Search Results for: weber

Fr. Weber’s Easter Responsorial Psalms

Fr. Weber sent us this nice set, which you are free to use.

Colloquium 2017 Faculty

Dom Benedict Maria Andersen, OSB

Dom Benedict Maria Andersen is co-founder and sub-prior of Silverstream Priory, a Benedictine community in the Diocese of Meath in Ireland. The monks of Silverstream devote themselves to the worthy performance of the Sacred Liturgy (according to the pre-conciliar books) and to perpetual adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation and intercession for the sanctification of priests.

A native of Denver, Colorado, Dom Benedict holds degrees in philosophy (B.Phil. Pontifical Lateran University, Rome) and Eastern Orthodox theology (M.Div. St Vladimir’s Orthodox Theological Seminary, Crestwood, NY). He wrote his master’s thesis on the topic of a little known adaptation of the Anglican Eucharistic Liturgy for use by Anglican groups joining the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate of Antioch.

Dom Benedict’s solemn monastic profession was the first such event in the Diocese of Meath since the dissolution of the Abbey of Fore by Henry VIII in 1539. In another significant milestone, his priestly ordination by Michael Smith, Bishop of Meath (All Saints’ Day, 2015) was the first ordination in the Latin language in the Irish Church since the 1970’s.

Dom Benedict’s passion is liturgical book design, which is his primary monastic work. On top of several internal projects for the monastery, he is currently working on an English translation of the Psalter according to the traditions of the Septuagint, the Vulgate, and the “Old Italic” version, as well as a daily patristic lectionary for use in the monastic Office of Mattins.

Dom Andersen will present a plenary talk on Tuesday, June 20th during the Colloquium entitled: “Fulfilled is all that David told”: Recovering the Christian Psalter.

Samuel Backman

sam-2-copyWe are delighted to welcome Sam Backman as our organ recitalist for the 2017 Colloquium. His recital will be played on Wednesday, June 21 at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.

Samuel Backman is a native of Duluth, MN who was raised in Independence, WI. He holds a holds a Bachelor of Music degree from Saint Olaf College, a Master of Music degree from Yale University. Samuel is currently a doctoral candidate at the American Organ Institute, located at the University of Oklahoma in Norman, where he studies organ with John Schwandt and teaches freshman-level theory and aural skills.

Awards include election to the national honorary music society Pi Kappa Lambda while at Saint Olaf College, as well as the G. Winston Cassler Scholarship. At Yale Universty, Samuel was awarded a full tuition scholarship and was winner of the Mary Baker Award for excellence in organ accompaniment. In 2010, he won first prize in the Paul and Ruth Manz Scholarship competition established at the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.

Samuel has been a church musician since the age of 12. He has held positions at the University Church at Yale, Saint Paul’s on the Green Episcopal Church in Norwalk, Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Golden Valley, and the Cathedral of Saint Paul. He is currently the organist and director of music at Assumption Catholic Church in Duncan. In addition to his work as an organist, teacher, and conductor, Samuel enjoys composing, editing and arranging.

Wilko Brouwers

wilko_dirigiendoWilko Brouwers of the Netherlands will conduct the Clemens non Papa Polyphony Choir at XXVII CMAA Summer Colloquium in St. Paul, and the Refresher chant choir. He has taught both chant and polyphony at the CMAA Colloquia since 2004. He has also taught courses at other CMAA events, including Summer Chant Intensive 2015 and was one of the directors for the CMAA’s Winter Sacred Music event in January 2016. He will be teaching the Ward Advanced Course this summer June 26-30, 2017 at Duquesne University.

This year the central work of his choir will be the Requiem Mass by Clemens non papa on Thursday, June 22nd. Brouwers’ polyphonic choir will also sing the Howells polyphonic Credo on Saturday, June 24th.

Wilko Brouwers has conducted the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht from 1989 until 2016 and the Strijps Kamerkoor Eindhoven since 2004. He was also the director of the Gregorian Schola of St. Benedictus Abbey in Achel, Belgium, a post he held for the last eight years until its closing in 2013. In 2016 he founded “The Gregorian Circle”, a group of 25 singers who join in one of Utrecht’s medieval churches to study and sing chant.

Original compositions by Wilko Brouwers 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.

top of page

Mary Ann Carr Wilson

carrwilsonMary Ann Carr Wilson will be directing the Fundamentals chant choir for men and women at Colloquium XXVII, as well as participating in a panel discussion on children’s voices. She will also lead a discussion on resources for children.

Soprano Mary Ann Carr Wilson holds a B.M. and an M.M. in Vocal Performance from San Diego State University. She enjoys a regional career and has appeared as soloist with the San Diego Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Diego Master Chorale. Mary Ann also performs a wide variety of chamber music, including Irish traditional music.

Having trained under experts in Gregorian chant and Renaissance music as well as performed in several early music ensembles, Mary Ann now directs youth and adult choirs at St. Anne Catholic Church in San Diego. The three choirs sing Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony at weekly Sung and Solemn Masses in the Extraordinary Form (Traditional Latin form of the Mass), and by special engagement. Carr Wilson has been teaching children to sing Gregorian Chant for several years in a summer program called “Chant Camp”.

In addition, she will offer private vocal coaching sessions during the week.

On a first-come, first-served basis, individuals may schedule one-on-one vocal lessons with Carr Wilson during registration for the special Colloquium rate of only $30/session. The thirty-minute sessions are limited, so you can pre-register and pay for a session (the session day and time will be assigned to you) or you can register and pay for a session at registration on June 19th. Prepayment is required for vocal sessions, which can be made during conference registration. Our Administrative assistant will manage her teaching schedule and accept payments. To pre-register for a vocal coaching session, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

top of page

Charles Cole

ColeCharles Cole will direct the Men’s Schola Chant Choir, as well as the Howells Polyphony Choir at the XXVII Colloquium in St. Paul. An accomplished organist and choral director, he comes to us from the London Oratory (often referred to as “the Brompton Oratory” because of its location in London).

Charles Cole began his musical training as a chorister at Westminster Cathedral. He went on to win a major music scholarship to Ampleforth and organ scholarships at Exeter College, Oxford and Westminster Cathedral. He is Assistant Director of Music at the London Oratory where he directs the London Oratory Junior Choir which, in addition to its liturgical duties, provides the Children’s Chorus for the Royal Ballet’s productions at Covent Garden.

He was appointed Director of the Schola Cantorum at the London Oratory School in 2012. The Schola, for boys aged 8-18, sings polyphony and plainchant at Mass every Saturday at the London Oratory Church. The choir also sings concerts and tours abroad, and is well known for the soundtracks to the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter films. The boys were recently invited to sing with the Choristers of Westminster Cathedral in a joint performance of the B minor Mass.

He directed the children’s chorus in a 400th anniversary performance of the Monteverdi Vespers with the Monteverdi Choir conducted by Sir John Eliot Gardiner at the Royal Albert Hall as part of the BBC Proms. He was involved in two of the Papal Liturgies on the occasion of Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to London, conducting London Brass in James MacMillan’s Tu es Petrus, commissioned for the Mass
 at Westminster Cathedral, and playing the organ for the Prayer Vigil at Hyde Park for a congregation of 80,000. Recently he has given organ recitals in St Petersburg (2012), Notre Dame, Paris (2013—the 850th anniversary year of the cathedral’s foundation), the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City (2013) and Jerusalem (2013).

Since 2011 he has been a Gregorian Chant Director for the Church Music Association of America’s annual Colloquia. He was recently invited by James MacMillan to speak about Gregorian Chant at Musica Sacra Scotland’s inaugural conference. In August of 2014, as part of the Palestine Choral Festival, he led a number of choral workshops for children’s and adult choirs in Bethlehem, Nazareth and Jerusalem.

top of page

Dr. Jennifer Donelson

donelsonJennifer Donelson joins the 2017 faculty again to teach two breakout sessions: “Spiritual formation and vocal pedagogy for priests and seminarians” and “Sacred Music and Evangelization”.

Donelson is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, where she also teaches sacred music courses in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians. Donelson has previously served as an Associate Professor at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale. Having studied Gregorian chant at the Catholic University of America and Abbey of St. Peter in Solesmes, France, Dr. Donelson has served as the director of music at St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Diocese of Lincoln, NE) and St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center (UNL). She currently directs the Schola Cantorum of St. Joseph’s Seminary, the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale, and teaches Gregorian chant to children using the Ward Method at Neumann Classical School (Tuckahoe, NY) and Colm Cille Club (Pelham, NY).

She has given diocesan workshops in Gregorian chant across the U.S., is a co-founder of the annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian chant conference, and has served on the faculty of the annual colloquium of the Church Music Association of America. While in south Florida, Donelson directed the scholae cantorum at St. Michael the Archangel and Sts. Francis and Claire parishes in Miami, and taught according to the Ward method in the children’s choirs at the Oratory of Ave Maria, FL.

She has co-edited Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire, recently published by the Church Music Association of America (CMAA). Her publications also include articles in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Sacred Music, Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, the proceedings of the Gregorian Institute of Canada, and Liturgy in the Twenty-First Century (Bloomsbury/T&T Clark). She serves on the board of the Society for Catholic Liturgy as well as the CMAA, is the managing editor of the CMAA’s journal Sacred Music, was a co-organizer of the Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference in New York, and a speaker at Sacra Liturgia UK and Sacra Liturgia Milano.

top of page

David Hughes

DJH - Sept. 2015 - 1mDavid J. Hughes returns to the Colloquium faculty this year as director of the Women’s Chant Schola. David will also lead the new music seminar again this year. The new music seminar offers composers the opportunity to hone their craft with colleagues in three breakouts during the week. There will also be a New Music Reading Session open to all participants, where the best compositions from the new music seminar will be sung by conference participants. David will also serve as organist for one of the liturgies during the week. In addition to these duties, David will also participate in a panel discussion on Children’s Voices.

David is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he oversees a program of seven choirs, including the professional St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, which specializes in late medieval and early Renaissance polyphony in the context of a weekly Solemn Mass in the traditional rite, and the volunteer St. Mary’s Choir, whose core repertoire is English music of the 19th and 20th centuries. He is founder and director of the St. Mary’s Student Schola, a comprehensive program of musical education for children. The Student Schola sings regularly for Masses and Vespers in Connecticut and elsewhere, including a foray to World Youth Day in Madrid to sing Gregorian propers and polyphonic motets at stadium Masses. He directs Viri Galilaei, an ensemble of men from the tristate New York area who gather weekly to sing Vespers, to explore the singing of medieval polyphony from original manuscripts, and to discuss matters of theology, philosophy, and politics.

In demand as an instructor of Gregorian chant, he frequently travels for workshops, clinics, and recitals. He has written several film scores and a number of Masses and motets. David’s composition teachers have included Ruth Schonthal and John Halle, and he has studied organ with Paul Jacobs and Daniel Sullivan. A native of Stamford, Connecticut, he is a graduate of Yale College.

top of page

Dr. Ann Labounsky

ann-labounsky-by-terry-deglauWe are very pleased to have Dr. Ann Labounsky on the faculty of CMAA’s Colloquium XXVII. As professor of music and chairman of the Organ and Sacred Music degree programs at Duquesne University, she oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in sacred music. Dr. Labounsky will offer two breakout sessions on organ technique.

Dr. Labounsky is widely known, both in the United States and in Europe, as a virtuoso performer and improviser at the organ and particularly as a leading American disciple of Jean Langlais. From 1962 to 1964 she lived and studied in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. There, as an organ student of André Marchal and Jean Langlais, she immersed herself in the French organ tradition, studying many of Langlais’s organ compositions with the composer, and playing them for him on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. In 1964, as Langlais’s student at the Schola Cantorum, she was awarded Diplôme de Virtuosité with Mention Maximum in both performance and improvisation, the first American organist to be so honored.

Labounsky has been a frequent concert performer on two continents, including a number of recitals on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. Her performances have been broadcast over the French National Radio, as well as public radio stations in the United States. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ were earned at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. She also holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of a biography of Langlais, Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, (Amadeus Press, 2000). In celebration of the centennial of Jean Langlais in 2007, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists produced a DVD entitled Life and Music of Jean Langlais for which she was the narrator and performer at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California.

Labounsky holds the position of Organ Artist in Residence at First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. For more information about Dr. Labounsky, visit her website.

Graduate and undergraduate music students may receive credit for their attendance at CMAA Colloquia and Summer Chant courses through the Duquesne University Mary Pappert Department of Music.

top of page

Dr. William Mahrt

mahrt

Photo courtesy of Rene Zajner


William Mahrt
is Associate Professor and Director of Early Music Singers in the music department at Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America, and editor of Sacred Music, the oldest continuously published journal of music in North America.

Dr. Mahrt grew up in Washington state; after attending Gonzaga University and the University of Washington, he completed a doctorate at Stanford University in 1969. He taught at Case Western Reserve University and the Eastman School of Music, and then returned to Stanford in 1972, where he continues to teach early music. Since 1964 he has directed the choir of St. Ann Chapel in Palo Alto, which sings Mass and Vespers in Gregorian chant on all the Sundays of the year, with masses in the polyphonic music of Renaissance masters for the holy days.

His research interests include theory and performance of Medieval and Renaissance music, troubadours, Machaut, Dufay, Lasso, Dante, English Cathedrals, Gregorian chant, and Renaissance polyphony. He has published articles on the relation of music and liturgy, and music and poetry. He frequently leads workshops in the singing of Gregorian chant and the sacred music of the Renaissance.

At this year’s Colloquium, Dr. Mahrt will conduct a course of chant improvisation, focused primarily on study (this course will include singing two chant propers during the week), as well as delivering one of the plenary addresses entitled “Silence, Listening, and Singing”. He will also teach two breakout sessions on chant modes.

top of page

Melanie Malinka

malinka-croppedWe are so pleased to have Melanie Malinka on the faculty for Colloquium XXVII. She will direct one of our polyphony choirs, the Motet Choir. She will also offer two breakout sessions on musicianship. Based on her courses offered at the Cathedral of the Madeleine Choir School, these sessions will be especially useful for young singers. She will also participate in the panel discussion on children’s programs on Friday. In addition, she will offer private vocal coaching sessions during the week.

On a first-come, first-served basis, individuals may schedule one-on-one vocal lessons with Malinka during registration for the special Colloquium rate of only $30/session. The thirty-minute sessions are limited, so you can pre-register and pay for a session (the session day and time will be asssigned to you) or you can register and pay for a session at registration on June 19th. Prepayment is required for vocal sessions, which can be made during conference registration. Our Administrative assistant will manage her teaching schedule and accept payments. To pre-register for a vocal coaching session, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

Melanie Malinka is a native of Stuttgart, Germany and has served as Director of Music at The Madeleine Choir School in Salt Lake City, UT since 2001. In this position she oversees the school’s rigorous choral program and leads preparations of the choristers for their extensive concert season, regular service commitments, international tours, and engagements with leading local arts organizations including Utah Symphony | Utah Opera and The Mormon Tabernacle Choir.

She regularly conducts the Cathedral Choir of the Cathedral of the Madeleine and has served as interim chorus master for several opera productions of the Utah Opera. She also regularly serves as guest conductor at youth choral festivals around the country, including Pueri Cantores festivals and the Notre Dame Children’s Choir Community Festival. In addition, she also maintains a private voice studio focusing on boy sopranos and young adolescent voices.

Melanie received a Bachelor of Music in Voice Performance from Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Utah where she studied with Dr. Barlow Bradford.

top of page

Matthew J. Meloche

meloche-matthewWe are delighted to welcome Matthew J. Meloche back to the 2017 Colloquium faculty. Meloche, Director of Sacred Music, Cathedral of SS Simon and Jude, Phoenix, Arizona , will present two breakout sessions on the following topics: “Introducing Sacred Music to a Parish Community” and “Church Music as a Career”.

Canadian-born organist Matthew J. Meloche has been working for the restoration of sacred music in the Catholic Church since he was first hired as a Music Director of a large Windsor, Ontario parish at age 15. For the past 15 years he has worked at parishes from 700 to 4500 families, doing everything from the Extraordinary Form to bringing Gregorian chant to Life Teen Masses. Matthew has taught dozens of priests and deacons to sing their parts of the Mass over the years. He has led retreats and missions, delivered academic lectures and practical workshops, and performed organ concerts throughout the United States and Canada.

He studied philosophy at the University of Windsor until deciding to move to the United States to do church music as a full-time profession. While in Canada he served at many parishes, including Music Director and Principal Organist of the highly acclaimed music program at the Windsor Tridentine Mass Community (www.windsorlatinmass.org). After five years working at parishes in the Diocese of Columbus, Ohio he moved to Phoenix, AZ (to forever escape snow). Matthew worked as Director of Sacred Music at St. Clare of Assisi Parish in Surprise, Arizona until 2013 when he was promoted to Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral of SS. Simon and Jude.

top of page

Jeffrey Morse

Morse3Jeffrey Morse will serve on the Colloquium XXVII faculty as the director of the beginning polyphony choir and will assist Jonathan Ryan in the direction of the Office Chant choir. He will also again lead participants in a morning solfege warmup each morning.

Morse is a conductor, singer, and teacher of Gregorian Chant. A student of Dr. Mary Berry (Cambridge, UK) in Gregorian Chant and Gregorian Semiology. He also attended Sonoma State University and the Université François Rabelais de Tours (France). He was a student of Dr. Alise Brown at the University of N. Colorado in Ward Method, a method of teaching music, both modern and Gregorian notation and theory to school children. A native of Northern California, he however spent much of his formative years in England where he was exposed to the English choral tradition and especially the tradition of child choristers.

In 2002, he established in a small parish in California a flourishing child chorister program under the pedagogical direction of the Royal School of Church Music, proving that even ordinary parishes can musically benefit from this most ancient of Church traditions-the child chorister. In this program, the children were not only trained in Chant but also in singing the treble parts of the polyphony with the choir every Sunday and major feast. The fruits of this were not only beneficial for the singing of services at the parish, adding to the beauty and solemnity of the liturgies, but promises future fruits as well as already some of the original child-choristers have gone on to undergraduate and graduate studies in sacred music.

Mr. Morse is widely looked upon as a leader in the teaching of Gregorian Chant in the U.S and has given many workshops for adults and children in this matchless music of the Church. He is a regular Chant conductor and teacher at the annual Colloquium of the Church Music Association of America. Enthusiastic and missionary about this music, he has been called “disciplined in his approach, but fun and amusing, displaying a complete knowledge and understanding of his subject and its practice and use in the Church of the 21st century”.

top of page

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam will offer two breakout sessions on vocal pedagogy at the upcoming Colloquium for 2017. She will also participate in the panel discussion on children’s voices during the week. In addition, Private vocal coaching with Dr. Nam will again be made available at the CMAA Colloquium this year.

cecilia-croppedFor several years, Dr. Nam has been on the faculty of the CMAA Colloquium, sharing her expertise in vocal pedagogy, vocal performance and directing techniques. She has also served as a plenary speaker and as a director of polyphonic choirs. Once again she will offer to assist participants on a personal basis with individual vocal coaching.

On a first-come, first-served basis, individuals may schedule one-on-one vocal lessons with Dr. Nam during registration for the special Colloquium rate of only $30/session. The thirty-minute sessions are limited, so you can pre-register and pay for a session (the session day and time will be asssigned to you) or you can register and pay for a session at registration on June 19th. Prepayment is required for vocal sessions, which can be made during conference registration. Our Administrative assistant will manage her teaching schedule and accept payments. To pre-register for a vocal coaching session, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

Soprano MeeAe Cecilia Nam has extensive performance experience as soloist in recitals, oratorio, sacred music, chamber and orchestral concerts, and operas in the United States, Germany, Austria and South Korea. She has gained a fine reputation for her musical interpretations with her numerous concerts in recent years.

Dr. Nam gained a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before joining the faculty of Music at Eastern Michigan University in 2009 she taught voice at the Metropolitan State University of Denver, where she served as chair of the vocal studies program for 5 years. She also founded and directed the annual “Vocal Arts Competition for Young Colorado Musicians.”

