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Musica Sacra Florida Annual Gregorian Chant Conference 2015

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Musica Sacra Florida

7th Annual Gregorian Chant Conference

Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16, 2015

at Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL

The Florida chapter of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) and the Ave Maria University Department of Music are pleased to announce our seventh annual conference in Gregorian Chant.

The conference will include:

Keynote Speaker:
Father James Bradley, Catholic priest of the Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham (UK)

Special day-long Saturday sacred music workshop for children (ages 9 to 18) with renowned clinician Michael Olbash, board member of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, the international Catholic choral organization for children (www.pcchoirs.org). Participating children are invited to chant chant in the closing Mass on Saturday, and are invited to serve as the principal choir for the 10:00 a.m. Mass at Ave Maria Oratory on Sunday, May 17.

  • “A Guide to Square Notation”: Basic instruction on how to read Gregorian chant notation
  • “Learning the Ancient Notations Online”: Opportunity to a new software program to learn the notations of the oldest chant manuscripts (Laon and St. Gall)
  • “English Chant for Parish Cantors”: Learn how to bring chant in English to your parish

Chant Choirs

  • Scholae
    for beginning/intermediate (men & women); advanced men; advanced women


  • Opening Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening
  • Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening (anticipated Sunday Mass) with English & Latin chants performed by conference participants


For more information on the conference, contact Susan Treacy, Ph.D., at: susan.treacy@avemaria.edu | (239) 280-1668

Conference Faculty

  • Keynote Speaker:
    Father James Bradley, Ordinariate of Our Lady of Walsingham
  • Mary Jane Ballou, D.S.M., Director of Cantorae Saint Augustine
  • Michael Olbash, M.Mus., CAGO/ChM, Saint Adelaide Church, Peabody, Massachusetts
  • Edward Schaefer, D.M.A., University of Florida College of Fine Arts
  • Susan Treacy, Ph.D., Ave Maria University

For more information about the event, see the conference details page.

Register now!

2015 Summer Chant Intensive

Duquesne5Announcing Summer Chant Intensive 2015
Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA
June 23-26, 2015

The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, beginners and intermediate chanters should be prepared for full immersion from the start. You will learn or review how to read and fully navigate all aspects of traditional Gregorian notation (square notes) with a masterful teacher.

The course will also address correct Latin pronunciation, the sound and mystery of the eight Church modes, Psalm tones and their applications, questions concerning the rhythm of plainsong, and more. Compline will be sung to allow participants to experience the beauty of a portion of the sung Divine Office. Gregorian repertoire will be used for Divine Office, Mass and for a concert on Thursday evening.

The CMAA Summer Chant Intensive is intended for beginning and continuing students and all who love and appreciate the central role that chant plays as the prayerful song of the Roman Rite–not only at cathedrals and basilicas but in any parish. The conference will inspire and prepare participants to continue the renaissance of sacred music in our time, in both the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass.  In the years since the first CMAA Chant Intensive course was taught in 2008, hundreds of students have benefited from this in-depth course in Gregorian chant.

This summer’s course will be taught by instructor Wilko Brouwers, from the Netherlands, in one section including men and women. In addition to the sessions on chant, this year’s course will also offer breakout sessions by Dr. Ann Labounsky on organ improvisation, as well as a concert on Thursday evening combining chant and organ improvisation.

Breakout Detail

Organ Improvisation based on Gregorian Chant
Session 1 (Wednesday, June 24, 2015):
Demonstration of the modes and  chant hymns on them with their harmonizations. Students with particular interest in this material will receive handouts prior to the first session.

Session 2 (Thursday, June 25, 2015):
Application of material from session one in simple improvisations for preludes, offertories, communions, and postludes based on the chant hymns used in the course.

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The intensive will begin on Tuesday afternoon, June 23rd, and conclude with a 12 p.m. chanted Votive Mass in the ordinary form on Friday, June 26 at the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit. The sung Mass will include Mass Ordinaries and the Gregorian propers for a Votive Mass.

Registration Information

Mail-in and online registration can be completed now. To register by mail and pay by check, complete the registration form and mail to CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. The discount code for members has been sent to our member list by email. Please contact Janet Gorbitz or Mary Weaver or call 505-263-6298 for questions about your member discount code if you have not received it.

