Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Chant Workshop in Columbus, Ohio, Aug. 10-12

A Gregorian chant workshop entitled The Gregorian Melody – The Expressive Power of the Word will be held by Fr. Stephen Concordia, OSB, at the Dominican Church of St Patrick in Columbus, Ohio, from Thursday, August 10, through Saturday, August 12. The church is located at 280 N. Grant Ave. The workshop will conclude with a sung Novus Ordo Mass in Latin. Suggested donation of $20 per participant at the door; registration is suggested but not required. To register or for additional information, please email or call Kathleen Tully, director of music at St Patrick, at kathleen@stpatrickcolumbus.org or 614-224-9522 ext. 152.
Topics include:

Why sing Gregorian chant today, and how should we sing it? (7:00 p.m., Thursday, August 10)

Where did the chant come from?
History and Sources
Gregorian chant is sung prayer
Singing Latin texts - Melody and Rhythm (Modes and Neumes)
7-9:00 p.m., Friday, August 11
10:00-Noon & 1-3:00pm, Saturday, August 12

Repertoire to be studied
From the Graduale Simplex: Parts of the Mass for the Schola and the Assembly
Syllabic Antiphons (Propers)
Simpler more ancient Mass Ordinaries

Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B., a Benedictine monk since 1989, has more than 30 years of daily contact with the Gregorian Chant repertoire. He is assistant professor of music and director of programs in sacred music at Saint Vincent College, where he directs the Saint Vincent Camerata, the Camerata Scholars, the Saint Vincent Schola Gregoriana and a Diocesan Schola Cantorum for regular celebrations of the Mass in the Extraordinary Rite. He holds degrees from the New England Conservatory of Music, Boston (B.M.,M.M), and from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music, Rome (Licentiate and Magistero in Organ, Licentiate and Magistero in Gregorian Chant), where he studied Gregorian Chant with Nino Albarosa and Alberto Turco.

His recent activities in the fields of Gregorian Chant pedagogy and performance include workshops and presentations at Penn State University, Bard College Conservatory, Duquesne University, National Assoc.of Pastoral Musicians (Greensburg, PA); presentations to the American Choral Directors Association: national, regional and state conventions; conducting the Saint Vincent Schola Gregoriana at Heinz Hall with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra (2009, 2012); CDs with the Monastic Choir of Montecassino (Foné 1999), with the Saint Vincent Camerata Scholars (JADE 2011, 2013) and with the Schola Cantorum of Holy Family (JADE 2013); and a translation from the Italian of the chant textbook “Tones and Modes” by Alberto Turco (Torre d’Orfeo Editrice, Rome 2003). Previous positions include director of music at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral, NYC, and invited professor of Gregorian Chant at the Pontifical Liturgical Institute, Rome.

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