Musica Sacra Florida

Gregorian Chant Conference
April 1 - 2, 2011

3rd Annual

Lectures in: The Spirituality of Gregorian Chant & the Liturgy Gregorian Chant in History Chanting the Divine Office Gregorian Chant and the New Translation of the Roman Missal Choice of chant classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced chanters Sung Vespers on Friday evening Closing Missa cantata at The Oratory of Ave Maria on Saturday evening Register online at: Registration fees are $55.00 (including materials and instruction), $15.00 for students with I.D. Registration deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2011 For more information on the conference, contact Susan Treacy, Ph.D., at: | (239) 280-1668 | Conference Faculty: Keynote Speaker: William Mahrt, Ph.D. – Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America Rev. Fr. Brian T. Austin, FSSP – Assistant Chaplain, Christ the King Church, Sarasota, FL Mary Jane Ballou – Saint Augustine Schola Cantorae Jennifer Donelson, D.M.A. – Nova Southeastern University Jeffrey Herbert – Music Director, Church of the Incarnation, Sarasota, FL Rebecca Ostermann, M.Mus. – Ave Maria University Susan Treacy, Ph.D. – Ave Maria University Rev. Fr. Samuel F. Weber, OSB – Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Institute for Liturgical Music, St. Louis

The Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America and the Department of Music at Ave Maria University are pleased to announce the third annual conference in Gregorian Chant The ConferenCe Will inClude:


Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FLorida

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This two-day workshop will present beginning, intermediate, and advanced musicians with rehearsals and lectures 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, 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, especially in light of the new missal. This workshop is ideal for choir members, parish music directors, music students, teachers, parents, seminarians, priests, deacons, and anyone who is interested in learning about the heritage of sacred music within the Roman Catholic Church. Registration: Registration fees are $55 ($15 for Students with ID) and include the price of instructional materials and instruction. Payment is made upon arrival. Board Options: Saturday Continental Breakfast (Remit along with Registration.) $5 Friday Catered Dinner (Remit along with Registration.) Estimated $20 Room Options: Overnight accommodations will be available at AMU’s Xavier Conference Center. Participants may choose from among the following options for room and board. Xavier Conference Center – Single occupancy Xavier Conference Center – Double occupancy $50 ($35 per person) $70

Please reserve Xavier Conference Center accommodations directly at the following link: Pre-registration is required. Deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2011 Registration is available at: Contact Information : Susan Treacy (239) 280-1668 or

Faculty (Partial list):

William Mahrt – Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) America (CMAA) William Mahrt, Ph.D., is a professor of musicology at Stanford University, where he teaches courses in musicology and early music, and directs the Early Music Singers of Stanford. For over forty years Dr. Mahrt has been the director of the Saint Ann Choir, which sings a weekly Sunday Mass in Gregorian chant and polyphony at Saint Thomas Aquinas Church, Palo Alto. Dr. Mahrt has published widely in the area of chant and medieval music. In addition to being the President of the Church Music Association of America (CMAA), he is Editor of Sacred Music, the quarterly journal of the CMAA. The Reverend Samuel F. Weber, OSB – Archdiocese of Saint Louis, MO; Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Institute of Sacred Music Samuel F. Weber, O.S.B., is founder and first director of the Institute of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Saint Louis. Prior to his appointment in St. Louis, he was a founding member of the Wake Forest University Divinity School, Winston-Salem, NC, where he also held the position of Associate Professor of Early Christianity and Spiritual Formation (1998-2008). Prior to his appointment at Wake Forest, he was on the faculty at Saint Meinrad School of Theology and Saint Meinrad College, St. Meinrad, Indiana (1976-1996). During the summers 2004-07 he served as teacher and choirmaster for the Liturgical Institute, Archdiocese of Chicago, Mundelein, IL. Fr Weber is a contributor to a variety of periodicals and journals including Cistercian Studies, Antiphon, and Liturgy and Worship, as well as The New Dictionary of Catholic Spirituality, Hymnal for the Hours, and The Mundelein Psalter. He has composed and edited English chant propers for the liturgical year, and currently he is preparing The Saint Louis Hymnal for the Hours and The Saint Louis Gradual, for the new translation of the Roman Missal. Mary Jane Ballou – St. Augustine Schola Cantorae, St. Augustine, FL Mary Jane Ballou performs professionally on the Celtic harp and a wire-strung salterio built by the Benedictine monks of the Abbaye of En Calcat in France. Currently based on St. Augustine, Florida, Miss Ballou performs throughout the Southeast. Her recordings are available online at CD Baby. Miss Ballou also produces and hosts the Classical Fan Club, a weekly radio show featuring music “off the beaten track” on Flagler College Radio, WFCF St. Augustine 88.5. She is also the founder and director of the St. Augustine Schola Cantorae, a women’s ensemble dedicated to Gregorian chant and polyphony. Jennifer Donelson – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL Jennifer Donelson is an assistant professor of music at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale where she teaches piano, musicology, and music theory and as well as directs the Bossa Nova Chorale and chamber chorale. She received her DMA in Piano Performance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. A specialist in the piano works and writings of Olivier Messiaen, she has lectured on and given performances of portions of the Vingt Regards sur l’Enfant-Jésus throughout the United States, France and Mexico. She has presented her work on sacramentality in the music of Messiaen at the national conferences of the College Music Society and Society for Catholic Liturgy, and her presentations in the field of piano pedagogy have been featured in national, state, and local MTNA conferences and workshops. Having studied chant at the Catholic University of America and Abbey of St. Peter in Solesmes, Dr. Donelson has served as the director of music at St. Gregory the Great Seminary (Diocese of Lincoln, NE) and St. Thomas Aquinas Newman Center (UNL) where she founded the Cor Immaculatae Schola Cantorum, a semi-professional vocal ensemble dedicated to the performance of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. She has given workshops in Gregorian chant for the Archdiocese of Miami and the Diocese of Peoria, is a founder of the annual Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian chant conference, and has served on the faculty of the annual colloquium of the Church Music Association of America. Her daily work in Gregorian chant spans two dioceses in South Florida, where she directs scholae cantorum at St. Michael the Archangel and Sts. Francis and Claire parishes in Miami and teaches according to the Ward method in the children’s choirs at the Oratory of Ave Maria, FL.

