• Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of a chant class for beginners, a refresher course for men and women, a course on chant improvisation, chant conducting, and schola chant courses for advanced men or women.
  • Breakout sessions during the week on a variety of topics, from directing, organist breakouts, chant conducting, semiology, children’s programs, new music, vocal pedagogy among others.
  • Plenary lectures on topics of interest to all who love sacred music.
  • Choral experience with one of four choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Palestrina, Morales, Brueckner 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, Spanish and Latin.
  • A gala welcome reception and dinner at the ballroom at the Mundelein Auditorium on campus.
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Training for priests, deacons, and seminarians in the sung Mass (not restricted to clergy and seminarians).
  • A Music Book, including 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.

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Plenary Speakers

Tuesday, June 26, 2018: Dr. William Mahrt, “What makes Music Sacred?”, CMAA President

Wednesday, June 27, 2018: Dr. Timothy McDonnell, “Sacred Music: Between Intrinsic Virtue and Conditioned Response”, Director of Choral Activities and Director of Institute of Sacred Music, Catholic University of America

Thursday, June 28, 2018: Duncan Stroik, “Frozen Music: How the Architecture of the Church can Support Sacred Music”, Professor of Architecture at Notre Dame, and award-winning designer of works in religious architecture


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Horst Buchholz, Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Wilko Brouwers, Monteverdi Choir, The Netherlands
Mary Ann Carr-Wilson, St. Anne Catholic Church, San Diego, California
Charles Cole, Brompton Oratory, United Kingdom
Dr. Jennifer Donelson, St. Joseph Seminary (Dunwoodie), New York
David Hughes, St. Mary, Norwalk, CT
Dr. Ann Labounsky, Duquesne University
Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Stanford University
Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Eastern Michigan University
Rev. Robert Pasley, Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, Berlin, NJ
Dr. Edward Schaefer, University of Florida
Dr. Lucas Tappan
Dr. Scott Turkington, Holy Family Church and Holy Family Academy, Minneapolis, MN

Biographical information about the Colloquium faculty

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Organ Recital

We are very pleased that we will offer an organ recital at the Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Lakeshore, Chicago, Illinois on June 27, 2018 at 7:30 pm. This recital will be open to the public.

Pre-Conference Events

St. John Cantius Church welcomes Colloquium participants on Sunday, June 24!

12:30 pm Latin High Mass with the St. Cecilia Choir and Orchestra of St. John Cantius
Lunch in the St. John Cantius church hall after Mass
3:00 pm Concert with Chicago Gargoyle Brass (French organ and brass music
with the Chicago Gargoyle Brass and the two St. John Cantius organists Jonathan Rudy and Corrado Cavalli)

Tickets for Lunch and the Concert will be available from St. John Cantius at the door and also online.

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Tues., June 26, 3:45 pm Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit (OF), English

Most Rev. Joseph N. Perry, Auxiliary Bishop of Chicago, celebrant

Wed., June 27, 3:45 pm Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University 12th Week of Ordinary Time (OF), Spanish/Latin
Thurs., June 28, 3:45 pm Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Requiem (EF), Latin
Fri., June 29, 8:00 am Lauds, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University (EF), Latin
Fri., June 29, 3:45 pm Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Solemnity of Ss. Peter and Paul (OF), Latin
Sat., June 30, 9:45 am Mass, Madonna della Strada Chapel, Loyola University Commemoration of St. Paul, Apostle (EF), Latin

Instructions for Clergy and Seminarians

Please download this instruction page for clergy and seminarians regarding participation in the liturgies of the Colloquium.

Information regarding the vestment colors, as well as information regarding letters of good standing are detailed in the instruction sheet.

If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.


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Breakout Sessions

Breakout sessions will be offered Tuesday – Friday on a range of various topics including:

Children’s Programs

Building a Successful Children’s Music Program
Ward Method

Organ Classes
Vocal Pedagogy
Clergy Training
Music Curricula for Seminaries
New Music Series
Semiology Series
Gregorian Chant Modes
Chant Analysis
Chant Conducting
Discussion of the Ambrosian Rite

Complete listing of Breakout Sessions, including descriptions

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Chant Course Descriptions

Fundamentals for Men and Women (Director, Mary Ann Carr Wilson): This course in Gregorian chant is intended for real chant beginners: both those who can read modern notation and those with no musical training. Participants will learn how to read the four line staff, the names of the neumes, and how to navigate the intervals with solfege. Rhythm will be introduced. Course material will include the Ordinaries of the Mass and two Propers.

