June 25-July 1, 2012 Sacred Music Colloquium in Salt Lake City

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.

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  1. