Saturday, April 17, 2010

All Things Worthy and Beautiful

With a limit of 250 participants, response has been overwhelming. At present there are 31 spots remaining.

Dubbed "Seven days of Music Heaven" a few years back by one of the Colloquium's participants, the week lives up to its name. The days begin and end with the office; the hours before and after EF and OF Masses are spent in rehearsals and lectures with experts in their fields, and in fellowship with like-minded choir members, music directors, and members of the clergy from around the globe.

Among the faculty and presenters this year are Dr. William Mahrt, Dr. Horst Buchholz, Wilko Brouwers, Scott Turkington, Dr. Mark Daniel Kirby, Dr. Ann Labounsky, Edward Schaefer, Jeffrey Ostrowski, Cecilia Nam, Dr.Susan Treacy, Rev. Robert Pasley, Rev. Frank Phillips, SJC, Jeffrey Tucker, Dr. Kurt Poterack, Arlene Oost-Zinner, and others.

Music for the week will include newly commissioned propers by Rev. Samuel Weber, O.S.B. and others, Mass II, the Requiem Mass, The Byrd Gradualia, Sung Vespers (music of the Roman Renaissance), Palestrina's Missa Brevis, Schubert's Mass in G, and motets by Byrd, Verhulst, Lasso, and others. Organ repertoire and performance technique will also take a prominent role in the week, with a special organ recital by Dr. Paul Weber of Franciscan University on Tuesday evening.

You will study chant (beginning all the way through advanced) in the Solesmes and other traditions, sacred polyphony, the theology of the liturgy, Psalm singing, vocal pedagogy, and much more. The Colloquium is open to anyone interested in the restoration of beauty and solemnity in the Church's liturgies. Singers and musicians, regardless of experience, and all clergy and seminarians are encouraged to be part of this life-altering experience.

More information and the complete schedule can be found here.

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