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Simple English Propers Organ Accompaniments are available

In the three years since CMAA published Adam Bartlett’s collection of antiphons and psalms Simple English Propers, many parishes have adopted the SEP and sung the melodies without organ accompaniment, as indeed they were designed. But through that same time we’ve also been asked whether we would ever offer a companion set of organ accompaniments.

In 2014, composer Ryan Dingess has fulfilled that request by publishing his own two-volume set to accompany the Simple English Propers. Ryan has kindly allowed CMAA to offer the books as a free PDF download (Volume I | Volume II). In addition, the volumes are available in hardcopy form from

Conference in St. Louis October 23-25

Flyer for conference: Musica Sacra St. LouisThe fifth annual Musica Sacra St. Louis conference will explore “The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary” and “English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers”. Instructors include Dr. William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University; and Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The conference is open to all who have an interest in the history and application of music in the liturgy; music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests and deacons, religious, seminarians, etc.

For more information, click on the image, or grab the flyer, or read more at the Archdiocesan Office for Sacred Music, or call 314-614-7702.

Reminder: Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium August 22-23

Various publications in the past few years attest to a growing interest in the office of Compline, including Kenneth Peterson’s Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline and The Song of Prayer: A Practical Guide to Learning Gregorian Chant. These, and other resources, will be part of a Paraclete Press table at the August 22-23 Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium, itself dedicated to the office of Compline.

In addition to chant, workshop sessions will also introduce lesser-known but beautiful Compline-oriented polyphonic works, including a Salva nos by Palestrina. For more information about the colloquium, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, see The registration deadline is August 15, 2014.

An update about CMAA membership

This year CMAA is making some changes to the Association’s system of membership, and President William Mahrt has an update about what it means for you as a participant in CMAA and a reader of our journal. The news went out to subscribers along with the Spring issue of Sacred Music, but if you haven’t seen it yet, it’s on-line in our 2014 Membership Update.

Minneapolis: Chant Intensive for High-Schoolers

Chant expert Scott Turkington is preparing a summer chant program for high-school students in July. Here’s the news:
Gregorian Chant Intensive