Wednesday, December 22, 2010

2011 Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference

The following was brought to the NLM's attention a couple of weeks back and involves some names which will be already familiar to our readers, including Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, and Dr. Daniel van Slyke.

2011 Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference
February 24-26, 2011

"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art." Sacrosanctum Concilium 112

Inspired by these words of the Second Vatican Council, it is with great joy that we announce the 2011 Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference.


The Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference will give special focus to the treasury of Gregorian Chant, Polyphony and their modern vernacular adaptations employed in use in the sacred Liturgy today. Keynote addresses will discuss What is Liturgical Music, The Importance of Singing the Mass, & Resources of Parish Musicians. In addition, several workshops will be given with topics ranging from the new ICEL chants, what to do when the organ is not a viable option, to vocal technique as well as the Liturgy of the Hours in parish life. Each participant will have the opportunity to sing in both a chant schola (beginning or advanced) and polyphonic choir. All of the music learned throughout the conference will be used for the conference Liturgies.

The conference promises to be a valuable resource for Priests, Directors of Music, Organists, Choirs, Cantors and all responsible for sacred music within the parish.

We hope you will join us. Registration opens on Monday, January 3, 2011. Until then, please sign up for our email newsletter and visit back to our site for updates on the conference. As always we entrust our work to our savior, Jesus Christ, through the intercession of our Blessed Mother.

The tenative conference schedule:

Conference Schedule (subject to change)


3:30 pm: Registration Begins
5:00 pm: Registration Closes
5:30 pm: Sung Vespers
6:30 pm: Welcome, Dinner and Keynote: "What Is Sacred Music?"
8:15 pm: Compline
9:00 pm: Campus closes

9:00 am: Lauds
9:45 am: Chant Workshops
Beginners Chant - Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB
Advanced Chant - Mr. Nick Botkins
11:00 am: Morning Breakouts
A) Priests, Deacons & Seminarians: Singing The New Translation
B) Organists: Organ Clinic -Mr. Bruce Ludwick, Jr.
C) Choir Directors/Vocalists: Vocal Techniques
D) Reading Chant Notation
12:00 pm: Lunch & Keynote: "Singing the Mass and Actuosa participatio: Reaping More Abundant Fruit from Liturgical Celebrations"-Dr. Daniel Van Slyke, S.T.L., Ph. D.
1:30 pm: Polyphony Rehearsal - Mr. Nick Botkins, Mr. Andrzej Zahorski
3:00 pm: Sung Mass
4:30 pm: Afternoon Breakouts
Worthy of the Temple: How to utilize instruments other than the organ - Mr. Matthew Baute
Divine Office: Singing the Hours in your parish - Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB
Fitting & Proper: The Role of the Propers Within the Mass
5:45 pm: Vespers
6:00 pm: Dinner & Evening on your own
7:30 pm: Optional Organ Recital Featuring Mr. Bruce Ludwick, Jr. & Mr. Andrew Kenney
8:45 pm: Optional Compline

7:00 am: Optional daily Mass at St. Raphael
9:00 am: Lauds
9:45 am: Chant Workshops
11:00 am: Morning Breakouts (Continuation of Friday Morning Breakouts)
12:00 pm: Lunch & Keynote: "Resources For Singing The Mass" (Panel Discussion- Sacred Music Faculty)
1:30 pm: Polyphony Rehearsal
3:00 pm: Afternoon Breakouts (repeat of previous day)
4:00 pm: Prepare for Mass
4:30 pm: Sunday Vigil Mass (St. Raphael Church)

For more information: musicasacrasaintlouis

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