UST-cropped2Twenty-Seven Years of Sacred Music Colloquia

June 19 – June 24, 2017
Saint Paul, Minnesota



The Church Music Association of America is proud to invite you to celebrate with us as we hold our 27th Colloquium in 2017. 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 2017 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 Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus, the Church of St. Mark, and St. Agnes Church. In addition, we will have an organ recital at the beautiful Cathedral of St. Paul on Wednesday evening.

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 no t 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


Colloquium Highlights

  • Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of a chant class for beginners, a refresher course, a course on chant improvisation, divine office course, a chant conducting course 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 five choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Clemens non papa, Mendelssohn, Howells, Mozart, Stanford, DiLasso, Buxtehude, Ouseley, Gibbons, Morales, Messaien and others. You’ll learn with our gifted faculty, with choices of a beginning polyphony choir for those new to polyphony, or four 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 University of St. Thomas Anderson Student Center
  • Friday Evening Dinner following the liturgy at St. Agnes Parish
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Training for Priests, Deacons, Seminarians in the sung Mass (not restricted to clergy and seminarians),
  • Printed Music Book, including chant and polyphony repertory for liturgies, 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.

* Copyrighted music not included in the Music Book.

Four Venues

Participants in the 2017 Colloquium will be treated to liturgies and an organ recital at four wonderful venues in Saint Paul, Minnesota. Saint Paul, the home of St. Agnes Church, was the location of the founding of the Church Music Association. For the first time at a CMAA Colloquium, we have the opportunity to experience the liturgy in the tradition left behind by Monsignor Richard Schuler.

Our opening Mass on Tuesday, June 20th will be held at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas at the University of St. Thomas.

The Wednesday and Thursday Colloquium Masses will be held at the Church of Saint Mark. Wednesday evening will offer an organ recital by Samuel Backman at the Cathedral of St. Paul. Thursday evening, we’ll sing an Extraordinary form Vespers service for 1st Vespers for the Sacred Heart also at the Church of Saint Mark. Friday’s Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church in St. Paul. Our final Mass of the week will be back at the Church of Saint Mark.

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 16th (Regular). Registrations postmarked after May 16th will be charged a $50 late fee. You may register online at ONLINE REGISTRATION. Mailed registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or email) 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.

Dormitory housing will be available on the University of St. Thomas campus. Faculty will be housed on-campus as well.

The conference hotel for Colloquium 2017 is the Doubletree Hotel, located at 411 Minnesota Street, St. Paul, MN 55101  in downtown St. Paul.  A special conference rate of $149/night (plus taxes) at the conference hotel are available until May 19, 2017. This hotel is not within easy walking distance of the campus. Please plan to make other arrangements for your commute to and from the university for daily events. MAKE HOTEL RESERVATIONS