2009 Colloquium: Chicago

June 22-28, 2009

We returned to Loyola University Chicago for the 19th Sacred Music Colloquium. The works sung during the Colloquium are available in the downloadable music book (except for some copyrighted works). The liturgies for the week took place in the art-deco chapel on campus named the Madonna della Strada.

Monday, June 22

After the opening dinner, we sang Compline together:

Tuesday, June 23

William Mahrt presented an “Introduction to Sacred Music”:

Jeffrey Tucker’s talk inspired by his book Sing Like a Catholic was preceded with a brief practice for a chant response that had been omitted from the printed music book:

The Mass in English featured proper chants by Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB, and a Mass ordinary by Theodore Marier, founder of the choir school at St. Paul Church in Cambridge, MA. The organist was Scott Turkington, who was an alumnus of the School:

Wednesday, June 24

On Wednesday, Dr. Mahrt’s lecture was on “Sacred Space, Sacred Time, and Music”:

Fr. Frank Phillips, C.R., founder of the Canons of St. John Cantius, spoke on “Choirs: Maturity and Attitudes”:

Francis Cardinal George, O.M.I., the Archbishop of Chicago, celebrated the Mass for the Solemnity of Saint John the Baptist, in a Latin celebration according to the Ordinary Form. His entrance was accompanied by the Ecce Sacerdos Magnus of Victoria, and motets by Palestrina and Josquin were sung during the Mass along with the proper chants of the day and the Gregorian Mass IV.

A team of videographers from Corpus Christi Watershed was present throughout the Colloquium, and produced short videos which they released through the week:

Thursday, June 25

Fr. Jeffrey Keyes spoke about his experience as a pastor in Newark, California, in raising the level of musical life at his parish:

Friday, June 26

Saturday, June 27

Sunday, June 28

Additional recordings

Morning Prayer was sung daily; here is a recording from Friday:

Some months after the event, Corpus Christi Watershed released Jeff Ostrowski’s wonderful hour-long documentary about the 2009 Colloquium, Sacred, Beautiful, and Universal:

Here’s a “bonus feature” of material not used in the film due to time requirements: