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Upcoming Church Music Events

The CMAA is pleased to post information about your sacred music event. Contact us for details. See the forum for more church music events. If you are thinking of organizing a workshop, here are some practical suggestions, including a link to information on how to create your own online registration form.

Maine Sacred Music Conference – 1st Annual

On Friday, August 9, 2019, the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, in Lewiston, ME, will host the first Annual Maine Sacred Music Conference. Join Catholic musicians, religious, and lay people dedicated to the revival of the centuries-old commitment to beauty and reverence in Catholic liturgy as they explore the liturgical forms and practices that have long formed the foundation of Catholic worship.

The keynote speaker for the day will be Dr. Jennifer Donelson, director of the Schola Cantorum of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, and the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale. Ms. Donelson is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary, where she also teaches sacred music courses in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians. She is the President of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, serves on the board of the Church Music Association of America, and is the managing editor of the CMAA’s journal Sacred Music. She has published extensively on Gregorian chant, the sacred liturgy, and the music of Olivier Messiaen and Charles Tournemire, and has served as the organizer for numerous conferences on these and related topics, including the 2015 Sacra Liturgia conference in New York.

Morning lecture topics will include an introduction to the Catholic liturgical tradition and the spirituality of Gregorian Chant, while afternoon workshops will be dedicated to the practical, teaching and learning Gregorian chant and introducing it to parishes. The day will end with a traditional Latin Mass celebrated in the Basilica’s Upper Church.

For more information about registration and schedule, contact Scott Vaillancourt at scott.vaillancourt@portlanddiocese.org

CMAA Summer 2019 Chant Courses

June 24-28, 2019
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA

UPDATE: ONLINE REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

The CMAA is proud to present two summer courses for 2019. Both courses will be held concurrently at the Mary Pappert Music School at Duquesne University.

Chant Intensive

Instructor Jeffrey Morse

A five-day practical experience for beginners and intermediate chant singers

Laus in Ecclesia

Instructor Br. Mark Bachmann, OSB, choirmaster at Clear Creek Abbey

An in-depth exploration for beginners, the first part of a three-level program to train chant singers and conductors

More details on both courses:

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The 29th Sacred Music Colloquium (2019)

“Six Days of Musical Heaven”

July 1 – 6, 2019
Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

More information on the Sacred Music Colloquium…

The Church Music Association of America is proud to invite you to celebrate with us as we hold our 29th Colloquium in 2019, to be held at the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium continues to be the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world. Our 2019 program offers new and expanded opportunities for learning, singing, listening, and interacting with some of the best minds and musicians in the Catholic world today! All liturgies will be held at the Basilica.

The CMAA Colloquium is primarily focused on instruction and experience in chant and the Catholic sacred music tradition, participation in chant choirs, lectures and performances and daily liturgies. During the week, you’ll be able to participate in ordinary and extraordinary form Masses, in Latin, Latin/Spanish and English, Vespers, and daily sung morning and night prayer.

As a participant, you are an integral part of the beautiful music from the Roman Catholic tradition. Experience not only the traditional Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony of the church’s musical treasure, but also new compositions of English propers and ordinaries by various composers, as well as modern motets. For the second year, the Sacred Music Colloquium will also offer Mass in Spanish, with Spanish propers and a Latin Ordinary for our Thursday liturgy.

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Sacred Music Symposium in British Columbia, July 20-22, 2018

News has come to us of a fine project in western Canada: SS. Joachim and Ann Parish in Aldergrove, B.C., near Vancouver, is hosting an educational and practical conference on sacred music in July. For information on the B.C. Sacred Music Symposium, see their website and check out the video.

Southeastern Sacred Music Workshop 2018: Charlotte, NC, July 27-28

The fourth annual Southeastern Summer Sacred Music Workshop will take place in Charlotte, N.C., on Friday, July 27, and Saturday, July 28, 2018. This year’s workshop is to be hosted by the Cathedral of St. Patrick, 1621 Dilworth Road East, Charlotte 28203.

Singers, organists, clergy, and laity alike will come from all over the Southeastern United States to learn and sing Gregorian chant and polyphonic music.

Participants will have the opportunity to join a chant group and motet ensemble of their choosing, from beginner to advanced. The event will culminate with a sung liturgy Saturday afternoon.

Breakout courses will be offered on a variety of topics of interest to music directors, singers, organists, and clergy.

The $75 registration fee covers all materials as well as a light breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

The complete list of faculty in alphabetical order:
Rev. Fr. Charles Byrd-Chaplain and Break-out session presenter
Gianfranco DeLuca-organ
Kevin Faulkner-Experienced Men’s Chant Director
Tiffany Gallozzi-Chant Fundamentals/Novice Chant Director
Alex Hill-Break-out Session presenter
Tom Savoy-Polyphony Choir Director
Bridget Scott-Advanced Women’s Chant Director

Voice instructors: Jonathan Eason and Maria McDaniel Willathgamuwa will be available for private lessons as well as presenting individual break-out sessions.

There will be numerous break-out sessions from which to choose, including: “Elevating Spanish Liturgy without Killing the Culture”, “Getting the Most and the Best from a Small Parish Choir”, “Why We Sing: The Historical Precedent for Liturgical Singers”, “It’s about the Future: Forming Children in the Faith Through Children’s Choirs”, Organ Master Class with Gianfranco DeLuca, and private voice lessons will be available.

