At Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary in Collegeville, MN this summer:
Chant I is June 10-12, Chant II is June 12-14. Come for one or stay for both!
Gregorian Chant I (1 credit)
June 10-11: 9:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-3:30 PM
June 12: 9:00-11:30 AM
Introduction to Gregorian chant: historical development, notation, rhythm, accompaniment, Latin pronunciation, and its use in the modern liturgy. Some knowledge of the basics of music theory is desirable.
Gregorian Chant II (1 credit)
June 12: 1:00-3:30 PM
June 13-14: 9:00-11:30 AM, 1:00-3:30 PM
Practical seminar on singing Gregorian chant well. Advanced study of early notation (St. Gall and Metz schools) as found in the Graduale Triplex for the purpose of semiological rhythmic nuance. Practical issues of chant performance in the liturgy, such as selection of chants, rehearsal techniques, vocal techniques, and other information.
Course instructor Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB is Associate Professor of Theology and Founding Director of the National Catholic Youth Choir at Saint John’s School of Theology•Seminary. He did specialized advanced chant study during his doctoral studies in Graz, Austria. He directs Gregorian chant at Saint John’s Abbey.