03 November 2008

Chant courses at Saint Meinrad Archabbey

This just in from Saint Meinrad Archabbey:

Release Date: 11/3/2008

Chant workshops offered in July 2009

Two seminars on singing Gregorian chant will be offered in July 2009 at Saint Meinrad Archabbey, St. Meinrad, IN, by Fr. Columba Kelly, OSB.

The seminar, "Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song," will be offered in a beginner session on July 20-24, and in an advanced session on July 27-31.

Learn how the practice of Gregorian chant brings to life the Word of God in song, and study the intimate relationship between the proclaimed Word of God and its melodic setting.

The workshop includes study of the original chant notations as the key to unlocking the spiritual and artistic qualities that have influenced later Western music. Practice singing both Latin and English settings in chant style will be included.

Fr. Columba is an accomplished chant teacher. He earned a Licentiate in Sacred Theology degree from Sant' Anselmo in 1959 and a doctorate from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music. He has led numerous workshops on chant, throughout the United States, at the Abbey of Solesmes in France and for Benedictine communities in Australia.

A monk of Saint Meinrad Archabbey, he served as choirmaster for the community, where he began his work of composing English-language chants based on the principles used to create the original Gregorian chant repertory. He is also on the faculty of Saint Meinrad School of Theology. He has published many settings in chant and two books on the subject. For information on the cost or to make a reservation, contact the Office of Group Accommodations, Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 200 Hill Drive, St. Meinrad, IN 47577. Or, call (800) 730-9910 or e-mail dkleaving@saintmeinrad.edu.