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  • Christopher Berry, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
  • Dr. Horst Buchholz, Detroit, Michigan
  • Mary Ann Carr Wilson, San Diego, California
  • Gregory DiPippo
  • Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, St. Patrick’s Seminary, Menlo Park, California
  • Most Rev. Earl K. Fernandes, Bishop of Columbus, OH
  • David Hughes, Waterbury, Connecticut
  • Dr. Aaron James, Toronto, Ontario
  • Dr. Nathan Knutson, St. Charles Seminary, Wynnewood, PA
  • Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President, Stanford University
  • Jeffrey Morse, Phoenix, CA
  • 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
  • Dr. Edward Schaefer, Hagerstown, MD
  • Dr. Lucas Tappan, Topeka, KS
  • Dr. Susan Treacy, Henrico, Virginia
  • Dr. Charles Weaver, Norwalk, CT

Chant Course Descriptions

Fundamentals for Men and Women (Director, Dr. Lucas Tappan):

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. Nathan Knutson):

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 an 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: Jeffrey Morse, Women; David Hughes, 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, Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka)

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.

Chant Repertory



Women's Schola

Tues., 6/25/24: Introit, (English) Weber | Communion (English), Gorbitz

Wed., 6/26/24: Introit Mihi autem nimis (Spanish), Gorbitz

Thurs., 6/27/24: Gradual Requiem aeternam (Latin)

Fri., 6/28/24: Alleluia Spiritus Sanctus docebit vos (Latin)

Fri., 6/28/24: Vespers (with men’s schola)

Sat., 6/29/24: Gradual Constitutes eos (Latin)



Men's Schola

Tues. 6/25/24: Alleluia Emitte spiritum tuum (Latin) | Confirma Hoc Deus (English), Weber

Wed., 6/26/24: Communion Vos qui secuti estis me (Spanish), Gorbitz

Thurs., 6/27/24: Tract Absolve

Fri., 6/28/24: Gradual Inveni, David, servum meum

Fri., 6/28/24: Vespers (with women’s schola)

Sat., 6/29/24: Communion Tu es Petrus



Intermediate Schola

Wed., 6/26/24: Alleluia Nimis honorati sunt amici tui (Latin)

Fri., 6/28/24: Introit Loquetur Dominus pacem

Sat., 6/29/24: Introit Nunc scio vere



Chant Conducting

Wed., 6/26/24: Offertory In omnem terram exivit sonus eorum (Latin)

Fri., 6/28/24: Offertory Benedicam Dominum

Sat., 6/29/24: Offertory Constitutes eos principes



Beginning Chant

Sat., 6/29/24: Communion Quod dico vobis




Thurs. 6/27/24: Dies irae

Fri., 6/28/24: Mass IV (Kyrie, Gloria, Sanctus, Agnus Dei)

Polyphony Repertory

Choirs will sing a selection of motets, as well as polyphonic Mass ordinaries and propers.




Christopher Berry

Wed., 6/26/24: Kyrie, Misa Santiago, Knaggs | Gradual, Mahrt

Thurs., 6/27/24: Durúfle Requiem Introit and Kyrie 

Fri., 6/28/24: Iste Sanctus, Guerrero

Sat., 6/29/24: Messa da Capella a quattro voci Sanctus and Agnus Dei, Monteverdi | Hodie Paulus Apostolus, Marenzio




Horst Buchholz

Tues. 6/25/24: Gradual, Mahrt | Come, Holy Ghost, Atwood

Wed., 6/26/24: Agnus Dei, Misa Santiago, Knaggs | Domine non sum dignus, Victoria

Thurs., 6/27/24: Durúfle Requiem Sanctus,  Agnus Dei and Pie Jesu 

Fri., 6/28/24: His est vere martyr, Clemens

Sat., 6/29/24: Messa da Capella a quattro vociKyrie and  Gloria, Monteverdi| Tu es Petrus, Fauré




Michael Olbash

Tues., 6/25/24: O How Sweet O Lord, Healey Willan

Wed., 6/26/24: Sanctus, Misa Santiago, Knaggs | O Decus Apostolicum, Victoria

Thurs., 6/27/24: Durúfle Requiem Communion and Libera Me

Sat., 6/29/24: Messa da Capella a quattro voci Credo, Monteverdi


Section Leader Ensemble


Section Leader Ensemble

Tues., 6/25/24: Veni Sancte Spiritus, Allegri [conducted by Berry]

Thurs., 6/27/24: Salve Regina a 5, Josquin [conducted by Olbash]





Tues. 6/25/24: Windhaager Messe, Bruckner

Sat., 6/29/24: Ave Maria, Bruckner [conducted by Buchholz]

Registration Information

June 24 – 29, 2024
St. John Newman Center,
604 E. Armory Ave. | Champaign, IL 61820

All registrations must be received by June 10, 2024.

After that point, you may contact us at to inquire about any late registration possibilities.

Note: In 2023, we sold out early, so don’t delay.




Colloquium Pricing

Prices include all classes, liturgies, and sessions plus dinner on June 24, 2024, 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 provided for those staying in dormitory housing. Commuters may also register for these dinners separately.

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 contact your Director of Music for the discount code.

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 24, 2024, unless accompanied by a fully-registered parent. If a parent does not want to participate in choirs, the parent may register as a companion with a lower rate.


Dormitory housing is available for all attendees at the St. John Newman Center at the University of Illinois, Champaign. 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 and dinners Tuesday – Friday will also be provided in the Newman Center cafeteria (on the main level of the building). 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 24. Dormitory rooms are limited, so later registrants may only have a double occupancy option available.

Parking is available on campus at a rate of $58.00 for the week. Register for this on the registration page.


Closing Lunch


Special Dietary Needs


Dinners only, Tues - Friday


parking on Campus


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




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, 2024. All applications and recommendations must be received at our office by April 15, 2024.



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.



Requests received in writing at the CMAA Office emailed or postmarked on or before June 10 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 2025 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 23 to be considered for any credit ( Requests after June 10 may only receive partial credit, depending on charges to the CMAA for meals, housing, and other expenses.

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