Great New (and Free!) Practical Resource for Singing Chant Hymns and Other Popular Chants

In a trans-atlantic collaboration, a new resource has become available through the dedicated work of Schola Sanctæ Scholasticæ.

http://gregorian-chant-hymns.com is a collaboration between Schola Sanctæ Scholasticæ (Dr. Candy Bartoldus, Clare Bowskill, Julia Jones, Martina Jelinkova), St. Cecilia’s Abbey in Ryde, Pluscarden Abbey in Scotland, the CMAA, St. Peter’s Abbey in Solesmes, and the Society of St. Bede.

The main page of the website, Hymns, has an alphabetical list of some of the best-known and loved office hymns, as well as many votive antiphons and other popular chants (e.g., Adoro te, Ave Maris Stella [in multiple tones], Jesu Dulcis Memoria, etc.). Each chant comes with a fine recording, a copy of the score (for viewing on the website or easy download), and an easy-to-cut-and-paste or easy-to-download text and translation.

The Build-a-Booklet page has JPEG files of the scores as well as PDFs of the translations in clear typesetting, making it easy to copy and paste the text into a file you’re creating.

The Booklets page has the following pre-assembled booklets for download, including several hymnal-type publications a parish might print for pew use.

  1. The Mass in Latin with the Setting Mass VIII (Missa de Angelis) – abridged version – Ordinary Form of the Mass
  2. Music for the Mass and Benediction
  3. Order of the Mass: Weekday – Missa VIII (De Angelis) – Extraordinary Form of the Mass
  4. Exposition and Benediction
  5. Tenebrae (Extraordinary Form) – Holy Saturday
  6. Latin Mass Hymnal (older document) – Ordinary Form of the Mass
  7. The Mass in Latin with the Settings Mass I, VIII, XI, and XVII
The Guides page has a newly-typeset guide to Gregorian notation and Latin pronunciation as helps to newly-forming scholæ. The Resources page is also a helpful amalgamation of websites, etc., that would be useful to send as a single-link resource to new chanters. 

Musica Sacra Florida Reg. Deadline This Friday!

A liturgical and musical renaissance in Florida? Many, including myself, were dubious about it. 
When I moved to Ft. Lauderdale six years ago to take an academic position, I was moving from a vibrant diocese to a place that felt dead, like it had nothing to offer for the Catholic serious about his faith, and serious about the revitalization of Catholic culture and liturgy—very few young adult activities, a tiny, nearly-unknown Latin Mass community, very few priests interested in cultivating sacred music and reverence in the liturgy. Indeed, many have suffered for their faith in our state, as elsewhere. 
But, that was six years ago – barely after Summorum Pontificum had been promulgated.
As is the case in many other dioceses and states, the gentle example of Pope Benedict XVI inspired many, including seminarians and priests, and the Holy Spirit has prompted the hearts of many to rediscover and help revitalize the Church’s traditions and liturgy. But there is still much to be done—the impact of the new liturgical movement has still touched only a small percentage of parishioners in the pews in our state. 
One of the initiatives in Florida which has made a difference in bringing about the start of a renewal is the annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant conference. 

For the past six years, sacred musicians from all over Florida and elsewhere in the U.S. and Canada have been coming to study the Church’s sacred music. Since our first conference at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, we’ve held the annual conference at Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. We’ve had a great time connecting with others who love the Church’s liturgy, developing our chanting skills, singing the Divine Office together, and assisting at fully-sung Masses in both the new and old rite. The conference has spawned new scholas around the state, and connections which help make special liturgies and training for sacred music more widely available in the state.

This year, we’ve added a special track for altar servers and clergy to learn the assisting roles in the pontifical Mass in the extraordinary form of the Roman rite. Fr. Scott Haynes will be teaching a workshop on Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th for all those desirous of learning this liturgy. Participants under the age of 18 accompanied by a chaperone are also welcome to participate (contact Susan Treacy for more details).
Also joining the faculty this year is Mr. Adam Bartlett, composer of the Simple English Propers and the Lumen Christi Missal. He will be presenting a workshop, with Mr. Jeffrey Herbert, on English chant and parish resources.
Other faculty include:
  • Mary Jane Ballou, D.S.M. – Cantorae Saint Augustine 
  • Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. – Nova Southeastern University 
  • Jeffrey Herbert, CAGO/ChM – Saint Raphael Church, Englewood, FL 
  • Susan Treacy, Ph.D. – Ave Maria University

Special workshop tracks are available in:

  • Singing Gregorian Chant in English & a new parish music program, the Lumen Christi series
  • Gregorian Chironomy – How to conduct Gregorian chant 
  • Instruction for chant directors & aspiring chant directors on learning & teaching new chants 
  • Basic instruction on how to read Gregorian chant notation 
The conference also includes: 
  • Choice of scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), upper-level men, & upper-level women 
  • Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening with chants provided by the Schola Cantorum of Saints Francis & Clare (Miami) 
  • Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening with English & Latin chants provided by conference participants 
If you’re interested in working for better liturgy and sacred music in your area, join us for this conference! It will give you ideas and inspiration, and help you make connections with other people working hard for the same goal. 
The setting of Ave Maria University makes the conference like a retreat – cheap housing on campus and a peaceful town to enjoy. The conference registration is $60, $15 for clergy, seminarians, and full-time students. 
The registration deadline is this Friday, May 2nd, 2014. More information is available at the conference website: www.musicasacra.com/florida
We hope you’ll be able to join us! 

