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Andrew Leung is a seminarian for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio. He has served as Director of Music at St. Pius X Church (Atlanta) and taught Gregorian chant at the Cistercian Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Georgia). For two years, he will be studying in Macau, China.
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“In spite of what it is currently called, the music of these songs is not modern: this musical style is not new, but has been played in the most profane places and surroundings (cabarets, music halls, often for more or less lascivious dances with foreign names). The people are led on to rock or swing. They all feel an urge to dance about. That sort of “body language” is certainly alien to our Western culture, unfavorable to contemplation and its origins are rather suspect. Most of the time our congregations, which already find it hard not to confuse the crochets and the quavers in a 6/8 bar, do not respect the rhythm; then one no longer feels like dancing, but with the rhythm gone to pieces, the habitual poorness of the melodic line becomes all the more noticeable.”
— Unnamed choirmaster (Northern France) circa 1986

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CMAA Winter Sacred Music Workshop
published 3 December 2015 by Andrew Leung

JUST RECEIVED a email from the Church Music Association of America (CMAA) today about the Winter Sacred Music Workshop. The workshop will be held at St. Mary’s Seminary in Houston, Texas, from January 4 to January 8. The registration is now open and there will be a fee for late registrations after December 15.

In the past, the CMAA has organized Chant Intensive Courses in the winter. But this year, they came up with a new conference, a mini-colloquium. This conference will include both chant courses and polyphony courses in different levels. The conference faculty include Wilko Brouwers, Scott Turkington, Dr. William Mahrt and Kevin Clarke who will serve as the organist. The repertoire is now finalized and the music book is available for downloads here.

If you have never experienced a CMAA sacred music conference before, this video from the Colloquium 2015 may give you some idea of what you might be singing: