A correspondent at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Kokomo, Indiana reports on the event:
Weeks before the workshop we notified, by mail, all the parishes in our diocese in Indiana of the upcoming workshop. Amy Zuberbueler was our instructor for the 1 1/2 day event. There were 20 participants in attendance, 15 from our parish, 4 additional from our diocese (Diocese of Lafayette in Indiana) and one from the Indianapolis diocese in Indiana. In Friday, Amy began with a brief history on chant, then introduced the registrants to legato, ensemble sound, scales and solfege. On Saturday, the focus was on learning the modes and nuemes, rhythm and conducting, using a bit of the Ward Method. Breakfast and lunch were provided for all participants. We learned the Missa Orbis Factor (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, and Agnus Dei) as well as the Communio (Dominus Regit Me) for the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time. We also learned an “Alleluia” and Psalm Tone for Mode 8, as well “Jesu Dulcis Memoria.” The workshop culminated with the Saturday night Vigil Mass in our beautiful church. Other hymns sung were Elgar’s “Ave Verum” (our schola learned this at the colloquium) and “Panis Angelicus.”
Our schola has been singing for about 4 years, so our parishioners are somewhat familiar with hearing and appreciating the traditional sacred chant and we were pleased to be able to host the workshop for those interested in learning the very basics of chant.