MEANT TO SHARE THIS a few weeks ago, but I have been very busy until now. The Summer Sacred Music Workshop III, organized by the Southeastern Sacred Music, was held on July 21 and 22 at St. Brigid Parish in Johns Creek, Georgia. This year, about 65 musicians participated in the 2-days workshop. The attendees were instructed on singing Gregorian chant and sacred polyphonies. There were breakout sessions on various topics like: “What’s a proper?”, “Spanish Chant resources”, “Transition from piano to organ” and “Strategies for implementing sacred music in your parish”. These topics are very practical for the church musicians in the southeastern region, which is heavily influenced by the protestant culture and have a large Hispanic population. Participants also had the opportunities to take private organ and voice lessons with some of the faculty members.
The annual workshop concluded with a Mass in the Ordinary Form of the Roman Rite. Above is a recording of the Alleluia sung by the women’s schola under the direction of Bridget Scott. The rest of the Propers and Ordinaries were also chanted, some in English and some in Latin, and the choir also sang choral works by Senfl and Schubert. And here are some pictures:
ET EXCITED! The Summer Sacred Music Workshop is coming to North Carolina next summer! The fourth annual workshop of Southeastern Sacred Music will be held on Friday, July 27th and Saturday, July 28th, and will be hosted by the Cathedral of St. Patrick in Charlotte, North Carolina. With the blessing of Bishop Peter J. Jugis and the support of Rector and Pastor, Fr. Christopher Roux, the Cathedral Director of Music, Dr. Gianfranco DeLuca, has graciously stepped forward to act as host for this annual event. Stay tuned!
Since the first workshop, hundreds of musicians have been benefited from this event. The early stage of planning for next year’s workshop has already begun. Please start praying for the planning team and for another great success.