2015 Colloquium: Pittsburgh

June 29 – July 4, 2015

Scores for works sung at the Colloquium are in the music book.

Monday, June 29

Some brief glimpses of Monday’s organ recital and Compline, thanks to the daily videos made by Ben Yanke for CMAA’s blog, Chant Café:

Tuesday, June 30

Fr. Jonathan Robinson, a co-founder of the Toronto Oratory, presented the first plenary address on “Why Plato Banished the Artists, and the Importance of Church Music”:

In the afternoon, Fr. Robert Pasley, chaplain of CMAA, celebrated a Mass in English. The sung ordinary was taken from Mass of the Sacred Heart by Richard Rice, and the propers were from various sources: by the Anglicans Palmer and Burgess, by Fr. Samuel Weber OSB, and by Bruce Ford, from his “American Gradual” collection. The organist was Charles Cole.

Prelude: A Fantasy, Thomas Tomkins
Introit: O clap your hands, Palmer and Burgess
Kyrie: Mass of the Sacred Heart, Richard Rice
Psalm: O Lord, your mercy is before my eyes, Rice
Alleluia: O clap your hands, Palmer and Burgess
Offertory: As in holocausts, Fr. Samuel Weber
Motet: O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, Thomas Tallis
Sanctus: Mass of the Sacred Heart
Memorial acclamation: Mass of the Sacred Heart
Amen: Mass of the Sacred Heart, Rice
Agnus Dei: Mass of the Sacred Heart, Rice
Communion: Incline your ear to me, O Lord, Bruce Ford
Motet: Lord, make me to know thy ways, William Byrd
Hymn: How shall I sing that majesty (tune: COE FEN), Kenneth Naylor
Postlude: Ballo della battaglia, Bernardo Storace

Wednesday, July 1

Fr. Richard Cipolla presented a plenary talk on “Liturgical Music: The Medium and the Message”: “Liturgical music is not meant to accompany the Liturgy but is an integral and necessary part of the liturgical action and event. It is intimately involved in an incarnational way with both medium and message, who is Jesus Christ crucified and risen.”

For the Feast of the Precious Blood in the old liturgical calendar, Fr. Jeffrey Keyes celebrated a Solemn Mass in the Extraordinary Form at the Duquesne University Chapel. All sang the Mass ordinary from Gregorian Mass III, and Professor Ann Labounsky of Duquesne was the organist.


Thursday, July 2

On Thursday, Fr. Eric Andersen celebrated Mass in the Ordinary Form, in Latin at the Cathedral of Saint Paul in Pittsburgh. The sung ordinary was from the Missa Lauda Sion of Palestrina, directed by Wilko Brouwers, and the Mass included Colin Mawby’s setting of Ave verum corpus[*]. The organist was Paul Weber.

In the evening there was a celebration of Vespers at the Cathedral for the of the Visitation (according to the old calendar). The Office choir was directed by David Hughes and the organist was Paul Weber, who performed works of de Grigny.

Friday, July 3

Dr. William Mahrt presented the third plenary address, “Why Sing?”, followed by questions and answers:

On Friday, we returned to the Cathedral for a Solemn Requiem Mass in the Extraordinary Form, for the repose of the deceased members of the Church Music Association of America. The Mass ordinary was the Requiem of Gabriel Fauré (Op. 48), directed by Dr. Horst Buchholz, and Bruce Ludwick was the organist. The Mass was offered by CMAA chaplain Fr. Robert Pasley.

Saturday, July 4

The closing Mass, offered at the campus chapel on the Duquesne campus, was a Votive Mass of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrated by Fr. Johannes Smith, FI. The Mass ordinary was the Missa ad majorem Dei gloriam by André Campra, directed by Wilko Brouwers, and the organist was David Hughes.

Additional recordings

A panel discussion on parish programs:

A breakout session on ear training for clergy, with Prof. Jennifer Donelson:

Thanks to Ben Yanke and Charles Cole for the photos on this page.

Note: The Ave verum corpus by Stopford is not included in the music book for copyright reasons.