Since 2000 with her husband, Dr. Horst Buchholz, organist and conductor, she has given numerous recitals for organ and voice in Germany and Austria. She has collaborated with world-class musicians including Krista Bennion Feeney, Joseph Robinson, James Buswell and sung under the direction of Horst Buchholz, Joseph Dorfman, Adam Flatt, Michael Christie and Martin Isepp among others.

Her excellent understanding of works by Mozart has led her to perform many of his sacred works including Exsultate jubilate, Grand Mass in C minor, and the Requiem performed with the members of the Mozarteum Orchestra in the 250th anniversary year of Mozart’s birth in Salzburg, Austria. She has given many performances of works such as Bach’s Cantatas, Easter Oratorio, Handel’s Messiah, Haydn’s Masses, Schubert’s Masses, Gounod’s St. Cecilia Mass, Mahler’s Gloria, R. V. Williams’ Dona Nobis Pacem and Orff’s Carmina BuranaDue to her great interest in contemporary music she has premiered, in her region, many living composers’ works including Joseph Dorfman’s one act opera Shulamith for soprano and percussion, Voice of River Han by David Mullikin (won distinguished composer by MTNA), James Mobberly’s Words of Love, Georgy Kurtag’s Kafka Fragmente for soprano and violin, Tan Dun’s Silkroad for soprano and percussion.

Dr. Nam is a frequent guest recitalist and lecturer for the Music Teacher’s Association of America and recently gave presentations at the conferences of the College Music Society and the American Liszt Society. She served as a faculty member and performer at the Vianden International Summer Festival and school in Luxembourg in 2011.

As lecturer and vocal clinician Dr. Nam frequently travels throughout the United States, Europe and South Korea giving vocal workshops and master classes at Universities.

Her students have been and are active in national and international competitions and music festivals. Recently Dr. Nam appeared as advisor and guest artist clinician in the first annual “Seoul International Opera Festival,” where three of her students performed lead roles in Mozart’s “Magic Flute.”

She is currently undertaking a project of a CD publication of “Forgotten Songs of Thódore Gouvy”. She has been giving a lecture recital of Gouvy’s songs at various places including “Hans Eisler Musik Hochshule in Berlin, Germany, Eastern Michigan University, Kent State University and University of Tennessee, Knoxville and also during The American Liszt Society Conference in Portland, Oregon, in May 2012.

“Soprano Mee-Ae Nam has a voice of surprising power for so petite a frame, accurate in intonation, well-supported in delivery and with sly bits of interpretation thrown in.” Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post

“A clear, well-supported voice that moves easily in its registers. …..extra care in projecting words.” Glenn Giffin, The Denver Post

“…Leicht und makellos in den Höhen, dramatisch im Ausdruck füllte sie mühelos den akustisch eher schwierigen Kirchenraum. In der Mozartarie… ließ sie großartig perlende Koloraturen höhen..” Max Götz, Paasauer Neue Presse, Waldkirchen, Germany

top of page

Rev. Jude Orakwe

Rev. Fr. Jude Orakwe is a lecturer at the music department of Anambra State University (aka Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu University). He is also the founder and director of Shanahan Institute of Music of Onitsha Archdiocese (for adults) as well as of George Handel Music Academy (for the children) of St. Joseph’s Parish Odoakpu Onitsha.

He directs the Archdiocesan choir and is also the music director of St. Joseph’s Parish Choir.

He had his doctorate in ethnomusicology from Indiana University, Bloomington, United States, as well as a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music Rome, Italy.

Fr. Orakwe will give a breakout session on Sacred Music in Nigeria.

Rev. Robert Pasley

frPasleyFather Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, is the Chaplain of the Church Music Association of America and has been a member of the CMAA since his ordination. He is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Fr. Pasley will teach a breakout session for clergy and seminarians on the basics of singing the Mass. He and William Riccio will also offer a breakout session entitled: “What is the Traditional Latin Mass?”

Because of his association with Msgr. Richard Schuler, he was introduced to the Sacred Music Colloquia and has attended most of the Colloquia held since their foundation in 1990. During the tenure of Msgr. Schuler, he was privileged to be the celebrant at orchestral masses at St Agnes parish, St Paul, Minn. He also serves on the faculty at the Colloquium and has served as Vice President and a member of the board of directors of Sacred Music Magazine.

Born on November 20, 1955 in Woodbury, N.J., Father Pasley received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, Maryland, and an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, N.J.. He was ordained by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle in 1982. After ordination, Father Pasley was stationed as an assistant priest in parishes throughout the diocese. In 1992, he was assigned to teach high school. He taught for eight years and during that time became Vice Principal for Academics at Camden Catholic High School.

On October 13, 2000, he was appointed Rector, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the newly established Tridentine Parish of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, N.J. (materlatin.org). Mater Ecclesiae is the first diocesan-run Extraordinary Form parish in the United States. Mater Ecclesiae has a full music program of chant, polyphonic masses, and music based on the principles given by the Church for sacred music. Along with Dr. Timothy McDonnell, Fr. Pasley established the annual Mass of Thanksgiving on the Feast of the Assumption. This Mass, a grand event for the Delaware Valley, features some of the greatest orchestral masses ever composed for the sacred liturgy. Some mass settings that have been used for the Assumption Mass are Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, the Missa Septem Dolorum of Carl H. Biber, Schubert’s Mass in Bb Major, and Mozart’s Missa Brevis in C Major.

Finally, Father Pasley is a Knight Commander of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem and a 4th Degree Knight of Columbus. Father Pasley will teach a breakout session on Singing the Mass for clergy and seminarians and also will offer a breakout session with Bill Riccio on “What is the Traditional Latin Mass?”.

top of page

William Riccio

riccioWilliam Riccio joins us again on staff for Colloquium XXVII as Master of Ceremonies during the week. His extensive experience with both forms of the Roman Rite have made his assistance invaluable to the CMAA. Bill will work with celebrants and servers to assure the seamless coordination of all our liturgies. Many participants have gained valuable experience and knowledge about serving at both Extraordinary and Ordinary Form Masses in past years by serving with Bill during our liturgies. We know this will again be true in 2017.

In addition, Riccio will offer his expertise in a breakout session with Rev. Robert Pasley entitled: “What is the Traditional Latin Mass?”

Bill Riccio is a frequent contributor to the New Liturgical Movement, offering articles about the Traditional Latin Mass. He serves as Master of Ceremonies at St. Mary’s Norwalk, Norwalk, CT.

top of page

Jonathan Ryan

photo courtesy of Joanne Bouknight

photo courtesy of Joanne Bouknight

We are fortunate indeed to have Jonathan Ryan, Concert Organist, on the CMAA’s Colloquium XXVII faculty this year in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Ryan has been on the faculty of the Colloquium for several years, sharing his extensive experience with Roman Catholic liturgy with Colloquium attendees as a director of various choirs, as a breakout presenter and as an organist. Jonathan will be the organist for three of our liturgies during the week. He will also direct the Office chant choir, with the assistance of Jeffrey Morse.

Jonathan will also present a an organ breakout session during the week on the organ at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel.

Jonathan Ryan enjoys a multifaceted career as a concert artist, church musician, and pedagogue. Among the few organists distinguished with six First Prize awards at major international and national competitions, he has emerged as one of North America’s premier young concert artists, and is represented by Karen McFarlane Artists.

His solo performances have taken him to celebrated festivals and venues across the USA and Europe, including the Nicolaikirche in Leipzig, St. Paul’s Cathedral in London, the Cathédrale St-André in Bordeaux, the Fraumünster in Zürich, the inaugural series of the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland, CA, and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists and Organ Historical Society.

His two critically-acclaimed solo organ recordings, Influences and A Cathedral’s Voice (Raven 941), feature repertoire ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque, to premiere recordings of George Oldroyd and Ad Wammes, to commissions by Philip Moore and Zachary Wadsworth.

As a church musician, he has held positions at  St. John Cantius Church  and St. James Cathedral  in Chicago, IL, St. Anne Church in Rochester, NY, and currently serves on the staff of the English cathedral-modeled music program of Christ Church in Greenwich, CT, where he directs the church’s semi-professional adult choir, and works with the Choir of Men & Boys and the Girls Choir, and oversees the chorister music training program modeled after the Royal School of Church Music. Jonathan holds degrees from the Cleveland Institute of Music and the Eastman School of Music, as well as the Fellow (FAGO) and Choirmaster (ChM) professional certifications from the American Guild of Organists. To find out more about Jonathan, his upcoming performances, and media, visit his website at www.jonathan-ryan.com.

top of page

Dr. Edward Schaefer

schaeferEdward Schaefer will present four breakout sessions on semiology during the 2017 Colloquium. Dr. Schaefer is professor of music and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, FL. He is also the director the Florida Schola Cantorum, a group of dedicated singers of chant and polyphony and a deacon for the Diocese of Orlando.

Dr. Schaefer’s area of study focuses primarily on semiology, the study of ancient musical notation, and its impact on contemporary performance of chant. In addition, he is an advocate for the improvement of education through technology. Combining these two interests, he has taught online courses since 2001. Currently, he is teaching a professional development seminar to music professionals across the country on the subject of semiology. He is currently working with the Digital Worlds Institute at UF and L’Ëcole de Chant Grégorien du Choeur Grégorien de Paris to develop interactive software for the learning of the basic vocabulary and grammar of the notations of St.-Gall and Loan.

Dr. Schaefer is the translator of Daniel Saulnier’s Les Modes Grégoriens and Le Chant Grégorien, both published by Solesmes. He is also the author of Catholic Music Through the Ages, published by Hillenbrand, and auther/editor of Missa Cantata: A Notated Sacramentary, Cantáta Evangélia: A Notated Book of Gospels, and numerous articles on various aspects of sacred music.

top of page

Scott Turkington

turkington1Scott Turkington, Organist and Choirmaster of Holy Family Church and Holy Family Academy in Minneapolis, Minnesota, joins the Colloquium faculty again for 2017. He will direct the Chant Conducting choir for the Colloquium, as well as the Mendelssohn Polyphony choir. In addition, he will discuss the Ward method in two breakout sessions, including choral demonstrations by his students. He will also participate in a panel discussion about children’s programs.

Scott will also be teaching the CMAA Beginning Ward course at Duquesne University in the summer of 2017 during the Summer Chant courses.

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.

top of page

Msgr. Andrew Raymond Wadsworth

wadsworth2-croppedWe are delighted to welcome Monsignor Andrew R. Wadsworth to the 2017 Colloquium as a plenary speaker. He will speak to us on: “The Chant Hymns of the Revised Liturgy of the Hours”. Monsignor serves as the Executive Director for the ICEL Secretariat, which is located in Washington, D.C. The Secretariat serves as a coordinating group implementing the directives of the Episcopal Board and its Executive Committee under Wadsworth’s direction as Executive Director. Monsignor Wadsworth is also the Moderator of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in Washington, D.C. at St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church.

He is a priest of the Archdiocese of Westminster in the United Kingdom as well as an accomplished musician. His first degree was in music (majoring in voice and piano). After graduate studies in choral conducting and piano accompaniment at Trinity College London and the Royal Academy of Music, he trained as a répétiteur with English National Opera. In 1985, he was awarded the coveted Ricordi Prize for Choral Conducting. As a singer, he has performed extensively and has recorded as a soloist with the Schola Gregoriana of Cambridge under the direction of the late Dr Mary Berry, the person who, more than anyone else in the whole of the UK, served as a bridge for Gregorian chant to cross between the preconciliar and postconciliar periods.

Msgr. Wadsworth holds graduate degrees in Italian from the University of London and Theology from the Pontifical University of Maynooth. Ordained in 1990, he has had a wide range of pastoral experience in parishes, schools, universities and hospitals. A former professor of Ecclesiastical Latin and New Testament Greek at the Westminster Diocesan Seminary, he has also taught Italian at college and university level. From 1998-2009, he was full-time chaplain to Harrow School where he also collaborated on a number of performance and recording projects in choral music and music theater. His published research is in relation to Dante, Marian studies, and the history of liturgical translations in English since the Second Vatican Council.

In recent years, he has traveled extensively, directing a number of seminars for priests concentrating on the ars celebrandi in both forms of the Roman Rite. He was appointed Executive Director of ICEL in Fall 2009 and currently resides in Washington DC where the Commission’s Secretariat is based. He is in demand as a speaker and has lectured and conducted workshops on the implementation of the new translation of the Roman Missal both throughout the United States and in England, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Canada, France and Italy since its implementation.

top of page

Dr. Paul Weber

weber300pxWe welcome Dr. Paul Weber who will again be on the faculty for the CMAA Summer Colloquium this year. He will serve as organist for two liturgies this year, as well as moderating the panel discussion on Children’s programs at this year’s Colloquium. He will also present a Masterclass as an organ breakout session during the week on the organ at the St. Thomas Aquinas chapel. We can accept two masterclass organists and one alternate for this session. If you wish to participate, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com to sign up for this session in advance. We will be accepting participants on a first-come, first-served basis.

Paul Weber is a composer, conductor and organist in New Orleans, where he founded and directs the professional vocal ensemble Krewe du Voix and conducts the semi-professional Trinity Choir at Trinity Episcopal Church. As a concert organist, Dr. Weber has been heard throughout the United States and in Europe. He has won prizes at national and international organ competitions, including the Arthur Poister competition (U.S.) and Erfurt Domprediger competition (Germany). Recent performances include concerts at the Piccolo-Spoleto Festival, East Carolina University, national conventions of the Organ Historical Society and Church Music Assocation of America, and at the cathedrals in Phoenix, Pittsburgh, St. Paul and Louisville.

A prolific composer, especially for voices, Dr. Weber’s choral works are published by Choralife. Previously, he has held positions in churches in Louisville and Pittsburgh, and founded the Sacred Music program at Franciscan University of Steubenville where he directed the university ensembles. Dr. Weber is a graduate of Lawrence University and Yale University. His organ teachers include Frank Rippl, Wolfgang Rübsam, Martin Jean and Thomas Murray.

top of page

Colloquium 2017 Details

  • Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of a chant class for beginners, a refresher st-mark-6course for men and women, an office choir, a course on chant improvisation, chant conducting, and schola chant courses for advanced men or women.
  • Breakout sessions during the week on a variety of topics, from directing, organist breakouts, including a masterclass with Dr. Paul Weber, chironomy, semiology, children’s programs, among others.
  • Plenary lectures on topics of interest to all who love sacred music.
  • Optional choral experience with one of five choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Mendelssohn, Clemens non papa and Howells. You’ll learn with our gifted faculty, with choices of a beginning polyphony choir for those new to polyphony, or four choirs for more experienced singers.
  • Daily liturgies with careful attention to musical settings in English and Latin.
  • A gala welcome reception and dinner at the ballroom at the Anderson Student Center.
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Training for priests, deacons, and seminarians in the sung Mass (not restricted to clergy and seminarians).
  • A Music Book, including chant and polyphony, as part of registration. This music book will contain all non-copyrighted music used during the week.
  • Your own copy of The Parish Book of Chant, 2nd edition.
  • Book sales from the CMAA warehouse. We offer discounts on our books to all attendees and an extra 10% discount to CMAA members.

top of page

Four Venues

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Univ. of St. Thomas

St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel, Univ. of St. Thomas

The Tuesday (June 20) Opening Colloquium Mass will be held at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas. This liturgy, in the ordinary form of the Roman Rite, will start off our week with an all-English Mass. In addition to our opening Mass at the campus chapel, we will have Vespers on Thursday evening. The Mendelssohn Lauda Sion will also be sung during adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Friday afternoon in the chapel.

 

By McGhiever - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21499788

By McGhiever – Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=21499788

We are very pleased to announce that our 2017 Organ Recital will be held at the

Cathedral of St. Paul (Co-Cathedral in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis and National Shrine of the Apostle Paul) in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota.  Local organist Samuel Backman will return to his hometown to play for the CMAA on Wednesday, June 21st at 7:30 pm at the Cathedral. This event is open to the public.

 

st-mark-1

Church of St. Mark, St. Paul, MN

Three Masses during the week will be held at the Church of St. Mark in St. Paul, MN. Masses at St. Mark’s during the week are: Wednesday (June 21) – Votive Mass of St. Paul, Thursday (June 22) – Requiem Mass for deceased members of the CMAA and Saturday (June 24) – Nativity of St. John the Baptist. The closing Mass on Saturday will be offered for the intentions of the donors to the Church Music Association of America. The Church of St. Mark is within easy walking distance of the University of St. Thomas.

By McGhiever - Own work, CC BY-SA 3.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=26897528

Church of St. Agnes, St. Paul, MN

On Friday, June 23rd, Mass will be held at Church of St. Agnes, in St. Paul, followed by a banquet at St. Agnes. St. Agnes is the former parish of Monsignor Richard Schuler, who was present at the founding of the CMAA and who served for many years as the editor of Sacred Music.

Colloquium participants will experience the liturgy in the tradition started by Monsignor Schuler and continued by the members of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale and a CMAA Master Choir. Following Mass, participants will enjoy a banquet at St. Agnes Parish in Schuler Hall.

top of page

Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017: Dom Benedict Maria Andersen, Silverstream Priory, County Meath, Ireland.
“Fulfilled is all that David told”: Recovering the Christian Psalter

Wednesday, June 21, 2017: Msgr. Andrew R. Wadsworth, Executive Director for the ICEL Secretariat, “The Chant Hymns of the Revised Liturgy of the hours”

Thursday, June 22, 2017: Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, “Silence, Listening, and Singing”

 

top of page

Faculty

brouwers2-basilica

Dom Benedict Maria Andersen, Silverstream Priory, Ireland
Samuel Backman, Concert Organist
Wilko Brouwers, Monteverdi Choir, The Netherlands
Mary Ann Carr-Wilson, St. Anne Catholic Church, San Diego, California
Charles Cole, Brompton Oratory, United Kingdom
Dr. Jennifer Donelson, St. Joseph Seminary (Dunwoodie), New York
David Hughes, St. Mary, Norwalk, CT
Dr. Ann Labounsky, Duquesne University
Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Stanford University
Melanie Malinka, Choir School, Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, UT
Matthew Meloche, SS Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ
Jeffrey Morse, Sacramento, CA
Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Eastern Michigan University
Rev. Jude Orakwe, Anambra State University, Nigeria
Rev. Robert Pasley, Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ
William Riccio, St. Mary, Norwalk, CT
Jonathan Ryan, Concert Organist
Dr. Edward Schaefer, University of Florida
Dr. Scott Turkington, Holy Family Church and Holy Family Academy, Minneapolis, MN
Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of ICEL Secretariat, Washington, D.C.
Dr. Paul Weber, Trinity Episcopal, New Orleans, LA

Biographical information about the Colloquium Faculty

top of page

Organ Recital

We are very pleased that we will offer an organ recital by Samuel Backman at the Cathedral of St. Paul, in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota on June 21, 2017 at 7:30 pm. This recital will be open to the public. For more information about our recitalist, please visit our Faculty page.
Recital Repertory:

“Joie et clarté des Corps Glorieux,” from Les Corps Glorieux                 Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
Sonata No. 11, in D minor, Opus 148                                                             Josef G. Rheinberger (1839-1901)
I. Agitato
II. Cantilena
Præludium in G Major                                                                                      Nicolaus Bruhns (1665-1697)
Psalm-Preludes Set 1, Opus 32, No. 2                                                            Herbert Howells (1892-1983)
Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, from the Kirnberger Chorales    Johann Sebastian Bach
Bach: Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV 532                                         Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Clair de Lune, from Pièces de fantaisie, Opus 53, No. 5                            Louis Vierne (1870-1937)
Finale, from Symphonie No. 6, Opus 59                                                       Louis Vierne

top of page

Liturgies

 

Tues., June 20th, 3:45 pm Mass, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, Univ. of St. Thomas 11th Week of Ordinary Time, Ordinary Form (OF), English
Wed., June 21st, 3:45 pm Mass, Church of St. Mark Votive Mass of St. Paul (OF) English/Latin
Thurs., June 22nd, 2:00 pm Mass, Church of St. Mark Requiem, Polyphonic Ordinary, (EF) Latin
Thurs., June 22nd, 7:00 pm Vespers, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas, Univ. of St. Thomas  (EF) Latin
Fri., June 23rd, 1:45 pm Exposition and Benediction, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas  Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
Fri., June 23rd, 5:15 pm Mass, Church of St. Agnes Sacred Heart of Jesus, (OF) Latin
Sat., June 24th, 12:00 pm Mass, Church of St. Mark Nativity of St. John the Baptist, (EF), Latin

Instructions for Clergy and Seminarians

basilica-procession

 

Please download this instruction page for Clergy and Seminarians regarding participation in the liturgies of the Colloquium.

Information regarding the vestment colors, as well as information regarding letters of good standing are detailed in the Instruction sheet.

If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLERGY AND SEMINARIANS

top of page

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be offered Tuesday – Friday on a range of various topics including:

Children’s Programs

Demonstrations by a local children’s choir
Panel discussion on children’s programs
Discussion of repertory for children

Organ Classes (including one Master Class session)
Vocal Pedagogy
Musicianship Training
Clergy Training
Spiritual Formation and Vocal Pedagogy for Priests and Seminarians
New Music Series
Semiology Series
Parish Music Programs
Sacred Music and Evangelization
Gregorian Chant Modes

Complete listing of Breakout Sessions, including descriptions: BREAKOUT SESSIONS

Organ Master Class session

weberOnce again, we are fortunate to have Dr. Paul Weber offering an organ masterclass this year.

Up to three organists may sign up for the session to perform a piece of their choosing and receive instruction from Dr. Paul Weber, which, in masterclass format, will be designed to apply generally to all those attending. Performers may pre-register for this session by contacting us at programs@musicasacra.com. Moderate to difficult repertoire is encouraged.

UPDATE: No more spaces available for Masterclass performers.

top of page

Chant Course Descriptions

Fundamentals for Men and Women (Director, Mary Ann Carr Wilson): This course in Gregorian chant is intended for real chant beginners: both those who can read modern notation and those with no musical training. Participants will learn how to read the four line staff, the names of the neumes, and how to navigate the intervals with solfege. Rhythm will be introduced. Course material will include the Ordinaries of the Mass and two Propers.

Refresher for Men and Women (Director, Wilko Brouwers): This course offers continued study in Gregorian chant and is intended for those who have had some background in chant but do not sing chant on a regular basis. This is a beginning to intermediate course whose primary aim, like the foundations course, will not be performance in liturgy. Participants will be responsible for singing the Ordinaries of the Mass and will be prepared to sing three chant Propers during the week.

Schola (two sections: David Hughes, Women; Charles Cole, Men): This course is intended for advanced singers who sing chant regularly. The two scholas (men, women) will be responsible for the bulk of the more difficult Mass Propers sung during the week.

Advanced Seminar on Vocal/Polyphonic Improvisation on Chant (Director, William Mahrt): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their studies of Gregorian chant. This class will focus on study rather than performance, including various types of improvisation on chant including organum, diaphonum, descant and Fauxbourdon, with the seminar preparing two Mass Propers.

Advanced Seminar on Chant Conducting (Director, Scott Turkington): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their studies of Gregorian chant, particularly on conducting. This class will also focus on study rather than performance. This choir will prepare two Mass Propers for liturgies during the week.

Office Choir for Men and Women: (Directors, Jonathan Ryan and Jeffrey Morse) This course is intended for intermediate to advanced singers and will concentrate on the singing of the divine office, particularly Vespers psalmody on Thursday evening. This choir will also take the lead in morning and night prayer during the week.

top of page

Polyphonic Choir Descriptions

Jeffrey Morse: Beginning Polyphonic Choir

This choir is designed to introduce and improve on the critical vocal and musical techniques necessary for singing polyphonic music. Singers will learn how to carry a part on their own, independent of other sections, and without accompaniment. Members of this choir will learn rhythm, pitch, and vocal production. The choir is designed for novice singers who would not yet benefit from a more advanced choir, but it might also be useful for directors who wish to see how a master goes about teaching inexperienced singers to make beautiful music. One piece is a part of this choir’s agenda: Ave Maria, Victoria. This choir will sing at Mass on Saturday.

Wilko Brouwers: Clemens non papa Choir

The major piece this choir will sing under Brouwers’ direction is the Requiem Mass by Clemens non papa, which will be sung at Mass on Thursday, June 22.  This choir will also sing the polyphonic Credo by Howells for the Saturday Mass on June 24.

Scott Turkington: Mendelssohn Choir

The Lauda Sion, by Mendelssohn is the major work to be sung by this choir under Turkington’s direction.  This will be sung on Friday afternoon at the St. Thomas Aquinas Chapel during Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. This choir will also sing choral parts of the Marier Mass ordinary on Tuesday.

Charles Cole: Howells Choir

Chales Cole will direct his choir in the Howells Mass in the Dorian Mode on Saturday on all parts except the Credo, will which be sung by the Brouwers choir. In addition, this choir will sing an Ouseley motet, From the Rising of the Sun at the Tuesday Mass.

Melanie Malinka: Motet Choir

Malinka’s choir will sing a variety of motets during the week by various composers: Gibbons, Stanford, Morales, DiLasso and Messiaen.

top of page

Repertory

View the entire list of musical repertory that will be sung by chant and polyphony choirs for Colloquium XXVII:
Repertory by Choir
Repertory Plan 

top of page

New Music

This year’s breakout schedule includes three days of breakouts with David Hughes, where you’ll be able to collaborate with other composers to fine-tune your compositions. Please bring at least 15 copies of the work you plan to use during the session for participants in the breakout. The best compositions from the New Music Breakout sessions will be used for the New Music Reading session on Friday afternoon. New Music Participants: Please plan to provide digital pdf files from the compositions to the David for final printing before the Reading session.

The New Music Reading for this year’s Sacred Music Colloquium is scheduled for Friday, June 23, 2017 at 11:15 am at the OEC Auditorium. If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

top of page

Schedule

To get an idea of the schedule of events, please see our Schedule of Events (preliminary). This will give detailed information about the events of the week, including time and location.
For an overview, please see the Schedule at a Glance (UPDATED).

Scholarships

The CMAA is dependent on donations for scholarships. If you are interested in sponsoring a musician, priest or seminarian’s attendance, please write to us at programs@musicasacra.com or make a donation to our Annual Fund. No amount is too small. All scholarship donations are applied directly to scholarships. If making a donation to the Annual Fund, you can also specify that your donation is to be used for scholarships. To make a donation to the Annual Fund, please use this form or make an online donation:




Scholarship Assistance may be available for partial tuition for persons or parishes of limited means. To apply for a scholarship, please see information about scholarship applications above. Or request a packet from the CMAA office by calling (505) 263-6298. Application deadline is April 7th.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, 2017. Send applications to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202 or you may email the completed forms to us at programs@musicasacra.com. 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 7th, please email us at programs@musicasacra.com to assure you don’t miss the deadline.

Application Form
Scholarship Recommendation Form

top of page

REGISTRATION

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – LATE REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION FORM – download pdf file.

LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW IN EFFECT. Check or credit card payment must accompany registration. Registration and full payment must be postmarked on or before June 9th (Late). You may register online or by mail. If you wish to make installment payments for your fees, please use the mail-in form. Update: Installment payments no longer possible. Your registration is not considered complete unless accompanied by the $75 non-refundable deposit. Registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or online) by the close of business, June 9th. After June 9th, registration is only available by telephone by calling our office at (505) 263-6298 on a space available basis. Full tuition payment must be made by the respective deadlines.

Cancellation: Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office postmarked on or before June 9th will receive a refund less the non-refundable $75 deposit. After that date, refunds are given only in the form of a credit toward registration for the 2018 Colloquium. Refunds may be processed after the Colloquium. All requests for credit must be received in the CMAA office or by email (programs@musicasacra.com) by June 18th in order to be considered for credit. Late requests may only receive a partial credit, depending on charges to the CMAA for meals.

Member Discounts

With a current CMAA membership, the members’ rate is available to you; it is not transferable to another person. If your parish has a CMAA parish membership, please note the name of your parish on your registration form.

Not yet a member? Join now and receive the benefits of membership for a full year for the same price as a non-member registration. Once your membership payment is received, you’ll receive an email with information about the member discount code. Email us at gm@musicasacra.com for any questions.
Join the CMAA

Youth Participants

A parent or chaperone must accompany youth attendees under eighteen. The chaperone must be at least twenty-one years old and registered for the full Colloquium or as a Companion. A temporary guardian form and release must be on file with the CMAA before anyone under the age of eighteen may be admitted to the Colloquium by sending the completed form in advance (electronic copy is fine). The original must be given to the chaperone/temporary guardian. If the youth participant is not accompanied by a parent, a medical treatment authorization form must also be provided to the chaperone or guardian and a copy provided to us in advance by email.

Daily Registration

Be sure to indicate the day(s) for which you are registering and note that the fee for full convention registration is usually less than the fee for multiple days. Daily registration is not available online; it must be done on the registration form. Daily Registrations include lunch, but do not include banquets. If you wish to purchase a ticket for a banquet on a daily registration, you must indicate that on your registration form. If you also wish to purchase dining hall meal (either breakfast or dinner), please contact us directly at programs@musicasacra.com for pricing.

Additional Information

Companion (Adult): Those registering as companions are welcome to accompany a full Colloquium registrant to all activities except breakouts and choir rehearsals. A separate registration form must be filled out for each companion including payment for any additional activities and must include the name of the Full Convention Registrant. Companion registration is not available online; it must be done using the downloadable registration form.

Arrangements for guests to attend banquets may be made, but require at least 72 hours’ notice. The two banquets during the week (Monday and Friday) are included for all registrants with full tuition or companion pass.

Dormitory Housing

UPDATE: DORMITORY HOUSING NO LONGER AVAILABLE WITH ONLINE REGISTRATION. VERY LIMITED SPACE STILL AVAILABLE. CALL 575-208-0306 (Business hours) to inquire about availability.

The University of St. Thomas, in Saint Paul, Minnesota, has made on-campus dormitory housing available for our faculty and participants for Colloquium 2017. The campus housing offers air-conditioning and single-or double-occupancy rooms.

The single-occupancy rooms will be in Morrison Hall. The rooms are in four-bedroom, two-bath apartments with a shared sitting area and micro-fridge. Each bedroom has one bed available; baths are shared between two private bedrooms. The cost per night for single rooms is $55.

Double-occupancy rooms will be available in Murray Hall. Each double-occupancy room has two beds and a private bath available. The number of these double-occupancy rooms available is very limited, so do not delay making your registration for these rooms if you wish to share. The charge per person for these double rooms is $45/night. When you register for a double room, please notify us regarding your preferred roommate. If you do not specify a roommate, we will attempt to assign one to you. If we are unable to assign a roommate to you, we will notify you of the additional charge due for a single room. Please note: Double rooms are not available on 6/18. If you plan to arrive on Sunday, you must choose the single option. Update: No more rooms are available for check-in on 6/18.

Check-in location is: Koch Commons (#19 on campus map) located just south of the corner of Selby Avenue and Finn Street in St. Paul, MN. For information on the day of check-in, please go to the information window located in the lobby of the Anderson Student Center: (651) 962-6137.

 Necessary keys will be checked out and in by Conference Housing Staff.
Normal Check in time will be at: 2:30 – 10:00 PM on June 19, 2017.
Normal Check out time will be by 2:00 PM on June 24, 2017.
Check-in for 6/18 arrivals will be: 3:00 – 10:00 pm on June 18, 2017.
Check-in for other days (partial registrations) will be on the day of your arrival: 3:00 – 10:00 pm.

DORMITORY TIPS (download pdf)
In the event of emergency while you are a guest at the University of St. Thomas, guests can be reached at (651) 962-5100 for emergency messages only.

Individuals using the residence hall may not move furniture between rooms or to move furniture out of public common areas. No open flame devices, including candles or incense, may be used in the residence halls. No decorative or holiday lights are allowed. Screws and nails may not be used in the walls and furniture. Screens may not be removed from windows. No pets are allowed. Other generally applicable rules and regulations with respect to the residence halls apply. Authorized UST personnel may enter and search rooms if they believe it is necessary, including but not limited to situations involving an emergency, to silence disruptive noises, if smoke is detected, for maintenance, or if they believe state law or University policy is being violated. Licensee shall consult with UST with any questions about residence hall use. UST is not responsible for any personal property of Event participants in residence halls or any other Facility. Any keys and keycards not returned at the time of check-out will be billed to the individual at $75.00 per key; $10.00 per keycard lost.

All participants must comply with UST’s policies on tobacco, alcohol, and drugs. The illegal use, possession, or trafficking of drugs by any employee, volunteer, agent, participant, guest, or invitee of Licensee during the Event or on UST property is strictly prohibited. Effective January 1, 2014, UST has implemented a Tobacco-Free Campus Policy. Use of tobacco and smoking products, including but not limited to e-cigarettes, is not permitted within any UST building and is not permitted anywhere on UST property.

Individuals possessing and/or consuming alcoholic beverages on UST’s campus must be twenty-one (21) years of age or older.

CAMPUS MAP

Meal Plans

UPDATE: ONLINE MEAL PLANS ARE NO LONGER AVAILABLE. PLEASE CALL TO INQUIRE ABOUT AVAILABILITY OF BANQUET OR FULL MEAL TICKETS AT 575-208-0306 (Business hours).

All registrations include lunches in the University of St. Thomas Dining Hall in the Anderson Student Center (Tuesday – Friday only).

Our opening banquet on Monday, June 19th, will be at the Anderson Student Center on the University of St. Thomas campus. In addition, we will have a banquet following our liturgy at St. Agnes Parish on Friday, June 23rd. These two banquets are included in the registration fee for full-time participants or companion participants*. Extra tickets for either banquet may be purchased upon request. The cost for the opening banquet is $50/person; the cost for the banquet at St. Agnes Parish is $25/person.

*These banquets are not included for those registering for day rate passes. If you are purchasing a day pass for Monday or Friday, please also purchase a banquet ticket if you wish to attend.

Our final closing lunch at the Anderson Student Center is not included in the full meal plan or registration fee. Please add it to your registration if you are able to join us for that final meal together. The closing lunch will be held at the Anderson Student Center following the final Mass at St. Mark’s parish on Saturday, June 24th and will include closing remarks by Dr. William Mahrt. The cost for this lunch is $30/person.

All registrants receive lunches as a part of their registration fee. For those who are not local to the Minneapolis/St. Paul area and especially anyone staying on-campus are highly encouraged to also purchase a full meal plan. The restaurant options near the campus are very limited.

Full-meal Plan: This plan will include meals as follows: Breakfast: Tuesday, June 20 – Saturday, June 24 (5 days), Dinner: Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22 (3 days). All meals will be taken at the Anderson Student Center Cafeteria. These meals taken together offer a wonderful opportunity for faculty and participants to share time together in addition to the regular Colloquium activities. We encourage all participants to take advantage of this opportunity. The cost for this plan is $88.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – LATE REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION FORM – download pdf file.

Photographs and Recordings: You are welcome to take photos and videos, but please do not use flash, especially during sacred liturgies.

We welcome private recordings during the Colloquium. In fact, amateur recordings are kept in a collection online by one of our members at this site, and are available for free access. If you do record a session or liturgy, please consider sharing your files with him so that others may hear them.

Contact us at programs@musicasacra.com for more information about sharing your recordings.

top of page

Conference Hotel

doubletreeHOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS are available at the Doubletree Hotel, 411 Minnesota Street, Saint Paul, MN 55101, (651) 291-8800. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $149 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of two per room. Add $10/person for extra occupancy up to a maximum of four/room. Make your reservation before May 19, 2017 to get the special group rate. Please use the link for reservations with the room block or mention group code 348.

Amenities in this all non-smoking hotel include free wifi, refrigerators and microwaves in all guest rooms. The daily parking charge is $15. The hotel offers both full-service restaurant and bar, as well as a fitness center and indoor pool.
To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate, access our event reservation page.

MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS

top of page

Helpful Links

Curious about the Sacred Music from previous Colloquia? Listen to some of the sound files from previous years at this website: http://music.dierschow.com/Colloquium/

CAMPUS MAP – University of St. Thomas (St. Paul)

RESTAURANTS near the University of St. Thomas

DORMITORY TIPS

top of page

Music Book

2017 Colloquium book– pdf

top of page

Colloquium 2016 Details

Colloquium Highlights

  • Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of a chant class for beginners, a course on chant improvisation, refresher courses for men or women, and schola chant courses for advanced men or women.
  • Breakout sessions during the week on a variety of topics, from directing, organist master classes, chironomy, semiology, children’s programs, among others.
  • Plenary lectures on topics of interest to all who love sacred music.
  • Optional choral experience with one of four choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Tallis, Palestrina, Byrd, Purcell, Bruckner, Lotti, Mozart, Sweelinck, Stanford, Morales, Ingenieri and La Rocca. You’ll learn with our gifted faculty, with choices of a beginning polyphony choir for those new to polyphony, or three choirs for more experienced singers.
  • Daily liturgies with careful attention to musical settings in English and Latin.
  • A gala welcome reception and dinner at the conference hotel.
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Training for priests, deacons, and seminarians in the sung Mass (not restricted to clergy and seminarians).
  • All music, including prepared books of chant and polyphony, as part of registration.
  • Your own copy of The Parish Book of Chant, 2nd edition.
  • Book sales from the CMAA warehouse. We offer discounts on our books to all attendees and an extra 10% discount to CMAA members.

top of page

Three Venues

The Tuesday Colloquium Mass will be held at the Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle; Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday Masses and Thursday Vespers will be held at the Shrine of St. Joseph in downtown St. Louis. On Friday, June 24th, Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, followed by an organ recital. 1.1253975151.st-louis-cathedral-basilicaStJohn1St-Joseph1

St. Louis is known as the “Rome of the West”. Experience the beauty of the liturgy in three of St. Louis’ most lovely Catholic Churches. From the spectacular mosaics of the Cathedral Basilica to the lovely and intimate Pro-cathedral to the lovingly restored Shrine, participants can enjoy the contrasts of these lovely churches while singing the Sacred Music of the Church.

top of page

Plenary Speakers

Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Plenary talk: “The Music of the Psalms.”
Most Rev. James D. Conley, D.D., S.T.L., Bishop of Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska,  Plenary talk: “Foretaste of Heavenly Liturgy.”
Rev. Jason J. Schumer, Kenrick Seminary, St. Louis, Missouri, Plenary talk: “How the Liturgy Grows: Is ‘Organic Development’ Fantasy or Reality?”

top of page

Faculty

Bro. Mark Bachmann, Choirmaster, Clear Creek Abbey
Dr. Mary Jane Ballou, CMAA Secretary, St. Augustine, FL
Wilko Brouwers, Monteverdi Choir, The Netherlands
Dr. Horst Buchholz, CMAA Vice President, St. Louis Cathedral
Mary Ann Carr-Wilson, St. Anne Catholic Church, San Diego, California
Charles Cole, Westminster Cathedral; Brompton Oratory, United Kingdom
Colleen Crafton, Ward Centre, Richmond, VA
David Hughes, St. Mary, Norwalk, CT
Dr. Ann Labounsky, Duquesne University
Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Stanford University
Matthew Meloche, SS Simon and Jude Cathedral, Phoenix, AZ
Jeffrey Morse, Sacramento, CA
Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Eastern Michigan University
Rev. Robert Pasley, Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ
Jonathan Ryan, Concert Organist
Dr. Edward Schaefer, University of Florida
Dr. Scott Turkington, Holy Family Church and Holy Family Academy, Minneapolis, MN
Dr. Paul Weber, St. Martin of Tours Catholic Church, Louisville, KY

Biographical information about the Colloquium Faculty

top of page

Organ Recital and Early Music Concert

the-baldacchino-10We are fortunate indeed to be able to enjoy an organ recital at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on Friday, June 24th at 8:30 pm. Professor Dr. Jörg Abbing, of Saarbruecken, Germany will present a recital.
Recital Repertory:

Joh. Seb Bach/A. Vivaldi – Concerto in A minor
Cesar Franck – Fantasie in A major
Max Reger – Toccata and Fuge D minor/D major op.59
Maurice Duruflé – Prélude et Fugue sur le nom d’ALAIN
Abbing – Improvisation on a submitted theme

This recital will be open to the public. For more information about Prof. Dr. Abbing, please visit our Faculty page.

