Colloquium XXXIV

June 24 – 29, 2024 | Champaign, Illinois

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The Church Music Association of America is pleased to share with you the 34th annual Sacred Music Colloquium. This six-day experience, held at the St. John Newman Center at the University of Illinois, will allow beginners to advanced singers, conductors, and clergy to enter into the beauty of sacred chant, polyphony, and organ repertory.

Sacred Music Colloquium

Champaign, Illinois

Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of chant classes for beginners to advanced, for men and women.

    • Chant specialty breakout sessions on Gregorian modes and chant conducting
    • Music specialty breakout sessions for organists and sessions on new music, vocal pedagogy, education, and fundraising, among others.
    • Choral experience with one of three choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Bruckner, Healey Willan, Allegri, Atwood, Victoria, Guerrero, Duruflé, Josquin, Monteverdi, Fauré, and Marenzio, as well as a newly composed Spanish Mass Ordinary. You’ll learn with our gifted faculty.
    • Daily liturgies with careful attention to musical settings in English, Spanish and Latin
    • Individual training in vocal production and technique (by appointment only)
    • A one-of-a-kind Book of Scores, including chant and polyphony
    • Your own copy of The Parish Book of Chant, second edition
    • Book sales from the CMAA warehouse. We offer discounts on our books to CMAA members.
Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes

Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes

Bishop of Columbus, Ohio

 

Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus on May 31, 2022. He was serving as pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2019 until his ordination and installation. From 2016-2019, he was a member of the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2016, he was the Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and an associate professor of moral theology. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is also on the Episcopal Advisory Board for Franciscan University.

He is a member of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. From 2012-2016, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools. Since 2012, he has been a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

 

Dr. William Mahrt

Dr. William Mahrt

President of the Church Music Association of America

Dr. William P. Mahrt is Associate Professor and Director of Early Music Singers at the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America, and editor of Sacred Music, the oldest continuously published journal of music in North America.

Dr. Mahrt grew up in Washington State; after attending Gonzaga University and the University of Washington, he completed a doctorate at Stanford University in 1969. He taught at Case Western Reserve University and the Eastman School of Music, and then returned to Stanford in 1972, where he continues to teach early music. Since 1964 he has directed the choir of St. Ann’s Chapel in Palo Alto, which sings Mass and Vespers in Gregorian chant on all the Sundays of the year, with masses in the polyphonic music of Renaissance masters for the holy days.

His research interests include theory and performance of Medieval and Renaissance music, troubadours, Machaut, Dufay, Lasso, Dante, English Cathedrals, Gregorian chant, and Renaissance polyphony. He has published articles on the relation of music and liturgy, and music and poetry. He frequently leads workshops in the singing of Gregorian chant and the sacred music of the Renaissance.

Gregory DiPippo

Gregory DiPippo

Managing Editor, New Liturgical Movement

 

We are delighted to welcome Gregory DiPippo to the Colloquium faculty for 2024.

Gregory DiPippo, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, has studied Latin, Greek, and several other languages, as well as classics and patristics. He has been a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website since 2009, and its editor since 2013.

His writings cover a very wide variety of topics, but his first specialty was the study of the reforms of the Roman liturgy before the Second Vatican Council, on which he has written several series of articles.

 

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Chaplain of the Church Music Association of America

 

Rev. Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, has been a member of the CMAA since his ordination.

He is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey.

Because of his association with Msgr. Richard Schuler, he was introduced to the Sacred Music Colloquium and has attended most of the colloquia held since their foundation in 1990.

Father Pasley received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, and an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University. He was ordained by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle in 1982.

On October 13, 2000 he was appointed Rector, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the newly established Tridentine-rite Parish of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, New Jersey (materlatin.org). Mater Ecclesiae was the first diocesan-run Extraordinary Form parish in the United States.

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Detroit and Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit

 

Horst Buchholz, Vice President of the CMAA Board of Directors, received his first musical training in a boys’ choir in his native Germany and studied organ and sacred music at the Berlin College of Church Music and the University of Arts, and received Doctor of Music degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music.

Dr. Buchholz has held positions in cathedrals and churches throughout the United States and Europe, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. he has served as a member of the organ faculty at Cleveland State University, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Schola Cantorum at St. John Vianney Seminary, and conducting professor and organ faculty member at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Dr. Nathan Knutson, Obl.S.B

Dr. Nathan Knutson, Obl.S.B

Director and Professor of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia

 

As seminary professor, Nathan Knutson holds the Francesco Chair of Sacred Music and teaches a wide variety of courses in Church music, with particular focus on “Singing the Mass”, the pipe organ, and Gregorian chant.

