Tuesday, May 10, 2011

The Colloquium is Filling Up!

As we approach this year's Church Music Association of America's Colloquium (to be held in Pittsburgh's Duquesne University again), only a few more spots remain.

With selections from:

Marenzio (O Sacrum Convivum)
Ralph Vaughn Williams (Come Down O Love Divine) 
Purcell (Thou Knowest Lord) 
Josquin des Prez (Ave Christe and the Missa Ave maris Stella), Lotti (Missa Brevis) 
Victoria (Dum Complerentur) 
Peter Philips (O Quam Suavis)
di Lasso (Lauda anima mea) 
Byrd (Mass for Four Voices) 
Gallus (Factus est Repente)
Bruckner (Ave Maria)

and others, as well as various chanted Mass settings and propers, it promises to be a wealth of wonderful singing and listening experiences. When you add to it the wonderful organ selections to be played by Horst Buchholz, Jonathan Ryan, Ann Labounsky, and others, this year’s Colloquium music will be outstanding.

If you have been thinking of registering for the Colloquium this year and have been procrastinating, I urge you to make haste to do so now, before it is full.

Find information on registration, the schedule, the faculty and the music by visiting the CMAA website here.  

Thursday, May 5, 2011

St. Cecilia Ensemble

This week's rehearsal of the St. Cecilia Ensemble (St. Joseph's Parish, Macon) was good fun. We are a small group, but seem to be getting a good ensemble sound with our singing. We will be singing at Mass at St. Joseph's on May 15 and June 5, so have  been practicing music in preparation for those dates.

Some of the music we'll be singing:

Adoramus te (Palestrina)
Ave Maria (Arcadelt)
Ave Verum (Faure)

If possible, I'll try to get a decent recording of some of our work next week at rehearsal. St. Joseph's has wonderful (and very forgiving) acoustics. It is a real treat to sing with this group.