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
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.
On Friday, August 9, 2019, the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, in Lewiston, ME, will host the first Annual Maine Sacred Music Conference. Join Catholic musicians, religious, and lay people dedicated to the revival of the centuries-old commitment to beauty and reverence in Catholic liturgy as they explore the liturgical forms and practices that have long formed the foundation of Catholic worship.
The keynote speaker for the day will be Dr. Jennifer Donelson, director of the Schola Cantorum of St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, and the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale. Ms. Donelson is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary, where she also teaches sacred music courses in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians. She is the President of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, serves on the board of the Church Music Association of America, and is the managing editor of the CMAA’s journal SacredMusic. She has published extensively on Gregorian chant, the sacred liturgy, and the music of Olivier Messiaen and Charles Tournemire, and has served as the organizer for numerous conferences on these and related topics, including the 2015 Sacra Liturgia conference in New York.
Morning lecture topics will include an introduction to the Catholic liturgical tradition and the spirituality of Gregorian Chant, while afternoon workshops will be dedicated to the practical, teaching and learning Gregorian chant and introducing it to parishes. The day will end with a traditional Latin Mass celebrated in the Basilica’s Upper Church.