Summer 2024 at Catholic Institute of Sacred Music - 9 Graduate Classes with Free Tuition
  • The Catholic Institute of Sacred Music at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California is proud to announce its second summer term. Through the sponsorship of generous donors, we are delighted to be able to offer all courses with FREE TUITION for all applicants who are accepted into the program for this summer.

    The Catholic Institute of Sacred Music offers a rich learning experience for parish and school musicians who want to immerse themselves in the beauty, truth, and holiness of the Church’s sacred music and liturgy. The Institute offers a daily schedule of sung liturgies on campus and opportunities for private prayer, a world-class faculty, dormitory rooms and common meals on a beautiful campus in the temperate climate of Silicon Valley, and opportunities for study, both in-person and online, in subjects that are inspiring, challenging, and practical.

    Whether you’re new to sacred music or have studied music at the graduate level, our courses will assist you in unlocking the treasury of Catholic sacred music, helping you grow in your spiritual life, amplifying your knowledge of and love for Christ and the Church’s music, and strengthening the skills needed for faithful service in the Church.

    Join us this summer to experience the depths of the Church’s riches, taught by experienced teachers and musicians, faithful to the Church’s magisterium and tradition.

    Application deadline: Monday, May 1

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    Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
    Christopher Berry
    Frank La Rocca
    William Mahrt
    Edward Schaefer
    Charles Weaver

    History and Principles of Sacred Music - May 27–July 26 (asynchronous), July 27, August 3 (synchronous)
    Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (Ward I) - July 1–5
    Introduction to Gregorian Chant - July 8-12
    Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Historical Notation Survey & Manuscript Study - Mornings, July 15-19
    Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Chants of the Mass Proper - Afternoons, July 15–19
    Choral Institute - July 22–26
    Composition Seminar: Counterpoint & Choral Composition Workshop - July 22–26
    Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Semiological Performance Practice - Mornings, July 29-August 2
    Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Conducting (Chironomy) - Afternoons, July 29–August 2