“When Man comes into contact with God, Mere speech is not enough,”

-Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, Benedict XVI, The Spirit of the Liturgy


9th Annual Summer Learning Schola – 2017
St. Basil Chapel – University of St. Thomas

“Learn to Know the Heart of God in the Word of God.”

-St. Gregory the Great


Who should come?

For Beginners: The Summer Learning Schola is an introduction into singing chant notation, the great liturgical texts, how to sing Latin and English Psalmody. (Some knowledge of Latin is helpful but not a requirement).

The Summer learning Schola is an immersion into praying the Liturgy in a song “ever, ancient, ever new.”

For the Experienced: Chant is an ever deepening discovery of 2,000 years of reflection on sacred texts. Revisiting chant in its simplicity always reveals nuances of the texts. The Summer Learning Schola provides those experienced, with a greater command of notation, rhythmic singing, and insight into how the “ever ancient” chant reveals the “ever new” prayer of the text.


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Syllabus

Schola One: July 12, Wednesday:   7:00 – 9:00 pm

“In the beginning was the Word.” Music and the Word – The sacramentality of Christ’s Incarnation in Chant. The word as sign in sung Chant.

The Chant score. – Learning and singing sol fege. Sing the repertoire of liturgical chant.

Schola Two: July 13, Thursday:  7:00 – 9:00 pm

“Music and Heaven.” Chant as sacramental and Transfiguring here below and participating in the eternal banquet.

Liturgical Chant repertoire.

Schola Three: July 19, Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Music and the Liturgy 1. Whence arose Chant as the melody of the liturgical text?

The ancient Chant score. Repertoire to hold and pray.

Schola Four: July 20,  Thursday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Music and the Liturgy 2. Chant in our Liturgy today. Continuing. How is it that we hear and sing chant in both Latin and in in our own tongue?

Repertoire of English and timeless Latin.

“I will Sing with the Spirit, and I will sing with the understanding also.”

1 Cor. 14:15

Schola Five: July 26, Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Principles of Chant 1. The many moods of Modes. The neumes – or pitches of the word. History and continuity.

Repertoire for each mode and melody.

Schola Six: July 27, Thursday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Principles of Chant 2. Types

Repertoire: Psalm tones, Hymns, propers, and ordinary.

 Schola Seven: August 2, Wednesday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Principles of Chant 3. Rhythm and Breath. Singing the rhythm and sense of the text, and the unity of breath.

Repertoire to sing and pray as one.

 Schola Eight: August 3, Thursday: 7:00 – 9:00 pm

Praying the Chants. Unity in the song of the Trinity

Preparing for the closing Mass

Saturday, August  5, Sung celebration of the
Solemnity of the Transfiguration of our Lord

Choir Call – 3:30 pm | Vigil Mass – 5:00 pm

St. Basil’s Chapel – University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas

Tuition: $245.00 for conference, materials, and texts


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