Colloquium XXXIII

June 19 – 24, 2023 | Detroit

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The Church Music Association of America is pleased to announce the 33rd Annual Colloquium for Chant and Polyphony. This weeklong experience in the gorgeous and historic Old St. Mary’s and Wayne State University will immerse beginner to advanced singers, conductors, and clergy in the beauty of Sacred chant and polyphony.

Stunning liturgies, interactive choirs, and in-depth courses will grow your appreciation of sacred music and equip you with the tools and knowledge to bring it to your parish.

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CMAA Colloquium, Detroit, Michigan

  • Extensive training in Gregorian chant under a world-class faculty, with choices of chant classes for beginners to advanced men and women.
  • Chant specialty breakout sessions on Semiology and Modes
  • Music Specialty Breakout sessions for organists, chant conducting, new music, vocal pedagogy, warmup techniques, Implementing the Proper Chants at your Parish, Basics of Chant Conducting, among others.
  • Choral experience with one of three choirs singing sacred music of the masters such as Isaac, Vivanco, Byrd, Victoria, Brumel, Morales, Bernabei, Hassler, Guerrero, contemporary compositions by Knaggs and Jernberg, as well as a newly composed Spanish Mass Ordinary by David Hughes. 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 Music Book, including chant and polyphony
  • Your own copy of The Parish Book of Chant, 2nd edition

Book sales from the CMAA warehouse. We offer discounts on our books to CMAA members.

Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron

Most Rev. Allen H. Vigneron

Archbishop of the Detroit Archdiocese

Allen Henry Vigneron a native of Mount Clemens, Michigan, entered the high school program of Sacred Heart Seminary, Detroit, in September 1962.  

Upon graduation in 1970, he continued his theological education at the Pontifical Gregorian University. Archbishop Vigneron was ordained a priest of the Archdiocese of Detroit on July 26, 1975, at St. Clement of Rome by the late Cardinal John Dearden.  He returned to Rome in 1976 for a year of study to complete the work required for his Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree, which he earned from the Gregorian University in 1977.

Cardinal Dearden assigned Archbishop Vigneron to begin graduate studies in the School of Philosophy at the Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., in the fall of 1979.

He earned his Master of Arts in philosophy in 1983 and his Doctor of Philosophy in May 1987 with a dissertation on the German philosopher Edmund Husserl.  

On June 12, 1996, Archbishop Vigneron was named an auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of Detroit by Pope John Paul II.

On January 5, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI appointed Archbishop Vigneron as the fifth Archbishop of Detroit. He was installed on January 28, 2009, succeeding Cardinal Maida.

Archbishop Vigneron was elected Vice President of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops on November 12, 2019, after which he expressed gratitude to his brother bishops and offered prayers that the Holy Spirit would grant him “the grace to help us all in our service of Christ’s Church.”

Dr. William Mahrt

Dr. William Mahrt

President of Church Music Association of America

Dr. 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.

Dr. Margaret I. Hughes

Dr. Margaret I. Hughes

Tutor of Philosophy, St. Thomas Aquinas College

 

We are delighted to welcome Dr. Margaret Hughes to the Colloquium faculty for 2023. She will present a plenary talk during the week.

Margaret Hughes is on the teaching faculty of Thomas Aquinas College, New England, a Catholic great books college.

She holds a Ph.D. in philosophy from Fordham University, where she wrote on the thought of Josef Pieper and the role of the perception of beautiful art in moral formation.

She has presented and published work on Thomistic anthropology, aesthetics, and ethics, with a particular interest in the relation between the passions and human flourishing.

Her BA is in medieval studies and philosophy from the University of Chicago.

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

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

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

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.”

David Hughes

David Hughes

Organist & 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 & 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.

Hughes’s composition teachers have included Ruth Schonthal and John Halle, and he has studied organ with Paul Jacobs and Daniel Sullivan. He is a graduate of Yale College.

