Wednesday, September 22, 2010


CMAA REPORT: Chant Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Houston CathedralPresenting the CMAA Fall Practicum: Gregorian Chant at the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in downtown Houston, Texas. REGISTER NOW
Preliminary ScheduleMap and DirectionsThis educational and liturgical event coincides with the installation of the new Martin Pasi Opus XIX Pipe Organ, which will be used to accompany the liturgies during this event. The dates are October 21-23, 2010.The Practicum features chant instruction by chant legend Scott Turkington, Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Charleston, SC (Beginning Chant for Men); renowned scholar William Mahrt, Stanford University and president of the CMAA (Advanced Chant for Men and Women); Arlene Oost-Zinner, CMAA and St. Cecilia Schola (Beginning Chant for Women); Rev. Robert Pasley, Pastor, Mater Ecclesia (Training for Priests, Deacons, and Seminarians); Jeffrey Tucker, Managing Editor, Sacred Music; Author Sing Like a Catholic (Lecture).Solemn Vespers will be celebrated Friday evening, and a final Sunday Vigil Mass in the Ordinary Form, with Latin Chant Ordinary and Propers, will be celebrated in the main sanctuary of the Co-Cathedral, on Saturday, October 23 at 5 PM. The Organist will be Dr. Crista Miller, Principal Organist of the Co-Cathedral of the Sacred Heart and choral motets will be sung by a Choir of the Co-Cathedral. Vespers will be directed by Dr. Kevin Clarke, Music Director and Principal Organist at St. Theresa Catholic Church – Sugar Land, led by the St. Theresa Schola.Tuition is $165 for all sessions and materials, including a copy of the Parish Book of Chant, compiled and edited by Richard Rice, as well as lunch on Friday and Saturday, an opening dinner and lecture on Thursday evening, and a reception after Vespers on Friday. You will receive all materials upon arrival. All class session, lectures, and meals will be in the Cathedral Centre.The conference is for beginning chanters, advanced chanters, or anyone in between, and includes a session by Fr. Pasley designed to teach priests, deacons and seminarians the parts of the Mass proper to them; this session is also intended for music directors and others who will train priests, deacons and seminarians to chant their parts of the Mass. This is intended for all who love and appreciate the central role that chant plays as the prayerful song of the Roman Rite – not only at cathedrals and Basilicas but also in every parish. The conference will both train and inspire toward the goal of continuing the renaissance of sacred music in our time, both in the ordinary and extraordinary forms of the Mass.Suggested HotelsHoliday Inn Express – Convention Center, 1810 Bell Ave, Houston, TX 77003, 713-652-9400Limited number of rooms for $99/nt, reserve by Sept 30; Call hotel, ask for in-house reservations, identify “Chant Practicum” Marriott Courtyard – Downtown/Convention Ctr, 916 Dallas St., Houston TX 77004, 832-366-1600Club Quarters in Houston – 720 Fannin St, Houston, TX 77002, 713-224-6400 Registration deadline is Monday, October 11, 2010. Your registration will be considered complete after following the two-step process: 1) registration (Separate registration for each person, please. Done when you click on “send email”) and 2) payment:Pay by mail: Please submit online registration, indicating in the notes section that you will be paying by mail. Make checks payable to “CMAA-Houston Fall Practicum” and mail to: CMAAHouston c/o St. Theresa Church, 705 St. Theresa Blvd., Sugar Land, TX 77478.

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