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Still thinking about the CMAA Summer Chant Courses?

Regular registration for the 2016 Summer Chant courses ends May 31st. Save late fees by registering now! We have a few spaces still available for each course.

During the week of June 27 – July 1, 2016, the CMAA and the Mary Pappert Music School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh are hosting two courses.

The Summer Chant Intensive is focused on directing skills this summer. Join Wilko Brouwers in developing your directing skills in a 5-day course on conducting chant. See all the details about the course at our Summer Chant Course webpage.

Ward I – That All May Sing is offered for the first time by the CMAA. Scott Turkington will share his expertise in the Ward Method during the course which also runs June 27 – July 1. For all the details, visit our Summer Chant Course webpage.

If you have questions about the courses, or want to check availability, please contact us at

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.