Tuesday, April 18, 2023

Catholic Sacred Music as a Radiant Witness: A Workshop With Paul Jernberg, May 31 - June 3

Paul Jernberg, composer-in-residence at Wyoming Catholic College and director and founder of the Magnificat Academy is running a residential workshop for parish choir directors, singers and composers this coming summer. He is focussing on the principles that define sacred music and directing people to resources ancient and modern that exmemplify what he describes. It is offered in conjunction with the Scintilla Institute

Here are the details as supplied. More will follow: 
Who is it for? singers, composers, parish choir directors and any with a love of sacred music.
When? May 31 – June 3, 2023
Where? Coronation of Our Lady Parish, 13000 Bennington Avenue, Grandview, Missouri

Workshop components: Principles and Resources for faithful stewardship of Sacred Music in our parishes and communities; lively conversation with Catholic church musicians; rehearsals and sung Liturgies

Schedule: We will begin with a reception and short conference at 7pm on Wednesday, May 31st, and conclude with a sung Mass on Saturday morning, June 3rd, followed by lunch. A more detailed schedule will be provided soon to all participants.

Further information, Cost, and Registration: contact our event coordinators at yourfriends@scintilla.institute. Emails will be handled promptly within 1-2 business days; for urgent questions you may call (913) 687-3801.

Here is a recent YouTube release of a glorious new sung Mass which was filmed and recorded last October 21st at St. John's Parish in Clinton, MA: here is the link in You Tube.

The film title is taken from the Beatitudes: Theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. The format is similar to our previous film The Fire of Your Love, although almost all of the music is newly composed for this special Liturgy, a Mass for Persecuted Christians.

Paul told me: ‘The impetus to compose this music came from my conversations with Fr. Benedict Kiely, founding director of Nasarean.org, who spends much of his time in the Middle East and who seeks to raise awareness and support for those whose plight there has been almost completely neglected by the Western media. But I also found much inspiration for these compositions in reading and reflecting upon Michael O'Brien’s epic novel Island of the World, based on true accounts from Croatia and Bosnia-Herzegovina in the mid-20th century.’

For more information on Paul and his music contact: Magnificat Institute of Sacred Music, 315 Main Street, Suite 5, Lander, WY 82520; (307) 206-5240; magnificatinstitute.org; pauljernberg.com

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