Rebecca Ostermann – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL Rebecca Ostermann, M.Mus., joined the faculty at AMU in 2009. Professor Ostermann is assistant to Dr. Timothy McDonnell, Director of Choral Activities and Chairman of the Music Department. In addition, she teaches musicianship. Professor Ostermann completed the Master’s in choral conducting at Louisiana State University. Susan Treacy – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL Susan Treacy, Ph.D., joined the faculty at AMU after having taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville and Luther College. She holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas, the M.Mus. from the Manhattan School of Music, and the B.Mus. from Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. Her research interests are in Catholic liturgical music and English devotional song, and besides having published scholarly articles, Dr Treacy writes a regular column, “Musica Donum Dei,” for the Saint Austin Review (StAR) and is a regular contributor to Sacred Music. Dr. Treacy directs the Women’s Schola Gregoriana at AMU, and while at Franciscan University she directed the Schola Cantorum Franciscana. She was a member of the editorial committee for The Adoremus Hymnal and is on the Board of Directors of the Church Music Association of America. Location: Ave Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria Boulevard, Ave Maria, FL 34142 A campus map can be accessed at: All events except the closing Mass are located in the Bob Thomas Student Union, labeled 05 on the campus map. Directions:
From Miami-Ft. Lauderdale

From I-75 take Exit 80 towards the North, and proceed 10 miles. At Oil Well Road, make a left turn (towards the West) at the CITGO station and proceed 5 miles. The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the right. The University's Visitor Center is conveniently located in LaPiazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.
If you are on the West Coast of Florida

Take I-75to Exit 111 (Immokalee Road) and proceed east 10 miles to Oil Well Road. Turn right and proceed 10 miles. The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the left. The University's Visitor Center is conveniently located in LaPiazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.
From Southwest Florida International Airport (RSW)

Exit the airport and follow the signs to I-75. Proceed south to Exit 111 (Immokalee Road) and proceed east 10 miles to Oil Well Road. The entrance to Ave Maria (Ave Maria Blvd) is on the left. The University's Visitor Center is conveniently located in La Piazza approximately 3 miles north of the entrance.Turn right and proceed 10 miles. Ave Maria is on the left. From Naples Municipal Airport, take Airport Road north 8.3 miles to Immokalee Road, then turn east and travel 11.6 miles to Oil Well Road. Turn right and proceed 10 miles. Ave Maria is on the left.

Free parking is available on campus and in the town of Ave Maria. See the campus map for parking lot locations.

Conference  2011  Preliminary Schedule Friday, aPril 1st
Time 3:00-4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 5:30-6:45 p.m. Event Registration & Snacks Welcome Keynote Lecture /Dr. William Mahrt Breakout Sessions a. The Singing Celebrant/ Fr Austin, FSSP b. Demonstration of the Ward Method/Donelson c. Introduction to Gregorian Notation/Ballou d. The answer is in the MUSIC: Science, musical style, and apologetics for liturgical musicians/Ostermann e. Liturgical Chant & the New Translation/Herbert Pre-Vespers Lecture: Chanting the Divine Office/ Fr Weber, OSB Vespers & Benediction (Fr Brian Austin, FSSP) Social Hour & Dinner Lauds Late Registration / Continental Breakfast (Catered) Rehearsal No. 1 Break Lecture 1/Father Samuel Weber, OSB Rehearsal No. 2 Lunch (Cafeteria or in Ave Maria restaurants) Lecture 2/ Dr. William Mahrt Break Rehearsal No. 3 Break / Walk to The Oratory Rehearsal No. 4 Holy Mass (Extraordinary Form) Departure or Dinner The Oratory The Oratory Dinner in Naples The Oratory The Oratory The Bean/Queen Mary Pub Private Dining Room Private Dining Room Venue Xavier Conference Center Demetree Auditorium Demetree Auditorium

Musica sacra Florida

7:00 p.m. 7:15 p.m. 8:00 p.m. 7:30 a.m.

saturday, aPril 2nd
7:50 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 10:15 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m. 1:15 p.m. 2:00 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m. 3:45-4:45 p.m. 5:00 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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