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.

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 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


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 programs@musicasacra.com.

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 Music Book Uploaded – Winter Sacred Music 2016


Winter Sacred Music 2016 – Houston, TX January 4-8, 2016

Download and preview the Music Book for the CMAA’s Winter Sacred Music 2016 today! The entire repertory is now available online!

MUSIC BOOK – Winter Sacred Music 2016

Still deciding about joining us in Houston? Don’t delay. Register now and avoid late fees.

2015 Tournemire Conference

Tournemire-2015Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,  in collaboration with
The Church Music Association of America
and the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists


The Aesthetics and Pedagogy of Charles Tournemire:
L’Orgue mystique

featuring Richard Spotts
and the new Dan Jaeckel organ
in the Duquesne university Chapel of the Holy Spirit

November 20-23, 2015

Duquesne University will hold a conference exploring the legacy of Charles Tournemire’s L’Orgue mystique on November 20-23, 2015 on the campus of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. Most of the events will happen on Monday, November 23rd.

Registration, conference schedule and details about hotel accommodations are available by downloading this document. For more information about registration, please contact: Vera Metz at metz@duq.edu or by phone at (412) 396-6080. Forms may also be sent by fax at (412) 396-5479. Please address any questions to Benjamin Cornelius-Bates at cornelius339@duq.edu.


Conference Schedule

Friday, November 20:
Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit
9:00-11:30 AM: Masterclass on Tournemire’s l’Orgue mystique by Richard Spotts and organ students of Duquesne University.

Sunday, November 22:
Extraordinary Form Mass, Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit
2:00 PM: Richard Spotts, organ, L’Orgue mystique office 51 (Last Sunday after Pentecost), Duquesne Schola Cantorum, Jacob Temple, conductor, Father Cyprian G. Constantine, O.S.B., celebrant, Servers from the Latin Mass Community.

4:00 PM Organ Artist Series, Jonathan Rudy, Shadyside Presbyterian Church, Shadyside – $12, not included in convention fee

Dinner in the Downtown or Oakland area

8:00 PM Choral Compline, Heinz Chapel, Oakland

Monday, November 23:
Lectures, Mary Pappert School of Music
8:30 AM: Registration, Mary Pappert School of Music, lobby, 3rd Floor

9:30: Welcome Ann Labounsky, Chair of Organ and Sacred Music, Room 322
9:30 – 10:30: Richard Spotts: “An Introduction to L’Orgue mystique: practical aspects of performance”

10:45 – 11:45: Ann Labounsky and Kevin Lyczak: “Practical aspects in teaching Tournemire’s styles of Improvisations“

12 Noon: Lunch served in the lobby, 3rd Floor

1:15 – 2:15: Benjamin Cornelius Bates: “Spectral Implications in Tournemire’s L’Orgue mystique”

2:45 – 3:45: Kevin Faulkner: “Recent Research in Charles Tournemire’s Music: A new Biography”

3:45 – 5:00: Open consoles on the new organs in 314 and 216

(The Conference/AGO Chapter will divide into two groups, attending one session in each room)
5:00-5:30 Demonstration of the new organ in 314 and 216; first session; Peter Luley and Joseph Tuttle
5:38-6:15 Demonstration of the new organ in 314 and 216; second session

6:30 Dinner on the fifth floor of the Power Center

7:45 Peter Luley: “Practical tips for maintaining organs,” Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit.

8:00-9:00 Richard Spotts; Program of l’Orgue mystique

The official language of the conference is English.

Sacred Liturgy Conference – Portland, OR


Sacred Liturgy Conference: The beauty and spiritual treasures of the liturgy

Saint Stephen Catholic Church and Schola Cantus Angelorum in Portland, Oregon are sponsoring a Sacred Liturgy Conference October 29 – November 2, 2015.

The conference will cover a wide range of topics ranging from The Bishop as Guarantor of the Liturgy, Papal Legislation on Sacred Music, Active Participation in the Eucharist, Monastic Life: Virtues and the Sacred Liturgy, Sacred Space and sacred Architecture and other topics. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from the outstanding faculty including:

Jesson Mata, Director, Office of Divine Worship
Rev. John J. Boyle, JCL
Rev. John Paul II, OSB
Rev. Paul Thomas, OSB, JCD
Rev. Eric Andersen, MA, STB
Lynne Bissonnette-Pitre, MD, PhD
Rev. Theodore Lange, STL
Francisco Romero, PhD
Indra Rustandi, PhD
The Most Reverend Alexander Sample, JCL, DD
Rev. Pius Harding, OSB

The Conference opens with a Votive Mass of the Most Holy Eucharist (OF) followed by one lecture and compline on Thursday evening, October 29th. On Friday, October 30th, participants will hear a full day of lectures, after which attendees will participate in a Votive Mass of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King (EF), followed by Compline. Saturday morning, October 31st begins with a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary (OF), followed by more lecture sessions. The day concludes with Vespers of All Saints. On Sunday, Nov. 1st, participants can participate in Lauds and the Mass of All Saints (OF) with Archbishop Alexander Sample. On Monday, November 2nd, the conference will conclude with the Mass of All Souls (EF) in the evening.

To find out more specifics about the schedule, accommodations, and how to register for the conference, download this form . Online information is also available at: www.CantusAngelorum.org and www.archdpdx.org. For information by telephone, contact Marlina Natalia at (971) 220-2750. Don’t delay; space is limited. Registrants will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Colloquium XXVI


Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis

The Church Music Association of America presents:

Sacred Music Colloquium XXVI

June 20 – June 25, 2016
St. Louis, Missouri

The Church Music Association of America is proud to invite you to celebrate with us as we hold our 26th Colloquium in 2016. 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 2016 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 Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, The Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist and the Shrine of St. Joseph.

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 or English, as well as an evening Vespers, and sung morning and night prayer.


Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Apostle and Evangelist Church

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.

Attendance is open to anyone interested in sacred music in Catholic worship. Professional musicians, volunteer singers and beginners to the chant tradition will enjoy the opportunity to study under an expert faculty. We will also offer specific training for priests, deacons and seminarians who want to Sing the Mass, and for those who work to train clergy at home, taught in a relaxed atmosphere, friendly to the non-musician.


Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis

Make plans now to join us this year in St. Louis, sharing a wonderful six days of liturgies, training, breakout sessions, morning and night prayer, and camaraderie with fellow church musicians.

Most training sessions, plenary talks and breakout sessions will be held at the conference hotel, the Saint Louis City Center Hotel. We have secured an amazing conference rate for our attendees of only $109/night (plus taxes) for room occupancy up to four people.

Registration information and details forthcoming.

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

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