Chant Workshop 2018

The Interpretation of Chant: Text, Melody, Mode and Ancient Signs

July 19th — July 21st

  • Join us for the second annual chant workshop at The Church of the Annunciation. Dr Edward Schaefer will be joining us again this year as we immerse ourselves in the study and practice of Gregorian chant — one of the truly beautiful treasures of the Church.
  • The workshop culminates in First Vespers offered in the Extraordinary Form
  • 7:30 PM Saturday, July 21st
  • Reception following at Xochi Restaurant


    Before July 1st $40
    After July 1st $50
    At the Door $60
  • Limited availabilty | Most meals provided | Please RSVP


  • Based on last year’s feedback, we are offering two session, one for Beginners and one for those who are Experienced. All participants will meet for the opening lecture and afternoon rehearsals on Friday and Saturday. Please review the schedules and course descriptions below to determine which sessions would best suit your interest and level of experience. If you consider yourself “intermediate” feel free to attend some sessions from each track.
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  • Sponsor

  • Your generosity makes it possible for us to offer this workshop at a cost most people can afford. Only a small portion of workshop expenses is covered by registration fees – the rest must come from our sponsors. Sponsors will be honored in the Vespers program and at the post-Vespers reception held at Xochi Restaurant.
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  • Volunteer

  • We anticipate needing about twelve volunteers in order for the workshop to run smoothly. Volunteers will be able to attend the workshop at no cost, and every effort will be made to allow them to attend the sessions and rehearsals they are most interested
  • Duties include:
    • —Helping with registration
    • —Facility set–up
    • —Printing programs, nametags, and other materials
    • —Breakfast/lunch set–up and clean up
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Dr Edward Schafer

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  • Dr. Edward Schafer served the College of Fine Arts at University of Florida as Associate Dean for Academic and Student Services for 10 years and recently stepped back into a teaching role at UF in the School of Music. Prior to moving to UF, Dr. Schaefer chaired the department of music at Gonzaga University for 12 years, and he directed a choral program at Gonzaga that distinguished itself with invitations to perform at state, regional and national conventions of music educator and choral director associations – two to perform at the national convention of the American Choral Directors Association.

    Dr. Schaefer holds a certificate in advanced leadership studies from Gonzaga University, the DMA in liturgical music from The Catholic University of America, and MM, MSM, and BM degrees from Southern Methodist University. Dr. Schaefer’s research is focused on Gregorian chant and the music of the Roman Catholic Mass. His research has led him to studies with various chant scholars in the United States and France and a seven-month sabbatical in 2001 as a member of Le Choeur Grégorien de Paris and a student at Le Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique, Paris.

    He has also published several works related to chant and the Liturgy, including Missa Cantata (Priory Press, 2001), Singing the Prayers and Readings at Mass (Priory Press, 2003), Evangelia Cantata (Priory Press, 2008), The Gregorian Modes (translation) (Solesmes 2002), Gregorian Chant (translation) (Solesmes 2003), The Catholic Church Music Through the Ages: Balancing the Needs of a Worshiping People (Hillenbrand Books, 2008), “The Expressive and Formative Roles of Music: A Search for Balance in Liturgical Reform,” Antiphon 7:2 (2002), 21-36 and two recordings of chants for the Mass released in 2003 and 2005. In October of 2005 he spoke to the annual convention of the Catholic Medical Association on the topic of music and spiritual formation. Dr. Schaefer is a deacon for the Priestly Fraternity of St. Peter, and he continues to direct a small schola that sings chant and polyphony.

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