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Registration for this event is closed. Late registrations (add $50) subject to availability. For more information, write to us.

The CMAA Chant Intensive, now in its sixth 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.

wilko_dirigiendoSummer Chant Intensive 2013 will return to the Mary Pappert School of Music at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA. Sessions begin on Monday afternoon, June 3, 2013, and will conclude with sung Vespers in the University chapel on Thursday evening, June 6th.

The course will be taught by Wilko Brouwers, internationally known composer, conductor, and pedagogue. Mr. Brouwers (The Netherlands) studied choral conducting at the Music Academy of Arnhem and at the Liszt Acade­my in Budapest. He is the conductor of the Monte­verdi Chamber Choir Utrecht, the Strijps Kamerkoor and the Gregorian schola of the Cistercian Abbey De Achelse Kluis in Achel (Belgium). He is director of Ward Centrum Nederland, an institute for music education. He is the author of ‘Stepping Tones’, a method for sight reading in elementary schools and children choirs based on the Ward method. He also wrote ‘Words with Wings, Gregorian chant for children in twenty lessons’. Wilko Brouwers writes on chant, music education, voice training and choir repertoire in sever­al Dutch and foreign music magazines. He has been on the faculty of the Sacred Music Colloquium since 2004.


Tuition is $290, and includes all course materials, a continental breakfast and catered lunch on  Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday; and dinner on Monday, June 3 and Wednesday, June 5.

Accommodations will be available in the  dorms 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 $129 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 11. 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 5pm): $ 6.00

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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

Registration deadline is Wednesday, May 1, 2013. Late registrations may be accepted; Late registrations add $50.

To register, fill in and submit the form, below. Scroll through and be sure to fill in all required information. Your registration will not be complete until you have submitted form as well as payment due.

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