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Seven Days of Musical Heaven

5/18/2009 - 8:58 PM PST

Catholic PRWire

June 22-28, 2009 (Monday noon through Sunday morning)
Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois
Sponsored by the Church Music Association of America

AUBURN, AL (MAY 18, 2009) - You are invited to sing with and experience the Sacred Music Colloquium, the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world.

Gregorian Chant and its direct descendent, sacred polyphony, have been called the most beautiful music this side of Heaven. But as Pope Benedict XVI and the Second Vatican Council have emphasized, they are also an integral to Catholic liturgical life and should be heard and experienced with wide participation in every parish. The Church Music Association of America is working to bring about this ideal with its Sacred Music Colloquium.

Attendance is open to anyone interested in improving the quality of music in Catholic worship. Professional musicians will appreciate the rigor, while enthusiastic volunteer singers and beginners new to the chant tradition will enjoy the opportunity to study under an expert faculty.

Francis Cardinal George, O.M. I., will be the celebrant at Wednesday's 10:00am Mass, which is a great honor for the CMAA and all attending. All Masses will be in Loyola's newly renovated Madonna Della Strada Chapel, and served by the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius.

Chant and polyphony rehearsals will be led by internationally known conductors Scott Turkington, Dr. Horst Buchholz, Wilko Brouwers, and Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President. The conference will also feature lectures by Dr. William Mahrt, Rev. Frank Phillips, S.J.C., and Jeffrey A. Tucker.

For more information and to register for this life and liturgy-changing event, go to or call program director Arlene Oost-Zinner at (334)444-5584


Church Music Association of America  AL, 36830 US
Arlene Oost-Zinner - Director of Programs, 334 4445584





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