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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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A lot of the favoured new settings are musically illiterate, almost is if they were written by semi-trained teenagers, getting to grips with musical rudiments. The style is stodgy and sentimental, tonally and rhythmically stilted, melodically inane and adored by Catholic clergy “of a certain age.” Some Catholic dioceses run courses for wannabe composers to perpetuate this style. It is a scandal. People with hardly any training and experience of even the basic building blocks of music have been convinced that there is a place for their puerile stumblings and fumblings in the modern Catholic Church because real musicians are elitist and off-putting.
— James MacMillan (20 November 2013)

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FREE • Chant Conducting Seminar
published 25 January 2018 by Andrew Leung

CTL Free Seminar 1 HERE WILL BE A free online seminar on chant conducting by Dr. Jennifer Donelson on January 29. This seminar is part of the “Webinar Series for Conductors of Catholic Student Choirs, Worship Leaders and Classroom Teachers, Elementary through High School” organised by the National Catholic Educational Association and American Federation Pueri Cantores.

This webminar is designed for teachers who are new to conducting chant (and even to singing it), this seminar will cover the basics of reading neumatic (square-note) notation, as well as, give an introduction to understanding the rhythm and phrasing of the chant according to the classical Solesmes method. Building on these basics, conductors will progress through a series of basic gestures and exercises, culminating in the conducting of a Kyrie by the end of the session. Handouts will be given with additional exercises and resources for developing skills further, and teaching tips for helping young singers understand conducting gestures and sing expressively will be addressed.

CTL Free Seminar 2 Conducting Gregorian Chant: Beginning Techniques
Date: Monday, January 29, 2018
Time: 04:00 PM Eastern Standard Time
Duration: 1 hour
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Dr. Jennifer Donelson is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, where she also teaches sacred music courses in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians. She is the Vice President & Treasurer of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, serves on the board of the CMAA, and is the managing editor of the CMAA’s journal Sacred Music.

Having studied Gregorian chant at the Catholic University of America and the Abbey of St. Peter in Solesmes, for six years Dr. Donelson served as a co-organizer of the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference, and has given chant workshops in dioceses and parishes across the U.S. As a choral conductor, Dr. Donelson has directed collegiate, semi-professional, amateur, monastic, and children’s choirs.