Church Music Association of America

Sacred Music in Every Parish

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Our Mission

Sacred Music in Every Parish

“If beauty is a compelling need in the liturgy,
then we must choose the most beautiful music possible.”

Dr. William Mahrt, President, CMAA

The Church Music Association of America is a society of Catholic musicians and supporters who have a special interest in music and liturgy. We are active in advancing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new compositions for liturgical use, in Catholic parishes in the Extraordinary Form, Ordinary Form, and other traditions across the United States. The CMAA’s purpose is the advancement of musica sacra in keeping with the norms established by competent ecclesiastical authority.

What We Do

SAcred Music workshops & Colloquium

The liturgy is worth every effort to reach for the ideal. We host frequent events such as the Sacred Music Colloquium, Vocal Intensive, Chant Intensive, as well as many other events.

Publish New Resources, books, & Scores

We have published a multitude of books supporting your pursuit of sacred music: new compositions, clear chant editions, scholarly works, and rare classic works to inform and inspire you.

Free Resources Available for Every Musician

The Church Music Association is home to the largest collection of free resources. From the popular and modern Parish Book of Chant and Parish Book of Motets to rare and ancient scores, the resources page has so much.

Join the Church Music Association of america

Become a part of a large and growing community of those interested in high musical ideals in Catholic liturgy. Join today and enjoy the benefits of exclusive pricing and curated content.

Join the CMAA

As a member, you’ll become part of a vibrant community of musicians, clergy, and supporters in pursuit of high musical ideals in Catholic liturgy. Additionally, members of the Church Music Association of America enjoy:

  • Exclusive discounted pricing for events
  • Quarterly issues of Sacred Music, the acclaimed members-only journal
  • First access to preview and purchase new compositions and publications
  • Specially curated content right to your inbox

Who should join? If you are interested in sacred music, you’re invited.

Become a Member today

Our Work at a Glance


Become part of a national network that is making a difference on behalf of the beautiful and true in our times, in parish after parish.


Join us for one of our workshops, the Sacred Music Colloquium, chant bootcamps, or intensives. You will be sure to take home something to elevate the liturgy in your parish.


From the widely celebrated Parish Book of Chant, to The Musical Shape of the Liturgy, to Words With Wings, the CMAA has published many books for musical instruction and scholarly use.

free resources

Home to one of the largest online collection of scholarly publications, new compositions, and liturgical documents, our library has something to offer everyone who is interested in sacred music and liturgy.

“The renewal and the reform of the sacred liturgy is absolutely key and essential to the work of the new evangelization.”

Most Rev. Alexander King Sample, Archbishop of Portland, Sacred Music Colloquium at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, Salt Lake City, June 2013

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“The liturgy is inherently linked to beauty: it is veritatis splendor. . . Beauty, then, is not mere decoration, but rather an essential element of the liturgical action, since it is an attribute of God himself and his revelation.”

Pope Benedict XVI, Sacramentum Caritatis