Registration is open for Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology’s Winter Chant Conference, “Bringing to Life the Word of God in Song,” to be held at Saint Meinrad Archabbey in southern Indiana January 20-24, 2020. The workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies.
Attendees will learn and experience how chant is “sung speech,” and will gain skills to incorporate English and Latin chant into parish liturgies. Through the week, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the liturgies of Saint Meinrad’s Benedictine monastic community, as well as to form and sing in a chant schola.
Topics to be addressed through the week include:
– What is Chant and Why Sing It Today?
– Historical Development of Chant
– Types of Chant and How They are Used
– Modality and Modes
– Psalms, Psalm Tones, and Their Use in Liturgy
– Genres and Sources of Chant
– Teaching and Directing Chant
– Spiritual Preparation with the Sacred Word: Lectio Divina
– Composing a Chant Antiphon
– Singing in a Chant Schola
Staff will include Benedictines Br. John Mark Falkenhain, Sr. Jeana Visel, Br. Joel Blaize, Fr. Eugene Hensell, Fr. Tobias Colgan and Br. Basil Lumsden, along with Mr. Ray Henderson.
More information and registration are available at https://www.saintmeinrad.edu/continuing-formation/chant-institute/.