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“I should not like to be too harsh on this commission’s labors. It numbered a certain number of genuine scholars and more than one experienced and judicious pastor. Under different circumstances, they might have accomplished excellent work. Unfortunately, on the one hand, a deadly error in judgment placed the official leadership of this committee in the hands of a man who—though generous and brave—was not very knowledgeable: Cardinal Larcaro. He was utterly incapable of resisting the maneuvers of the mealy-mouthed scoundrel that the Neapolitan Vincentian, Annibale, a man as bereft of culture as he was of basic honesty, soon revealed himself to be.”
— Fr. Bouyer, a liturgical expert appointed by Pope Paul VI

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« Schedule » • Sacred Music Symposium 2016
published 10 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski


Times given in RED INK mean your attendance is required—NO EXCEPTIONS.

This schedule was last updated on 26 May 2016.


28 May 2016 • SATURDAY

SAINT VICTOR FACILITIES are unavailable on Saturday, owing to Confessions, Vigil Mass, and Eucharistic Adoration. The people attending this conference will most likely arrive on Saturday afternoon.

5:00pm   •   Welcome & Registration

This is our opportunity to greet the participants and present them with a booklet containing all the music they will sing.

LOCATION: Basement of SAINT VICTOR


6:00pm   •   FIRST PRESENTATION (Jeff Ostrowski)

“Gregorian Chant: Crash Course” (incl. accomp. advice)

LOCATION: Basement of SAINT VICTOR


7:15pm   •   SECOND PRESENTATION (Jeff Ostrowski)

“Tips For Training Amateur Choirs: How Not To Panic!”   •   Part 1

LOCATION: Basement of SAINT VICTOR

29 May 2016 • SUNDAY

SAINT VICTOR has Masses at 8:30am, 10:30am 12:15 pm, and 5:15 pm on Sunday.


9:00am-10:00am   •   THIRD PRESENTATION (Jeff Ostrowski)

“Tips For Training Amateur Choirs: How Not To Panic!”   •   Part 2

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


10:15am—12:30pm   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Alfred Calabrese)

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


12:45pm—1:30pm   •   Catered Lunch

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)
Since it is Sunday, we cannot arrive earlier than 1:00pm or leave after 4:50pm. Choir stalls can be assembled and left up until Wednesday morning, according to staff at Saint Victor.

1:45pm—4:00pm   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Alfred Calabrese)

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


4:15pm—5:45pm   •   Dinner & Relaxation


5:45pm   •   CHOIR ASSEMBLY (Dr. Alfred Calabrese)

We must warmup for the 7:00pm Mass in the Ramada, because they have 5:15pm Mass at Saint Victor.   LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


7:00pm   •   MASS IN THE EXTRAORDINARY FORM

Some of the repertoire will be sung during this Mass—but not all of it.

Additional food items will most likely be provided afterwards by the FSSP parish.

30 May 2016 • MONDAY

SAINT VICTOR has daily Mass on Monday at 8:00am, 12:10pm, and 7:45pm.

9:00am—11:00am   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Alfred Calabrese)

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


11:15am—12:00pm   •   GREGORIAN {WOMEN}   (Calabrese)

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


11:15am—12:00pm   •   GREGORIAN {MEN}   (Ostrowski)

LOCATION: Fr. Fryar’s Private Chapel, across from Saint Victor Church


12:15pm—1:15pm   •   Catered Lunch

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


1:30pm—4:00pm   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Alfred Calabrese)

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


4:15pm—5:15pm   •   Dinner & Relaxation


5:30pm—6:30pm   •   FOURTH PRESENTATION (Jeff Ostrowski)

“Taking Advantage of Sacred Music Resources Online”

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


6:45pm—8:00pm   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Horst Buchholz)

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)


8:15pm until dismissed   •   PANEL DISCUSSION

“How not to get frustrated directing music for a Catholic Church”

LOCATION: Ramada Hotel CONFERENCE ROOM (45 people max)

31 May 2016 • TUESDAY

SAINT VICTOR has daily Mass at 8:00am and 12:10pm, but Eucharistic Adoration (8:00pm) is canceled because of the visit by Archbishop Gomez.

9:00am—11:45am   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Dr. Horst Buchholz)

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


12:00pm—1:45pm   •   Catered Lunch & Relaxation

LOCATION: TBA
BE ADVISED that Holy Mass will be ending.

2:00pm—4:00pm   •   CHOIR REHEARSAL (Buchholz & Calabrese)

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


4:00pm   •   15-Minute Break for Relaxation


Singers must return to the choir loft no later than 4:15pm.


4:30pm—6:00pm   •   SOLEMN MASS with Fr. Gerard Saguto, FSSP

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


Singers must be in the choir loft no later than 6:45pm.


7:00pm   •   CONFIRMATION & BENEDICTION w/ ARCHBISHOP GOMEZ

LOCATION: Saint Victor Choir Loft


8:15pm   •   (Catered) Buffet Dinner with FSSP.la on Parish Grounds