N FOLLOWING the Catholic blogosphere in recent months, it has been heartening to see so many upcoming opportunities for summer learning about sacred music. I would like to draw our readers’ attention to one such opportunity: the Summer 2021 Sacred Music Classes at St. Joseph’s Seminary in New York. The program is led by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka and includes options for taking courses for graduate-level credit. The classes run all summer, and discounts are available for musicians working in parishes and Catholic schools.In particular, I am offering a 3-day course, July 28–30, in early notation. The goal of the course is to equip the student to be able to transcribe and edit music from original sources. The number of digitized print and manuscript sources of choral music from the twelfth to sixteenth centuries now available in digital format is staggering; there is so much music that is still not widely accessible through modern editions. As a side benefit, the information learned in the course will allow the student to evaluate and correct the modern editions that are widely available online.
My class, and several of the others, have options for in-person or online attendance. You can read more about the program on the St. Joseph’s Seminary website.