As a liturgical musician, Dr. Knutson has traveled extensively, performing, leading workshops and liturgies at the parish, cathedral, diocesan and collegiate levels, notably St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as religious houses of formation in Italy, France and the United States. He has served as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, assistant to several bishops, and consultant on numerous church and organ projects throughout the U.S.

Together with his wife, also a church musician, they are blessed with six children, and administer the Domenico Zipoli Institute for religious missions.

 

Dr. Susan Treacy

Dr. Susan Treacy

Professor of Music Emerita at Ave Maria University

 

Susan Treacy, Ph.D., is Professor of Music Emerita at Ave Maria University, from which she retired in July of 2019. Prior to AMU, she taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Luther College, and Emory University, where she was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities.

Dr. Treacy holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas; her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees are from Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.

At Ave Maria University Dr. Treacy taught music history, art song literature, special topics courses, sacred music courses, and Gregorian chant; in addition, she directed the Women’s Schola Gregoriana and the Men’s Schola Gregoriana.

David Hughes

David Hughes

Organist and Choirmaster at St. Patrick’s Parish and Oratory in Waterbury, Connecticut

David Hughes is a composer, conductor, and organist who is in international demand as a recitalist and an instructor of Gregorian chant.

He served for thirteen years as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he developed a program of seven choirs, including the professional St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, the volunteer St. Mary’s Choir, and the St. Mary’s Student Schola, a comprehensive program of musical education for children.

He directs Viri Galilæi, an ensemble of men from the tristate New York area who gather weekly to sing Vespers and medieval polyphony from facsimiles of original manuscripts. Hughes is Director of Music at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut, and serves as a consultant to several parishes in Connecticut looking to expand their musical programs.

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

Associate Professor and the Director of Sacred Music at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California

Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where she holds the William P. Mahrt Chair in Sacred Music and directs the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music.

Dr. Donelson-Nowicka serves as a consultant to the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship.

As a choral conductor, Donelson-Nowicka has directed collegiate, semi-professional, amateur, monastic, and children’s choirs.

Dr. Donelson-Nowicka is currently working on a project to adapt the Gregorian chants of the Mass proper for the Spanish languageShe also hosts a weekly podcast entitled “Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast.”

Mary Ann Carr Wilson

Mary Ann Carr Wilson

Soprano, CEO Canticle

 

Having trained under experts in Gregorian chant and Renaissance music and having performed in several early music ensembles, Mary Ann served as Music Director at three different parishes in the San Diego diocese over a period of twenty years.

In 2019, Mary Ann founded a new apostolate, “Canticle”, where she now focuses on teaching others in the U.S. and Mexico about her love for sacred music, particularly in programs for children. She directs the premier youth schola for Canticle, the Jubilate Deo Choir, comprised of forty young Catholics who study and pray sacred music in the Catholic tradition.

Mary Ann has been a pioneer of a children’s program called Chant Camp, a week-long fun and immersive experience of sacred music and liturgical catechesis. Her professional collaborations in the area of sacred music include CMAA (faculty and board member), the Benedict XVI Institute, and ChantWorks.

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam

Soprano, Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam,  known for her musical versatility, sensitivity and genuine interpretation (the Denver Post), has had a rich performance experience as a soloist in recitals, oratorios, sacred music, chamber and orchestral concerts, and stage works throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and South Korea.

In addition to her position as Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University, she has been on the faculty of the Church Music Association of America and at the Vianden International Summer Festival and School in Luxembourg. She has also been Guest Artist and Clinician at numerous institutions.

Dr. Nam published a critical edition of Gouvy’s songs in two volumes with EC Schirmer in 2018. These two volumes are a unique and exclusive publication, and a valuable contribution to song literature. They are the result of her extensive scholarship and research in France, Germany, and the United States.

Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry

Director of Sacred Music and Organist at St. Stanislaus Oratory

 

Mr. Berry studied with James Higdon at the University of Kansas and Jesse Eschbach at the University of North Texas. He spent a summer in Paris studying with Marie-Claire Alain and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.  He received a Premier Prix at Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory.

During his tenure as Music Director at the Pontifical North American College, Mr. Berry conducted Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica, and a private concert for patrons of the Chicago Symphony in the Sistine Chapel. He has led two choir tours of England with the Church of the Incarnation Choir in Dallas, with residencies at Westminster Abbey, Lichfield Cathedral, and St. George’s, Windsor. Prior to his work at St. Stanislaus, Mr. Berry spent 8 years building an impressive choral program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.

Mr. Berry is Professor of Organ at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and maintains an
active private teaching studio.

Michael Olbash

Michael Olbash

Director of Sacred Music at Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, and Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts

Nationally recognized for his leadership in sacred music education, Michael Olbash founded the Boston Chapter of Choristers Guild, for which he served as president for eight years, served for many years as a festival supervisor and member of the Board of Directors of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, and currently directs the upper school chorus at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts.

An active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), he holds the
Choirmaster and Colleague certificates from the AGO, has lectured at both regional and national conventions, and is the recipient of both the AGO Choirmaster Prize and the S. Lewis
Elmer Award. He holds music degrees from Harvard University and St. Joseph’s College of Indiana, and resides in Massachusetts with his wife Mary Ann and their four children.

Jeffrey Morse

Jeffrey Morse

Director of Music, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Phoenix

 

Jeffrey Morse is a conductor, singer, and teacher of Gregorian Chant. A student of Dr. Mary Berry (Cambridge, UK) in Gregorian Chant and Gregorian Semiology. He also attended Sonoma State University and the Université François Rabelais de Tours (France). He was a student of Dr. Alise Brown at the University of N. Colorado in Ward Method, a method of teaching music, both modern and Gregorian notation and theory to school children. A native of Northern California, he however spent much of his formative years in England where he was exposed to the English choral tradition and especially the tradition of child choristers.

Mr. Morse is widely looked upon as a leader in the teaching of Gregorian Chant in the U.S and has given many workshops for adults and children in this matchless music of the Church. He is a regular Chant conductor and teacher at the annual Colloquium of the Church Music Association of America. Enthusiastic and missionary about this music, he has been called “disciplined in his approach, but fun and amusing, displaying a complete knowledge and understanding of his subject and its practice and use in the Church of the 21st century. He is currently Precentor and Director of Music at St Joan of Arc church in Phoenix, Arizona

He will also be teaching the CMAA’s Chant Intensive course this summer (Summer courses, June 18-22, 2024).

 

William Riccio

William Riccio

Master of Ceremonies, Norwalk, Connecticut

 

William Riccio joins us again on staff for the Colloquium as Master of
Ceremonies during the week. His extensive experience with both forms of the Roman Rite have made his assistance invaluable to the CMAA.

Bill will work with celebrants and servers to assure the seamless coordination of all our liturgies.

Many participants have gained valuable experience and knowledge about serving at both Extraordinary and Ordinary Form Masses in past years by serving with Bill during our liturgies. We know this will again be true this year.

Bill Riccio is a frequent contributor to the New Liturgical Movement, offering articles about the Traditional Latin Mass. He serves as Master of Ceremonies at St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT.

Dr. Edward Schaefer

Dr. Edward Schaefer

President, Collegium Sanctum Angelorum

Edward Schaefer, President and founder of Collegium Sanctum Angelorum (the-collegium.org) in Hagerstown, Maryland, was professor of music and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. He was also the director of the Florida Schola Cantorum, a group of dedicated singers of chant and polyphony and a deacon for the Diocese of Orlando.

Dr. Schaefer’s area of study focuses primarily on semiology, the study of ancient musical notation, and its impact on contemporary performance of chant. In addition, he is an advocate for the improvement of education through technology. Combining these two interests, he has taught online courses since 2001. Currently, he is teaching a professional development seminar to music professionals across the country on the subject of semiology.

He is currently working with the Digital Worlds Institute at UF and L’École de Chant Grégorien du Choeur Grégorien de Paris to develop interactive software for the learning of the basic vocabulary and grammar of the notations of St-Gall and Laon. Dr. Schaefer is the translator of Daniel Saulnier’s Les Modes Grégoriens and Le Chant Grégorien, both published by Solesmes. He is also the author of Catholic Music Through the Ages, (Hillenbrand Books), and author/editor of Missa Cantata: A Notated Sacramentary, Evangelia Cantáta: A Notated Book of Gospels, and numerous articles on various aspects of sacred music.

