Chant: June 2010 Archives

Sacred Music Colloquium

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I am happy indeed to be participating in the Sacred Music Colloquium XX. The week is very promising. Now, if only Jane Fulthorpe were here!

The Church Music Association of America is pleased to extend an open invitation to all liturgies and events scheduled to take place at Pittsburgh's Church of the Epiphany as part of Sacred Music Colloquium XX. The dates are June 21-27, 2010.

This is a unique opportunity to participate actively, internally and externally, in liturgies in which sacred music, Gregorian chant and polyphony (and beyond), resume pride of place in their native setting. Both Ordinary Form (OF) and Extraordinary Form (EF) Masses will be celebrated during the week, as well as Gregorian and polyphonic vespers and night prayer.

Of special note this year: Tuesday's OF Mass in English with propers and ordinary chants newly composed in the Gregorian tradition by Fr. Samuel Weber, Bruce Ford, and Richard Rice; Tuesday evening's organ recital by Montreal's dazzling Isabelle Demers; Saturday's EF Mass consisting in a chanted ordinary (Mass IX) and polyphonic propers by William Byrd, and Sunday's outing of Schubert's Mass in G with organ and orchestra. Other treasures of the week include Palestrian's Missa Brevis, polyphonic vespers with music of the Roman renaissance,and and array of motets by Taverner, Tallis, Lasso, Guerrero, Bruckner and more.

Here all week!

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Here are the classes that I will be teaching:

What is Liturgical Theology?

I. What is it? (Tuesday)
This session will approach the Sacred Liturgy as the wellspring and matrix of all
theology, and examine within liturgical chant within this context as the sung
theology of the Church.

II. The Function of Liturgical Chant (Wednesday)
This session will consider liturgical chant as the handmaid of the liturgy in its
ecclesiological, sacramental, and eschatological dimensions.

III. Psalmody (Thursday)
This session will reflect on the unique value of the various forms of psalmody, the
ground and reference of all liturgical chant.


About Dom Mark

Dom Mark Daniel Kirby is Conventual Prior of Silverstream Priory in Stamullen, County Meath, Ireland. The ecclesial mandate of his Benedictine community is the adoration of the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar in a spirit of reparation, and in intercession for the sanctification of priests.

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