The conference page for the 2nd annual Musica Sacra Florida Conference has been updated and is ready to accept registrations!

To access the conference brochure and tentative schedule, click here.


All are cordially invited to solemn 2nd Vespers for the Feast of the Purification the Blessed Virgin Mary on Feb. 2 at 7:00pm at St Patrick Catholic Church in Palm Beach Gardens.

The Schola Cantorum of the Palm Beaches and local priests will assist.  The repertoire includes Liszt’s Ave maris stella and falsobordone by Viadana for the Magnificat.  The evening will also feature international organ virtuoso Adam Brakel, music director for the Cathedral of St Ignatius.

Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference

Sponsored by the Florida Chapter of the Church Music Association of America 
in conjunction with the
Department of Music, Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, Florida.

Friday & Saturday, March 19-20, 2010

This two-day workshop will present both beginning and advanced musicians with lectures, breakout sessions, and rehearsals that will enrich their knowledge of Gregorian chant and its use in the Roman Catholic liturgy.

Led by a faculty of chant specialists from around the state, attendees will learn more about the history of Gregorian chant and its role in the liturgy as well as experience the chant in the context of both the Divine Office and the Mass. Beginning chanters will be introduced to the basics of notation and rhythm according to the classic Solesmes method. Experienced chanters will learn new repertoire and advance their understanding of rhythmic and interpretive nuance. Resources and practical methods for the cultivation of Gregorian chant in the life of the parish will also be discussed. A special breakout session will be devoted to helping priests and deacons with their liturgical chants.

This workshop is ideal for choir members, parish music directors, music students, teachers, parents, seminarians, deacons, priests, and anyone who is interested in learning about the heritage of sacred music within the Roman Catholic Church.

Registration fees are $40 or $15 for students (with I.D.) and include the price of instructional materials and instruction. Overnight accommodations will be available at AMU’s Xavier Conference Center. Participants can choose among various options for room and board. For prices and options, go to (Webpage still under re-construction — updates coming soon)

Pre-registration is required.
 Deadline: Friday, March 5th, 2010
To register, visit:
Contact Information: 
 Susan Treacy
 (239) 280-1668 or susan [dot] treacy [at]


Keynote Speaker: Jeffrey Tucker – Managing Editor, Sacred Music
Mary Jane Ballou – Director of the Schola Cantorae, St Augustine, FL
Jennifer Donelson – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Timothy McDonnell – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
Michael O’Connor – Palm Beach Atlantic University, West Palm Beach, FL

Susan Treacy – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL

Registration fees are $40 and include the price of instructional materials and instruction. Students (with I.D.) are $15. Payment is accepted online or due upon arrival at the conference. Pre-registration is required. Deadline: Friday, March 5th, 2010. Registration is available at:

Room & Board Options:
Overnight accommodations will be available at AMU’s Xavier Conference Center.
Participants may choose from among the following options for room and board.
Xavier Conference Center — Single occupancy $45
Xavier Conference Center — Double occupancy ($30 per person) $60
Saturday Breakfast $5
Saturday Lunch $7

Ave Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria Boulevard, Ave Maria, FL 34142
A campus map can be accessed at:
All events except the closing Mass are located in the Bob Thomas Student Union, labeled 05 on the campus map.

Preliminary Conference Schedule

Friday, March 19th
3:00-4:30 Registration Xavier Conference Center
4:30 Welcome
4:45 Keynote Lecture /Jeffrey Tucker on the spirituality of chant Ballroom
5:30-6:45 Breakout Sessions
a. The Singing Celebrant/TBA
b. Intro to Gregorian Chironomy (Conducting)/Treacy
c. Introduction to Gregorian Notation/Donelson
d. Music in the Extraordinary Form of the Mass/McDonnell
7:00 Vespers & Benediction (Fr Brian Austin, FSSP) The Oratory
8:00 Social Hour & Dinner The Queen Mary Pub

Saturday, March 20th
7:30 Lauds Executive Dining Room
7:50 Late Registration / Breakfast (Catered) Executive Dining Room
8:45 Rehearsal No. 1 TBA
10:00 Break
10:15 Lecture 1/Historical Aspects/O’Connor Ballroom
11:00 Rehearsal No. 2 TBA
12:00 Lunch (Catered) Executive Dining Room
1:30 Lecture 2/ Chant since Summorum pontificum/Tucker Ballroom
2:15 Rehearsal No. 3 TBA
3:30 Break / Walk to The Oratory
3:45-4:45 Rehearsal No. 4 The Oratory
5:00 Missa cantata (Extraordinary Form) The Oratory
6:00 Supper The Queen Mary Pub

All are invited to assist with the Miami Archdiocese’s newest Latin Mass apostolate: The Tridentine Mass is presently being celebrated twice-a-month at St Malachy Catholic Church, in Tamarac, at 7:30 AM on the first and last Sundays of every month.

The liturgy is presently a Low Mass. If anyone is interested in singing in, and/or directing, a schola, please contact Mr. Eugene Cunnigham, at (954) 376-1669 or apollo11baby [at] gmail [dot] com. The celebrating priest is very enthusiastic about beautifying the Mass and promoting it.