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Sacred Music

quarterly journal

Sacred Music is the official journal of the Church Music Association of America, and the oldest continuously published journal of music in North America. For over a century, Sacred Music has been the essential resource for church musicians, professional or amateur, who are dedicated to restoring the sacred in Catholic liturgical life.

Sacred Music is a continuation of Caecilia (archives here), published by the Society of St. Caecilia since 1874, and The Catholic Choirmaster, published by the Society of St. Gregory of America since 1915. It is published quarterly by CMAA.

You can receive Sacred Music by becoming a member of the CMAA. Who should join? Everyone interested in the cause of beautiful liturgy, including composers, organists, choir directors, cantors, and enthusiastic amateurs.

The journal Sacred Music is an essential component for your parish music program.

“The greatest need of liturgy today is the restoration of the sense of the sacred.”


Dr. William Mahrt, CMAA President and Editor of Sacred Music

Sacred Music contains the best analysis on topics important to Catholic musicians:

  • The method and theory of chant, with commentary on its theological and musical significance
  • The history and meaning of classics in the polyphonic repertoire
  • Important Church documents on music
  • Articles on building choirs and chant scholas, and on dealing with the trials, tribulations, and triumphs in parish life
  • Commentary on the current state of music in parishes
  • Seasonal suggestions for music in liturgy
  • What the masters of sacred music from all times can teach us today
  • Reviews of new books, music, and recordings
  • News and events in the sacred music community

Equip your parish with the Sacred Music journal

Recent Issues

The CMAA is pleased to offer the following full issues of Sacred Music for download. Members and subscribers receive the latest issues.

Journal Submissions


Sacred Music Journal accepts unsolicited submissions, following our Style Sheet guidelines.

The CMAA is interested in editorials on current topics in church music, analysis of current or historical documents, reports on parish life as it impacts pastoral liturgy, scholarly research concerning gregorian chant and classical polyphony, practical guides to sacred music, reports of concerts, reviews of new and older works, news reports, and letters to the editor.

Please note that lead time on publications varies based on multiple factors, and may range from a month or two up to a year. Steps to submit are as follows:

1. Follow our Journal Style Sheet

2. Email submission to