st-james-greater-croppedFALL SACRED MUSIC RETREAT

OCTOBER 7-8, 2016 | Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater
218 W. 12th St., Vancouver, Washington 98660

A Two-Day Introduction and Continuing Education of the Church’s Sacred Music:

The curriculum will be centered around learning the different areas of music within the Mass (Propers, Ordinaries, and sacred polyphony accessible to any choir) and enhancing the vocal technique required to attain such music. Lectures will also touch on the Sacred Liturgy as a whole, and the role music must play in returning to a proper understanding of the Mass.


Open to all choir directors and church musicians of any level:
$20 for individuals
$100 for parish choirs up to 15 members
$150 for parish choirs over 15 members

Register by October 1, 2016 by visiting


Friday, October 7th
5:00 pm: Check-in and Welcoming
5:30 pm: Opening Lecture: The Spirit of the Sacred Liturgy, Scott Powell
6:30 pm: Sung Vespers for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: First Rehearsal

Saturday, October 8th
9:00 am: Sung Votive Mass to the BVM by the St. James Collegium Musicum
10:00 am: Breakfast (provided) and Lecture: Singing THE Mass, not Singing AT Mass, Scott Powell
11:00 am: Voice Technique Part 1, Andrew Steele
12:00 pm: Second Rehearsal (with small break for lunch)
2:00 pm: Split Sessions: Vocal Technique 2, Andrew Steele
Q&A and Presentation for Music Directors, Scott Powell
3:30 pm: Final Rehearsal
5:00 pm: Sung Vigil Mass by all conference participants
6:00 pm: Farewell Reception




Scott Powell – Pastoral Assistant of Music and Liturgy, Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. Director and Organist of the St. James Collegium Musicum


Andrew Steele – Baritone and Vocal Coach, Pastoral Assistant of Faith Formation of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater