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Chant Workshop in Tuscaloosa, March 14-15, 2014


March 14-15, 2014

733 James I. Harrison, Jr. Parkway East
Tuscaloosa, Alabama 35405

Workshop is in parish hall behind church.

For Whom: General public, especially those with musical and liturgical interests.

What: Introduction to chant. Reading Gregorian notation.
The parts of the Mass (Ordinary and Propers).
Introduction to singing the Ordinary of the Mass in English and Latin.
Chant hymns and chant resources.

Optional extra:
Singing Mass propers at 5:30 p.m. Mass on March 15th.

When: Friday, March 14, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Saturday, March 15, 9:00 – Noon
(Optional extra: Afternoon session from 1:00 to 3:15 and singing at 5:30 Mass.)

Chant Mistress: The workshop will be presented by Arlene Oost-Zinner, director of the St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum in Auburn, AL. She has served as director of programs for the Church Music Association of America since 2006. She has taught chant at all levels for the CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium, the CMAA Chant Intensive, and at workshops around the country. She completed her studies in Gregorian chant at the Catholic University of America, and has participated in master classes under leading chant masters of international reputation. She has written for the Catholic Answer, Crisis, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Inside Catholic, and other publications. She is the composer and editor of the Parish Book of Psalms (CMAA, 2012) and translator & editor of Words with Wings (CMAA, 2012).

Cost and Registration: Registration is a snap. Just call or e-mail Deacon Adrian Straley at (205) 553-5296 or At sign-in, pay $10.00 by cash or check (payable to Adrian Straley) for all materials & Saturday lunch. Space is limited, so sign up now.

Royce Nickel: Passion According To Saint Matthew (Palm Sunday, Year A)

Composer Royce Nickel has prepared a setting of the Palm Sunday Passion Gospel for Year A (St. Matthew) for three-part choir (SAB) and three soloists (T, B, Ba), and has shared it with us. He writes:

“The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ according to St. Matthew”, a setting of the Gospel appointed for Palm Sunday in Year A, according to the Lectionary for Mass for Use in the Dioceses of the United States.  Following the tradition of sung Passions, this work provides three solo parts for most of the narrative and choral sections (SAB) for the voice of the crowd.  The choral passages are well within the ability of a modest parish choir.  The solo parts of tenor, bass (Christus) and baritone (Evangelist) employ simple reciting formulas, each set at its own pitch level within a Mode 3 (Phrygian) modality.


Royce Nickel: Palm Sunday Gospel, Year A


Licensing: Creative Commons BY-NC-ND 3.0: this license allows free use and reproduction, provided that the work is (1) attributed to the composer;  (2) not sold; (3) not altered.

February: Musica Sacra conference in St. Louis

The Office of Sacred Music in the Archdiocese of St. Louis is presenting the fourth annual diocesan conference on Musica Sacra, February 13-15: a conference on Chant in the Liturgy, led by Dr. Horst Buchholz, director of sacred music, and chant scholar Mr. Scott Turkington. Both are CMAA board members and great teachers.

The conference schedule includes a mix of lectures and practicum, and it is designed for everyone with an interest in chant for the liturgy: musicians, clergy, singers, liturgists. You can register on-line.

As a bonus for people coming from out of town, the conference has a very good rate on lodging at Saint Louis University: just $70 for two nights.

For information, contact the Office of Sacred Music at

September: Chant Workshop Series in Reno, NV

Regina Pacis Cantorum and St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral in Reno, NV, are pleased to present “The Living Tradition of Gregorian Chant,” a workshop series covering many aspects of Gregorian chant. The sessions are Sept. 7, 14, 21 & 28 from 1:30 PM – 4:30 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral. Presenters are Deacon Joe Bell (St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral), Rev. Francisco Nahoe, O.F.M., Conv. (Rector, St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral), Professor William Mahrt (President CMAA) and Kathy Reinheimer (Director, Regina Pacis Cantorum).

Each workshop will have a lecture session dealing with various liturgical topics followed by instruction in how to read and sing Gregorian chant. Participants will sing at the 5 PM Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Cathedral following the September 28 session.

Requested donation: $25 (covers all four weeks). Registration required. For information and to register, contact Kathy Reinheimer 775/345-6106 or e-mail Please put “Chant Workshop” in the subject line.

Sep 13: October Conference Registration deadline approaching

The Church Music Association of America will hold a conference exploring renewal movements within the Church’s liturgy and sacred music October 13–15, 2013, at the Church of Saint Agnes and the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The conference marks the 40th anniversary of the residence of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, founded by Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul. The conference seeks to explore, through critical analysis, former and present efforts to revive the Church’s sacred liturgy and music, particularly as exemplified by Msgr. Schuler’s work.

Registration is due by September 13.

For more information, see the conference description.