Cantores de Ecclesia – Seven Last Words

CANTORES IN ECCLESIA presents 

JAMES MACMILLAN

SEVEN LAST WORDS FROM THE CROSS & ONE EQUAL MUSIC 

with guest conductor DAVID HILL

 at St. Philip Neri Church 

7:30pm Wednesday, April 13, 2022

James MacMillan’s Seven Last Words from the Cross (1994) is one of the most intense works of choral music written in the last generation. It is a large piece in seven movements, each reflecting on one of the dying statements of Christ as recorded in the gospels. MacMillan borrows freely from traditional sources such as Scottish funeral laments and the ceremonies of Holy Week, adding his own distinctive musical style and vast emotional

range. MacMillan’s One Equal Music (2016) was commissioned by John Morrill in memory of his wife, Frances. The text is taken from a prayer by John Donne. The Portland performance will be the North American premier of this new work.

Renowned for his fine musicianship, David Hill is widely respected as both a choral and orchestral conductor. His talent has been recognized by his appointments as Musical Director of The Bach Choir, Music Director of Leeds Philharmonic Society, Associate Guest conductor of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra and Principal Conductor of Yale Schola Cantorum. He was Chief Conductor of the BBC Singers from September 2007 to September 2017 and is a former Music Director of Southern Sinfonia.

Mr. Hill has had a long association with Cantores in Ecclesia, beginning in 1987, when the choir sang for Mass in Westminster Cathedral in London. He came to Portland the following year to give an organ recital and to conduct Charles Marie Widor’s Mass for Two Choirs and Two Organs. Since then, he has conducted Cantores in Ecclesia on several occasions over the years.

Read David’s full bio HERE.

About Cantores in Ecclesia: Blake Applegate, director

For over thirty years, Cantores in Ecclesia (singers in church) has specialized in Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony within the liturgical context of the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church.  Cantores in Ecclesia has sung for concerts and liturgies at home and abroad, including tours to Mexico, Spain, France, England and Italy, and has recorded compact discs, including three chant recordings for Oregon Catholic Press. The choir has been featured in print media and on the internet, including articles in BBC Music Magazine, Brainstorm and The Early Music Review, and has established itself as a leader in liturgical performance, winning loyal supporters at home and gold medals in international competition. This August marks the 23st season of the choir’s William Byrd Festival (www.byrdfestival.org), an annual gathering of musicians and musicologists for two weeks of lectures, sung liturgies, recitals and concerts in honor of William Byrd, widely considered Renaissance England’s greatest composer.  Cantores in Ecclesia, Ltd., is a 501 (c) 3 organization.

 

Choral Festival 2022

The Catholic Sacred Music Project will be hosting its second Choral Festival for Young Professional and Aspiring Church Musicians June 26-July 1 in collaboration with Sacra Liturgia at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California. Martin Baker, the distinguished British choral conductor, will be the festival conductor and lead the participants in singing Palestrina’s Missa Papae Marcelli for an Ordinary Form Mass celebrated by Cardinal Pell as well as a concert of choral music of living Catholic composers. The daily program will include intensive rehearsals, communal meals, panel discussions on sacred music, as well as all of the Sacra Liturgia liturgies and addresses given by Cardinal Sarah, Cardinal Pell, Archbishop Cordileone, and Dr. Jennifer Donelson–Nowicka.

The Catholic Sacred Music Project was founded in 2021 to provide spiritual and musical formation for Catholic musicians in order to effect a widespread renewal of sacred music in the Church. Through intensive encounters with leading musical artists and performing masterworks from the treasury of the Church’s musical tradition, Catholic musicians are given the knowledge and skills they need to serve the Church more faithfully and to renew and develop its culture of sacred music.

All interested musicians are encouraged to apply though space is limited. Applications will be accepted until April 9 and evaluated no later than April 16. For more information, visit the CSMP website: https://www.sjbsacredmusic.org/

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Register Now for CMAA Summer Programs!

The Church Music Association of America (CMAA) is happy to announce that we will be holding in-person events this year. We hope you’ll make plans to join us for lovely liturgies, inspiration, education, and camaraderie.

