BannerTwenty-Six Years of Sacred Music Colloquia

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 Shrine of St. Joseph, and Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle.

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.

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.

Who Should Attend?

  • Anyone interested in Sacred Music in Catholic Worship
  • Professional musicians
  • Volunteer Singers
  • Priests, Deacons and Seminarians

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Colloquium Highlights

  • Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of a chant class for beginners, a course on chant improvisation, divine office course, refresher courses for men or women and schola chant courses for advanced men or women.
  • Breakout sessions during the week on a variety of topics, from directing, organist master classes, vocal pedagogy, semiology, children’s programs, among others.
  • Plenary lectures on topics of interest to all who love sacred music.
  • Optional choral experience with one of four choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as  Byrd, Tallis, Purcell, Lotti, Sweelinck, Esquivel, Mozart, Bruckner, Ingegnieri, Palestrina, Stanford, LaRocca  and others. You’ll learn with our gifted faculty, with choices of a beginning polyphony choir for those new to polyphony, or three choirs for more experienced singers.
  • Daily liturgies with careful attention to musical settings in English and Latin.
  • A gala welcome reception and dinner at the beautiful St. Louis City Center Hotel.
  • Pro-Arte St. Louis Concert – Professional Early Music Ensemble.
  • Wednesday Evening Dinner at the St. Louis City Center Hotel
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Training for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians in the sung Mass (not restricted to clergy and seminarians),
  • All music, including prepared books of chant and polyphony, as part of registration,
  • Your own copy of The Parish Book of Chant, 2nd edition.
  • Book sales from the CMAA warehouse. We offer discounts on our books to all attendees and an extra 10% discount to CMAA members.

Three Venues


Cathedral Basilica of St.Louis, St. Louis, Missouri
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Participants in the 2016 Colloquium will be treated to liturgies at three wonderful venues in St. Louis, Missouri. Dubbed the “Rome of the West”, St. Louis is home to some of the most beautiful Roman Catholic churches in the country. Our opening Mass on Tuesday, June 21st will be held with Rev. Jason J. Schumer as celebrant at the Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle.


Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle, St. Louis, Missouri


Shrine of St. Joseph, St. Louis, Missouri

The Wednesday and Thursday Colloquium Masses will be held at the Shrine of St. Joseph. Thursday evening, we’ll sing an Extraordinary form Vespers service for the Vigil of the Feast of St. John the Baptist also at the Shrine of St. Joseph. Friday’s Mass will be held at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis in downtown St. Louis. Our final Mass of the week will be back at the Shrine of St. Joseph.

As a special treat, participants will hear the Early Music of Pro-Arte St. Louis, a professional early music ensemble under the direction of Dr. Horst Buchholz. Additionally, participants will be able to hear an organ recital on the fabulous Cathedral Basilica organ on Friday evening, following the afternoon Mass.

General Registration information: Check or credit card payment must accompany registration. Mailed Registration forms must be postmarked on or before March 1st (Early Bird) or May 7th (Regular). Registrations postmarked after May 7th will be charged a $50 late fee. You may register online at Registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or online) by the close of business, June 7th. After June 7th, registration is only available by telephone by calling our office at (505) 263-6298 on a space available basis.

The conference hotel for Colloquium 2016 is the St. Louis City Center Hotel, located just across the street from the Civic Center Metro station. Special conference rates at the conference hotel are available until May 30, 2016.