Registration is Now Closed

Tuition includes all sessions and materials as well as snacks and Dinner on Tuesday. You will receive all course materials including the Parish Book of Chant upon arrival. The week’s events will culminate with Mass at the Duquesne University Chapel, after which an optional closing lunch will be served.

Early Registration (deadline: March 31) for CMAA members is $300, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $350. Payment must be made in full by March 31 to receive this rate.

Regular Registration (deadline: May 31) for CMAA members is $350, including nonrefundable deposit of $75. Non-member price is $400. Payment must be made in full by May 31 to receive this rate.

Space is limited for this course, but late registrations will be accepted if space is available after 5/31/15. The late registration fee is $50. UPDATE: Registration is now closed.

Meal Plan
An optional meal plan is available that includes breakfast (Wednesday – Friday), Lunches (Wednesday – Thursday) and Dinner on Thursday for $85. Wednesday dinner is on your own.
An optional Final Lunch after the Friday Mass is available for $25.

Dormitory accommodations will be available again to CMAA program attendees this summer. With easy walking distance to classrooms, chapel, dining facilities and other campus amenities, the reasonable rates and convenience of Vickroy Hall (Address: 1345 Vickroy Street, Pittsburgh, PA 15219) will make the dorms very attractive to our registrants. Dorm rooms are arranged in a suite arrangement, with two rooms sharing a bath. Complimentary wi-fi will be available in the dormitories. Login and Password information to be provided. Registrants may choose either single or double occupancy in the dorms. Room rates are $50/night single occupancy or $40/night for double occupancy. Take a look at the general appearance and layout of the dorm rooms on this Dorm flyer. All residence halls are air-conditioned. The University is patrolled by sworn officers 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

On-campus parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Parking garage for all guests. The garage is covered and centrally located on campus. Guests may park in the garage on a cash basis or a parking permit may be established for their stay on campus. It is recommended that you park in the garage on cash basis when you arrive and then visit the parking office during regular office hours to purchase your parking pass for the duration of your stay.

Parking Rates
Rates subject to change, printed rates are not guaranteed.

Weekday Parking: $12.00
Evening and Weekend Parking (after 5pm): $ 6.00

For any participants with mobility issues, there is handicapped parking available at Duquesne University around campus. You can find out where those parking spaces are located by visiting the Duquesne University website here. These spaces do require the purchase of a surface parking pass at the parking office. Rates are the same for surface parking passes as for parking garage passes. Guests must have a handicapped tag or plate to make use of these surface tags.

Two payment options are available:

Payment by check, with $75 deposit due now and the balance due by March 31, 2015. If paying by check, please complete the registration form and send it with your deposit. Checks should be made payable to CMAA and mailed to CMAA Programs, P.O. Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202. Add $25 if you need the special meals option.*

Accommodations and other information

Other Suggested Accommodations

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS are also available at the Hilton Garden Inn, University Place, 3454 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15213, telephone: 1-412-683-2040. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $134 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of four per room. Make your reservation before June 8th, 2015 to get the special group rate.
Amenities include free internet in all guest rooms and valet parking at $7 per day (discounted from $18/day). The property includes a business center with complimentary printing and printer, fitness center, full service restaurant, bar, complimentary beverage area and complimentary shuttle service within a 3-mile radius. This hotel is not within easy walking distance of Duquesne University, so guests staying at the Hilton should plan to use the hotel shuttle, public transportation or their own vehicle to attend the events on the Duquesne campus.
To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate, access our event reservation page.

Online Registration

Registration is now closed.

E-mail Janet Gorbitz or Mary Weaver or call 505-263-6298 for questions about your member discount code. If you sign up as a non-member, you will not receive your $50 discount.

Cancellation: Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office by June 8 will receive a refund less the nonrefundable $75 deposit. Refunds will be processed after the Chant Intensive course has concluded. Any requests for cancellation after June 8 will only be processed if a replacement from the waiting list is able to take your place. We expect this course to fill quickly, so don’t delay.



mku monteverdikamerkoor utrecht (145 van 210)(1)Wilko Brouwers of the Netherlands will be the instructor for the Chant Intensive course this summer. He has taught both chant and polyphony at the CMAA Colloquia since 2004 and has developed a loyal following among CMAA program attendees. We are indeed fortunate that his schedule will allow him to also teach this course.

