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The liturgical reform bears absolutely no relation to what is called "desacralization" and in no way intends to lend support to the phenomenon of "secularizing the world." Accordingly the rites must retain their dignity, spirit of reverence, and sacred character.
— Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship (5 September 1970)

Sacred Music Symposium 2016
published 5 February 2016 by Jeff Ostrowski

746 Smaller Size LEASE SHARE this news with your pastor, friends, and director of music! A sacred music symposium will take place in Los Angeles at the end of May. This is your chance to learn from Dr. Horst Buchholz, Dr. Alfred Calabrese, and others. Included will be an EF Solemn Mass, during which participants will sing movements from a sensational Mass setting by Francisco Guerrero (d. 1599), one of Spain’s greatest composers. The Symposium will conclude with Benediction led by Archbishop Gomez.


But there’s more to it than having fun. We will give music directors the tools they need to implement authentic sacred music in their parishes. Have you ever stood in front of a choir feeling helpless? Do you feel intimidated by Gregorian chant and polyphony—believing you don’t know where to begin? You should attend this symposium. Space is limited, but if enough interest is shown, we hope to make this an annual event.

From the 2016 Symposium :   Audio Recordings

From the 2016 Symposium :   Testimonials

From the 2016 Symposium :   Photos

Please email with any questions or to reserve your spot. Don’t forget to include your phone number, because some questions are better handled with a personal touch!

Full schedule has been posted: HERE

Repertoire list has been posted: HERE

Rehearsal videos for all music will be provided in advance of the symposium for singers who might be nervous to sing under the baton of famous conductors.


S AN AMATEUR MUSICIAN and music director of a small Schola Cantorum in Nevada, this Symposium is exactly what I need. It will help me develop practical knowledge as a music director and give me further resources for expanding our repertoire. Watershed has been my go-to resource from the time our Mass was Novus Ordo in Latin. Our Mass is now a weekly Sunday morning Extraordinary Form High Mass, and we have been able to rise up to the challenge precisely because of the resources Watershed has given us. I am unbelievably grateful for all the music and knowledge that has been freely imparted until now, and I am very excited about attending the Symposium. I am sure it will bring our Schola to the next level. May God continue to bless Watershed and may He also abundantly bless the Symposium and all those who are working to organize this wonderful and much-needed event.


• Symposium begins at 6:00pm on SATURDAY (28 May 2016)

Note: Required rehearsals do not begin until SUNDAY (29 May 2016).
• Symposium concludes on TUESDAY EVENING (31 May 2016)

• Conference fee: $135 (includes catered lunches)

• Final day includes singing for a Solemn Mass offered by Fr. GERARD SAGUTO, FSSP District Superior (USA)

• Discounted rates available at the RAMADA HOTEL (five minutes away by foot)


A SACRED MUSIC SYMPOSIUM will be held in Los Angeles from May 28-31, sponsored by (the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter’s Apostolate in Los Angeles). The Symposium is especially designed for music directors and singers who wish to introduce the glorious treasury of Gregorian chant and polyphony to their parish, but are unsure how to begin.

The Symposium is a unique opportunity to get resources and practical advice from experienced choirmasters, conductors, composers and organists, while learning polyphony and plainsong from Dr. Horst Buchholz (Choirmaster of the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis, Missouri) and Dr. Alfred Calabrese (Choirmaster of St. Rita Catholic Church in Dallas, Texas). The Symposium will culminate in an Extraordinary Form Solemn Mass, in which participants will sing movements from a Mass setting by Francisco Guerrero (d. 1599), one of Spain’s greatest composers.

The fee for the Symposium is just $135. To register, visit CCWATERSHED.ORG/SYMPOSIUM where full details of the planned events are listed.

This symposium is being sponsored by