As a special treat, we will enjoy the lovely Early Music sung by Pro-Arte Saint Louis, a professional ensemble directed by Dr. Horst Buchholz. Pro-Arte Saint Louis is an early music vocal ensemble that performs works predominantly drawn from the Medieval and Renaissance eras, including Chant, Organum, and Polyphony, the underpinnings of all later music, performed in an historically and stylistically informed manner. Pro-arteTheir repertoire is comprised of magnificent, but not often heard, compositions as well as recognizable masterworks. This concert will be on Monday, June 20th, following the welcome banquet at 7:30 pm.

top of page

Liturgies

Tuesday, June 21st Mass, Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Ordinary Form (OF), English
Wednesday, June 22nd Mass, Shrine of St. Joseph Ss John Fisher and Thomas More, (OF), Latin and English
Thursday, June 23rd Mass, Shrine of St. Joseph Requiem, Chanted, (EF) Latin
Thursday, June 23rd Vespers & Compline, Shrine of St. Joseph Vigil of St. John the Baptist, (EF), Latin
Friday, June 24th Mass, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis Birth of St. John the Baptist, (OF) Latin
Saturday, June 25th Mass, Shrine of St. Joseph St. William Abbott, (EF), Latin

Instructions for Clergy and Seminarians

Please download this instruction page for Clergy and Seminarians regarding participation in the liturgies of the Colloquium. Information regarding the vestment colors, as well as letters of good standing are detailed in the Instruction sheet. If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.
INSTRUCTIONS FOR CLERGY AND SEMINARIANS

top of page

Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be offered Tuesday – Friday on a range of various topics including:

Children’s Programs
Organ Classes (including two Master Class sessions)
Conducting Series
Miscellaneous Topics
Clergy Training
New Music Series
Semiology Series
Parish Music Programs
Gregorian Chant Modes

NEW! Complete listing of Breakout Sessions, including descriptions 

Organ Master Class sessions

Once again, we are fortunate to have Dr. Paul Weber and Jonathan Ryan offering organ masterclasses this year.

Up to three organists may sign up for each session to perform a piece of their choosing and receive instruction from either Dr. Paul Weber or Jonathan Ryan, which, in masterclass format, will be designed to apply generally to all those attending. Participants may pre-register for one of these sessions by contacting us at programs@musicasacra.com. Moderate to difficult repertoire is encouraged.

top of page

Chant Course Descriptions

Fundamentals for Men and Women (Director, Jonathan Ryan): This course in Gregorian chant is intended for real chant beginners: both those who can read modern notation and those with no musical training. Participants will learn how to read the four line staff, the names of the neumes, and how to navigate the intervals with solfege. Rhythm will be introduced. Course material will include the Ordinaries of the Mass and two Propers.

Refresher (two sections: Jeffrey Morse, Men; Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Women): This course offers continued study in Gregorian chant and is intended for those who have had some background in chant but do not sing chant on a regular basis. This is a beginning to intermediate course whose primary aim, like the foundations course, will not be performance in liturgy. Participants will be responsible for singing the Ordinaries of the Mass and will be prepared to sing three or four chant Propers during the week.

Schola (two sections: Charles Cole, Women; Wilko Brouwers, Men): This course is intended for advanced singers who sing chant regularly. The two scholas (men, women) will be responsible for the bulk of the more difficult Mass Propers sung during the week.

Advanced Seminar on Vocal/Polyphonic Improvisation on Chant (Director, William Mahrt): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their studies of Gregorian chant. This class will focus on study rather than performance, including various types of improvisation on chant including organum, diaphonum, descant and Fauxbourdon, with the seminar preparing two Mass Propers.

Office Choir for Men and Women: (Scott Turkington) This course is intended for intermediate to advanced singers and will concentrate on the singing of the divine office, particularly Vespers psalmody on Thursday evening. This choir will also take the lead in morning and night prayer during the week.

top of page

Polyphonic Choir Descriptions

David Hughes: Beginning Polyphonic Choir

This choir is designed to introduce and improve on the critical vocal and musical techniques necessary for singing polyphonic music. Singers will learn how to carry a part on their own, independent of other sections, and without accompaniment. Members of this choir will learn rhythm, pitch, and vocal production. The choir is designed for novice singers who would not yet benefit from a more advanced choir, but it might also be useful for directors who wish to see how a master goes about teaching inexperienced singers to make beautiful music. One piece is a part of this choir’s agenda: O Bone Jesu by Ingegnieri. This choir will sing at Mass on Saturday.

Wilko Brouwers: Palestrina Choir

The major piece this choir will sing under Brouwers’ direction is the Missa Papae Marcelli by Palestrina, which will be sung at Mass on Friday, June 24th. Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina (3 February 1525 or 2 February 1526 – 2 February 1594) was an Italian Renaissance composer of sacred music and the best-known 16th-century representati v e of the Roman School of musical composition. He has had a lasting influence on the development of church music, and his work has often been seen as the culmination of Renaissance polyphony. One of the hallmarks of Palestrina’s music is that dissonances are typically relegated to the “weak” beats in a measure. This produced a smoother and more consonant type of polyphony which is now considered to be definitive of late Renaissance music, given Palestrina’s position as Europe’s leading composer (along with Lassus) in the wake of Josquin (d. 1521). The “Palestrina style” now serves as a basis for college Renaissance counterpoint classes, thanks in large part to the efforts of the 18th-century composer and theorist Johann Joseph Fux, who, in a book called Gradus ad Parnassum (Steps to Parnassus, 1725), set about codifying Palestrina’s techniques as a pedagogical tool for students of composition. This choir will also sing motets by Sweelinck and Purcell.

Horst Buchholz: Mozart Choir

The Mozart Mass in C Major K. 220 Sparrow Mass is the major work to be sung by this choir under Buchholz’ direction. This orchestral Mass was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1775 or 1776 in Salzburg. The Mass is sometimes termed a Missa brevis et solemnis, because it is short in a simple structure as a Missa brevis, but festively scored like a Missa solemnis with brass and timpani in addition to four soloists, strings and organ. It was possibly first performed on 7 April 1776 in a Mass for Easter at the Salzburg Cathedral. The nickname is derived from violin figures in the Hosanna which resemble bird chirping. This orchestral Mass will be sung as the final Mass of the week on Saturday, June 25th at the Shrine of St. Joseph. This choir will also sing motets by Tallis and Lotti during the week.

Charles Cole: Motet Choir

Cole’s choir will sing a variety of motets during the week by various composers incuding: Byrd, Esquivel, Stanford, and LaRocca.

William Byrd (1539/40 – 1623), was an English composer of the Renaissance. He produced sacred music for use in Anglican services, although he himself became a Roman Catholic in later life and wrote Catholic sacred music as well. This choir will sing Byrd’s Ego Sum Panis Vivus, and Sacerdotes Domini.

Juan Esquivel, a Spanish composer, was a pupil of Juan Navarro. Esquivel served as maestro de capilla at Oviedo Cathedral from 1581-1585, after which he was at the Calahorra Cathedral until 1591, moving to Ciudad Rodrigo Cathedral until his death. Esquivel was one of the most prolific, and also one of the finest Spanish composers of his time; his motets stand comparison with those of Victoria on the same texts. Esquivel combines old techniques such as cantus firmus ostinatos and canonic construction with the newer procedures: harmony colored by the use of accidentals, paired imitation in direct or contrary motion, climaxes in a high register for poignant texts, dramatic pauses and contracts of texture. This choir will sing Esquivel’s Ego sum panis vivus.

Tomas Luis de Victoria (sometimes Italianised as da Vittoria; c.1548 – 27 August 1611) was the most famous composer in 16th-century Spain, and was one of the most important composers of the Counter-Reformation, along with Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina and Orlando di Lasso. Victoria was not only a composer, but also an accomplished organist and singer as well as a Catholic priest.  This choir will sing Jesu Dulcis Memoria, which has been attributed to Victoria, although it was probably a later composition.

Charles Villiers Stanford (1852-1924)  was an Irish composer, music teacher, and conductor. Born to a well-off and highly musical family in Dublin, Stanford was educated at the University of Cambridge before studying music in Leipzig and Berlin. Stanford composed a substantial number of concert works, including seven symphonies, but his best-remembered pieces are his choral works for church performance, chiefly composed in the Anglican tradition. Stanford’s Justorum Animae will be sung by this choir.

The piece by Frank LaRocca is the composition O Sacrum Convivium, from his most recent album In This Place. Trained as an academic modernist during his degree studies at Yale and University of California, Berkeley, La Rocca came to see this approach as a barrier to authentic musical expression, and spent many years in search of a personal creative language. His catalog includes works in all genres, with an emphasis on a cappella sacred choral works.

top of page

Repertory

View the entire list of musical repertory that will be sung by chant and polyphony choirs for Colloquium XXVI:
Repertory by Choir
Repertory Plan
Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli
Mozart’s Sparrow Mass

top of page

New Music

This year’s breakout schedule includes three days of breakouts with David Hughes, where you’ll be able to collaborate with other composers to fine-tune your compositions. Please bring at least 15 copies of the work you plan to use during the session for participants in the breakout. The best compositions from the New Music Breakout sessions will be used for the New Music Reading session on Thursday afternoon. New Music Participants: Please plan to provide digital pdf files from the compositions to the Colloquium for final printing before the Reading session.

The New Music Reading for this year’s Sacred Music Colloquium is scheduled for Thursday, June 23, 2016 at 2:45 pm at the conference hotel.
If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

top of page

Schedule

To get an idea of the schedule of events, please see our Schedule of Events. This will give detailed information about the events of the week, including time and location.
NEW! For an overview, please see the Schedule at a Glance.

Scholarships

The CMAA is dependent on donations for scholarships. If you are interested in sponsoring a musician, priest or seminarian’s attendance, please write to us at programs@musicasacra.com or make a donation to our Annual Fund. No amount is too small. All scholarship donations are applied directly to scholarships. If making a donation to the Annual Fund, you can also specify that your donation is to be used for scholarships. To make a donation to the Annual Fund, please use this form or make an online donation:




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. Send applications to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. 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 programs@musicasacra.com to assure you don’t miss the deadline. UPDATE: Scholarship deadline has passed.

