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Rocky Mountain Sacred Music Workshop Coming Up!

Here's the scoop:

Friday January 18 - Saturday January 19

JOIN US for a fun, educational, 2-day workshop on singing and learning about Sacred Music that will leave you inspired and spiritually uplifted: January 18 -19, 2008 at St. Mary’s Cathedral at the foot of Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs.

This Practicum on Gregorian Chant and Choral Polyphony provides a valuable introduction, as well as continued education and information, for all who are active and interested in the sacred music of the Catholic Church.

Hosted by the Diocese of Colorado Springs and under the direction of Dr. Horst Buchholz and Scott Turkington, the workshop will feature:

Singing sessions in sacred choral music and polyphony by Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, and others

  • Instruction in singing chant and reading Gregorian notation
  • Singing sessions on the essential Latin chants every Catholic should know
  • Dinner on Friday night and lunch on Saturday
  • Sheet music as part of registration
  • Lectures dealing with pertinent topics related to sacred music in the liturgy
  • Fellowship with other musicians in the region
  • SPECIAL GIFTS: 2 books (Introduction to Gregorian Chant & Basic Chant Collection for practical use)

The workshop culminates with a closing mass on Saturday at 4:00 pm at St. Mary's Cathedral, the Most Rev. Michael Sheridan presiding.

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Dr. Horst Buchholz is Director of Sacred Music and Principal Organist at Denver's Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, as well as Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra. He also serves as Professor of Church Music at the St. John Vianney Seminary, and oversees the organ program at the University of Denver. He is the Vice-President of the Church Music Association of America.Dr. Buchholz holds two terminal degrees, one in Church Music from the University of Arts (HdK) in Berlin, and one in Conducting from Indiana University in Bloomington. Horst Buchholz has been active as an organist, conductor, and lecturer in the United States, Japan, Korea, Mexico, and throughout Europe.

Scott Turkington

Scott Turkington is an internationally acclaimed expert and presenter on Gregorian Chant and Choral Polyphony. He has more than 20 years experience in instructing singers of all abilities. He is on the Board of Directors of the Church Music Association of America, and an Advisory Board Member of the St. Gregory Institute for Music and Liturgy.A native of Minneapolis, Mr. Turkington is organist and choirmaster of St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Stamford, CT. Before assuming his position in 1998, he was assistant organist and conductor at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D. C. He received his education at the University of Minnesota, the Boston Conservatory of Music and the Catholic University of America.

So what are you waiting for? Go sign up!

I have been part of the choir, the St. Cecilia Cantorum, that is hosting the event for several years. It is the only such choir in Colorado Springs and having such an event supported by the bishop is a wonderful blessing. Please help us get the word out and bring sacred music back to more parishes.

If you can't make the workshop, there are plenty of sacred music resources to help you learn on your own.
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