Church Music Association of America

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.

Fall Sacred Music Retreat | Vancouver, WA

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OCTOBER 7-8, 2016 | Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater
218 W. 12th St., Vancouver, Washington 98660

A Two-Day Introduction and Continuing Education of the Church’s Sacred Music:

The curriculum will be centered around learning the different areas of music within the Mass (Propers, Ordinaries, and sacred polyphony accessible to any choir) and enhancing the vocal technique required to attain such music. Lectures will also touch on the Sacred Liturgy as a whole, and the role music must play in returning to a proper understanding of the Mass.


Open to all choir directors and church musicians of any level:
$20 for individuals
$100 for parish choirs up to 15 members
$150 for parish choirs over 15 members

Register by October 1, 2016 by visiting


Friday, October 7th
5:00 pm: Check-in and Welcoming
5:30 pm: Opening Lecture: The Spirit of the Sacred Liturgy, Scott Powell
6:30 pm: Sung Vespers for the Memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary
7:00 pm – 8:30 pm: First Rehearsal

Saturday, October 8th
9:00 am: Sung Votive Mass to the BVM by the St. James Collegium Musicum
10:00 am: Breakfast (provided) and Lecture: Singing THE Mass, not Singing AT Mass, Scott Powell
11:00 am: Voice Technique Part 1, Andrew Steele
12:00 pm: Second Rehearsal (with small break for lunch)
2:00 pm: Split Sessions: Vocal Technique 2, Andrew Steele
Q&A and Presentation for Music Directors, Scott Powell
3:30 pm: Final Rehearsal
5:00 pm: Sung Vigil Mass by all conference participants
6:00 pm: Farewell Reception




Scott Powell – Pastoral Assistant of Music and Liturgy, Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater. Director and Organist of the St. James Collegium Musicum


Andrew Steele – Baritone and Vocal Coach, Pastoral Assistant of Faith Formation of the Proto-Cathedral of St. James the Greater

Announcing Winter Sacred Music 2017


Winter Sacred Music 2017 | January 2-6, 2017 | Birmingham, AL

Get all the details about the upcoming Winter Sacred Music program at the program webpage and make plans to join us there. Join directors Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins for five days of Chant and Polyphony at the lovely Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham. Registration is now available. Space for this program will be limited, so make your plans to join us now.

Winter Sacred Music Webpage

Gregorian Institute of Canada – Chant Colloquium 2016

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August 11-14, 2016
Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto

The Gregorian Institute of Canada is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015). Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has traveled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant.

The colloquium also includes a series of scholarly papers in honour of the late Andrew Hughes, renowned Canadian chant scholar and Professor at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the workshops and lectures, there will be daily offices and Sunday mass sung with Gregorian Chant.

The Program and Registration Form are online at .

Register Now for Sacred Music Workshop II

chattanooga-aSoutheastern Sacred Music’s Summer Workshop | July 22-23, 2016 | Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Chattanooga, TN

UPDATE: Register before JULY 10th!! Late Registrations will continue to be accepted after July 10th as space allows!

See updated information about the workshop here: WORKSHOP UPDATE

The workshop begins on Friday, July 22, at 1:30 p.m. and concludes with Mass at 4 p.m. Saturday, July 23. The program includes chant sessions, rehearsals for Mass, a chanted Vespers service, and an organ recital.

See the latest article by Andrew Leung about the Basilica where the upcoming event will be held here: A Guardian of the Sacred Tradition in the South


For more information, visit the Southeastern Sacred Music website, email Maria Rist, or call 865-335-0588.

Colloquium Music Book Available for Download

Hot Off the Presses…


Photo courtesy of Rene Zajner

…take a look through the Colloquium Music book before you get to St. Louis. Although you’ll receive a nicely printed copy at registration, you can see it online now.

Download the book here:

2016 Colloquium book–larger, high-resolution pdf (24 megabytes)
2016 Colloquium book–smaller, low-resolution pdf (10 megabytes)

For all the details about the event, visit the Colloquium details page here:
Colloquium Details


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

Announcing Southeastern Sacred Music’s Summer Workshop


Mark your calendar:

Summer Sacred Music Workshop II

Friday and Saturday, July 22-23, 2016
The Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Chattanooga, Tennessee

Building on the success of the 2015 workshop held at Our Lady of the Mountains Church in Jasper, Ga, Southeastern Sacred Music invites you to join them again for the 2016 workshop in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Whether you are a singer, a choir director, priest, deacon, or seminarian, this one-and-a-half day workshop is an ideal opportunity for you to:

  • learn to read and sing Gregorian chant (or further develop your chanting ability), under the direction of Dr. Jennifer Donelson,
  • gain the skills and tools to immediately improve your parish music program, guided by the wisdom of the Second Vatican Council, and
  • explore repertory options (many of them available at no cost) for the Ordinary Form of the Mass, no matter what your parish or choir situation, and
  • study special topics including sacred polyphony, use of the organ, restoring Catholic tradition to the funeral Mass, and a session for clergy with Father David Carter, and
  • participate in a solemn Vespers and solemn sung Mass, and hear the Basilica’s majestic pipe organ in recital.

