Thursday, October 14, 2010

AMERICA: USA: WINTER CHANT SESSION


CMAA REPORT: January 3-7, 2011Old St. Patrick’s ChurchNew Orleans, LouisianaInstructors: Dr. William Mahrt and Scott Turkington
Winter Intensive Preliminary ScheduleThis in-depth week of chant study will give you the confidence you need to be an excellent singer of Gregorian chant or a director of a chant schola in your parish. This year’s Winter Intensive offers tracks for beginning and advanced students.This Winter Intensive 2011 will take place at Old St. Patrick’s Church in historic New Orleans, Louisiana. Registration begins at 1:00pm on Monday, January 3 with daily classes running through Friday at noon. The week’s study will culminate with participants singing at Mass on Friday afternoon.Instruction on Two Levels Scott Turkington of the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Charleston, South Carolina, will offer his famed and rigorous (and fun!) course for beginning and advancing singers. Dr. William Mahrt of Stanford University will offer an advanced class for experienced chanters interested in broadening their abilities both in terms of scholarship and performance practice.Friday’s Mass at 2:00pm (Epiphany propers) will conclude with a solemn Te Deum sung in honor of the Vigil of Our Lady of Prompt Succour, the patroness of New Orleans. Her miraculous intervention has saved the city from fire, flood, and other disasters; and most notably during the Battle of New Orleans on 8 January, 1815. After Our Lady saved the city from the invading British army, a perpetual Te Deum was vowed on that date. At St. Patrick’s we will observe this unique custom, and in celebration of the city’s French heritage, the Gregorian chant melody will be sung alternating with the organ versets by Louis Marchand. Andrew Mills, organist.TuitionTuition for each of the courses (beginning or advanced), including all instruction, the Parish Book of Chant, and catered lunches and on Tuesday through Friday, is $320. The CMAA is entirely dependent on your donations to make scholarship assistance available. Write to us if you would like to make a donation.Textbooks The Parish Book of Chant(included in tuition) and the Graduale Romanum or the Gregorian Missal. The Graduale Romanum and the Gregorian Missal, along with other Solesmes and CMAA book titles, will be available for purchase at the Chant Intensive book table.Each class (beginning or advanced) is limited to 25 participants. The registration deadline is Wednesday, December 15, 2010. Late registrations: add $25; subject to availability.AccommodationsHousing is separate and to be arranged by attendees. A special conference rate of $139 per night plus tax will be available to Chant Intensive participants at the Residence Inn New Orleans Downtown, just a few blocks away from the church. A limited number of rooms have been reserved for our group. To make a reservation, call Marriott reservations at 1-(888) 364-1200, and ask for the Church Music Association of America group block no later than Thursday, December 16, 2010. REGISTER USING http://musicasacra.com/winter-chant-intensive-2011/

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