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.


St. Francis de Sales Oratory, March 10-12, 2017 


Highlights include:

Discourses on the Spirituality of Gregorian Chant and Sacred Music
Sung Vespers and Compline
Solemn High Mass for the Second Sunday of Lent.

Both the practical and spiritual aspects of sacred music will be the focus of an upcoming Sacred Music Workshop in March. Already in the planning stages, the intensive two-day program will include spiritual talks given by Institute canons, Gregorian chant instruction including Gregorian Rhythm and an introduction to Chironomy imparted by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, currently serving in Ireland and was the Chant Master at the Seminary for a number of years.

St. Francis de Sales Ordinations

St. Francis de Sales Ordinations

Participants will also experience singing polyphonic repertoire taught by Mr. Nicholas Botkins, Director of Music at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Starting on Friday evening, March 10, and including High Mass on Sunday, participants will take part in chanting the Office with members of the Institute, attend lectures and rehearsals for both Chant and polyphony.


For the complete schedule and all the details of the event, visit the Institute of Christ the King website here: http://www.institute-christ-king.org/news/386/92/Sacred-Music-Workshop-Register-Now/

Cantores in Ecclesia – Concert

The Masses of Frank Martin and Igor Stravinsky

Performed by

Cantores in Ecclesia, JAMES O’DONNELL Guest Director
8:00 PM Monday, February 20th, 2017
St. Mary’s Cathedral, NW 18th Ave. and Couch St., Portland, Oregon

FRANK MARTIN’s Mass for Double choir a cappella was composed in 1922, and it is his only unaccompanied sacred choral work. The music is sincerely felt and deeply personal. The score remained in a drawer for forty years until it was finally performed and published in 1963. In the intimacy of its musical language and emotive intensity evident in every measure, the Mass stands today as one of Martin’s finest creations and one of the greatest a cappella works written in this century. According to Antje Wisseman, in the Preface to the Baerenreiter edition of the Mass, “Today it is one of the most popular works of contemporary a cappella choral music and is found in the repertoires of many ambitious choirs.”

IGOR STRAVINSKY’s Mass for Mixed Chorus and Double Wind Quintet was completed in 1948, towards the end of his neo-classical period. The work is scored for mixed chorus and an ensemble of wind instruments comprising two oboes, English horn, two bassoons, two trumpets, and three trombones. Interestingly, Stravinsky specifies in the score that “children’s voices should be employed” in solo parts in the Gloria and Sanctus. The Mass is the product of Stravinsky’s renewed spirituality, as he himself says of the Credo: “One composes a march to facilitate marching men, so with my Credo I hope to provide an aid to the text. The Credo is the longest movement. There is much to believe.”


James O’Donnell is Organist and Master of the Choristers of Westminster Abbey. Internationally recognized as a conductor and organ recitalist, he has given concerts all over the world, including the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and throughout Europe, and appeared in the BBC Proms and at many other festivals. His recent engagements have included Poulenc’s Organ Concerto with the LPO under Yannick Nezet Seguin at the Royal Festival Hall, broadcast live on BBC Radio 3 and released on CD on the LPO Live label, and solo recitals in the united States, Germany, Norway, and the Netherlands.

A junion exhibitioner at the Royal College of Music, James O’Donnell studied music as Organ Scholar of Jesus College, Cambridge, and was then appointed Assistant Master of Music at Westminster Cathedral, becoming Master of Music in 1988. Under his direction the Chor of Westminster Cathedral won the Gramophone ‘Record of the Year’ aware (for its Hyperion recording of masses by Martin and Pizzetti in 1998), and a Royal Philharmonic Society aware (1999), both unprecedented for a Cathedral Choir.

In january 2000 James O’Donnell took up his present appointment at Westminster Abbey, where he is responsible for the music at all services and occasions. Among recent notable events, he directed the music for the Wedding of The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in 2011 and the memorial services for Nelson Mandela and Sir John Tavener. Under his direction the Abbey Choir records every year, broadcasts frequently, and has toured widely, most recently to the United States.

James O’Donnell has worked with many of the country’s leading orchestras and ensembles as soloist and director. He is Music Director of St. James’s Baroque and Visiting Professor of Organ and of Choral Conducting at the Royal Academy of Music. He was President of the Royal College of Organists (2011-13) and is an Honorary Member of the Royal Academy of Music and a Fellow of the Royal College of Music. He is an Honorary Fellow of Jesus College, Cambridge and in 2013 was awarded a Doctorate of Music honoris causa at the University of Aberdeen.


Established over thirty years ago, Cantores in Ecclesia provides Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony in liturgical contxts. The choir has sung in concert and for liturgies at home and abroad. The choir has recorded independently and for the Oregon Catholic Press. For the past nineteen years Cantores in Ecclesiaa has present the internationally acclaimed William Byrd Festival in Portland, Oregon in collaboration with distinguished guest artists from England and the United States. The choir has been featured in print media and online with articles in BBC Music Magazine (August 1997) Brinstorm (February 2004), and The Early Music REview (2008), Cantores has established itself as a leader in liturgical and early music performance, winning loyal supporters at home and top honors in international competitions. The choir is directed by Blake Applegate.