SUMMER COURSES | June 14-18, 2022 | St. Mary’s Catholic Church,  Hagerstown, MD

SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM | June 20-25, 2022 | St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Hagerstown, MD

Both events are also hosted by The Collegium of Hagerstown, Maryland.

 

Our SUMMER COURSES will include:

  • NEW!!! Vocal Training Intensive, Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Instructor
  • Laus in Ecclesia – Level One (Clear Creek Abbey), Kathy Reinheimer, Instructor
  • NEW!!! Laus in Ecclesia – Level Two (Clear Creek Abbey), Br. Mark Bachmann, Instructor

For details about the courses and the schedule, visit our webpage here: SUMMER COURSES.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – SUMMER COURSES

The SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM will feature the opportunity to sing in chant and polyphony choirs, hear inspiring plenary talks and breakouts, join in morning and night prayer, and add your voice to the music at liturgies Tuesday – Saturday, plus Vespers on Thursday.

The liturgies at St. Mary’s Catholic Church will be:

  • June 21, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Memorial of St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Novus ordo (NO), Spanish / Latin
  • June 22, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Memorial of Ss. John Fisher and Thomas More, NO, English
  • June 23, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Nativity of St. John the Baptist, NO, Latin
  • June 23, 2022, 7:00 pm, Vespers, 1st Vespers of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, Usus antiquior (UA), Latin
  • June 24, 2022, 4:30 pm, Mass, Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (UA), Latin
  • June 25, 2022, 10:30 am, Mass, Requiem Mass for Deceased CMAA Members, UA, Latin

For all the details about the Colloquium, including faculty, choirs, repertory, schedule, detail about breakout topics, visit our webpage here: SACRED MUSIC COLLOQUIUM.

REGISTER ONLINE NOW – COLLOQUIUM

If you want to help support our in-person programs, particularly for scholarships and reduced registration fees for seminarians and students, please consider making a donation to the CMAA.

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Register Now for Colloquium 2022!

REGISTER NOW

The Church Music Association of America is happy to announce that registrations are now being accepted for the 2022 Colloquium in Hagerstown, Maryland, June 20-25, 2022. Once again, we will celebrate liturgies together, sing in choirs, learn from outstanding faculty and enjoy the camaraderie that we’ve all missed in the past two years.

Don’t delay making your registration, as we do have limited capacity this year.

For all the details about the Colloquium, including schedule, repertory, faculty, scholarships, and more, visit our Colloquium page to get all the information.

Save the Dates – Colloquium and Summer Courses

The CMAA is delighted to announce that our upcoming Sacred Music Colloquium will be held in Hagerstown, Maryland June 20-25, 2022 at St. Mary’s Parish in Hagerstown.

In addition, our Summer Courses will also take place at St. Mary’s in Hagerstown, Maryland June 14-18, 2022. The Summer Courses offered will be

  • NEW!!! Vocal Pedagogy, taught by Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam
  • Laus in Ecclesia Level One, taught by Kathy Reinheimer
  • NEW!!! Laus in Ecclesia Level Two, taught by Fr. Mark Bachmann, choirmaster at Clear Creek Abbey

We hope you’ll make plans to join us. Our online registration and full details will be forthcoming, so stay tuned!

Laus in Ecclesia Course at Clear Creek Abbey

Are you looking for an in-person training course for the summer? Consider studying chant with the monks at Clear Creek Abbey. Enjoy the peaceful surroundings, comfortable accommodations and wonderful welcome provided by the monks.

WHAT This is a first year course in Gregorian chant, taking the complete beginner or amateur in Gregorian chant to the level of being able to sing the chant with a certain competence.

Instruction will be offered in:

Reading Gregorian notation
Solfege
Latin pronunciation
Gregorian rhythm, musical and verbal
Chironomy (direction)
Modality
Analysis of a chant

For more information on the course, visit the Laus in Ecclesia website: lausinecclesia.com.

WHERE Classes will be held in the oratory of the old Monastery at Clear Creek. Address: 5810 W St Marthas Ln, Hulbert, OK, 74441. Click here for the directions and schedule. 