Wilko Brouwers has conducted the Monteverdi Kamerkoor Utrecht since 1989 and the Strijps Kamerkoor Eindhoven since 2004. He is also currently the director of the Gregorian Schola of St. Benedictus Abbey in Achel, Belgium, a post he has held for the last eight years. His original compositions have been published and recorded.

As a music educator, Wilko Brouwers teaches choral conducting at the Utrecht Art Center in the Netherlands. Internationally, he has taught workshops on Gregorian chant in Auburn, Alabama, Still River, Massachusetts, and Pamplona, Spain. Brouwers is the author of Stepping Tones, a method of sight reading for elementary schools and children’s choirs based on the Ward Method. His Words with Wings: Gregorian Chant for Children in Twenty Lessons has been published by the Church Music Association of America, with both student and teacher’s workbooks and demonstration CDs. Brouwers also writes on chant, music education, vocal training, and choral repertoire for a number of Dutch and European music journals.

ann-labounsky-by-terry-deglauDr. Ann Labounsky is widely known, both in the United States and in Europe, as a virtuoso performer and improviser at the organ and particularly as a leading American disciple of Jean Langlais. From 1962 to 1964 she lived and studied in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. There, as an organ student of André Marchal and Jean Langlais, she immersed herself in the French organ tradition, studying many of Langlais’s organ compositions with the composer, and playing them for him on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. In 1964, as Langlais’s student at the Schola Cantorum, she was awarded Diplôme de Virtuosité with Mention Maximum in both performance and improvisation, the first American organist to be so honored.

Labounsky has been a frequent concert performer on two continents, including a number of recitals on the organ at Sainte-Clotilde. Her performances have been broadcast over the French National Radio, as well as public radio stations in the United States. Her undergraduate and graduate degrees in organ were earned at the Eastman School of Music and the University of Michigan. She also holds the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Musicology from the University of Pittsburgh. She is the author of a biography of Langlais, Jean Langlais: The Man and His Music, (Amadeus Press, 2000). In celebration of the centennial of Jean Langlais in 2007, the Los Angeles Chapter of the American Guild of Organists produced a DVD entitled Life and Music of Jean Langlais for which she was the narrator and performer at the Pasadena Presbyterian Church in Pasadena, California.

Labounsky holds the position of Organ Artist in Residence at First Lutheran Church in Pittsburgh. For more information about Dr. Labounsky, visit her website.

Graduate and undergraduate music students may receive credit for their attendance at CMAA Colloquia and Chant Intensive courses.

Recommended Text, available for purchase at the course: Gregorian Missal or Graduale Romanum. Please bring your own copy or make plans to purchase one at registration.

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Winter Chant Intensive 2015 and “Sing the Mass”

Presenting Two Courses in One Venue:

2015 Winter Chant Intensive and “Sing the Mass,” a Course for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians, at the Cathedral of SS Simon and Jude in Phoenix, Arizona, January 5-8, 2015

Cathedral outside 002The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, beginners and intermediate chanters should be prepared for full immersion from the start. You will learn or review how to read and fully navigate all aspects of traditional Gregorian notation (square notes).

The course will also address correct Latin pronunciation, the sound and mystery of the eight Church modes,

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Conference in St. Louis October 23-25

Flyer for conference: Musica Sacra St. LouisThe fifth annual Musica Sacra St. Louis conference will explore “The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary” and “English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers”. Instructors include Dr. William Mahrt, Associate Professor of Music at Stanford University; and Dr. Horst Buchholz, Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of St. Louis.

The conference is open to all who have an interest in the history and application of music in the liturgy; music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests and deacons, religious, seminarians, etc.

For more information, click on the image, or grab the flyer, or read more at the Archdiocesan Office for Sacred Music, or call 314-614-7702.