 

Dr. Lucas Tappan

Dr. Lucas Tappan

Director of Liturgy and Music, Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka, Kansas

Lucas Tappan is the Director of Liturgy and Music for Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas, as well as the founder and director of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum, an after-school choral foundation in the tradition of the European cathedral choir school.

The Schola Cantorum serves more than 50 children from the parish and surrounding area, serving to pass on the Church’s great musical and liturgical heritage.

Dr. Tappan graduated in 2004 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he studied organ under Fr. Blaine Schultz, OSB, and Dr. Ruth Krusemark, earning degrees in music and theology. He earned his Master of Music in Church Music (organ performance) in 2009 from the University of Kansas and in 2014 was granted a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Church Music (choral conducting) from the same institution.

His teachers included Michael Bauer (organ), James Higdon (organ), and Paul Tucker (choral conducting).

Dr. Charles Weaver

Dr. Charles Weaver

Organist and Director of Music, St. Mary's, Norwalk, Connecticut

Charles Weaver is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches courses in performance practice, music history, historical music theory, and improvisation. He has performed widely as an accompanist on lute and theorbo, with a particular interest in seventeenth-century opera. Of his conducting for New York’s Dell’Arte Opera, The Observer remarked, “It was amazing to hear what warm and varied sounds he coaxed from the ensemble.”

As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble that mounts workshop productions of 17th-century vocal music. 

Since 2019 he has served as organist and director of music at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. He joined the St. Mary’s Schola in 2012, under the direction of David Hughes, and served from 2016 to 2019 as associate director of music. Before coming to St. Mary’s, he was director the Holy Innocents’ Schola in New York City and previously sang at St. Agnes, also in New York, where he had the life-altering experience, in 2006, of encountering plainchant as a living tradition.

He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the City University of New York. His research interests include the history of Gregorian Chant in performance (especially the question of rhythm) and the history of the theory of harmony. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.

Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes

Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes

Bishop of Columbus, Ohio

 

Biography

Most Reverend Earl K. Fernandes was ordained and installed as the 13th Bishop of the Diocese of Columbus on May 31, 2022. He was serving as pastor of St. Ignatius of Loyola Church in Cincinnati, Ohio from 2019 until his ordination and installation. From 2016-2019, he was a member of the Staff of the Apostolic Nunciature in Washington, D.C. From 2008-2016, he was the Dean of the Athenaeum of Ohio/Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary of the West in Cincinnati and an associate professor of moral theology. He holds a doctorate in moral theology from the Alphonsian Academy in Rome.

He is a member of the Board of Trustees at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Columbus, Ohio. He is also on the Episcopal Advisory Board for Franciscan University.

He is a member of the National Catholic Bioethics Center. From 2012-2016, he was a member of the Executive Committee of the National Association of Catholic Theological Schools. Since 2012, he has been a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre.

Dr. William Mahrt

Dr. William Mahrt

President of the Church Music Association of America

 

Biography

Dr. William P. Mahrt is Associate Professor and Director of Early Music Singers at the Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies at Stanford University, President of the Church Music Association of America, and editor of Sacred Music, the oldest continuously published journal of music in North America.

Dr. Mahrt grew up in Washington State; after attending Gonzaga University and the University of Washington, he completed a doctorate at Stanford University in 1969. He taught at Case Western Reserve University and the Eastman School of Music, and then returned to Stanford in 1972, where he continues to teach early music. Since 1964 he has directed the choir of St. Ann’s Chapel in Palo Alto, which sings Mass and Vespers in Gregorian chant on all the Sundays of the year, with masses in the polyphonic music of Renaissance masters for the holy days.

His research interests include theory and performance of Medieval and Renaissance music, troubadours, Machaut, Dufay, Lasso, Dante, English Cathedrals, Gregorian chant, and Renaissance polyphony. He has published articles on the relation of music and liturgy, and music and poetry. He frequently leads workshops in the singing of Gregorian chant and the sacred music of the Renaissance.

Gregory DiPippo

Gregory DiPippo

Managing Editor, New Liturgical Movement

 

Biography

We are delighted to welcome Gregory DiPippo to the Colloquium faculty for 2024.

Gregory DiPippo, a native of Providence, Rhode Island, has studied Latin, Greek, and several other languages, as well as classics and patristics. He has been a regular contributor to the New Liturgical Movement website since 2009, and its editor since 2013.

His writings cover a very wide variety of topics, but his first specialty was the study of the reforms of the Roman liturgy before the Second Vatican Council, on which he has written several series of articles.

