St. Basil’s 2011 Winter Chant Workshop

St. Basil’s School of Gregorian Chant is holding its 2011 Winter Chant Workshop next week from March 2nd to March 5th at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, Texas.

The workshop will feature guest conductor and instructor Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB of St. Meinrad Archabbey.

Sessions will cover topics ranging from musical settings of the new translation of the Roman Missal, the principles of Gregorian Semiology, and singing chant in Latin and English.

For more information see the St. Basil’s website.

Below are the weekly schedule and curriculum. They look to be packed to the brim!


Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB: “Chant as the foundation of modern music, and foundation of all composition of Liturgical Music”.


The ancient oral origins of chant, its rhythm and dynamic structure. the liturgy prayed and sung. Missa Primitiva, Kyrie, the psalms of compline.

Semiology discovered: The restoration of Gregorian Chant by Solemnes. The foundations of singing chant. The Missa Primitiva, Sanctus, The “Ave Regina Coelorum”, Compline psalms.

A Master Chant Class including University students and faculty. Historical development of chant, rediscovery of semiology. Sample schola performance. “Puer natus est” Introit from Christmas Day. “Dixit Domiuns”, communion from Feast of Cana.

Semiology of the Proper: Rorate Coeli (of Advent), Pueri, Haebraeorum (of Lent), “The Marian Hymn “Ave Regina Coelorum”.
ST. BASIL’S CHAPEL: Benedictine Compline


The ancient structured “cantillation” of Chant. Discovering the foundation of today’s, chant melodies and psalms. Missa primitiva, Agnus Dei, Vespers Psalms, the great “Magnificat”, the melismatic “Alleluias”

Ancient “cantillation” continued: Missa primitive, Agnus Dei, The “O” Antiphons of Advent, Salve Regina, Vespers Psalms.

The melismatic level of Chant, “Rorate Coeli” of Advent, “Puer Natus” of Christmas: Semiology of the hymn, “Veni Creator Spritus”, Vespers “Magnificat”

Chant today as the sung prayer of the Church and the Liturgy sung: Vespers Psalms, Semiology of “Alma Redemptoris Mater” Vespers “Magnificat”
Vespers: 13th Century Menil Byzantine Fresco Chapel.


Melisma of “Alleluias”: Alleluias 1 & 2: Marian Hymns: Advent “Alma Redemptoris Mater”, Paschal “Regina Coeli” , “Conditor Alme Siderum”, “Veni Creator Spritus”.

New English Chant of the Roman Missal: Alternate Chant of St. Meinrad., “Ubi Caritas” of Holy Thursday, Lenten Marian Hymn: “Ave Regina Coelorum”.

Preparation of Chants, Mass parts for the Solemn Vigil. Missa Primitiva, “Conditor Alme Siderum”, “Ave, Regina Coelorum”, Gospel “Alleluia”.

Chants of the new English Roman Missal. Alternate chants of St. Meinrad.

4:15: Break for preparation of Liturgy:
Schola Cantorum Chapel rehearsal
4:45 pm: Assemble for Missa Solemnis

EF Training in Scranton

The Knights of Columbus Council 14829 in Scranton is offering a one day informational seminar Saturday, February 19, 2011 featuring an introduction to the extraordinary form of the Mass, according to the 1962 Roman Missal. The seminar will be held at St. Michael the Archangel Church, 1703 Jackson Street, Scranton, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The presentation will begin with an explanation and overview of the traditional Latin Mass by Father Justin Nolan, FSSP, of the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, followed by a question and answer period. A “sung” Mass, or Missa Cantata, will follow at 11:30. After lunch, Father Nolan will provide two additional presentations for a more in depth understanding of the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.

The seminar’s objective is to provide an educational, interactive, friendly and prayerful experience to inquirers of the traditional Latin Mass through talks on history, theology, and spirituality. The day includes participation in a Missa Cantata with Gregorian Chant and other forms of sacred music.

The seminar is free, including lunch, and open to the public. Interest in the traditional Latin Mass has grown in recent years, especially since July 2007 when Pope Benedict XVI issued the Motu Proprio, Summorum Pontificum, permitting priests to freely celebrate the older liturgy.

One of the Pope’s objectives in issuing the Motu Proprio was to clarify that the Traditional Latin Mass and the Novus Ordo Missae, or new Mass, are part of the “same rite.” Like his predecessor, Pope John Paul II, Pope Benedict XVI has made unity a major goal of his pontificate. The Church, he said, must make “every effort” to achieve unity, adding: “Let us generously open our hearts and make room for everything that the faith itself allows.”

For more information, please email or call the rectory at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church at 570-961-1205.

Chant, Old and New (Gregorian Institute of Canada)

News from the Gregorian Institute of Canada

Call for Papers
Sixth Annual Colloquium of the Gregorian Institute of Canada
August 4-7, 2011
Dalhousie University
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Gregorian Institute of Canada has focused from its inception on performance, providing a unique opportunity for scholars and performers from Canada and around the world to share and discuss their ideas, research and experience. This year’s theme—Chant: Old and New—is inspired by a particular chant book, which makes Halifax’s Saint Mary’s University its home: the Salzinnes Antiphonal, a 16th-century Cistercian manuscript from what is now the region of Namur in modern-day Belgium. Some of the manuscript’s musical riches will be presented in concert during the conference by five-time Grammy winning composer, conductor and performer, PAUL HALLEY and members of his University of King’s College (Halifax) Chapel Choir. MARGOT FASSLER, recently appointed the Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy at the University of Notre Dame, will be giving a plenary address and SUSAN HELLAUER, of Anonymous 4 fame, will be leading workshops in chant performance.