Reminder: Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium August 22-23

Various publications in the past few years attest to a growing interest in the office of Compline, including Kenneth Peterson’s Prayer as Night Falls: Experiencing Compline and The Song of Prayer: A Practical Guide to Learning Gregorian Chant. These, and other resources, will be part of a Paraclete Press table at the August 22-23 Gregorian Institute of Canada colloquium, itself dedicated to the office of Compline.

In addition to chant, workshop sessions will also introduce lesser-known but beautiful Compline-oriented polyphonic works, including a Salva nos by Palestrina. For more information about the colloquium, held in Regina, Saskatchewan, see www.gregorian.ca. The registration deadline is August 15, 2014.

Minneapolis: Chant Intensive for High-Schoolers

Chant expert Scott Turkington is preparing a summer chant program for high-school students in July. Here’s the news:
Gregorian Chant Intensive

Fiftieth Anniversary of the CMAA

The summer of 2014 . . .

marks the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Church Music Association of America and its journal Sacred Music. This will be the focus of celebration at Colloquium XXIV  in Indianapolis, June 30–July 6, 2014.

It is not as if this were a new society, even then, far from it. It was an amalgamation of the Society of St. Cecilia (1874) and the Society of St. Gregory (1913). In view of the importance music played in the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy from the Second Vatican Council, church musicians of the two societies saw the need to join forces to take advantage of the directions the council had indicated for the integration of the treasury of sacred music with substantive participation of the people in the sacred action: the great heritage of Gregorian chant and classical polyphony should enhance the participation of believers in the action of Christ in the Mass, and this should form a precedent for the composition of new sacred music. And so at a meeting in late September 1964, at Boys Town, Nebraska, members of these societies together established the CMAA as a continuation of their groups.

Soon after, new directions in Catholic Church music emerged that were not entirely in accord with the prescriptions of the council: the use of styles borrowed from popular music and so-called “folk music”

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Get Graduate Credit for Colloquium or Chant Intensive

Did you know you can receive graduate credit through Duquesne University’s summer music program for participating in the 2014 Sacred Music Colloquium or summer Chant Intensive?

See the complete listing of all Duquesne’s summer program’s credit courses here.

  • Details on credit for the summer Chant Intensive, taking place June 9 through 12 at Duquesne in Pittsburgh
  • Details on credit for the 2014 Colloquium, set for June 30 through July 6 in Indianapolis

Get complete details on the summer Chant Intensive. Registration ends May 1.

Get complete details on the Colloquium. Early-bird registration (with significant price discount) ends March 31.


Chant Intensive… What will you learn?


Perhaps you are wondering why you should attend a Chant Intensive course.

Here is the goal of the course:

To develop the theoretical and practical skills necessary for Gregorian chant performance. As a participant in the Chant Intensive course, you will understand basic Gregorian chant theory according to the Solesmes and other methods, and be able to transfer this knowledge from the written page to live performance as a singer or conductor in liturgy.

This course is where you can learn how to be an effective singer and/or conductor of chant for your own program wherever you live. Since Vatican II, it is not so easy to find a chant expert in your hometown. Learning the finer points of singing and/or directing chant is a lonely goal if you don’t happen to be lucky enough to have a teacher near you. This course allows you to gain the knowledge you need to either sing in a schola or start your own chant group as a director. Whether you just want to be able to sing the new English Missal chants effectively or you want to work toward the goal of singing the Latin propers from the Graduale, this course is for you.

While offering much information about the theoretical concepts, the course is geared toward live performance of chant. You will learn:

1. Reading the four-­line staff ● Clefs ● Principles of Solfege ● Basic Neumes ● More complex neumes ● Bar lines

2. Introduction to Chant Rhythm ● Solesmes Method­ history and application ● Principles of Arsis and Thesis ● The Ictus ● Counting ● Alternative approaches ­ Semiology overview

3. The Gregorian Modes ● Basic Modal structure: Finals, Dominants, Ranges ● The Major Modes ● The Minor Modes

4. Mass Ordinaries ● The Kyriale ● Mass settings in English

5. Mass Propers ● The Gregorian Propers ● English Alternatives

6. The Art of Psalmody ● Antiphonal singing ● Pointing the Psalms

7. Chant Hymns ● Singing the Divine Office

8. Mass preparation for June 12, 2014 (Duquesne University Chapel, 5:00pm) ● Ordinary of the Mass (Mass TBD) ● Propers for the Solemnity of Pentecost

Textbooks include the Gregorian Missal (Solesmes) and the Parish Book of Chant (CMAA).