 

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Chaplain of the Church Music Association of America

 

Biography

Rev. Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, has been a member of the CMAA since his ordination.

He is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey.

Because of his association with Msgr. Richard Schuler, he was introduced to the Sacred Music Colloquium and has attended most of the colloquia held since their foundation in 1990.

Father Pasley received a B.A. in Philosophy from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia, an M.A. in Dogmatic Theology from Mount Saint Mary’s Seminary, Emmitsburg, and an M.A. in Education from Seton Hall University. He was ordained by the Most Reverend George H. Guilfoyle in 1982.

On October 13, 2000 he was appointed Rector, by Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio, of the newly established Tridentine-rite Parish of Mater Ecclesiae, Berlin, New Jersey (materlatin.org). Mater Ecclesiae was the first diocesan-run Extraordinary Form parish in the United States.

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Director of Sacred Music, Archdiocese of Detroit and Cathedral of the Most Blessed Sacrament, Detroit

 

Biography

Horst Buchholz, Vice President of the CMAA Board of Directors, received his first musical training in a boys’ choir in his native Germany and studied organ and sacred music at the Berlin College of Church Music and the University of Arts, and received Doctor of Music degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music.

Dr. Buchholz has held positions in cathedrals and churches throughout the United States and Europe, including the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado. he has served as a member of the organ faculty at Cleveland State University, Associate Professor of Music and Director of Schola Cantorum at St. John Vianney Seminary, and conducting professor and organ faculty member at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.

Dr. Nathan Knutson, Obl.S.B

Dr. Nathan Knutson, Obl.S.B

Director and Professor of Sacred Music, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, Philadelphia

 

Biography

As seminary professor, Nathan Knutson holds the Francesco Chair of Sacred Music and teaches a wide variety of courses in Church music, with particular focus on “Singing the Mass”, the pipe organ, and Gregorian chant.

As a liturgical musician, Dr. Knutson has traveled extensively, performing, leading workshops and liturgies at the parish, cathedral, diocesan and collegiate levels, notably St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, as well as religious houses of formation in Italy, France and the United States. He has served as Diocesan Master of Ceremonies, assistant to several bishops, and consultant on numerous church and organ projects throughout the U.S.

Together with his wife, also a church musician, they are blessed with six children, and administer the Domenico Zipoli Institute for religious missions.

 

Dr. Susan Treacy

Dr. Susan Treacy

Professor of Music Emerita at Ave Maria University

 

Biography

Susan Treacy, Ph.D., is Professor of Music Emerita at Ave Maria University, from which she retired in July of 2019. Prior to AMU, she taught at Franciscan University of Steubenville, Luther College, and Emory University, where she was a Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Humanities.

Dr. Treacy holds the Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of North Texas; her B.Mus. and M.Mus. degrees are from Oberlin Conservatory and the Manhattan School of Music.

At Ave Maria University Dr. Treacy taught music history, art song literature, special topics courses, sacred music courses, and Gregorian chant; in addition, she directed the Women’s Schola Gregoriana and the Men’s Schola Gregoriana.

David Hughes

David Hughes

Organist and Choirmaster at St. Patrick’s Parish and Oratory in Waterbury, Connecticut

Biography

David Hughes is a composer, conductor, and organist who is in international demand as a recitalist and an instructor of Gregorian chant.

He served for thirteen years as Organist and Choirmaster at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut, where he developed a program of seven choirs, including the professional St. Mary’s Schola Cantorum, the volunteer St. Mary’s Choir, and the St. Mary’s Student Schola, a comprehensive program of musical education for children.

He directs Viri Galilæi, an ensemble of men from the tristate New York area who gather weekly to sing Vespers and medieval polyphony from facsimiles of original manuscripts. Hughes is Director of Music at St. John Fisher Seminary in Stamford, Connecticut, and serves as a consultant to several parishes in Connecticut looking to expand their musical programs.

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

Associate Professor and the Director of Sacred Music at St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California

Biography

Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park, California, where she holds the William P. Mahrt Chair in Sacred Music and directs the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music.

Dr. Donelson-Nowicka serves as a consultant to the USCCB’s Committee on Divine Worship.

As a choral conductor, Donelson-Nowicka has directed collegiate, semi-professional, amateur, monastic, and children’s choirs.