For more information: Dean Applegate 971-227-8740, cantoresinecclesia.org

Tickets: At the door or in advance $20 general admission, $15 seniors & Students. Online at brownpapertickets.com or by phone at 1.800.838.3006.

Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education – National Conference March 10-11 in New York

GC LogoNational Conference: “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education”

  • Friday, March 10 – Saturday, March 11, 2017
  • St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie), Yonkers, New York
  • www.dunwoodiemusic.org/conference
  • $75 registration for both days, or $50 for one-day registration
  • Meal package available
  • Registration deadline – February 1

What role does the Church’s treasury of sacred music play in contemporary pastoral ministry and religious education? How does one build a sacred music program of excellence which serves as an integral part of the sacred liturgy and is also effective both in drawing souls to Christ and forming people in the Catholic faith? This national conference will bring together clergy, seminarians, scholars, musicians, teachers, and Catholic school administrators to consider the place of Gregorian chant and excellent choral music in the life of the Catholic Church in America today. The conference seeks to inspire attendees with ideas for starting or continuing to develop sacred music programs of excellence in Catholic parishes and schools. The conference organizers also hope to encourage discussion about the vitality and necessity of beauty and sacred music in the catechesis and formation of Catholics, as well as in the evangelization of non-Catholics and non-practicing Catholics.

This two-day conference will feature:

  • Keynote addresses by Msgr. Robert Skeris, Fr. Christopher Smith, and Mark Langley
  • Presentations, workshops, and panel discussions on topics related to the conference theme
  • Masses and the sung Divine Office with distinguished children’s and parish choirs
  • Opportunities for informal discussions

Topics include:

  • Sacred Music in Spanish-Speaking Communities
  • Chant Camp for Parishes
  • Pastoral Care of Musicians
  • Pastoral Implications of Vernacular Chant
  • Parish Youth Orchestra and Conservatory For a Diverse Neighborhood
  • Mystagogical Catechesis and Sacred Music
  • The Schola Cantorum as an Integral Part of the Catholic School
  • A Practical Perspective in Starting an After-school Children’s Choir Program
  • Gregorian Chant as a Unifying Force in Multiethnic Parishes
  • Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
  • Forthcoming English Translations of Hymnody of the Liturgy of the Hours
  • Musical Literacy and Liturgy
  • The Role of Beauty and Chant in Spiritual Formation
  • The Dollars and “Sense” of Catholic Education
  • Training Choristers according to the English Cathedral Tradition and Royal School of Church Music
  • Liturgical Formation in Catholic Schools
  • Gregorian Chant in a Small Rural Parish
  • The Ward Method of Music Instruction

Presenters include: Dr. Mary Jane Ballou, Dr. Francis Brancaleone, Mary Ann Carr Wilson, Heitor Caballero, Colleen Crafton, Fr. Richard Cipolla, Dr. Jennifer Donelson, Fr. David M. Friel, Raymond Henderson, Dr. Aaron James, Fr. Robert Johansen, Lisa Knutson, Nathan Knutson, Alexis Kutarna, Frs. Robin Kwan and Kevin Mann, SJC, Dr. Ann Labounsky, Nicholas Lemme, Mary Catherine Levri, Dr. Crista Miller, Joel Morehouse, James Monti, Dr. Jared Ostermann, Kurt Poterack, Dr. Ronald Prowse, Laurence Rosania, Jonathan Ryan, Dr. Edward Schaefer, Dr. Samuel A. Schmitt, Fr. Innocent Smith, OP, Students of the Atonement Academy, Dr. Jay Swain, Fr. Jon Tveit, Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, The Ward Centre of Richmond, Virginia, Nicholas Will, Gustavo Zayas, and Amy Zuberbuler.

Winter Sacred Music Book – Available for Download

The Music Book for the cover-front 2017 WINTER SACRED MUSIC (Birmingham, AL, January 2-6, 2017) is now available online!

You’ll receive a printed copy when you check in to registration in Birmingham, but you can get a look at it here in advance.


There is still time to register for Winter Sacred Music… come and join us in Birmingham in January and make some beautiful music.


WINTER SACRED MUSIC WEBPAGE (for all the details).

Winter Sacred Music 2017 – Birmingham, AL



Make plans now to join the CMAA in Birmingham, Alabama in the New Year! The Winter Sacred Music program for 2017 will be a great way to start the new year.

Study Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony with Scott Turkington and Nick Botkins, attend breakout sessions with Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President.

Wednesday evening features an Early Music concert with the Highland Consort.

For all the details, visit our webpage: WINTER SACRED MUSIC

Early Registration has been extended… so sign up today!


Fall Sacred Music Retreat | Vancouver, WA

st-james-greater-croppedFALL SACRED MUSIC RETREAT

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 www.protocathedral.org/sacred-music


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

Member-College-Main-St-Augustine_0-300x188CHANT COLLOQUIUM 2016
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 www.gregorian.ca .

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


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

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