Fundamentals and Refresher Chant Course for Men and Women, Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, Conductor

This course in Gregorian chant is intended for chant beginners or for those with some background in chant, but without the opportunity to sing it on a regular basis. 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. This group will sing the Mass ordinaries, as well as some of the less difficult Mass propers for the liturgies.

Intermediate to Advanced Chant Course for Men and Women, David Hughes, Conductor

This course is intended for intermediate or advanced singers who sing chant regularly. The bulk of the more difficult Chanted Mass Propers for the liturgies will be sung by this choir, as well as the chanted Mass ordinaries.


Conducted by Dr. Horst Buchholz and Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka

 Note that there is no sign-up or pre-registration for either of the choirs. Simply arrive at the rehearsal of your choice on Thursday. If the conductors find they have too many sopranos or too few tenors, for example, a little shifting around may occur from choir to choir on the first day.

But as a matter of good choir etiquette, conductors ask that you not bounce from choir to choir. Three days of rehearsal is not much time to develop an ensemble sound, and the deadlines of performing in liturgy loom delightfully throughout the week.

Each of the two Polyphony choirs will include beginning to advanced singers. The two polyphony choirs will share the responsibilities for the polyphony repertory for the liturgies.  Repertory information to be forthcoming.


Breakout Sessions are planned for the workshop with various topics, including:

  • Modes and their Pedagogical Utilities, Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
  • The Distinction Between the Mass Ordinaries, Dr. William Mahrt
  • Effective Choral Rehearsal Planning, Dr. Horst Buchholz
  • The Hierarchy of the Sung Liturgy and What Should the Priest Sing at Mass? Rev. Robert Pasley