Saturday, August 25, 2012

Chant in Florida


  • More Singing the Psalms led by Mary Jane Ballou, Director of Cantorae St. Augustine; Saturday, September 15, 9:30 am – 11:30 am; Villa Flora-Brown Hall Renewal Center, St. Augustine, FL To register call 904-824-1752 or online at www.ssjfl.org Cost: $15; Building on the first “Singing the Psalms” workshop, Mary Jane Ballou invites you to add your voice to over 2000 years of sung prayer by learning to chant the psalms in your own prayer or with your family. St. Augustine said, “He who sings, prays twice.” This two-hour workshop will show you how to use any edition of the psalms or the Liturgy of the Hours to bring song to your prayer. There will be a little history and humor, a review of the basic principles and more chants to sing. Those new to simple chant will be brought up to speed quickly and more experienced singers will increase their skills. Hand-outs and links to online chants will help you make the music your own. We will conclude by chanting midday prayer.  No prior musical knowledge or experience with the Liturgy of the Hours is needed.
  • Simple Chants for Advent & Christmas led by Mary Jane Ballou, Director of Cantorae St. Augustine; Saturday, December 1, 9:30 am – 11:30 am; Villa Flora-Brown Hall Renewal Center, St. Augustine, FL. To register call 904-824-1752 or online at www.ssjfl.org Cost:    $15. Enhance the anticipation of Advent and the joy of the Christmas season with music drawn from the Church’s treasury of chants.  This two-hour workshop will give you short chants for the season, suitable for morning or evening prayer, for singing with your family or just by yourself.  Some meditative, others spirited; some Latin, some English; from Ave Maria to Puer Natus, you will join 1,000 years of music.  There will be some history of the season and feasts and lots of singing – enough to carry you through Twelfth Night! Hand-outs and links to online chants will help you make the music your own after the workshop. We will conclude by chanting midday prayer on the very last day of Ordinary Time. No prior experience with chant is required.