Deadline: Friday, May 6th, 2016

Registration requires two actions.

  1. Complete the registration form below (just below the pay buttons).
  2. Make payment to MusicaSacra Florida by making payment to MusicaSacra Florida by using the following pay button.

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Hotel Registration:
Hotel accommodations are available at the Holiday Inn Express, New Tampa, at 8310 Galbraith Road, Tampa 33647. The Holiday Inn Express is offering single and double rooms at the special conference price of $99 per night, plus tax. Please make your reservation by May 10th, in order to take advantage of the special rate. To make your reservation, please call (855) 914-9626, or click on the link below to make an online reservation.

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Contact Information :
Susan Treacy at (239) 280-1668 or

Conference Faculty

Mary Jane Ballou –Cantorae St. Augustine, St. Augustine, FL
Dr. Mary Jane Ballou is currently the director of Cantorae St. Augustine, a women’s schola that re-introduced chant and Renaissance polyphony into the Diocese of St. Augustine, Florida after a nearly forty-year hiatus. She studied at the San Francisco Conservatory, San Francisco State University, and the City University of New York. Dr. Ballou received her Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation. She is also a regular contributor to Sacred Music journal on the practical aspects of schola training and management. Dr. Ballou’s choral conducting experience includes Lutheran, Anglican, Russian Orthodox, and Byzantine and Latin Rite choirs, as well as independent chamber ensembles. She specializes in a cappella sacred music with a particular interest in music for women. In 2012 and 2014, Dr. Ballou was a participant and recitalist in the Ninth and Tenth International Organ and Early Music Festivals in Oaxaca, Mexico. Currently, she is focusing on vocal and organ music of the Spanish borderlands from Florida to the California missions. She is an accomplished performer on harp and organ, and produces a weekly classical music radio program that focuses on both very early and very contemporary music. Lastly, Dr. Ballou can be found on the treble bench at shape-note singings in the South, where the straight tone and just intonation of early metrical hymnody survive and thrive.

Fr. Patrick Hough, S.J. – Jesuit High School, Tampa, FL
Fr. J. Patrick Hough, S.J., is a native of Lancashire, England, where he attended Stonyhurst College. He holds a B.S. from Leeds University, an S.T.B. from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, an M.A. from Fordham University, and an S.T.L. from the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, California. Fr. Hough entered the Jesuit novitiate in 2002 and was ordained to the priesthood in 2011. While studying Medieval History at Fordham he served as director of music for the Sunday evening student mass at St. Paul’s Church. During this time he also studied orchestral conducting and singing at the Julliard School of Music. Fr. Hough has also taught music and coached athletics, specifically tennis and rowing. Fr. Hough is currently assigned to Tampa’s Jesuit High School, where he has served as head of the theology department and is currently Director of Campus Ministry.

Larry Kent – Florida Pro Musica
Larry Kent has served for seventeen years as Music Director and Conductor of Florida Pro Musica, a professional ensemble based in the Tampa Bay area that specializes in chant and polyphony. Previously, he was a Choral Scholar at Church of the Good Shepherd in Columbia, South Carolina, and was an original member of the Virginia Consort in Charlottesville, Virginia. His current focus is on studying, editing and performing Gregorian chant and sixteenth-century sacred choral music, particularly works by Spanish and English composers. Dr. Kent earned degrees in piano from Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of Miami, and a doctorate from the University of South Carolina with a major in composition and a minor in conducting. He made his European debut in 1996, conducting an international cast in a rare performance of Gazzaniga’s Don Giovanni at Teatro Signorelli in Cortona, Italy. Dr. Kent has participated in master classes and workshops with Peter Phillips, Stephen Paulus and Libby Larsen, and has twice attended the Tallis Scholars Summer School, where a performance of Tallis’ 40-voice motet Spem in alium under the direction of Peter Phillips remains a memorable highlight. He was recently elected as a Fellow of the Academy of St. Cecilia, a London-based social and learned society dedicated to the study and performance of early music. This is his fifth year attending the Musica Sacra Florida Chant Conference.

Susan Treacy – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
Susan Treacy, Ph.D., joined the faculty at AMU after having taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville. She has also been a visiting professor at The Liturgical Institute, University of Saint Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, IL. Dr. Treacy holds a Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas, a M.Mus. from the Manhattan School of Music, and a B.Mus. from Oberlin College Conservatory. Her research interests are in Catholic liturgical music and English devotional song, and besides having published scholarly articles, Dr Treacy writes a regular column, “Musica Donum Dei,” for the Saint Austin Review and is a contributor to Sacred Music. Dr. Treacy directs the Women’s & Men’s Scholæ at AMU, and while at Franciscan University she directed the Schola Cantorum Franciscana. She was a member of the editorial committee for the first edition of The Adoremus Hymnal and is on the Board of Directors of the Church Music Association of America.

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