Dom Alcuin Reid, Fr. Thomas Kocik and other distinguished speakers will present talks at a conference in Peabody, MA in mid-September.
The “Culmen et Fons” conference is designed for clergy, liturgical ministers, musicians, and other interested laity.
The conference includes a track on sacred music, with chant and polyphony instruction presented by choral conductors Michael Olbash and David Hughes.
Information on talks, the schedule, and registration is at the conference website.
The colloquium programme focuses on practical workshops in Gregorian chant directed by Jean Pascal Ollivry.
Workshops for beginners led by Jean-Pierre Noiseux, will also be offered.
Dom Richard Gagné, O.S.B., will give a talk on the life and work of his predecessor, Dom Georges Mercure, O.S.B., and on historical recordings of Gregorian chant made between 1936 and 1948 with the monks under Dom Mercure’s direction.
The colloquium will conclude with the celebration of Sunday Mass in the church of Saint-Patrice in Magog, where chant will be performed by colloquium participants.
Early bird Registration is available until Thursday, June 15, 2017. After that date, the full rate will apply.
… to register to learn the Ward Method* with one of the finest Ward instructors in the US – Scott Turkington. Turkington will teach the CMAA’s Introductory Course this summer at Duquesne University as part of the CMAA’s summer course program.
In addition, the CMAA is also offering the next level of Ward Instruction for the first time this summer with instructor Wilko Brouwers, from the Netherlands. Wilko’s course will include the use of his newly published book Now I Walk In Beauty: 100 Songs and Melodies for School and Choir. Thanks to the generous donors who have supported this new publication, the book will be literally “hot off the presses” for our summer programs.
We still have room in our classes for a few more participants. Please make plans to join us in Pittsburgh June 26-30 at Duquesne University.
There will be two courses offered.
Ward Method I – That All May Sing will be taught by Scott Turkington. Participants will learn the basic principles and the practice of this method developed by Justine Ward in the early 20th century and how it can be used with our 21st century children. Its fundamental principle is that all children can learn to sing, not just those with natural gifts.
Ward Method II – Intermediate moves beyond the first year. Wilko Brouwers will share his expertise and experience with the method to pass on more advanced techniques. It will expand on the training in Ward Method I.
The CMAA is convinced that this method has great value for developing future generations of singers, both those in the choirs and those in the pews. You can be part of that project.
You can learn more details about the courses and register by following this link:
*Please note that CMAA Ward Courses are not affiliated with the Ward Centre.