If you have put off making the trip to take this course in the past, make this the year for intensively studying chant. Registration for Summer Chant Intensive is still open, so register today. The dates for this year’s Summer Chant Intensive are June 9-12, 2014. The course will be held again at Duquesne University, in Pittsburgh. For more information about the instructors and details regarding registration, visit this page.

Details about college credit through Duquesne University’s music department are available here. If you have other questions, write to us.


Summer Chant Intensive 2014

chapel-clouds-large duquesneRegistration for this event is now closed. For more information, write to us.

The CMAA Chant Intensive, now in its seventh year, is intended for beginning and continuing students and all who love and appreciate the central role that chant plays as the prayerful song of the Roman Rite – not only at cathedrals and Basilicas but also in every parish. The conference will both train and inspire toward the goal of continuing the renaissance of sacred music in our time, both in the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass.

The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, attendees should be prepared for full immersion from the get go. You will learn or review how to read and fully navigate all aspects of traditional Gregorian notation (square notes). The course will also address correct Latin pronunciation, the sound and mystery of the eight Church modes; Psalm tones and their applications; questions concerning the rhythm of plainsong, and more.

Summer Chant Intensive 2014 will return to the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Sessions begin on Monday afternoon, June 9, 2014, and will conclude with sung Mass in the University chapel on Thursday evening, June 12th.

The course will be taught by David J. Hughes (Men), St. Mary, Norwalk, CT and Arlene Oost-Zinner (Women).


DAVID J. HUGHES is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he directs a professional choir for a weekly Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Missal of 1962), a volunteer choir for the Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 2002, and several children’s choirs.

He led the St. Mary’s Student Schola to sing chant and Renaissance polyphony for the primary English-speaking Masses in August 2011 at World Youth Day in Madrid; the students also sang for pontifical Masses at the Cathedral of Toledo, Extraordinary Form Missae cantatae at the Carmelite monasteries in Avila and Madrid, and for the Latin Masses sponsored by Juventutem.

Mr. Hughes is a member of the board of the Church Music Association of America, and has served as a chant instructor and the director of new music at the CMAA’s annual Summer Music Colloquium. He is director of music for the annual Roman Forum Summer Symposium at Lake Garda in the north of Italy.

A native of Stamford, Connecticut, Mr. Hughes is a graduate of Yale College. Photo courtesy: Society of St. Hugh of Cluny.

ARLENE OOST-ZINNER is the director of the St. Cecilia Schola at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Auburn, Alabama, composer of the Parish Book of Psalms (CMAA, 2012); editor of Words with Wings (CMAA, 2012); and currently serves as director of programs for the Church Music Association of America.

Ms. Oost-Zinner has taught chant at all levels for the CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium and at workshops around the country, and has trained under several chant masters in a variety of traditions of thought and practice. She is also an accomplished pianist and translator, and has written for the Catholic Answer, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Inside Catholic, among other publications.

Late Tuition is $370, and includes all course materials, a continental breakfast and catered lunch on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and dinner on Monday, June 9 and Wednesday, June 11.

Accommodations will be available in the dormitories at Duquesne University. The price for a single occupancy room is $50 per night; double occupancy, $40 per night, per person. A one time fee of $7.50 per person is required for a set of linens.

If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel, a special price of $134 plus tax is being offered by the Pittsburgh Marriott City Center hotel, which is just adjacent to campus. You must make your reservation before May 19. Click here to book a room at the conference rate.

On-campus parking is available in the Forbes Avenue Parking garage. The garage is covered and centrally located on campus. Guests may park in the garage on a cash basis or a parking permit may be purchased on the day of arrival. Weekday Parking: $12.00 per day; Evening and Weekend Parking (after 5 p.m.): $6

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Public transportation from the Pittsburgh airport is available. Click here for details. Alternatively, a twenty-five minute cab ride from the airport runs about $30

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