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.
On Friday evening of the Sacred Music Colloquium in Philadelphia, Vespers were celebrated for the feast of St. Anthony Maria Zaccaria according to the traditional Roman office, with Fr. Robert Pasley, chaplain of CMAA, presiding. The choir was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Edward Schaefer, and the organist was Professor Ann Labounsky.
Frescobaldi: Variations on Iste confessor
Deus in adjutorium
Hymn: Iste confessor
Magnificat: antiphon and verses
Prayers at the end of the Office
Adolph Marty: Variations on Iste confessor and Ave maris Stella
Again this year the Sacred Music Colloquium included a Mass celebrated in Spanish: this time a votive Mass of Our Lady of Guadalupe, with wonderful music of the Spanish Renaissance, on Thursday, July 4.
The Mass setting was La misa Caça by Cristobal de Morales, and the Mass included motets by Guerrero and de la Torre. The propers were sung in new plainchant adaptations by Janet Gorbitz and Jennifer Donelson. Music for the Mass can be viewed in the colloquium repertoire book at pages 103-134, except for a motet by Cornelius Verdonck of the Spanish Netherlands, which was a late substitution.
On Wednesday, July 3, liturgical scholar Dom Alcuin Reid, prior of the Monastère Saint-Benoît in the diocese of Fréjus-Toulon, France, gave the second plenary lecture at CMAA’s Sacred Music Colloquium, at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia. His talk on authority in liturgy recalls the teaching of Pope Pius XII in Mediator Dei that
“Liturgy is a constitutive element of the holy and living Tradition.” The liturgy, the liturgical rites themselves, are an intrinsic part of the handing on of the faith received from the apostles. They are not mere decoration or ornament. The rites and prayers that have developed in the life of the Church are sacred vessels which bring apostolic tradition to us. Thus they are privileged sacramentals worthy of profound respect.
That is why Catholic liturgy is sacred. That is why Catholic liturgy is not that which any individual or group ‘likes’ to do, but is what we do ecclesially, in accordance with what is handed on to us in tradition. That is why the Sacred Liturgy enjoys a theological objectivity and cannot be altered without the greatest of prudence and due proportionality.
Against a subjectivism that would make the liturgy depend on “whatever the priest wants” or whatever this or that particular pope wants, according to personal opinions, Reid proposes principles of “liturgical integrity”. A text of his lecture appears in Catholic World Report.
Tuesday afternoon, after the first rehearsals of the various choirs that formed for the week, a votive Mass of the Holy Angels was celebrated in English. Here are a few excerpts (please note that these are my amateur recordings, so there is incidental noise):
Procession (improvisation by Michael Olbash, organ):
Introit (plainchant by Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB):
Responsorial Psalm (George Elvey, arr. Mahrt):
Communion (plainchant by Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB):
Motet (Richard Farrant: “Call to Remembrance”):
Motet (Richard Terry: “Richard de Castre’s prayer to Jesus”):
The Sacred Music Colloquium is underway at the cathedral in Philadelphia, and today had the most splendid event of the week, a sung Mass with a performance of the Requiem, the Missa pro defuncto archiepiscopo Sigismundo by Michael Haydn (1737-1806), the younger brother of F.J. Haydn.
The various portions of the Mass were performed by three choirs under the direction of Charles Cole, David Hughes, and Timothy McDonnell. For the occasion, a generous donor made it possible for CMAA to include an orchestra with numerous performers from the Baltimore Symphony.
Charles Cole, choir, and orchestra rehearsing for the Requiem
Here is one portion of the Mass, the Tract Absolve, Domine, performed by the women’s schola composed of colloquium participants under the direction of Mary Ann Carr Wilson: