“Therefore now and for ages unending, with all the Angels, we proclaim your glory…..”

Reading “It’s Time for a Nobel Prize for Mothers….” via Facebook and wondered, is there a Facebook button for lovelovelovelovelove?
And this goes for Fathers as well.

Which then set me to thinking, one of the aspects of the CMAA Colloquium closest to my heart, an aspect which I lovelovelovelovelove, is that in the offering of worship to the Trinity mystically occurring in the company of the angels and saints, it is when this is accomplished with, and accompanied by great music, devoutly sung that I sense most strongly and surely the proximity of my late parents, and not only of them, of my beloved parents, but of all who have gone before us in Faith.
I feel such unity, feel something so beautifully, profoundly to be true that I cannot even speak of it, my voice fails me, I can only think it or type it.
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus!

Millions, billions, TRILLIONS AND TRILLIONS of voices….
And year after year at the Colloquium I have these experiences.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Thank you, CMAA members, Cecilia, Anne, Dr Mahrt, Janet, Wilko, Scott, Jonathan, Kathy R, Kathy P, Bishop Conley, that soprano who stood next to me, you mosaic artists from decades ago, Episcopal Cathedral of St Louis, David, ChantCafe contributors, Eric at the desk, you people who kept the organization going during the lean years, Arlene and Msgr. Wadsworth and everyone else from other years WHOIREALLYMISS, Fr Keyes, I’mrunningoutofbandwidth….

Colloquium Day 6: Ite ad Joseph

The message above the altar was plain enough:

and so the faithful did “go to Joseph”, returning to his shrine in St. Louis for the final Mass of CMAA’s 26th Sacred Music Colloquium.

The Holy Mass was celebrated according to the 1962 Missal, for the feast (3rd cl.) of St. William, abbot

Organist: Jonathan Ryan
Mass ordinary: “Sparrow” Mass, Mozart (with orchestra)

Introit: Os justi (women’s schola, Cole)
Kyrie: Sparrow Mass (Mozart choir, Buchholz)
Gloria: Sparrow Mass (Mozart choir, Buchholz)
Gradual: Domine, prævenisti (men’s schola, Brouwers)
Alleluia: Justus ut palma (chant improvisation, Mahrt)
Offertory: Desiderium animæ (women’s faculty master choir, Carr-Wilson)
Offertory motet: O bone Jesu, Ingegneri (beginning polyphony, Hughes)
Sanctus: Sparrow Mass (Mozart choir, Buchholz)
Agnus Dei: Sparrow Mass (Mozart choir, Buchholz)
Communion: Fidelis servus (fundamentals, Ryan)
Communion motet: O sacrum convivium, La Rocca (motet choir, Cole)

A moment from the homily by our chaplain, Rev. Robert Pasley, KCHS.
(Photo credits: Rene Zajner)

As is our custom at the final Mass, the full complement of attendees joined in a motet under the direction of Dr. Buchholz: this time, the Ave Maria of Bruckner.

We’ll look forward to hearing some recordings and seeing additional photos from the Colloquium Masses and presentations over the next few days as they become available on the net.  I’ll post links here on Chant Café.

Next year the 27th Sacred Music Colloquium will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, at the University of St. Thomas, June 19-24.

Colloquium Day 5: Mass at the Cathedral

The Sacred Music Colloquium ended Saturday morning with a Mass at the Shrine of St. Joseph, but we have a few more items to share from Friday.

That afternoon, Bishop Conley of Lincoln joined the Colloquium attendees at the magnificent Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis for Holy Mass, on the solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

The bishop and concelebrants exchange the Pax.
(Photo credits: Rene Zajner)

Thanks to the Cathedral’s media apostolate, you can view archived video of the Mass at YouTube.  (Alas, the video resolution doesn’t do justice to the glorious interior of the Cathedral Basilica.)

After the Mass, the clergy and laymen who served Mass during the week came together for a photograph:

After a break for dinner, attendees returned to the Cathedral for an organ recital by Ben Blasingame:

A beautiful day!

Reminder: live video stream of Mass from the Cathedral in St. Louis

[UPDATE: The archived video is available at YouTube.]

A scheduling note: the Colloquium’s Mass from the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis will be streamed live on the internet, thanks to the Archdiocese of Saint Louis.  The Mass begins at 5:30 p.m. Central Time (6:30 p.m. Eastern), and the stream will be available at http://archstl.org/CMAA .

The music program for the liturgy follows, with the various choirs of colloquium participants indicated. The music repertoire book is available for download at the CMAA web site.