Musica Sacra Florida 2014

Musica Sacra Florida, the Florida chapter of the CMAA, is happy to announce our 6th annual Gregorian chant conference.


www.musicasacra.com/florida 

New this year is a two-day workshop offered by Father Scott Haynes from the Society of St. John Cantius for training servers to serve a Pontifical High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman rite.  Participants under the age of 18 accompanied by a chaperone are also welcome to participate (contact Susan Treacy for more details – contact info available on conference website).

Server training workshop – Thursday, May 15th and Friday, May 16th
Gregorian chant conference – Friday, May 16th and Saturday, May 17th 

Server training participants are welcome to stay for Saturday’s portion of the chant conference.
This year’s conference takes place on the beautiful campus of Ave Maria University in Ave Maria, Florida. 

Registration prices are affordable, and include materials and instruction. Adults are $60, Full-time students (with ID), seminarians, and clergy are $15. On-campus housing is available, too, with a single room for $50/night and a double for $70/night ($35/night/person). 

Fr. Scott Haynes will serve as the keynote speaker, and Mr. Adam Bartlett (composer of the Simple English Propers and Lumen Christi Missal) joins our faculty this year in teaching English chant. 

Other faculty members include: 

Mary Jane Ballou, D.S.M. – Cantorae Saint Augustine
Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. – Nova Southeastern University
Jeffrey Herbert, CAGO/ChM – Saint Raphael Church, Englewood, FL
Susan Treacy, Ph.D. – Ave Maria University


Special workshop tracks are available in: 

– Singing Gregorian Chant in English & a new parish music program, the Lumen Christi series
– Gregorian Chironomy – How to conduct Gregorian chant
– Instruction for chant directors & aspiring chant directors on learning & teaching new chants
– Basic instruction on how to read Gregorian chant notation


The conference also includes:

– Choice of scholae for beginning/intermediate (men & women), upper-level men, & upper-level women

– Missa cantata in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening with chants provided by the Schola Cantorum of Saints Francis & Clare (Miami)
– Closing Missa cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening with English & Latin chants provided by conference participants

Registration deadline is Friday, May 2nd, 2014.

We hope you’ll be able to join us!

Chant Workshop at Georgetown

The following announcement comes to us from Fr. James Bradley:

Come learn how to read and sing a common repertoire of Gregorian chant following the Solesmes style. We will explain different types of notation and sung parts of the Mass (Ordinaries and Propers). The initial goal will be to learn a few hymns sung during Benediction (e.g., O SalutarisAve verum corpus, and Tantum ergo). Participants are invited to sing at Exposition and Benediction immediately after at 12 Noon. You can attend part or all of the workshop. Music will be provided. No singing experience required. Come simply if you want to learn about our beautiful music tradition which, following the Vatican II document Sacrosanctum Concillium, continues to be given pride of place in the Roman liturgy. All are welcome. Pre-registration is helpful for planning and logistics, but not required.

Instructors:
Brian Bartoldus is doctoral candidate at the Yale Institute of Sacred Music with a concentration in Choral Conducting.
Fr James Bradley is a priest of the UK Ordinariate studying Canon Law at the Catholic University of America.
Contact: Candy Bartoldus (candy.bartoldus@gmail.com)

Sponsored by The Georgetown Traditional Latin Mass Community
Saturday: January 25
10 am – 12 noon
Followed by Benediction
Location: Copley Chapel
FACEBOOK EVENT: https://www.facebook.com/events/641934129201971/?fref=ts

Florida Pro Musica – 2 Christmas Concerts

Florida Pro Musica is presenting two concerts between now and Christmas:

Sunday, December 15 at 4:00 p.m. – Gregorian Chant XI – Mass for the 3rd Sunday of Advent
Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 509 North Florida Avenue, Tampa, Florida
Admission is $10.

Saturday, December 21 at 7:00 p.m. – A Renaissance Christmas – 3rd Annual Candlelight Concert
Children’s Chapel at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church, 509 East Twiggs Street, Tampa, Florida
Admission is $20 (VERY limited seating)

Tickets are available online at FloridaProMusica.com or at the door, if tickets remain.