Dr. Horst Buchholz

Dr. Horst Buchholz

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

 

Dr. Horst Buchholz 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 his 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 was Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, and has made organist and guest conductor appearances with the Colorado Symphony and Opera Colorado and has performed in major cathedrals and concert halls around the world. 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 (Denver); conducting professor and organ faculty member at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.  He is also Vice-President of the Church Music Association of America.

Dr. Edward Schaefer

Dr. Edward Schaefer

President of the Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum (The Collegium)

 

Dr. Schaefer was professor of music and associate dean of the College of the Arts at the University of Florida (UF) in Gainesville, FL. He was also the director 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, Evangélia Cantáta: A Notated Book of Gospels, and numerous articles on various aspects of sacred music.

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), she 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.

She has toured the U. S. and Europe with special recital programs of Sacred Music for Voice and Organ in the past 15 years. She has performed and premiered music written for her, and participated in many artistic collaborations with current composers in their works. 

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 such as the Hochschule für Musik Hanns Eisler in Berlin, the Korean National University of Arts in Seoul, the Seoul National University of Education, University of Colorado in Boulder, and University of Tennessee in Knoxville, among many others.

She has 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.

Mr. Berry’s studied chant conducting at the Paris Conservatory with Louis-Marie Vigne.
In addition to his formal choral conducting study with Michael Bauer at the University of Kansas, Mr. Berry worked as Assistant Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and music director at Holy Trinity RC in New York.

During his tenure as Music Director at the Pontifical North American College, Mr. Berry conducted Masses at St. Peter’s Basilica, 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, MA, and Pope St. John XXIII National Seminary, Weston, MA.

 

Nationally recognized for his leadership in sacred music education, he 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, MA. 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.

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.

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 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 premiere 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. Professional collaborations in the area of sacred music include CMAA (Faculty and Board Member), Benedict XVI Institute, and ChantWorks.

Nicholas Lemme

Nicholas Lemme

Composer, Singer, and Professor of Music, Lincoln, NE

 

Composer, singer, and professor of music based in the shire of Lincoln, NE.  His works range from sacred choral music to cafe americana.  Nicholas has written for, and collaborated with, a number of choirs, most notably The Singers—Minnesota Choral Artists; Schola Cantorum of St. Joseph’s Seminary, Archdiocese of NYC; the Church Music Association of America; and the Polyphonic Choir of Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary. 

He has also been privileged to write for church and high school choirs around the country.

Nicholas has written music for stage and theater companies such as Epiphany Studio Productions (Scrutiny Passions), Open Window Theater (Allesandro, Vitae Monologues), Live Action Set (The Percussionist), and choreographer Vanessa Voskuil (The Silents.)  Nicholas was composer, mandolinist and a founding member of the Minneapolis-based avant-classical quartet Spaghetti Western String Co.  His compositional pen can be heard on their three critically acclaimed albums.

As a musician Nicholas has sung, played, and recorded music with The Dale Warland Singers, The Singers—MN Choral Artists, Jordan Sramek (Rose Ensemble), Abbie Betinis, Haley Bonar, The Pines, Peter Wolf Crier, Fat Kid Wednesdays, and Paul Fonfara (Painted Saints).

William Riccio

William Riccio

Master of Ceremonies, Norwalk CT

 

William Riccio joins us again on staff for Colloquium 2020 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 present a breakout session on All that you wanted to know about the Ancient Form of the Mass but were afraid to ask, along with Fr. Robert Pasley and David Hughes.
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 in 2022.
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.

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS

Chaplain of the Church Music Association of America

Father Robert C. Pasley, KCHS, is the Chaplain of the Church

Music Association of America and has been a member of the CMAA since his ordination. Fr. Pasley will present a breakout session on All that you wanted to know about the Ancient Form of the Mass but were afraid to ask, along with M.C. Bill Riccio and David Hughes.
He is a priest of the Diocese of Camden, New Jersey. Fr. Pasley will teach a breakout session forclergy and seminarians on pre-1955 Holy Week and another session on singing the three preface
tones for the Extraordinary Form.
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, N.J. (materlatin.org). Mater Ecclesiae was the first diocesan-run Extraordinary Form parish in the United States. 

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