Refresher for Men and Women (Director, David Hughes): This course offers continued study in Gregorian chant and is intended for those who have had some background in chant but do not sing chant on a regular basis. This is a beginning to intermediate course whose primary aim, like the foundations course, will not be performance in liturgy. Participants will be responsible for singing the Ordinaries of the Mass and will be prepared to sing three chant Propers during the week.

Schola (two sections: Wilko Brouwers, Women; Charles Cole, Men): This course is intended for advanced singers who sing chant regularly. The two scholas (men, women) will be responsible for the bulk of the more difficult Mass Propers sung during the week.

Advanced Seminar on Vocal/Polyphonic Improvisation on Chant (Director, William Mahrt): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their studies of Gregorian chant. This class will focus on study rather than performance, including various types of improvisation on chant including organum, diaphonum, descant and fauxbourdon, with the seminar preparing two Mass propers.

Advanced Seminar on Chant Conducting (Director, Scott Turkington): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their studies of Gregorian chant, particularly on conducting. This class will also focus on study rather than performance. This choir will prepare two Mass Propers for liturgies during the week.

NOTE: Prerequisite for this choir is a solid understanding of the Solesmes rhythmic groupings in chant.

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Polyphonic Choir Descriptions

Cecilia MeeAe Nam: Beginning Polyphonic Choir

This choir is designed to introduce and improve on the critical vocal and musical techniques necessary for singing polyphonic music. Singers will learn how to carry a part on their own, independent of other sections, and without accompaniment. Members of this choir will learn rhythm, pitch, and vocal production. The choir is designed for novice singers who would not yet benefit from a more advanced choir, but it might also be useful for directors who wish to see how a master goes about teaching inexperienced singers to make beautiful music. One piece is a part of this choir’s agenda: (forthcoming). This choir will sing at Mass on Saturday.

Wilko Brouwers

This choir will sing a selection of motets and polyphonic Mass ordinaries during the week, as well as a Spanish falsobordone setting of the Responsorial Psalm for Wednesday’s Spanish/Latin Mass. The motets will be selections from Palestrina and Brouwers; the polyphonic Mass parts will include portions of the polyphonic settings by Victoria (Kyrie and Gloria from Missa Quarti Toni) and Palestrina (Sanctus from Missa Aeterna Christi Munera) for the two liturgies on Friday and Saturday.

Charles Cole

Cole’s choir will also sing a selection of motets and polyphonic Mass ordinaries during the week. The motets will be selections from Tallis, Morales and Palestrina; the polyphonic Mass parts will include portions of the polyphonic settings by Victoria (Sanctus/Benedictus and Agnus Dei from Missa Quarti Toni) and Palestrina (Kyrie, Gloria from Missa Aeterna Christi Munera) for the two liturgies on Friday and Saturday.

Horst Buchholz

This choir will sing a selection of motets and polyphonic Mass ordinaries during the week. The motets will be selections from Tallis, Capillas, Casciolini and Richafort; the polyphonic Mass parts will include portions of the polyphonic settings by Victoria (Credo from Missa Quarti Toni) and Palestrina (Agnus Dei from Missa Aeterna Christi Munera) for the two liturgies on Friday and Saturday.

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View the entire list of musical repertory that will be sung by chant and polyphony choirs for Colloquium XXVIII:
Repertory by Choir
Repertory Plan

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New Music

This year’s breakout schedule includes three days of breakouts with David Hughes, where you’ll be able to collaborate with other composers to fine-tune your compositions. Please bring at least 15 copies of the work you plan to use during the session, for participants in the session. The best compositions from the New Music breakout sessions will be used for the New Music Reading session on Friday afternoon. New Music Participants: Please plan to provide digital PDF files from the compositions to David for final printing before the Reading session.

The New Music Reading for this year’s Sacred Music Colloquium is scheduled for Friday, June 29, 2018 at 1:20 pm at the Mundelein Auditorium. If you have questions, please contact us at programs@musicasacra.com.

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To get an idea of the schedule of events, please see our Schedule of Events. This will give detailed information about the events of the week, including time and location.
For an overview, please see the Schedule at a Glance.