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Announcing Musica Sacra Florida’s 2016 Chant Conference

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MusicaSacra Florida – 8th Annual Gregorian Chant Conference

Friday, May 20 & Saturday, May 21, 2016
at Saint Mark the Evangelist Church, Tampa, FL

The Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) is pleased to announce the 8th annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.

The Conference will include:

“Gregorian Chant as the Basis for Choral Excellence” (Larry Kent)

“Starting with English Chant” (Mary Jane Ballou)

“A Guide to Square Notation” (Susan Treacy)

“Basic Training in Chant for Priests & Deacons” (Fr. Patrick Hough, S.J.)

Chant Choirs
Scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), advanced men, advanced women

Opening Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening. Music provided by the Florida Pro Musica Schola.
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:

Conference – Dallas TX – May 19-21, 2016

Saint Rita with stigmata“High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression”

A conference for Catholic musicians, artists, and writers, May 19-21 in Dallas, TX, is now open for registration. “High Above the Stars: Sainthood, Beauty, and Catholic Artistic Expression” culminates with the world premiere of a 90-minute work for chorus, orchestra, and soloists by Frank La Rocca entitled “A Rose in Winter.” All events will take place on the campus of St.Rita Catholic Community, 12521 Inwood Road, Dallas, TX 75244.

The conference focuses on the relevance of beauty in life and liturgy, the continuing tradition of the commissioning and creation of great art by and for the Church, and the issues of sainthood in our daily lives. Attendees will also have free admission to the world premiere, an organ recital by Stefan Engels, and sung Vespers. Some meals will be provided.

Presenters will include:

–Frank La Rocca, composer
–Matthew Lickona, librettist
–Alfred Calabrese, conductor
–David Clayton, artist, and author of “The Way of Beauty”
–Fr. Michael F. DiGregorio, O.S.A, prior provincial of the Province of St. Thomas of Villanova, and former director of the National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia in Philadelphia.
–an organ recital by Stefan Engels
–masterclasses for conductors, composers, and writers
–four outstanding American soloists


The cost for the conference is unbelievably low, just $55 for all three days for the general public.


Announcing the CMAA Summer Chant Courses


Summer Chant Courses for 2016!
June 27-July 1, 2016
Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA


Ward I – That All May Sing

Results from our Colloquium survey last summer indicated that our membership is clamoring for more information and training about teaching children. Covering the topics in one-hour breakout sessions at a Colloquium, no matter how valuable, isn’t sufficient time to allow participants to gain the skills needed.

In response, for the first time, we will be offering a beginning course in the Ward method* concurrent with our Chant Intensive course.

The five-day course will be taught by Scott Turkington, providing training to allow participants to teach groups of children using these tried and true methods. Read the entire description at our Summer Chant webpage.

Gain the skills and tools you need to begin teaching the Catholic leaders of tomorrow to sing using Justine Ward’s methods.

Ward method materials including Teacher’s Manual, Student Workbook, Teacher’s Workbook, pitch pipe, and Red/Green pointer stick will be provided for each participant.

* The CMAA Ward Course does not have any official Ward accreditation and is not affiliated with the Center for Ward Studies.


homeslider-oldmainSummer Chant Intensive for Directors

The CMAA has offered Chant Intensive courses since 2008. Each year, new attendees take the knowledge home and use it in their home parishes, increasing their skill level and sharing the information with others. What has been a consistent request from CMAA program attendees has been more information and training on effective chant direction. This summer’s Chant Intensive will do just that.

This course (Monday – Friday) will be taught by Wilko Brouwers, focusing on directing techniques for current and prospective chant directors. Through the use of:

General directing exercises,
Individual practice with the choir group (participants choose their own chant pieces), and
Video analysis,

… participants in the directing course will gain knowledge and practical experience during the 5-day course. The class will have two sections — for prospective directors and for singers — see the complete description at our Summer Chant Course webpage.

The basics of chant will not be taught in this course, other than as illustrations for the directing course.

Because of the nature of our summer course offerings, we must limit class sizes to allow time for adequate interaction with the instructors.

So… if you have been waiting for the opportunity to study with a master director to gain the skill and confidence to direct your own schola or would like to gain the skills to improve the sound of your choir, please make plans to join us this summer in Pittsburgh.

If you prefer to mail in your registration, please download a registration form for your preferred course from the webpage and mail it to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. Please contact Janet Gorbitz if you have questions about the summer courses at


More information on events is at our past events archive page.

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