Musica Sacra Florida 2011 - April 1 & 2 at Ave Maria University
  • The registration and conference page for the 3rd Annual Musica Sacra Florida Conference are now up and running.

    Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America in conjunction with the Department of Music, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida.

    Friday, April 1st – Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

    Brochure and tentative schedule

    Registration Form and Conference Page

    This two-day workshop will present both beginning and advanced musicians with lectures, breakout sessions, and rehearsals that will enrich their knowledge of Gregorian chant and its use in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

    Led by a faculty of chant specialists from around the state and beyond, attendees will learn more about the history of Gregorian chant and its role in the liturgy as well as experience the chant in the context of both the Divine Office and the Mass. Beginning chanters will be introduced to the basics of notation and rhythm according to the classic Solesmes method. Experienced chanters will learn new repertoire and advance their understanding of rhythmic and interpretive nuance. Resources and practical methods for the cultivation of Gregorian chant in the life of the parish will also be discussed. A special breakout session will be devoted to helping priests and deacons with their liturgical chants.

    This workshop is ideal for choir members, parish music directors, music students, teachers, parents, seminarians, deacons, priests, and anyone who is interested in learning about the heritage of sacred music within the Roman Catholic Church.

    Registration fees are $55 ($15 for students with ID) and include the price of instructional materials and instruction. Overnight accommodations will be available at AMU’s Xavier Conference Center. Participants can choose among various options for room and board. For prices and options, click above at “Brochure and tentative schedule”.

    Pre-registration is required. Deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2011
    Contact Information: Susan Treacy – (239) 280-1668 or


    Keynote Speaker William Mahrt – Stanford University, Stanford, CA; President, Church Music Association of America
    The Reverend Brian T. Austin, FSSP – Christ the King Church, Sarasota, FL
    Mary Jane Ballou – Director of the Schola Cantorae, St Augustine, FL
    Jeffrey Herbert – Director of Music, Church of the Incarnation, Sarasota, FL
    Rebecca Ostermann – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
    Jennifer Donelson – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
    Susan Treacy – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
    The Reverend Samuel Weber, OSB – Archdiocese of St Louis, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Institute for Sacred Music
  • WIsh I could! But will be out of town.
  • And speaking of events in the seemingly only snow-free area of the country this winter, all are cordially invited to:

    A concert of Sacred Music
    in conjunction with the Vatican Splendours exhibit
    at the Museum of Art|Fort Lauderdale

    Thursday, Feb. 17th
    6:00 p.m.

    Featuring the Bossa Nova Chorale of Nova Southeastern University (though singing Latin of a distinctly different sort: Palestrina) and the Scholae Cantorum of Ss. Francisco y Clara Mission and St. Michael the Archangel church both of Miami

    Chant Repertoire includes:
    Aurea Luce (The pre-Urban VII version of the vespers hymn for Ss. Peter and Paul)
    Roma Petro glorietur (Sequence for Ss. P&P - Adam of St. Victor)
    Alleluia Tu es Petrus (Mass for Ss. P&P)
    And sundry other well-known chants

    Admission: Admission to the concert is free.

    Admission to the Vatican Splendors Exhibit:
    Tickets are timed entry and subject to availability at the time of purchase. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended. Tickets may be purchased at, Tickemaster outlets, or by calling 1-877-2VATICAN (1-877-282-8422). Tickets may also be purchased at the Museum of Art|Fort Lauderdale Box Office.
    For details on pricing, click here.

    MoA|FL Location:
    One East Las Olas Blvd.

    Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301
    (954) 525-5500
    ">For a map and directions, please click here.
  • An addendum to the MoA|FL concert:

    If you would like to reserve a seat at the concert, please contact Maria Brandwein at mcb118 [at] earthlink [dot] net
    The performance is at no charge, but there is a reception at a charge of $20 (7:00 -8:00). RSVP guests will be seated first, though there is plenty of room to stand and enjoy the brief concert without a seat.
  • Have you ever wondered how to explain the unsuitability of contemporary popular worship music to those who support its use at Mass? Rebecca Ostermann will explain how to do this--focusing not on the words, but on the music, from a scientific perspective--in her breakout session at the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.

    Have you ever wondered how to teach Gregorian chant to young children? Jenny Donelson will give a demonstration of the Ward Method--featuring children from her own Ward Method class and children's choir--in her breakout session at the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference.

    Come join us in beautiful Florida!
  • DougS
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    Would it be possible for Ms. Ostermann (or another attendee) to share notes on this particular topic for those of us who will not be able to attend?

    Thank you, and best wishes on the conference!
  • Thanks, Doug - There aren't any plans afoot to make recordings or transcripts of the breakout sessions, but you could contact Rebecca directly: Rebecca [dot]Ostermann [at] avemaria [dot] edu.