The CMAA is dependent on donations for scholarships. If you are interested in sponsoring a musician, priest or seminarian’s attendance, please write to us at programs@musicasacra.com or make a donation to our Annual Fund. No amount is too small. All scholarship donations are applied directly to scholarships. If making a donation to the Annual Fund, you can also specify that your donation is to be used for scholarships. To make a donation to the Annual Fund, please use this form or make an online donation:

Scholarship Assistance may be available for partial tuition for persons or parishes of limited means. To apply for a scholarship, please see information about scholarship applications above. Or request a packet from the CMAA office by calling (505) 263-6298. Application deadline is April 7. To apply for a CMAA Colloquium scholarship, please fill out the application form and scholarship recommendation form and submit them to us prior to April 7, 2018. All applications and recommendations must be received at our office by April 7, 2018. Send applications to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202 or you may email the completed forms to us at programs@musicasacra.com. In order to process your application, we must have both forms received by the deadline. If you have not received confirmation that your application was received in our office by April 7, please email us at programs@musicasacra.com to ensure you don’t miss the deadline.

Application Form
Scholarship Recommendation Form

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REGISTRATION FORM – download pdf file.
RELEASE FORM (required from all participants)

LATE REGISTRATION IS NOW IN EFFECT. Check or credit card payment must accompany registration. Registration and full payment must be postmarked on or before March 1 (Early) or May 9 (Regular). You may register online or by mail. If you wish to make installment payments for your fees, please use the mail-in form. Your registration is not considered complete unless accompanied by the $75 non-refundable deposit and we have received your completed RELEASE FORM, as required by Loyola University. Registrations must be received at the CMAA Office (by mail or online) by the close of business, June 9. After June 9, registration is only available by telephone by calling our office at (505) 263-6298 on a space available basis. Full tuition payment must be made by the respective deadlines.

Cancellation: Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office postmarked on or before June 9th (or emailed) will receive a refund less the non-refundable $75 deposit. After that date, refunds are given only in the form of a credit toward registration for the 2019 Colloquium.  Refunds may be processed after the Colloquium. All requests for credit must be received in the CMAA office or by email (programs@musicasacra.com) by June 24th in order to be considered for credit. Late requests may only receive a partial credit, depending on charges to the CMAA for meals and housing.

Group Discounts

If you are bringing a group of 20 or more, please contact us about a group discount at programs@musicasacra.com.

Member Discounts

With a current CMAA membership, the members’ rate is available to you; it is not transferable to another person. If your parish has a CMAA parish membership, please note the name of your parish on your registration form.

Not yet a member? Join now and receive the benefits of membership for a full year for the same price as a non-member registration. Once your membership payment is received, you’ll receive an email with information about the member discount code. Email us at gm@musicasacra.com for any questions.
Join the CMAA

Youth Participants

Youth Participants must be at least 16 years of age or older. A parent or chaperone must accompany youth attendees under eighteen. The chaperone must be at least twenty-one years old and registered for the full Colloquium or as a Companion. A temporary guardian form and release must be on file with the CMAA before anyone under the age of eighteen may be admitted to the Colloquium by sending the completed form in advance (electronic copy is fine). The original must be given to the chaperone/temporary guardian. If the youth participant is not accompanied by a parent, a medical treatment authorization form must also be provided to the chaperone or guardian and a copy provided to us in advance by email. You must also prepare a signed release form for Loyola University.

Daily Registration

Be sure to indicate the day(s) for which you are registering and note that the fee for full convention registration is usually less than the fee for multiple days. Daily registration is not available online; it must be done on the registration form. Daily Registrations include lunch, but do not include banquets. If you wish to purchase a ticket for a banquet on a daily registration, you must indicate that on your registration form. If you also wish to purchase dining hall meal (either breakfast or dinner), please contact us directly at programs@musicasacra.com for pricing.

Additional Information

Companion (Adult): Those registering as companions are welcome to accompany a full Colloquium registrant to all activities except breakouts and choir rehearsals. A separate registration form and release form must be filled out for each companion including payment for any additional activities and must include the name of the Full Convention Registrant. Companion registration is not available online; it must be done using the downloadable registration form.

Arrangements for guests to attend banquets may be made, but must be made no later than June 18th. The Monday banquet is included for all registrants with full tuition or companion pass. The closing banquet on Saturday is available as a separate item on the registration form.

