As in past years, our generous members and donors make it possible for us to offer scholarships to our Sacred Music Colloquium. If you are hoping to attend the event this year in St. Louis, Missouri, please don’t delay in getting your scholarship application to the programs office.
To apply for a CMAA Colloquium scholarship, please fill out the application form and scholarship recommendation form and submit them to us prior to April 7, 2016. All applications and recommendations must be received at our office by April 7, 2016. In order to process your application, we must have both forms received by the deadline. If you have not received confirmation that your application was received in our office by April 6th, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to assure you don’t miss the deadline. Since there is only one week left before the April 7th deadline, please complete the form and then scan and email to us at email@example.com.
Once we have closed the application period, our scholarship review committee will make their determination with a target date of mid-April. At that point, all applicants will receive an email informing them of the committee’s results.
If you have questions about any part of the application or recommendation form, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you want to donate to help make these and future scholarships available, you can donate to our Annual Fund either online, or by mail.
If you are on the CMAA email news list, you have probably read the descriptions of our summer course offerings. As mentioned in the Ward Method I – That All May Sing* description, this course was added to our program this year in the hope of providing another venue for learning dedicated to the training of children. Last year during the annual Colloquium, we offered several breakout sessions and panel discussions regarding music programs for children. In the follow-up survey, we received a big request for more information and training for directors working with children’s music programs. Certainly the Ward method has been one of the most valued methods used for developing children’s choirs for many years.
While we continue to focus on children’s programs during this summer’s Colloquium (which will include a demonstration of a Ward session by Colleen Crafton), we decided to also offer a beginning Ward course concurrent with our Summer Chant Intensive this summer.
Perhaps you have perused the CMAA’s Summer Course descriptions and are wondering about the Ward Method. If you are looking for more detail about the method and why it is so powerful, please see our webpage about the Ward Method.
We hope you will help us to make this first CMAA Ward course a success and take the valuable information home to use on your own children’s choirs. Join us in Pittsburgh this summer with Instructor Scott Turkington and get started. The course will be offered at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA June 27 – July 1, 2016. Dormitory housing available. Get all the details about the course here: Summer Courses 2016.
* The CMAA Ward Course is not affiliated with the Center for Ward Studies and does not offer any official accreditation.
A conference for Catholic musicians, artists, and writers, May 19-21 in Dallas, TX, is now open for registration. “High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression” culminates with the world premiere of a 90-minute work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists by Frank La Rocca entitled “A Rose in Winter.” All events will take place on the campus of St.Rita Catholic Community, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244.
The conference focuses on the relevance of beauty in life and liturgy, the continuing tradition of the commissioning and creation of great art by and for the Church, and the issues of sainthood in our daily lives. Attendees will also have free admission to the world premiere, an organ recital by Stefan Engels, and sung Vespers. Some meals will be provided.
Presenters will include:
–Frank La Rocca, composer
–Matthew Lickona, librettist
–Alfred Calabrese, conductor
–David Clayton, artist, and author of “The Way of Beauty”
—Fr. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A, prior provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and former director of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia.
–an organ recital by Stefan Engels
–masterclasses for conductors, composers, and writers
–four outstanding American soloists
The cost for the conference is unbelievably low, just $55 for all three days for the general public.