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

Sacred Music Workshop in Georgia

News of this  in my inbox this a.m.

A One-day Experience of Gregorian Chant and Polyphony

The Summer Sacred Music Workshop is a one-day workshop where you will learn about the Ancient Gregorian Chant and other forms of Catholic Liturgical Music. The workshop is open to all who have an interest in the history and application of music in the liturgy; Catholics, non-Catholics, priests, deacons, religious, choir directors, singers, etc.
Workshop Highlights:

  • Training in Gregorian Chant under professional church musicians, with choices of a chant class for beginners, and courses for advanced men or women.
  • Keynote lecture by Rev. David Carter, JCL, entitled: Re-discovery of the Church’s Sacred Tradition: II Kings 22
  • A panel discussion on the Liturgy and Sacred Music
  • Choral experience with one of the two choirs; a beginning polyphony choir or a choir for more experienced singers.
  • A Sung Mass in the Novus Ordo where you can apply what you learn.
  • A music packet including all the chants, motets and other helpful resources.

August 15, 2015
Our Lady of the Mountains Roman Catholic Church

Extension of Regular Registration for the CMAA Summer Colloquium in Pittsburgh, June 29-July 4, 2015

As a special indulgence (not found in the Raccolta), the regular registration period for one of the summer’s best sacred music conferences has been extended. The May 15th deadline has been changed to MAY 31ST!

Join us at Duquesne University for mornings of chant instruction, breakout sessions on a smorgasbord of topics, a New Music workshop, afternoons of polyphony practice from Faure to Palestrina, as well as a class in fundamentals of chant and a beginning choir for those just dipping a toe into the waters of the polyphonic sea. Wait – I forgot about the opportunity for private organ and voice instruction.  Splendid Masses in both the Extraordinary and Ordinary Forms, sung by the workshops and choirs, plenary lectures, world-class faculty, fellowship with old and new friends, an opening banquet, dorm accommodations available, a multitude of food plans.

I hope to see you there.  Follow this link to find out more and register:

 So, if you’re sitting on the fence about the Colloquium, hop off and come along for 5 days of wonderful sacred music-making.

Musica Sacra Florida at Ave Maria University

If you’re looking for a short but sweet little conference, this is the one for you!  May 15-16th this year on the lovely campus of Ave Maria University.  Chant for beginners/intermediates, advanced men and women, workshops, a special children’s workshop, a keynote by Fr. James Bradley.  Extraordinary Form on Friday evening, Ordinary Form on Saturday afternoon.  On-campus housing available.  Learn all the details and register over at (where else?).  Please join us!

Chant Workshop in Michigan – April 25

The announcement of this workshop from a reader is for an event which promises to be excellent.

Spring Chant Workshop
Saturday, April 25, 2015
9a.m. to 3:30p.m.

The Academy of the Sacred Heart
1250 Kensington Rd.
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304

Sponsor: The Oakland County Latin Mass Association (

Presenter: Wassim Sarweh, Director of Choir for Oakland County Latin Mass Association. Mr. Sarweh is recognized for his expertise in chant and polyphony.

Tickets: $40 or $20 for full-time students with ID

Registration: (includes small fee; You may register by mail with a check without paying Eventbrite fees. Email us at and we will send you a mailing address.)

Everyone is invited to join us for a day-long chant workshop.

Learn to sing or just enjoy this traditional and sacred treasury of music.
All ages and skill levels are welcome. No experience necessary.

Materials and lunch will be provided.

Check-in opens at 8:30 a.m.

The Workshop will begin at 9 a.m., includes lunch, and will conclude with an opportunity to sing Extraordinary Form Mass.

Email for more information.

Limited walk-in registration may be available at the door; advance registration is recommended.

Chant Workshop, Ventura, California

Please join us for an entry level Chant workshop on Saturday July 13 from 9AM-12PM at the historic Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura, CA. This workshop will be an introduction to Chant as part of the Mass, with the goal of helping Parishioners learn the basics of Gregorian Chant and increase their appreciation and participation. All are welcome, this workshop is useful for clergy and laity alike! 

Curriculum will include:Chant notation and solfegeChant in English and LatinCountingMass Ordinaryand a capstone using the Pange Lingua
No charge for the workshop, materials will be provided! 

Here is the Google+ site for updates and signups:

Thanks and hope to see you there!Carl

The Musical Legacy of Theodore Marier

On October 17th 2012, there will be a wonderful celebration of the life and work of Theodore Marier, on what would have been the 100th anniversary of his birth, at St. Paul’s Church, Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA. This is being organized by John Robinson, who is doing such a spectacular job as director of choristers at the choir school.

The Mass is at 6:00pm, and it will include music by Marier’s favorite composers. It is followed by a reception at 7:00pm. This reception includes a talk by his student and chant master Scott Turkington. Turkington’s talk is not to be missed. The title: “Keep Singing: the Musical Legacy of Theodore Marier.”

This is going to be a wonderful event!

Chant in Grand Rapids

On June 16, I’ll be teaching a practical chant seminar at Sacred Heart of Jesus in Grand Rapids, Michigan. It will be a four-hour tutorial and lecture practicum dealing with getting the propers in the parish right away. Ideally you should be able to attend knowing next to nothing and be prepared to sing the next day. I know that is a bit ambitious but it’s not crazy. It can happen. So far as I know, the workshop is free and runs from 10am until 3pm with a little lunch provided. Contact the parish for more information.

Chant and Improvisation in the Liturgy

Jenny Donelson, CMAA Academic Liaison, on an upcoming conference:

Esteemed organist and pedagogue Dr. Ann Labounsky and the music department at Duquesne are partnering with the CMAA to present a conference on the subject of improvisation:

The Aesthetics and Pedagogy of Charles Tournemire: Chant and Improvisation in the Liturgy 
 October 21-23, 2012 at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, PA 

Our model? A man steeped in chant and the liturgical traditions of the Church: Charles Tournemire.

In his time, Tournemire’s work as an improviser was well-known throughout the world, and myriad students flocked to him to learn the craft. Being steeped in the French symphonic tradition, having studied Dom Guéranger’s Liturgical Year, served as organist for decades at Ste. Clotilde in Paris, and being keenly interested in the role of the organist as a theological commentator on the action of the liturgy, Tournemire’s shadow rightly extends to this day in his writings, recordings, and lineage of students.

The revitalization of sacred music in our time must take into account not only Gregorian chant and polyphonic choral music, but also the proper role of the organ at Mass, and this role essentially includes improvisation. It’s our hope that this conference will make a significant contribution towards understanding that role through the lens of Tournemire’s magnificent example.

The location? A city filled with a large number of wonderful organs and a wonderful cast of French organ scholars and experts. Pittsburgh is really an ideal location for a conference like this, thanks in no small part to the work and teaching of organists like Ann Labounsky and Robert Sutherland Lord. More information on attending the conference will be forthcoming in June, but for now we’re accepting proposals for papers and recitals that relate to the topic. More information on the conference and the submission process are available here.

The conference will explore the aesthetic, liturgical, theoretical, and technical principles of Tournemire’s improvisations and teachings on improvisation, the use of Gregorian chant in organ improvisation, the role of organ improvisations in the Catholic liturgy, and pedagogical approaches to teaching organ improvisation. It will include liturgies, opportunities for the study of improvisation at the organ, discussion groups, and recital programs and papers relating to the conference theme. Join us!