International colloquium in St. Paul celebrates traditional sacred music

| June 21, 2017 | 0 Comments

A six-day conference on sacred music is underway at the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, with liturgies also being held at St. Mark and St. Agnes in St. Paul.

The Sacred Music Colloquium is the annual conference of the Church Music Association of America, which promotes the use of Gregorian chant, polyphony and other traditional sacred music in the liturgy, as well as new compositions that advance the traditional styles. Held for the first time in St. Paul, the June 19-24 event has drawn more than 200 sacred music professionals, academics, vocalists and musicians from around North America as well as Africa, Australia and Europe for workshops, rehearsals, performances and liturgies. During the conference, attendees participate in a chant choir and polyphony choir and sing for the colloquium’s Masses and other liturgies.

According to the CMAA, the colloquium is “the largest and most in-depth teaching conference and retreat on sacred music in the world.”

“I feel like the rock stars of sacred music are coming to St. Paul,” said Cindy Holupchinski, director of music at St. Mark in St. Paul and a CMAA member.

She said she hopes local Catholics attend the colloquium’s public events:

  • 3:45 p.m. June 21 — Votive Mass at St. Mark, 2001 Dayton Ave., St. Paul
  • 7:30 p.m. June 21 — Organ recital at the Cathedral of St. Paul, 239 Selby Ave., St. Paul
  • 2 p.m. June 22 — Requiem Mass at St. Mark
  • 7 p.m. June 22 — Vespers at the Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus,
  • 1:45 p.m. June 23 — Exposition and Benediction, Chapel of St. Thomas Aquinas on the University of St. Thomas campus
  • 5:15 p.m. June 23 — Mass at St. Agnes, 535 Thomas Ave. W., St. Paul
  • Noon June 24 — Mass at St. Mark

“One of the goals of the Church Music Association of America is to expose and educate more and more people about Catholic sacred music,” she said. “It’s a really wonderful opportunity for our local people to have easier access and also to experience the liturgies and the holy Mass with this caliber of educators and participants.”

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