Summer Chant Workshop: Praying with Chant - 147042

Monday, August 7, 2023 - Friday, August 11, 2023
Location: Archabbey Guest House and Retreat Center
Session Faculty: Br. Joel Blaize, OSB

This workshop is designed for directors of liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. In addition to covering some of the fundamentals of chant, we will focus on the theology of chant as well as singing as a creative form of prayer.

Sessions will cover the theology of music as well as how to analyze chant and understand its deeper meaning. This analysis will then form the basis for interpreting chant in rehearsals throughout the week.

The week will explore the question “why” sing at the liturgy at all through talks, discussion, and schola rehearsal time led by Assistant Choirmaster Br. Joel Blaize, OSB.

With a deeper understanding of the meaning of particular chants themselves and why the act of harmonizing together with a single voice does not merely represent, but is, the realization of the Church as body of Christ in worship, we bring a greater self-consciousness and intention to our musical expression.

Co-presenter will be Dr. Karen Shadle. She is the director of the Office of Worship for the Archdiocese of Louisville and author of the “Between Amens” column – reflections on the intersection of liturgy and everyday life – in the archdiocesan newspaper The Record.

She previously held positions as campus minister and director of Our Lady of the Woods Chapel at Bellarmine University. Karen is a musicologist with a PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She specializes in the history of sacred music in the United States and is an accomplished organist, pianist and choir director.

Note: The workshop begins at 1:30 p.m. CT Monday and ends after lunch on Friday.

Single- $750
Double- $835
Commuter- $200
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