Bishop Peter Joseph Jugis, JCD, Diocese of Charlotte, will be the principal celebrant and homilist at the concluding Mass.

Click to reserve a hotel room at the Courtyard Charlotte City Center at the group rate of $129 per night. To receive the group rate, reserve your room by June 27.

For all the details, including faculty bios, visit their website here: SOUTHEASTERN SACRED MUSIC

We hope to see you there!

Online registration and payment are available now. Participants may also pay by check, if preferred.

CMAA Summer Courses – 2018

Announcing the 2018 CMAA Summer Courses

We are happy to announce the opening of registration for the coming Summer Courses with the CMAA. Four courses will be offered this year, during the week of June 18-22, 2018, at the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

The Four Courses offered will be:

Chant Intensive, taught by David Hughes
Clear Creek Monastery’s Laus in Ecclesia – Level One, taught by Br. Mark Bachmann
Ward I – That All May Sing*, taught by Scott Turkington
Ward II – Intermediate*, taught by Wilko Brouwers

Get all the details about the schedule, details of the courses, housing options and registration at our webpage:

2018 CMAA SUMMER COURSES

Online and mail-in registration is now available.

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*CMAA Ward Courses do not offer Ward Center accreditation or have any affiliation with the Center for Ward Studies.

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chattanooga-aSoutheastern Sacred Music’s Summer Workshop | July 21-22, 2017 | St. Brigid Parish, Johns Creek, GA

The workshop begins on Friday, July 21, at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with Mass at 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22. The program includes chant sessions, polyphony sessions, organ and voice lessons (by appointment), rehearsals for Mass, and a concert, as well as dinner on Friday and lunch on Saturday.

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For more information, visit the Southeastern Sacred Music website. If you have questions, call 770-380-1523 or e-mail us.

Gregorian Institute of Canada – 12th Annual Colloquium

August 10-13, 2017 | Saint-Benoît-du-Lac Abbey (QC)

The Institute is proud to announce that its 12th Annual Colloquium will take place between August 10th and 13th, 2017 at the Benedictine Abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Quebec).

The colloquium programme focuses on practical workshops in Gregorian chant directed by Jean Pascal Ollivry.

Workshops for beginners led by Jean-Pierre Noiseux, will also be offered.

Dom Richard Gagné, O.S.B., will give a talk on the life and work of his predecessor, Dom Georges Mercure, O.S.B., and on historical recordings of Gregorian chant made between 1936 and 1948 with the monks under Dom Mercure’s direction.

The colloquium will conclude with the celebration of Sunday Mass in the church of Saint-Patrice in Magog, where chant will be performed by colloquium participants.

Early bird Registration is available until Thursday, June 15, 2017. After that date, the full rate will apply.

The Program, Music pdf, and Registration Form are online at www.gregorian.ca .

Register Now for a Ward Course!

You still have time… not much, but a little…

… to register to learn the Ward Method* with one of the finest Ward instructors in the US – Scott Turkington. Turkington will teach the CMAA’s Introductory Course this summer at Duquesne University as part of the CMAA’s summer course program.

In addition, the CMAA is also offering the next level of Ward Instruction for the first time this summer with instructor Wilko Brouwers, from the Netherlands. Wilko’s course will include the use of his newly published book Now I Walk In Beauty: 100 Songs and Melodies for School and Choir. Thanks to the generous donors who have supported this new publication, the book will be literally “hot off the presses” for our summer programs.

We still have room in our classes for a few more participants. Please make plans to join us in Pittsburgh June 26-30 at Duquesne University.

There will be two courses offered.

Ward Method I – That All May Sing will be taught by Scott Turkington. Participants will learn the basic principles and the practice of this method developed by Justine Ward in the early 20th century and how it can be used with our 21st century children. Its fundamental principle is that all children can learn to sing, not just those with natural gifts.

Ward Method II – Intermediate moves beyond the first year. Wilko Brouwers will share his expertise and experience with the method to pass on more advanced techniques. It will expand on the training in Ward Method I.

The CMAA is convinced that this method has great value for developing future generations of singers, both those in the choirs and those in the pews. You can be part of that project.

You can learn more details about the courses and register by following this link:

CMAA SUMMER COURSES

*Please note that CMAA Ward Courses are not affiliated with the Ward Centre.

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Register Now for the 2017 Colloquium!

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

TWENTY-SEVEN YEARS OF SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIA

June 19-24, 2017
University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota

Don’t delay… Register now for the CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium.

 

 

 

UPDATE: ACCEPTING LATE REGISTRATIONS

The CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium continues to be the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world. Our 2017 program offers new and expanded opportunities for learning, singing, listening, and interacting with some of the best minds and musicians in the Catholic world today!

Liturgies will be held at three great venues – the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus, the Church of St. Mark, and St. Agnes Church. In addition, we will have an organ recital at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul on Wednesday evening.

Each participant typically participates in two choirs — one chant and one polyphony. You have the opportunity to sing with fantastic directors along with other participants who love sacred music at liturgies during the week. With wide-ranging breakout topics covering a host of subjects, you can expand your knowledge and hear what other musicians are doing across the country (and the world).

Enjoy the lovely campus of the University of St. Thomas, where the sessions will held during the week.

For all the details about the Colloquium, visit the Colloquium Main Page, Colloquium Details Page, and Faculty Page.

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