St. Paul Cathedral, Pittsburgh

Twenty-Five Years of Sacred Music Colloquia

June 29 – July 4, 2015
Duquesne University
Pittsburgh, PA

The Church Music Association of America is proud to invite you to celebrate with us as we hold our 25th Colloquium in 2015. 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 2015 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 two great venues – the Duquesne University chapel (featuring a newly-installed pipe organ), and the Cathedral of St. Paul.

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


Registration is Now Closed


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, chironomy, 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 Tallis, Byrd, Victoria, Palestrina, Mawby, Fauré, Campra, Josquin, Mouton 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 Duquesne University Power Center.
  • Optional on-campus meals with your fellow participants for breakfasts and lunches and some dinner meals.
  • Optional Evening with Dinner and Follies… prepare your light-hearted entertainment to share with your fellow musicians.
  • Individual training in vocal production and technique.
  • Individual training in organ 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.

Two Venues

Duquesne Chapel

Duquesne Chapel

Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday Colloquium Masses will be held at the Duquesne University Chapel of the Holy Spirit; Thursday and Friday Masses will be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul in downtown Pittsburgh. On June 29th, a special organ recital will be performed by Dr. Ann Labounsky on the newly-installed Jaeckel pipe organ at the Duquesne chapel. Thursday evening, we’ll sing an Extraordinary form Vespers service for the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary at St. Paul Cathedral. On Friday, July 3rd, we’ll be treated to another recital by Jonathan Ryan on the famous 1962 Von Beckerath organ at the Cathedral of St. Paul.


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 15th (Regular). Registrations postmarked after May 15th 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 15th. After June 15th, registration is only available by telephone by calling our office at (505) 263-6298 on a space available basis.


Registration is Now Closed