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.
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
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!
Make your plans to join us as we return to Chicago for the 2018 Colloquium – at Loyola University, June 25-30, 2018.
Visit our Colloquium page for all the details:
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:
Online and mail-in registration is now available.
*CMAA Ward Courses do not offer Ward Center accreditation or have any affiliation with the Center for Ward Studies.
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.
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.
… 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:
*Please note that CMAA Ward Courses are not affiliated with the Ward Centre.
June 19-24, 2017
University of St. Thomas
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Don’t delay… Register now for the CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium.
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.
Friday, May 19 & Saturday, May 20, 2017
at Saint Mark the Evangelist Church, Tampa, FL
The Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) is pleased to announce the 9th annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.
The Conference will include:
“Sacred Music in the Secular Sphere: Can Beauty Lead to the Good and the True?”, Mary Jane Ballou, D.S.M.
Scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), advanced men, advanced women
Opening Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening. Music provided by the Schola of Epiphany of Our Lord Roman Catholic Church, Tampa, FL under the direction of Anders Bergmann.
Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening (anticipated Sunday Mass) with English & Latin chants provided by conference participants.
For all the details about the conference and how to register, visit:
MUSICA SACRA FLORIDA CHANT CONFERENCE PAGE
Michael Alan Anderson, director
The course will balance exposure to the genres and styles of traditional Western plainchant with the study and execution of Renaissance vocal polyphony. Sessions will center not just on performance but also on historical background, notation, and contemporary theory and practice. In a short concert at week’s end, students will present – as an SATB choir – an unpublished sixteenth-century polyphonic Vespers, which incorporates both chant and polyphony. This course is appropriate for church music directors, choral directors, and singers wishing to gain a stronger foundation in early music. The institute takes place in Chicago at St. John Cantius Church, recently named the most beautiful church in the United States and well known for its rich tradition of sacred music.
Participant Concert: A Renaissance Vespers – Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm., St. John Cantius Church
Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony – Chicago
Professional Development Hours: 30
$1,550 / 1 credit CRN 18500
$650 / noncredit CRN 18496
To apply for this course: APPLY NOW