WHEN The classes will start at 1:15 pm on Monday, July 12, and continue throughout the days following until 12: 30 pm Saturday, July 17.

LODGING

For women:

Bethany, the ladies’ guesthouse
Martha’s cabin

At Bethany, the meals are served: $50 per night for room and meals

At St. Martha’s the occupants must bring their own meals and cook for themselves: $40 per night

For men: the men’s guesthouse at the abbey. Meals are provided: $50 per night for room and meals.

HOW MUCH

Laus 1 Instruction: $200

Laus 1 manual: $45

Lodging,

at Bethany: $50 per night, $200 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)
at St. Martha’s: $40 per night, $160 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)
at men’s guesthouse:$50 per night, $200 for Monday night (7/12) thru Friday night (7/16)

Payment can be made in advance either by check (made out to Clear Creek Abbey. Address: 5804 Monastery Road, Hulbert, OK, 74441) or through the abbey website or during the session, by cash, check or credit card.

Those attending the session will be expected to provide their own paper (notebook) and writing instruments. A ruler would be handy; ruled paper also, especially for those who plan to work on the assignments provided in the Laus 1 manual. Fr. Bachmann will be happy to correct assignments completed during the session—according to the time he disposes of.

PREREQUISITES No previous musical or Gregorian training is necessary. However, the applicant should be able to sing and carry a tune.

HOW MANY A maximum of 20 students will be accepted for this course on the basis of first-come, first-serve.

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Summer Southeastern Sacred Music Workshop

Announcing the 2021 Southeastern Sacred Music Workshop in Jasper, Georgia, August 20-21, 2021! Registration is now open.

Our Lady of the Mountains, Jasper, GA

The past year has been a challenge for all of us involved in church music. Many music programs have suffered losses of personnel and funding, and music directors are finding that the old ways of doing things just aren’t going to work for the future.

Some music directors are having to rebuild their program from the ground up, and the task seems daunting. We believe we have a way forward, and we’d really like to help.

This workshop will equip cantors, choir masters, choristers, and music directors with the tools they need to reinvigorate a stagnant music program by teaching them how to SING THE MASS. Using plainchant—in the vernacular or Latin—to sing the proper texts of the Mass creates stability in a parish music program. Chanted propers are the key to keeping music programs up and running even with unexpected challenges such as a pandemic. [Not sure what the propers are? Click to learn more.]

Likewise, polyphonic music is perfect for small groups of singers when choirs are limited in number. This workshop will introduce participants to polyphonic singing and organum. Everyone will have the opportunity to join a chant group of his or her choice—beginner/refresher or advanced—and/or a polyphonic small ensemble.

Don’t be intimidated. Those who are new to chant are highly encouraged to attend. This workshop is designed to accommodate all levels of proficiency in sacred music. Cantors especially will benefit from the break-out cantor sessions on Friday.

The event will culminate with a sung liturgy Saturday afternoon with the opportunity to sing a Sunday liturgy for those who would like to extend their stay in the beautiful Appalachian setting of Our Lady of the Mountains.

Breakout courses will be offered on a variety of topics of interest to music directors, singers, organists, and clergy.

The $80 registration fee will cover all materials as well as lunch on Saturday and coffee and snacks both days. The workshop begins at 1 p.m. on Friday and runs through 6 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is optional and includes sung Mass at 11 a.m.

Conference hotel information will be available shortly.

Please note:

At this time we are taking registrations only (no payments) so you can reserve your spot at the 2021 Sacred Music Workshop. Payment will be accepted online or by check between July 1 and July 31. By doing this we hope to avoid the need to refund money in the event the workshop must be canceled due to circumstances beyond our control. Registration/reservations are on a first-come basis.

Currently the number of attendees is capped at 50, but we are keeping a waiting list beyond that number in the hope that we’ll be able to accept more participants as the pandemic threat lessens.

Our Lady of the Mountains Church
1508 Waleska Hwy 108
Jasper, GA 30143
Parish website: https://olmjasper.com/

We hope to see you there!

For registration, information about faculty, and more, visit the website at: SOUTHEASTERN SACRED MUSIC