Monday, August 25, 2008

Get Thee to Virginia!

St. John the Beloved Church in McLean, Virginia will again host a two-day workshop in Gregorian Chant on October 17 and 18. This event, which will provide a valuable introduction for novices as well as continued skill-building and education for experienced singers, is intended for all who are active or interested in this ancient music of the Roman Catholic Church.

The workshop will be directed by Scott Turkington, a renowned chant instructor and music director in Stamford, Connecticut, and author of The Gregorian Chant Master Class. Last year’s workshop in McLean was highly successful, with over 100 enthusiastic people from six states and eight dioceses participating. Registration closed earlier after the workshop filled far advance.

One participant suggested that all American bishops and priests be told about this workshop so that they will know what is going on in the Catholic Church.

The fee of $90 for this 2008 Workshop will include extensive instruction in singing chant and reading Gregorian (square note) notation; the new Parish Book of Chant; a lecture on the spirituality of Gregorian chant by the pastor, Rev. Franklyn M. McAfee; a lecture on papal legislation and church documents related to liturgical music by Rev. Paul F. deLadurantaye, Director of Liturgy for the Diocese of Arlington; a concert by David B. Lang of organ works based on chant melodies; two receptions; a catered lunch on Saturday; and free childcare.

The Workshop will culminate at High Mass in the Extraordinary Form at 6:45 p.m., with participants singing what they have learned. A reception for participants will follow the Mass.

Interested persons may register online and print the brochure and full schedule, or may register by mail. Go here. Registration closes on September 30 or whenever the workshop is full.

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