Dr. Donelson-Nowicka is currently working on a project to adapt the Gregorian chants of the Mass proper for the Spanish languageShe also hosts a weekly podcast entitled “Square Notes: The Sacred Music Podcast.”

Mary Ann Carr Wilson

Mary Ann Carr Wilson

Soprano, CEO Canticle

 

Biography

Having trained under experts in Gregorian chant and Renaissance music and having performed in several early music ensembles, Mary Ann served as Music Director at three different parishes in the San Diego diocese over a period of twenty years.

In 2019, Mary Ann founded a new apostolate, “Canticle”, where she now focuses on teaching others in the U.S. and Mexico about her love for sacred music, particularly in programs for children. She directs the premier youth schola for Canticle, the Jubilate Deo Choir, comprised of forty young Catholics who study and pray sacred music in the Catholic tradition.

Mary Ann has been a pioneer of a children’s program called Chant Camp, a week-long fun and immersive experience of sacred music and liturgical catechesis. Her professional collaborations in the area of sacred music include CMAA (faculty and board member), the Benedict XVI Institute, and ChantWorks.

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam

Soprano, Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University

Biography

Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam,  known for her musical versatility, sensitivity and genuine interpretation (the Denver Post), has had a rich performance experience as a soloist in recitals, oratorios, sacred music, chamber and orchestral concerts, and stage works throughout the United States, Germany, Austria, and South Korea.

In addition to her position as Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University, she has been on the faculty of the Church Music Association of America and at the Vianden International Summer Festival and School in Luxembourg. She has also been Guest Artist and Clinician at numerous institutions.

Dr. Nam published a critical edition of Gouvy’s songs in two volumes with EC Schirmer in 2018. These two volumes are a unique and exclusive publication, and a valuable contribution to song literature. They are the result of her extensive scholarship and research in France, Germany, and the United States.

Christopher Berry

Christopher Berry

Director of Sacred Music and Organist at St. Stanislaus Oratory

 

Biography

Mr. Berry studied with James Higdon at the University of Kansas and Jesse Eschbach at the University of North Texas. He spent a summer in Paris studying with Marie-Claire Alain and Marie-Madeleine Duruflé.  He received a Premier Prix at Rueil-Malmaison Conservatory.

During his tenure as Music Director at the Pontifical North American College, Mr. Berry conducted Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica, and a private concert for patrons of the Chicago Symphony in the Sistine Chapel. He has led two choir tours of England with the Church of the Incarnation Choir in Dallas, with residencies at Westminster Abbey, Lichfield Cathedral, and St. George’s, Windsor. Prior to his work at St. Stanislaus, Mr. Berry spent 8 years building an impressive choral program at the Basilica of St. Josaphat in Milwaukee.

Mr. Berry is Professor of Organ at Carthage College in Kenosha, WI and maintains an
active private teaching studio.

Michael Olbash

Michael Olbash

Director of Sacred Music at Saint John’s Seminary, Boston, and Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, Massachusetts

 

Biography

Nationally recognized for his leadership in sacred music education, Michael Olbash founded the Boston Chapter of Choristers Guild, for which he served as president for eight years, served for many years as a festival supervisor and member of the Board of Directors of the American Federation Pueri Cantores, and currently directs the upper school chorus at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in Still River, Massachusetts.

An active member of the American Guild of Organists (AGO), he holds the
Choirmaster and Colleague certificates from the AGO, has lectured at both regional and national conventions, and is the recipient of both the AGO Choirmaster Prize and the S. Lewis
Elmer Award. He holds music degrees from Harvard University and St. Joseph’s College of Indiana, and resides in Massachusetts with his wife Mary Ann and their four children.

Jeffrey Morse

Jeffrey Morse

Director of Music, St. Joan of Arc Parish, Phoenix

 

Biography

Jeffrey Morse is Director of Music for the choirs of St. Joan of Arc Parish, including a chorister program for children, beginning with prechoristers, probationers, juniors, and seniors. He uses the training program of the Royal School of Church Music. He also directs the St. Joan of Arc adult choir, as well as the Schola Gregoriana of Phoenix.

Morse offers a music class for children ages 7-12, which offers instruction based on the Ward method, which prepares students for the parish chorister program.

His many years of experience with teaching and directing include work with parishes in California and Washington State. He has been a frequent member of the faculty with CMAA programs over the years.

He will also be teaching the CMAA’s Chant Intensive course this summer (Summer courses, June 18-22, 2024).

