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Registration Information

June 19–24, 2023
Old St. Mary’s Parish, 646 Monroe St., Detroit, Michigan
Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan

UPDATE: We have a very few additional spaces that have been made available this week. Please contact us directly at to register.

There are still a few spaces available for the Historic Churches Bus Tour with Alex Begin.

Colloquium Pricing

Prices include all classes, liturgies, and sessions plus dinner on June 19, 2023, and lunches Tuesday – Friday. The closing lunch is optional and is offered as a separate item on the registration. Evening meals on Tuesday – Friday are on your own. 

With a current CMAA membership, the members’ rate is available to you; it is not transferable to another person. If your parish has a CMAA parish membership, please note the name of your parish on your registration form.

Not yet a member? Join now and receive the benefits of membership for a full year.

Note: All registrants must be eighteen (18) years old on or before June 19, 2023, unless accompanied by a fully-registered parent.


Dormitory housing is available for all attendees at Wayne State University at Chatsworth Hall. Choose from single or double accommodations. Please note that all rooms will have a shared bathroom. Linens will be provided. When you stay in the dormitories, your breakfasts Tuesday – Saturday will also be provided in the Towers cafeteria (on the bottom floor of the building next to Chatsworth Hall). Please provide the name of your preferred roommate if you choose the double room option. If you don’t already have a roommate, we will attempt to match you up with a roommate. If we are unable to do so, you will be responsible for the single rate, which must be paid on or before June 19. Dormitory rooms are limited, so later registrants will only have a double occupancy option available. Information about the dormitory.

Parking is available on campus at a rate of $9.00 per day. You must pre-register for parking if you will need this service. The standard 6 days is available on the online registration (Monday – Saturday); if you need an additional day or days, please contact us at to request billing for extra days.


Closing Lunch


Special Dietary Needs


Instructions for Clergy and Seminarians 

Please download this instruction page for clergy and seminarians regarding participation in the liturgies of the Colloquium.
Information regarding the vestment colors, as well as information regarding letters of good standing, are detailed in the instruction sheet.
If you have questions, please contact us at





  • Br. Mark Bachmann, Clear Creek Abbey, Hulbert, OK
  • Christopher Berry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Horst Buchholz, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mary Ann Carr Wilson, San Diego, California
  • Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California
  • David Hughes, St. Patrick Parish and Oratory, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Dr. Margaret Hughes, Thomas Aquinas College, Northfield, Massachusetts
  • Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Stanford University
  • Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam, Eastern Michigan University
  • Michael Olbash, St. John’s Seminary, Boston, Massachusetts
  • Rev. Robert Pasley, Mater Ecclesiae Catholic Church, Berlin, New Jersey
  • William Riccio, West Haven, Connecticut
  • Nicholas Lemme, Our Lady of Guadalupe Seminary, Denton, Nebraska
  • Dr. Susan Treacy, Henrico, Virginia

Chant Course Descriptions

Fundamentals for Men and Women (Director, Dr. Horst Buchholz): This course in Gregorian chant is intended for real chant beginners: both those who can read modern notation and those with no musical training. Participants will learn how to read the four-line staff, the names of the neumes, and how to navigate the intervals with solfege. Rhythm will be introduced. Course material will include the Ordinaries of the Mass and one Proper.

Intermediate for Men and Women (Director, Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka): This course offers continued study in Gregorian chant and is intended for those who have some background in chant but do not sing chant on a regular basis. This is a beginning-to-intermediate course whose primary aim, like the foundation course, will not be performance during the liturgy. Participants will be responsible for singing the Ordinaries of the Mass and will be prepared to sing four chant Propers during the week in addition to the Mass Ordinaries.

Schola (two sections: Christopher Berry, Women; Nicholas Lemme, Men): This course is intended for advanced singers who sing chant regularly. The two scholas (men, women) will be responsible for the bulk of the more difficult Mass Propers sung during the week.

Advanced Seminar on Chant Conducting (Director, David Hughes): This course is intended for advanced singers (both men and women) who wish to continue their study of Gregorian chant, particularly on conducting and interpretation. This class will also focus on study rather than performance. This choir will prepare four Mass Propers for liturgies during the week. NOTE: A quick review of Gregorian notation will be offered, but it is expected that the singer will have a good basic understanding and ability to read Gregorian square-note notation.

Polyphonic Choirs Descriptions

Christopher Berry

This choir will sing a selection of motets by Isaac, Jernberg, and Guerrero, as well as polyphonic Mass ordinaries and propers by Victoria.

Dr. Horst Buchholz

This choir will sing a selection of motets by Brumel, Morales, Bernabei, and Hassler, as well as polyphonic Mass ordinaries by Victoria.

Michael Olbash

This choir will sing a selection of motets by Vivanco, Byrd, Knaggs, and De Monte, as well as polyphonic Mass ordinaries by Victoria.


All scholarships are made possible by generous CMAA donors. If you are interested in sponsoring a musician, priest or seminarian’s attendance, please write to us at or make a donation to our Scholarship Fund.

Scholarship Assistance may be available for partial tuition for persons or parishes of limited means. To apply for a scholarship, please see information about scholarship applications or request a packet from the CMAA office by calling (505) 263-6298. The application deadline is April 15. To apply for a CMAA Colloquium scholarship, please fill out the application form and Scholarship recommendation form and submit them to us (email preferred) prior to April 15, 2023. All applications and recommendations must be received at our office by April 15, 2023.



Send applications to us at CMAA, 322 Roy Foster Rd., McMinnville, TN 37110 or you may email the completed forms to us at In order to process your application, we must have both forms received by the deadline. If you have not received confirmation that your application was received in our office by April 15, please email us at to ensure you don’t miss the deadline.


Liability Waiver

All participants are required to sign a Waiver of Liability Relating to Coronavirus / COVID-19.

The Church Music Association of America (CMAA), Wayne State University, the Archdiocese of Detroit, and St. Mary’s Parish cannot prevent you from becoming exposed to, contracting, or spreading COVID-19 while attending CMAA events at the university, or St. Mary’s premises (Colloquium premises). It is not possible to prevent the presence of the disease. Therefore, if you choose to participate in CMAA programs and/or enter the premises, you may be exposing yourself to and/or increasing your risk of contracting or spreading COVID-19.

NOTE: If, at any time during the Colloquium, you develop symptoms that could be Covid-19, or any type of communicable illness, we ask that you refrain from attending any Colloquium sessions, to protect your fellow participants.


Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office emailed or postmarked on or before June 4 will receive a refund less the non-refundable $75 deposit. After that date, partial refunds are given only in the form of a credit toward registration for the 2024 Colloquium. Credits are not carried forward for more than one year. Refunds may be processed after the Colloquium. All requests for credit must be received by email by June 18 to be considered for any credit ( Requests after June 4 may only receive partial credit, depending on charges to the CMAA for meals, housing, and other expenses.

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Wayne State University Map, with key locations marked.  MAP

Colloquium Music Book

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