There will be a spiffing Colloquium on Sacred Music in Salt Lake City. June 25-July 1, 2012
It will be held at the Cathedral of the Madeleine in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Check out the website and look at the line of up speakers (no, I am not on it).
You will also find the schedule and registration information.
Pay attention in the video especially at about 14:15 in the video, and listen to the comments made by a gentleman being interviewed. He nails perfectly some themes that I have hammered at relentlessly on this blog, in my columns and in talks I give at conferences. First, note his comment about “active listening” and participation. Then note his comment about being his experience being “terrifying”. Then note “listening to the silence”. He gets the true sense of active participation as “active receptivity”, about liturgical worship that is both alluring and frightening, and about an encounter we must have with mystery in the spaces between the signs, the apophatic dimension of our liturgical worship.
Also, at 41:45 Dr. William Mahrt gets to another point I have pushed here about the “idiom” of music. Some types of music are not appropriate for liturgical worship because the idiom is wrong.