Breakouts at CCMLA 2014

Hone your musical and liturgical skills at the breakouts of the Collegeville Conference on Music, Liturgy, and the Arts! June 16-19, 2014.

CCMLA’s breakout sessions feature practical workshops in cantoring, organ and keyboards, choral direction, vocal health, Gregorian chant, liturgical art and more, all of which aim to give you new skills and ideas that you can use as soon as you return to your parish. Here are some of the interesting breakouts you can look forward to:

Effective Vocal Warmups by Axel Theimer
Learn how to maximize vocal warm ups (vocalises) to shape the sound and improve vocal health of your choir with techniques endorsed by the VoiceCare Network. Both beginning and advanced choral conductors will walk away with ready-to-use warm ups for their ministry.

Voice Care for All Ages by Axel Theimer
Understanding how the voice develops helps in choosing repertoire suited to your singers in turn encourages more participation and healthy singing in choirs. Learn how to work with children voices, changing voices, mature voices, and everything in between.

Making Sense of Square Notes by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB
Confused by square notes? Learn how to read, sing, and interpret easy Gregorian chants for the church year in modern and neumatic notations. Suitable for beginners in Gregorian chant.

Use of Gregorian Chant in the Contemporary Liturgy by Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB
Learn some helpful tricks for bringing to life this traditional and deeply spiritual music – adding harmonies, mixing Latin and English, and perhaps even improvising some chant! A chant expert helps you make the best use of chant in parish worship.

The Articulate Guitar by Steve Warner
How can a guitar achieve a kind of clarity of performance that assemblies need? Bring your guitar to the workshop to play along. Complimentary choral scores of the “Mass for Our Lady” will be handed out and will serve as illustration to this workshop.

Resources for the Parish Organist
Featuring basic music resources for the organist, this session will highlight collections of music for the church year, hymn based preludes and postludes, hymn introductions and harmonizations, repertoire for manuals only, and easy hymn accompaniments.

Reimagining Music for the Liturgical Year by Walter Tambor
Explore the variety of sounds and engage your imagination as we journey through a liturgical year with songs from the World Church. Read through and hear different selections with Mundus, the contemporary and world music ensemble from The Basilica of Saint Mary in Minneapolis.

Creating Worship Aids for Your Congregation by Michael Silhavy
This session will focus on creating worship aids for your congregation that are both functional and beautiful. More than a printed order of service, a worship aid can be a catechetical tool and a dignified liturgical object. Graphic design tips will be shared.  We will also discuss the liturgical values and principles of which graphic artists need to be aware.

Liturgical Art and Environment. Practical Considerations by Johan Van Payrs
The arts are of great importance to the life of our church. They enhance our liturgies, invite us to prayer and devotion, and encourage catechesis and ongoing learning. This workshop will look at the many ways the arts can be of service to the church.

Here is the full CCMLA conference schedule.

Register for the conference before April 30 to save over $100 with Early Bird Discounts . Student discounts, seminarian discounts, and internships are also available until April 30.

Visit the conference website to check out keynotes, speakers, and the full conference schedule. Email for more information.



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