Submissions on any topic of chant research are welcome, but paper and workshop proposals that address the broadly conceived colloquium theme—Chant: Old and New— are particularly encouraged. Suggested topics include ‘late’ chant, however it is defined; traces of old repertories found in newer collections; old assumptions and new methodologies; ‘old’ print indices and ‘new’ digital resources for chant research; chant in the Old and New Worlds; European chant books found in the Americas or Australia; new chant books published for New World congregations; French Baroque Plainchant, including chant in Nouvelle-France; and old or new performance practices.

Please send a 250-word abstract to the program committee at Abstracts may be sent and papers presented in either English or French. Conference papers will be limited to 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period. Performance practice workshops will last 40 minutes.

The deadline for proposals is February 1, 2011.

Winter Chant Intensive, New Orleans, 2011

There will be no summer Chant Intensive so this is your only chance in 2011 to experience the full immersion in the world of Gregorian chant, as taught by Scott Turkington and William Mahrt, January 3-7, 2011, Old St. Patrick’s Church, New Orleans, Louisiana.

As you can see, the date is not that far off. There are limits on the numbers here, so if you are planning on coming, it is wise to lock in your spot right away. The great advantage of this program – all chant for a full week – is that it gives singers and directors the necessary confidence to sing in or direct any chant schola in any parish.

The lessons cover the full range of technique, including neume reading, psalm singing, and stylistic interpretation. It is also a great chance to develop a camaraderie with others in the burgeoning movement. A week might seem like a long time but it is something you do once in a lifetime, and it teaches you to produce the most beautiful musical art of all.

Added bonus that needs no explanation: it is in New Orleans!!

See you in Houston?

This is going to be a wonderful program, at a fantastic price:

CMAA 2010 Fall Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Houston Cathedral; Houston, Texas, October 21-23.

Faculty includes Scott Turkington (Gregorian chant for men), Arlene Oost-Zinner (Gregorian chant for women), Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, (Advanced chant for men and women), and Rev. Robert Pasley (Training for priests, deacons, seminarians and those who train them to sing the Mass). Talks by Dr. William Mahrt and Jeffrey Tucker (Managing Editor, Sacred Music; Sing Like a Catholic).

The Program includes Solemn Vespers on Friday evening and concludes with a Missa Cantata in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening; Dr. Crista Miller, Organist. Cost: $165 (includes instruction, materials, 3 meals and reception).

National Catholic Youth Choir Convenes, June 2011

A press release from the National Catholic Youth Choir


For Release: Immediate Contact: Dorothy Kantor
Saint John’s University School of Theology
September 28, 2010 (320) 363-3154 or

“One Lord, Many Traditions”
National Catholic Youth Choir

The National Catholic Youth Choir was founded in 2000 and has just finished its eleventh season. The choir is sponsored by Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary and meets on the grounds of Saint John’s Abbey and University in Collegeville, Minnesota. It began under the motto Spreading the Catholic Faith Through Great Music as a response to the call of Pope John Paul II for a “new evangelization.” The choir sings music of various Christian traditions, ranging from medieval Gregorian chant to twentieth-century music and is led by world renowned choral conductor, Dr. Axel Theimer. Fr. Anthony Ruff, O.S.B., a monk of Saint John’s abbey, is the founding director and chaplain. The primary focus of the choir is liturgical, and the choir seeks to implement the directive of Vatican Council II that the “treasury of sacred music” be preserved and fostered in the modern liturgy.
On June 15, 2010 selected high school students from throughout the United States traveled to Saint John’s University to participate in the 15 day camp and tour. This year’s theme was One Lord, Many Traditions. Promoting the idea that what unites us is greater than what divides us! We celebrated the many ways of praising God and serving Christ with music from Roman Catholic, Lutheran, Mennonite, Anglican, Eastern Orthodox, Moravian Brethren and Evangelical traditions.
After several days of intense choir rehearsals and camp activities the choir departed Saint John’s and began their concert tour at Sacred Heart Church in Staples, MN. The six day tour also included concerts at St. Michael’s in Grand Forks, ND, the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Bismarck, ND, Sacred Heart Church in Aberdeen, SD, St. Mary’s in Sioux Falls, SD and St. Bartholomew in Wayzata, MN. Daily tour and camp photos are available on our website at
The last full day of camp the choir recorded a CD at Saint John’s University. This CD will be available to the general public for purchase after October 15. Please check our website after this date for ordering information.
Catholic youth going into 10th-12th grade in 2011 are strongly encouraged to apply for the June 14-28, 2011 program. Application and audition information is available online at or contact Dorothy Kantor at 320-363-3154 or

Upcoming Events Announcement

Many have asked…

Winter Chant Intensive: January 3-7, 2011; New Orleans, LA. Details and registration information forthcoming.

Sacred Music Colloquium XXI: June 13-19, 2011; Duquesne University, Pittsburgh, PA. Details and registration information forthcoming.

Singing into the Sunset

Announcing the CMAA Fall Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Houston Cathedral. October 21-23,2010 This three day event is sponsored by the CMAA Houston Chapter, the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart, and St. Theresa Church in Sugarland, Texas.

Faculty includes Dr. William Mahrt, Scott Turkington, Arlene Oost-Zinner, Rev. Robert Pasley, Dr. Crista Miller, and Jeffrey Tucker. There will be separate courses in beginning Chant for women and men, an advanced chant Master Class, Training for Priests, Deacons, and seminarians, as well as lectures and fellowship. Vespers will be sung in Latin and English on Friday evening; The event will conclude with a Missa Cantata in the ordinary from on Saturday, October 23rd.