Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Chant Workshop in October: See you in La Crosse!

I hope that you will come and join me for a chant workshop in the Diocese of La Crosse this October 25 and 26th. It will be the first of a series of sacred music events offered in collaboration between the Liturgical Institute and Illuminare Publications which will offer both immediately practical training and resources for use in parish life, and a deep rooting in sound sacramental and liturgical catechesis.

The workshop will feature a new and refreshing approach to chant instruction – one that begins with the important but often overlooked questions: What is the liturgy? How does music serve and form an integral part of the liturgy? How can music express the invisible mysteries contained within the liturgy? How does liturgical prayer affect our lives of faith? 

It will then explore the texts and musical settings that form an actual part of the liturgy itself, and intensive instruction will be offered on singing liturgical chant beautifully, expressively and effectively.

The workshop will cover the core musical settings found in the Roman Missal, will give a particular emphasis to the singing of the proper antiphons of the Mass, and will offer strategies and approaches for an effective and pastoral implementation of sung liturgy in ordinary parish life. It will also demonstrate the singing of psalm verses in 4-part harmony, how to conduct a choir or schola in the singing of chant, and will offer tips for running a successful parish music program. The workshop will conclude with a fully sung Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe.

This workshop will be accessible and beneficial to both beginner and seasoned liturgical musicians, as well as to to priests, deacons, cantors, and even to those who have sung chant with some regularity. All are welcome, and everyone will surely discover something new about liturgical music and its effect in our lives of faith.

To register for the event, please email worship@dioceseoflacrosse.com, or call (608) 791-2674.

See the flyer below for more details. I hope to see you there!

If you are interested in bringing a similar workshop to your parish or diocese, please contact: info@illuminarepublications.com