The Patriarchal Liturgical Commission of the Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church (UGCC) is organizing the second annual SingCon, a four-day music conference. This year the event will be held at St. Basil’s Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut September 26-29. Here’s a description:
Experience common prayer at liturgical services, including Vigil (Vespers and Matins) on Saturday evening and Hierarchical Divine Liturgy on Sunday morning. Services will include various approaches to singing (congregational, choral, small ensembles) and be held in English with Ukrainian and Church Slavonic.
SingCon is a gathering of church singers of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church (UGCC) in North America to promote contact with one another (networking), to learn from experienced cantors and singers in our church, to share experience and solutions to current issues in church singing, and to pray together. SingCon is organized by the Patriarchal Liturgical Commission of the UGCC and in 2019 will be sponsored by the UGCC Eparchy of Stamford CT. Singers and faithful of other Churches are welcome! Registration is open to everyone regardless of ability. All are welcome and encouraged to participate in this exciting conference.
Participants will learn new music and take part in practice sessions in preparation for the liturgical services.
Led by experts from the UGCC, these practical workshops and lectures will be offered at both beginner and intermediate/ advanced levels, with the aim of advancing knowledge and helping to improve the quality of church singing. This will also be an opportunity for fellowship and networking among cantors, singers, choir directors, and clergy, to foster cooperation and growth. The workshops will explore church singing practices, and will take place in English.
For more information and to register visit: https://ugccmusic.com/singcon2019
The fifth annual Southeastern Summer Sacred Music Workshop will take place in Birmingham, Ala., on Friday, August 9, and Saturday, August 10. This year’s workshop is to be hosted by the Cathedral of St. Paul, 2120 3rd Ave North, Birmingham, AL 35203. Singers, organists, clergy, and laity alike will come from all over the Southeastern United States to learn about sacred music and singing the Mass.
Participants from novice to expert will have the opportunity to join a chant group and motet ensemble of their choosing. Those who are new to chant are highly encouraged to attend. The workshop begins at 3 p.m. on Friday with a session on chanting the Divine Office followed by a group rehearsal for singing Vespers at 5 p.m. Attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy an Hors d’oeuvres reception at the Cathedral rectory and a free choral concert by the Highland Consort at 7:30 p.m. Saturday will feature chant and polyphony rehearsals along with a plenary address given by Fr. Justin Ward, director of the Office of Sacred Liturgy for the Diocese of Birmingham, Alabama. The event will culminate with a sung liturgy Saturday afternoon at 5 p.m.
The $90 registration fee covers all materials as well as a coffee and lunch on Saturday.To register, please visit the website, https://southeasternsacredmusic.com/