 

William Riccio

William Riccio

Master of Ceremonies, Norwalk, Connecticut

 

Biography

William Riccio joins us again on staff for the Colloquium as Master of
Ceremonies during the week. His extensive experience with both forms of the Roman Rite have made his assistance invaluable to the CMAA.

Bill will work with celebrants and servers to assure the seamless coordination of all our liturgies.

Many participants have gained valuable experience and knowledge about serving at both Extraordinary and Ordinary Form Masses in past years by serving with Bill during our liturgies. We know this will again be true this year.

Bill Riccio is a frequent contributor to the New Liturgical Movement, offering articles about the Traditional Latin Mass. He serves as Master of Ceremonies at St. Mary’s in Norwalk, CT.

Dr. Edward Schaefer

Dr. Edward Schaefer

President, Collegium Sanctum Angelorum

Biography

Edward Schaefer, President and founder of Collegium Sanctum Angelorum (the-collegium.org) in Hagerstown, Maryland, was professor of music and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville. He was also the director of the Florida Schola Cantorum, a group of dedicated singers of chant and polyphony and a deacon for the Diocese of Orlando.

Dr. Schaefer’s area of study focuses primarily on semiology, the study of ancient musical notation, and its impact on contemporary performance of chant. In addition, he is an advocate for the improvement of education through technology. Combining these two interests, he has taught online courses since 2001. Currently, he is teaching a professional development seminar to music professionals across the country on the subject of semiology.

He is currently working with the Digital Worlds Institute at UF and L’École de Chant Grégorien du Choeur Grégorien de Paris to develop interactive software for the learning of the basic vocabulary and grammar of the notations of St-Gall and Laon. Dr. Schaefer is the translator of Daniel Saulnier’s Les Modes Grégoriens and Le Chant Grégorien, both published by Solesmes. He is also the author of Catholic Music Through the Ages, (Hillenbrand Books), and author/editor of Missa Cantata: A Notated Sacramentary, Evangelia Cantáta: A Notated Book of Gospels, and numerous articles on various aspects of sacred music.

 

Dr. Lucas Tappan

Dr. Lucas Tappan

Director of Liturgy and Music, Most Pure Heart of Mary, Topeka, Kansas

Biography

Lucas Tappan is the Director of Liturgy and Music for Most Pure Heart of Mary Catholic Church in Topeka, Kansas, as well as the founder and director of the Most Pure Heart of Mary Schola Cantorum, an after-school choral foundation in the tradition of the European cathedral choir school.

The Schola Cantorum serves more than 50 children from the parish and surrounding area, serving to pass on the Church’s great musical and liturgical heritage.

Dr. Tappan graduated in 2004 from Benedictine College in Atchison, Kansas, where he studied organ under Fr. Blaine Schultz, OSB, and Dr. Ruth Krusemark, earning degrees in music and theology. He earned his Master of Music in Church Music (organ performance) in 2009 from the University of Kansas and in 2014 was granted a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Church Music (choral conducting) from the same institution.

His teachers included Michael Bauer (organ), James Higdon (organ), and Paul Tucker (choral conducting).

Dr. Charles Weaver

Dr. Charles Weaver

Organist and Director of Music, St. Mary's Norwalk, CT

 

Biography

Charles Weaver is on the faculty of the Juilliard School, where he teaches courses in performance practice, music history, historical music theory, and improvisation He has performed widely as an accompanist on lute and theorbo, with a particular interest in seventeenth-century opera. Of his conducting for New York’s Dell’Arte Opera, The Observer remarked, “It was amazing to hear what warm and varied sounds he coaxed from the ensemble.”

As an orchestral musician, he has performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Minnesota Orchestra, and the Virginia Symphony. He also works with the New York Continuo Collective, an ensemble that mounts workshop productions of seventeenth-century vocal music. 

Since 2019 he has served as organist and director of music at St. Mary’s Church in Norwalk, Connecticut. He joined the St. Mary’s Schola in 2012, under the direction of David Hughes, and served from 2016 to 2019 as associate director of music. Before coming to St. Mary’s, he was director the Holy Innocents’ Schola in New York City and previously sang at St. Agnes, also in New York, where he had the life-altering experience, in 2006, of encountering plainchant as a living tradition.

He holds a Ph.D. in music theory from the City University of New York. His research interests include the history of Gregorian Chant in performance (especially the question of rhythm) and the history of the theory of harmony. He lives in Connecticut with his wife and four children.

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