Friday, June 24, 5:30 p.m. (Central), Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis
Mass, ordinary form, Solemnity of the Nativity of St. John the Baptist

Bishop James D. Conley (Lincoln, Nebraska), celebrant

Bishop Conley, at the plenary address
he gave Friday morning.

Horst Buchholz, organist

Organ prelude: Fantasia sopra Ut queant laxis, Johann Jakob Froberger
Introit: De ventre matris (women’s refresher chant class, Mary Ann Carr-Wilson)
Kyrie: Missa Papæ Marcelli, Palestrina (Wilko Brouwers conducting)
Gloria: Missa Papæ Marcelli
Gradual: Priusquam te (chant improvisation class, William Mahrt)
Alleluia: Tu puer (women’s chant schola, Charles Cole)
Credo III (tutti) with Et incarnatus est from Missa Papæ Marcelli
Offertory: Justus ut palma (men’s faculty master choir, David Hughes)
Offertory motet: Iustorum animæ, Stanford (motet choir, Charles Cole)
Sanctus: Missa Papæ Marcelli
Memorial acclamation: Mortem tuam (tutti)
Pater noster (tutti)
Agnus Dei: Missa Papæ Marcelli
Communion: Tu puer (chant fundamentals class, Jonathan Ryan)
Communion motet: Iesu dulcis memoria, Victoria (motet choir, Charles Cole)
Organ postlude: Improvisation on Ut queant laxis

Colloquium Day 4: Requiem


The Sacred Music Colloquium continued Thursday with rehearsals, breakout sessions, and an annual favorite, a sight-reading session for new compositions, led by the genial David Hughes.

Participants returned to the Shrine of St. Joseph for the annual Requiem Mass offered for the repose of departed members of the CMAA. For many Colloquium participants, it was the first time they had an opportunity to experience this rite of the Church in its classic form, with the chants of the Mass for the Dead and traditional practices such as the singing of the sequence Dies irae and the use of a catafalque to represent the departed for whom the Mass is offered.  Here are the assembled participants after the Mass.

Colloquium Day 3: All Together

Before I write about Wednesday, let me follow up with a little more information about events that took place on Tuesday:

Thanks to Joel Morehouse (of the Setnor School of Music, Syracuse) for posting additional photos of the Mass at St. John the Apostle Church (the pro-cathedral) at our sister site New Liturgical Movement, where Joel is also a contributor on parish music and liturgy.

At the CMAA members meeting on Tuesday, general manager Janet Gorbitz announced that the 2017 Sacred Music Colloquium will be held in St. Paul, Minnesota, from June 19 to 24, and one of the Masses will be offered at the historic St. Agnes Church in remembrance of Monsignor Richard Schuler, the long-time pastor and musician, co-founder of the CMAA, and editor of the journal Sacred Music.

In addition, Janet announced that registration is open for CMAA’s 2017 Winter Sacred Music event, to be held at the Cathedral of St. Paul in Birmingham, Alabama next January.

On Wednesday, Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral in St. Louis opened their doors and their organ loft to Prof. Ann Labounsky (Duquesne) who presented a breakout session on repertoire for pianists making the transition to the king of instruments:

And here is a view from the transept of Christ Church Cathedral:

At the end of the afternoon, Holy Mass at the Shrine of St. Joseph:

After Holy Mass, colloquium attendees came together in front of the Shrine for a group photo:

(Photo credits: Rene Zajner)

Colloquium Day 2: Let’s get started

Some glimpses of Tuesday at the Colloquium:

After morning prayer and breakfast, the first session is a chant rehearsal:
at the men’s schola session taught by Wilko Brouwers,
the curve of a neume on the paper is echoed by its counterpart outside.

In Tuesday’s plenary address,
Dr. Mahrt describes the “musical shape” of the liturgy.

Colleen Crafton from the Ward Center in Richmond, VA
brought her own choristers (!) to demonstrate a Ward Method lesson.

Photographer Rene Zajner listens in
as David Hughes (of St. Mary’s, Norwalk) and some colloquium participants
try out new compositions the latter have brought.

Scott Turkington (and his double, through the looking-glass)
present a session on conducting polyphony.
As the polyphony rehearsals begin,
Charles Cole from the London Oratory School
brings the motet choir together with some exercises.

And after that session, it is time to put things into practice, to sing for Mass at the Pro-Cathedral of St. John.

Horst Buchholz (our host this week at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis) directs the Mozart choir in Tallis’ This is my commandment:

And with Holst’s famous tune, the Mass is ended.

[UPDATE: Joel Morehouse has additional photos of the Mass and information on the music presented at our sister site New Liturgical Movement.]