Musica Sacra Florida 2011 – April 1&2 at Ave Maria University

February 4, 2011

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, April 1st – Saturday, April 2nd, 2011

Brochure and tentative schedule

Registration Form and Conference Page

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 and beyond, 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 $55 ($15 for students with ID) 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, click above at “Brochure and tentative schedule”.

Pre-registration is required. Deadline: Friday, March 18th, 2011
Contact Information: Susan Treacy – (239) 280-1668 or

Keynote Speaker William Mahrt – Stanford University, Stanford, CA; President, Church Music Association of America
The Reverend Brian T. Austin, FSSP – Christ the King Church, Sarasota, FL
Mary Jane Ballou – Director of the Schola Cantorae, St Augustine, FL
Jeffrey Herbert – Director of Music, Church of the Incarnation, Sarasota, FL
Rebecca Ostermann – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
Jennifer Donelson – Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, FL
Susan Treacy – Ave Maria University, Ave Maria, FL
The Reverend Samuel Weber, OSB – Archdiocese of St Louis, Kenrick-Glennon Seminary, Institute for Sacred Music