The Latin Mass comes to Laredo, Texas! 

Beginning this coming Sunday, December 16th at 3:00 pm, the Society of St. Padre Pio is proud to announce that extraordinary form liturgies will be offered once a month at 3 pm on the Sunday after the third Saturday of each month. Mass will be held at Christ the King Parish with Msgr. James Harris as celebrant.

It is possible to offer this liturgy in the extraordinary form because of the Motu Proprio Summorum Pontificum, from July 7, 2007 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Music will be provided by the St. Cecilia Choir, with Rogelio Senties as director. If you’re in the area, make plans to join them and support their effort to make this form of the Mass available to those in the region.

December 16, 2018, 3:00 pm
Christ the King Parish
1105 Tilden
Laredo, TX 78040
Ph: 956-723-4267

New Choral Scholarships at Christendom College

Christendom College offers $4500 in tuition reduction and free voice lessons for students starting in the Fall of 2018.

Starting next fall, there will be two one-year scholarships: one for a man (tenor or bass), and one for a woman (soprano or alto).  The scholarship will consist of $4,500 in tuition reduction and $1,500 toward voice lessons throughout the year.

Specifics can be found at this link: Christendom College Choral Scholarships 2018

The recipient is expected to attend sectional and full rehearsals throughout the year, sing at the Sunday Mass, the First Friday Holy Hour, help out at weekday Masses, sing in the Palestrina chamber choir and perform other duties that will be discussed at the interview.
Students will need to submit an audition video of one piece by March 1, 2018 and, if selected, will come to campus as a finalist to audition in person on Saturday, April 7.  If there are any questions, you should contact Dr. Kurt Poterack at:

Twin Cities Catholic Chorale – All Souls

Now in its 44th season at the Church of Saint Agnes in Saint Paul, MN, the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale will continue its tradition of performing the Mozart Requiem, K 626 with orchestra, at a Solemn Latin Mass at 7:30 p.m.on November 2, 2017.

The Chorale is under the direction of Dr. Robert L. Peterson.

Make plans to join them tomorrow evening to celebrate All Souls’ Day!

Register Now for a Ward Course!

You still have time… not much, but a little…

 … 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. Brouwers’ 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.


Mass for Monsignor Schuler

Join the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale and the Church of St. Agnes in Saint Paul, MN at a special Mass offered on the 10th Anniversary of the death of Monsignor Schuler.

When: April 23, 2017, 10:00 am.
Where: 548 Lafond Ave., Saint Paul, MN
Repertory: Franz Schubert’s Mass in B-flat.

Make plans to attend!

Gregorian Institute of Canada – Chant Colloquium 2016

 August 11-14, 2016
Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto 

The Gregorian Institute of Canada is pleased to announce its 11th Annual Colloquium, to be held at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto, ON, August 11-14. Our plans include a series of practical chant workshops ranging from introductory to advanced, featuring the outstanding clinician Adam Bartlett, composer and editor of Simple English Propers (CMAA, 2011), and editor of the Lumen Christi Missal, Lumen Christi Simple Gradual, and Lumen Christi Hymnal (Illuminare Publications, 2012-2015).

Active as a teacher, workshop leader and speaker, Adam has traveled widely offering catechetical and training workshops on topics of Catholic sacred music and liturgical chant.

The colloquium also includes a series of scholarly papers in honour of the late Andrew Hughes, renowned Canadian chant scholar and Professor at the University of Toronto.

In addition to the workshops and lectures, there will be daily offices and Sunday mass sung with Gregorian Chant.

For More Information, visit the Gregorian Institute of Canada’s website at
Preliminary Program
Registration Form pdf

Save $50 – Register by March 1st – Colloquium


If you register and pay in full by March 1st, you’ll receive Early Bird tuition rates for this summer’s Church Music Association of America Colloquium. The Colloquium is to be held in St. Louis, MO, at the St. Louis City Center Hotel, June 20 – June 25, 2016.

CMAA members are entitled to a member discount. Not a member?


Three Great venues: the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, the Shrine of St. Joseph, and Pro-Cathedral of St. John the Evangelist and Apostle.

Are you a composer? Plan to participate in our New Music breakouts with David Hughes.

Sing Mozart, Palestrina or a variety of motets in your chosen polyphonic choir. There is also a beginning polyphonic choir again this year, which will sing a motet later in the week. See all the details and begin making your choir selections now.

NEW! Repertory Listing Uploaded to our Website!

For more information about the repertory, schedule, accommodations, faculty, plenary speakers and more, visit our website at:

To register by mail now, download a registration form and send it to us at: CMAA, PO Box 4344, Roswell, NM 88202.

If you have questions, please contact us at 

Winter Sacred Music Videos

The CMAA’s Winter Sacred Music Conference in Houston, TX (January 4-8, 2016) included two sung liturgies in which the participants provided the singing. On January 6th, an EF Mass for the Solemnity of the Epiphany was celebrated; on January 8th, and OF Votive Mass for the Holy Name of Jesus was celebrated.

Several conference attendees have shared their videos with us of excerpts from either the pre-Mass rehearsal or the liturgy itself. Here are those we have received so far:

Entrance Procession, Votive Mass: Holy Name of Jesus, January 8, 2016 from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

Jesu Dulcis Memoria (Victoria, uncertain) from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

Gradual: Domine, Dominus Noster (Gregorian Chant) from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

Lassus-Gloria-PilonsLorge from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

JesuDulcis from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

Sanctus-Lassus Pilons l’orge from Church Music Association of Amer on Vimeo.

For other recordings, please check out Carl Dierschow’s site, where my recordings from the week have been uploaded.
Winter Sacred Music Recordings