Registration Update: The women’s class is full. We have extended registration for the men’s class through this Friday, December 21, only. Seminarian scholarships available.

Presenting the 2013 Winter Chant Intensive at St. Joseph Catholic Church in historic Macon, Georgia. January 7-11, 2013.

The Chant Intensive lives up to its name: though no previous experience with chant is required, beginners and intermediate chanters 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.

The CMAA Winter Chant Intensive 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.

This year’s venue is beautiful St. Joseph Catholic Church in Macon, Georgia.  Stroll back in time and enjoy the southern hospitality of Reverend Allan J. McDonald (who many of you know from his popular blog, Southern Orders, and elsewhere) and spend a a week singing and praying in this stunning and revitalized parish…situated right in the middle of Macon’s historic district, a spot largely untouched by Civil War cannons.

The course will be offered in two sections: chant for men, taught by  David J. Hughes; and chant for women, with instructor Arlene Oost-Zinner. Classes will begin on Monday afternoon, January 7, and conclude with an 11:00am chanted Mass in the Ordinary Form on Friday, January 11th.  The sung Mass will include Mass IV, and the Gregorian propers for the week of the Solemnity of the Epiphany.


Arlene Oost-Zinner is the director of the St. Cecilia Schola at St. Michaels Catholic Church in Auburn, Alabama, composer of the Parish Book of Psalms (CMAA, 2012); editor of Words with Wings (CMAA, 2012); and currently serves as director of programs for the Church Music Association of America. She has taught chant at all levels for the CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium and at workshops around the country, and has trained under several chant masters in a variety of traditions of thought and practice. She is also an accomplished pianist and translator, and has written for the Catholic Answer, Homiletic and Pastoral Review, Inside Catholic, among other publications.

David J. Hughes is Organist & Choirmaster at St. Mary Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he directs a professional choir for a weekly Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite (Missal of 1962), a volunteer choir for the Latin Mass according to the Roman Missal of 2002, and several children’s choirs. He led the St. Mary’s Student Schola to sing chant and Renaissance polyphony for the primary English-speaking Masses in August 2011 at World Youth Day in Madrid; the students also sang for pontifical Masses at the Cathedral of Toledo, Extraordinary Form Missae cantatae at the Carmelite monasteries in Avila and Madrid, and for the Latin Masses sponsored by Juventutem. Mr. Hughes is a member of the board of the Church Music Association of America, and serves as a chant instructor and the director of new music at the CMAA’s annual Summer Music Colloquium. He is director of music for the annual Roman Forum Summer Symposium at Lake Garda in the north of Italy.

Registration Specifics

Registration for this event is now closed.