Application Form
Scholarship Recommendation Form

top of page

Registration

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – LATE REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION FORM

ONLINE LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED. Check or credit card payment must accompany registration. Registration and full payment must be postmarked on or before March 1st (Early Bird) or May 7th May 15th (Regular). Registrations postmarked after May 15th will be charged a $50 late fee. You may register online or by mail. If you wish to make installment payments for your fees, please use the mail-in form. Your registration is not considered complete unless accompanied by the $75 non-refundable deposit. Registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or online) 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. Full payment must be made by the respective deadlines. UPDATE: We can no longer accept any more registrations.

Cancellation: Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office postmarked on or before June 7th will receive a refund less the non-refundable $75 deposit. After that date, refunds are given only in the form of a credit toward registration for the 2017 Colloquium. Refunds will be processed after the Colloquium. All requests for credit must be received in the CMAA office or by email (programs@musicasacra.com) by June 19th in order to be considered for credit. Late requests may only receive a partial credit, depending on charges to the CMAA for meals.

Member Discounts

With a current CMAA membership, the members’ rate is available to you; it is not transferable to another person. If your parish has a CMAA parish membership, please note the name of your parish on your registration form.

Not yet a member? Join now and receive the benefits of membership for a full year for the same price as a non-member registration. Once your membership payment is received, you’ll receive an email with information about the member discount code. Email us at gm@musicasacra.com for any questions.
Join the CMAA

Youth Participants

A parent or chaperone must accompany youth attendees under eighteen. The chaperone must be at least twenty-one years old and registered for the full Colloquium or as a Companion. A parental or guardian permission form and release must be on file with the CMAA before anyone under the age of eighteen may be admitted to the Colloquium, either by sending the completed form or by presenting it at registration. If the youth participant is not accompanied by a parent, a medical treatment authorization form must also be provided to the chaperone or guardian.

Daily Registration

Be sure to indicate the day(s) for which you are registering and note that the fee for full convention registration is usually less than the fee for multiple days. Daily registration is not available online; it must be done on the registration form.

Additional Information

Companion (Adult): Those registering as companions are welcome to accompany a full Colloquium registrant to all activities except breakouts and choir rehearsals. A separate registration form must be filled out for each companion including payment for any additional activities and must include the name of the Full Convention Registrant. Companion registration is not available online; it must be done on the registration form.

Arrangements for guests to attend meals may be made, but require at least 72 hours’ notice. The opening banquet is included for all registrants with full tuition or companion pass.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – LATE REGISTRATION
REGISTRATION FORM

Scholarship Assistance may be available for partial tuition for persons or parishes of limited means. To apply for a scholarship, please see information about scholarship applications above. Or request a packet from the CMAA office by calling (505) 263-6298. Application deadline is April 7th.

Photographs and Recordings: You are welcome to take photos and videos, but please do not use flash, especially during sacred liturgies.

We welcome private recordings during the Colloquium. In fact, amateur recordings are kept in a collection online by one of our members at this site, and are available for free access. If you do record a session or liturgy, please consider sharing your files with him so that others may hear them.

Contact us at programs@musicasacra.com for more information about sharing your recordings.

top of page

Conference Hotel

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS are available at the St. Louis City Center Hotel, 400 South 14th Street, St. Louis, Missouri, 63103, (314) 231-5007. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $109 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of four per room. Make your reservation before May 30, 2016 to get the special group rate.
An early departure fee of $50 will apply. To avoid the early checkout fee, a 48 hours’ notice of change in stay before check-in is required. The hotel is a non-smoking hotel.

Amenities include free internet in all guest rooms and discounted overnight self parking at $12 per day (discounted from $17/day). The property includes a fitness center, swimming pool, full service restaurant and bar.
To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate, access our event reservation page.

MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS

Are you interested in sharing a room with another attendee? A CMAA member has volunteered to assist with matching up potential roommates. If you would like to share a room, contact Barbara Manson at rooms@musicasacra.com. Please provide her with information including gender and dates of arrival and departure to assist in finding a likely roommate for you. Potential roommates will be put in contact with each other by request. Determining whether or not to share a room and any financial arrangements for payment will be your own responsibility.

top of page

Helpful Links

Curious about the Sacred Music from previous Colloquia? Listen to some of the sound files from previous years at this website: http://music.dierschow.com/Colloquium/

St. Louis Metro: It is amazingly easy to get to the conference for all air travelers. You can catch the train straight from the airport to the city at the low cost of only $4.00 from the airport to the hotel.
Directions:
From Terminal One (All Airlines except Southwest and a few regionals):
From the gate, proceed to the baggage claim area. While in the baggage claim area look for signage directing you to the Metro Link (With your back to the baggage carousels and facing the parking exits, it should direct you to your left).
Following the signs, you will take an escalator to an upper level. There you will be able to buy your metro link pass.
The signs will continue to direct you to the Metro Link platform.
All trains will be eastbound and should be taken to the Civic Center Station, which takes about 1/2 hour. Exit at the Civic Center station; the St. Louis City Center hotel will be across the street.

From Terminal Two (Southwest and a few regionals):
From the gate, proceed to the baggage claim area. While in the baggage claim area look for signage directing you to the Metro Link (It will look like you are heading to the parking garage).
Following the signs, you will cross the pick-up traffic lane at a crosswalk and take an elevator to an upper level. There you will be able to buy your metro link pass and board the train.
Take an eastbound train to the Civic Center Station (takes about 1/2 hour). Exit at the Civic Center station; the St. Louis City Center hotel will be across the street.

Shuttle Service
Do you prefer to take a shuttle? A local shuttle service has offered discounted rates for Colloquium participants — GO BEST Express Door-to- Door Airport Shuttle Service. Click here to reserve your airport shuttle ride to/from Lambert International Airport and your hotel. Our group has a discounted rate of $17 each way per person. Reservations MUST be made online using the link to receive the discounted rate. Standard rates ($22 one way) will apply for walk up reservations made on the spot.

top of page

Music Book

2016 Colloquium book–larger, high-resolution pdf (24 megabytes)

2016 Colloquium book–smaller, low-resolution pdf (10 megabytes)

top of page

Colloquium 2016 Faculty

Prof. Dr. Joerg Abbing

Abbing Dr. Joerg Abbing was born in Duisburg, Germany, and studied organ and church music, musicology, and art history at the Robert Schumann Conservatory in Duesseldorf and the University of Saarbruecken. He graduated with degrees in church music, the organ performance diploma, and earned his PhD with a dissertation on the organ works of Maurice Duruflé. He continued his studies in organ and improvisation in Paris with André Isoir and Naji Hakim.

Since 1995, he has served as Kantor and Organist at the former abbey church of St. Arnual (“Stiftskirche”) in Saarbruecken. In 1997 he became lecturer in organ and piano at the Diocesan Institute for Church Music in Speyer. He has also served as a lecturer for musicology and organ improvisation at the Saarbruecken University of Music, until he was appointed Professor of Music at that institution in 2011. Joerg Abbing has given many concerts and masterclasses in Germany and abroad. He has published in several journals and is author of the first biographies of Maurice Duruflé (2002) and Jean Guillou (2006).

His artistic activities also include include numerous CD, TV and radio productions.

In June of 2014 Prof. Abbing was appointed Dean of Music and Pedagogy at the Saarbruecken University of Music.

Bro. Mark Bachmann

bachmannAfter earning a Bachelor’s degree in liberal arts, Brother Mark Bachmann entered Fontgombault, a Benedictine monastery in France, where he was ordained a priest in 1991.

Sent as one of the 13 founders of Clear Creek monastery in 1999, he has served as choirmaster at the monastery since 2009.

Brother Bachmann will present a breakout session about the formation of the Clear Creek schola as a model of oral tradition (from Solesmes to Clear Creek).

top of page

Dr. Mary Jane Ballou

BallouDr. Mary Jane Ballou will be presenting two breakout sessions during the week. Her breakout presentations will focus on two of the “nuts and bolts” issues that face choirs and scholas: the aging female voice and the “choir management for cowards.”

Dr. 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 piano and organ at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music with Marta Bracchi-Le Roux and Joy Crocker and early music with Laurette Goldberg. Dr. Ballou received her Doctorate in Sacred Music from the Graduate Theological Foundation, where she specialized in the music for the Latin Rite funeral rituals before and after the Second Vatican Council. Her article, “Setting the Stage: Liturgical Reform in the Mid-20th Century” was published in Foundation Theology 2013. She is also a regular contributor to Sacred Music journal on the practical aspects of schola training and management.

Mary Jane Ballou has studied Gregorian chant and semiology with Fr. Lawrence Heimann, C.PP.S., St. Joseph College, and Dom Daniel Saulnier, O.S.B. at the Abbey of St. Peter at Solesmes, France. 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 and has consulted with pastors and choir directors wishing to implement chant and traditional polyphony in their parishes. Cantorae St. Augustine has assisted at both Ordinary and Extraordinary Form Masses and has presented Vespers in both Latin and English at the Shrine of La Leche in St. Augustine for over six years. Dr. Ballou has served on the faculties of the Summer Colloquium and the Chant Intensive of the Church Music Association of America and the Musica Sacra Florida annual Gregorian Chant conferences. Her training and experience combine the classical Solesmes method with insights from contemporary semiological studies. The goal is a fluent chant style that will engage modern worshippers with the Church’s liturgy through the ages. She is an experienced teacher of beginning and continuing singers of chant and is known for her engaging yet thorough style.

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. As the founder of the early music ensemble Alondra in St. Augustine, Florida, Dr. Ballou has researched and presented programs on the musical heritage of the first Spanish settlement in what became the United States of America. 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.

top of page

Wilko Brouwers

wilko_dirigiendoWilko Brouwers of the Netherlands will conduct one of the polyphonic choirs at XXVI CMAA Summer Colloquium in St. Louis, and the Men’s Schola chant choir as well as present a conducting breakout session entitled “First Aid for Conductors”. He has taught both chant and polyphony at the CMAA Colloquia since 2004. He has also taught courses at other CMAA events, including Summer Chant Intensive 2015 and is one of the directors for the CMAA’s Winter Sacred Music event in January 2016.

This year the central work of his choir will be the Palestrina Missa Papae Marcelli. Brouwers’ polyphonic choir will also sing motets by composers Purcell and Sweelinck.

Read more ...

Archives