Musica Sacra Florida 2013 Gregorian Chant Conference

The time is drawing near for the 5th annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.  This year’s conference promises to be wonderful and features Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth (ICEL), Mass with Bishop Dewane, scholae for singers of all levels, Masses in both the ordinary and extraordinary form of the Roman rite, and fantastic workshops from the fabulous faculty line-up. 

Conference dates: Friday, Feb. 15th – Saturday, Feb. 16th

The registration deadline is Friday, Feb. 1st. 

Why not take a break from winter at the beginning of Lent to have a retreat studying chant in sunny Florida? 

Details follow below and at the conference website. 

Musica Sacra Florida – 5th Annual Gregorian Chant Conference

Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America

in conjunction with Ave Maria University

Friday, February 15th– Saturday, February 16th

Ave Maria University, Ave Maria Florida

The Conference Will Include

Workshops in:

          Singing Gregorian Chant in English
          Incorporating Gregorian Chant into Parish Life
          Instruction for Priests and Deacons in Chanting the Mass in the New English Translation
          Church Documents & Sacred Music in the 20th and 21st Century

Choice of scholae for:

          Beginning/intermediate (men & women),
          Upper-level men,& upper-level women

Solemn High Mass in the Extraordinary Form on Friday evening with music provided by the AMU Music Department

Closing English sung Mass in the Ordinary Form on Saturday evening, celebrated by Most Rev. Frank Dewane, Bishop of the Diocese of Venice in Florida, with music provided by conference participants.


Advance registration online is required:

Registration fees are $60.00 (including materials and instruction), $15.00 for students with ID

Overnight accommodations will be available at AMU’s Xavier Conference Center.  Participants can choose among various options for room and board.  For prices and options, click on “Brochure and tentative schedule” at the conference website.

Registration deadline: Friday, February 1st, 2013

For more information on the conference, contact Susan Treacy, Ph.D., at: | (239) 280-1668 |

Conference Faculty:

          Keynote Speaker: Monsignor Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director of ICEL (International Commission on English in the Liturgy)
          Mary Jane Ballou – Cantorae Saint Augustine
          Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. – Nova Southeastern University
          Jeffrey Herbert, M.Mus. – Music Director, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, Sarasota
          Timothy McDonnell, D.M.A. – Ave Maria University
          Edward Schaefer, D.M.A. – University of Florida
          Susan Treacy, Ph,D. – Ave Maria University

About the Conference:

This two-day workshop will present beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians with rehearsals and lectures that will enrich their knowledge of Gregorian chant and its use in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

Led by a faculty of chant specialists from around the state, attendees will learn more about the history of Gregorian chant and its role in the liturgy, as well as experience the chant in the context of both the Divine Office and the Mass. Beginning chanters will be introduced to the basics of notation and rhythm according to the classic Solesmes method.

Experienced chanters will learn new repertoire and advance their understanding of rhythmic and interpretive nuance. Resources and practical methods for the cultivation of Gregorian chant in the life of the parish will also be discussed, especially in light of the new missal. This year there will once again be a special emphasis on Gregorian chant in English, along with Latin chant.

This workshop is ideal for choir members, parish music directors, music students, teachers, parents, seminarians, priests, deacons, and anyone who is interested in learning about the heritage of sacred music within the Roman Catholic Church.