Dormitory Housing

Loyola University has made on-campus dormitory housing available for our faculty and participants for Colloquium 2018 at Regis Hall. The campus housing offers air-conditioning and single-or double-occupancy rooms. On-campus housing includes linens, towels, soap and shampoo. Wifi access is available for $10/device. On-campus parking is available for $7/day.

The single-occupancy rooms will be in Regis Hall (#31 on the campus map).  The cost per night for single rooms is $90.

Double-occupancy rooms will be available also in Regis Hall. Each double-occupancy room has two beds and a shared bath available. The charge per person for these double rooms is $55/night. When you register for a double room, please notify us regarding your preferred roommate. If you do not specify a roommate, we will attempt to assign one to you. If we are unable to assign a roommate to you, we will notify you of the additional charge due for a single room.

Check-in location is: Lobby of Regis Hall (#31 on campus map).

Necessary keys will be checked out and in by Conference Housing Staff.

DORMITORY TIPS (forthcoming to participants via email)


Meal Plans

All registrations include lunches in the Loyola University Dining Hall in the Student Center (Tuesday – Friday only).

Our opening banquet on Monday, June 25th, will be at the Mundelein Auditorium on the Loyola University campus. This banquet is included in the tuition for all Colloquium participants, as well as Companion registrants. Extra tickets for this banquet may be purchased upon request. The cost for the opening banquet is $50/person.

*The banquet is not included for those registering for day rate passes. If you are purchasing day passes for your attendance and want to attend this banquet,  please also purchase a banquet ticket.

Our final closing lunch at the McCormick Lounge (in Coffey Hall, #27 on Campus Map) is not included in the full meal plan or registration fee. Please add it to your registration if you are able to join us for that final meal together. The closing lunch will be held at the Coffey Hall following the final Mass at the Madonna della Strada Chapel on Saturday, June 30th and will include closing remarks by Dr. William Mahrt. The cost for this lunch is $30/person.

All registrants receive lunches as a part of their registration fee. For those who are not local to the Chicago area and especially anyone staying on-campus are highly encouraged to also purchase a full meal plan. The restaurant options near the campus are very limited.

Full-meal Plan: This plan will include meals as follows: Breakfast: Tuesday, June 26 – Saturday, June 30 (5 days), Dinner: Tuesday, June 26 – Friday, June 29 (4 days). All meals will be taken at the Student Center Cafeteria. These meals taken together offer a wonderful opportunity for faculty and participants to share time together in addition to the regular Colloquium activities. We encourage all participants to take advantage of this opportunity. The cost for this plan is $90.

REGISTRATION FORM – download pdf file.
RELEASE FORM (required from all participants)

Please note that all participants are expected to adhere to our CMAA Code of Conduct.

Photographs and Recordings: You are welcome to take photos and videos, but please do not use flash, especially during sacred liturgies.

We welcome private recordings during the Colloquium. In fact, amateur recordings are kept in a collection online by one of our members at this site, and are available for free access. If you do record a session or liturgy, please consider sharing your files with him so that others may hear them. Please consider bringing a recorder and assisting with this.

Contact us at programs@musicasacra.com for more information about sharing your recordings.

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Conference Hotel

HOTEL ACCOMMODATIONS are available at the Hampton Inn Chicago North (Loyola Station), 1209 W. Albion Avenue, Chicago, IL 60626, 1-312-265-5800. Rooms are available at the special conference price of $169 per room per night, plus tax, for single or double rooms, up to occupancy of two per room. Make your reservation before May 25, 2018 to get the special group rate. Please use the link for reservations with the room block.

Amenities in this smoke-free hotel include free WiFi, a mini-fridge, work desk, ergonomic chair and 42-inch HDTV, as well as complimentary breakfast and beverage area, and exercise facilities.
To register for hotel accommodations at this special rate access the reservation link below:


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Helpful Links

Curious about the Sacred Music from previous Colloquia? Listen to some of the sound files from previous years at this website: http://music.dierschow.com/Colloquium/
Or watch this video documentary about the first time the Colloquium was held at Loyola (50 min.)

CAMPUS MAP – Loyola University – Lakeshore

RESTAURANTS near the University (forthcoming)

DORMITORY TIPS (forthcoming by email to participants)

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Music Book

2018 Colloquium book– pdf – high resolution

2018 Colloquium book — pdf – low resolution

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