Teaching young boys and girls the foundations of singing — its beauty, its method, and its depth of meaning — is critical to the recovery of the sacred in our culture. For almost 100 years the Ward Method of Music Instruction has done just that.
Yet more music is needed for 21st century singers.
Many older materials are out of date or out of print, including Ward Method songbooks. To help meet this need, CMAA has asked Wilko Brouwers, author of Words with Wings, to prepare a brand new songbook. The book is in preparation now and will contain over 90 songs and exercises for classroom use. You can help make the new Ward Songbook project a reality through your contribution!
Donations* in any amount are welcome.
Contributions to CMAA’s Songbook Project fund made by June 1, 2017 will be matched up to $5,000 by another donor.
This is a chance for each of us to demonstrate our commitment.
Thank you for helping secure the future of beautiful church music:
that all may sing!
To contribute to this project, or to find out more, visit our site:
or send your contribution (please mark it “Songbook”) to
CMAA, P.O. Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202
(A special thank-you gift will be offered to those contributing $100 or more.)
* The Church Music Association of America is a 501(c)(3) organization. Donations are tax-deductible to the extent of the law.
Get all the information about this year’s faculty, schedule, repertory, plenary speakers, breakouts and more at the Colloquium Details page.
Michael Alan Anderson, director
The course will balance exposure to the genres and styles of traditional Western plainchant with the study and execution of Renaissance vocal polyphony. Sessions will center not just on performance but also on historical background, notation, and contemporary theory and practice. In a short concert at week’s end, students will present – as an SATB choir – an unpublished sixteenth-century polyphonic Vespers, which incorporates both chant and polyphony. This course is appropriate for church music directors, choral directors, and singers wishing to gain a stronger foundation in early music. The institute takes place in Chicago at St. John Cantius Church, recently named the most beautiful church in the United States and well known for its rich tradition of sacred music.
Participant Concert: A Renaissance Vespers – Friday, June 30 at 7:30 pm., St. John Cantius Church
Singing Gregorian Chant and Renaissance Polyphony – Chicago
Professional Development Hours: 30
$1,550 / 1 credit CRN 18500
$650 / noncredit CRN 18496
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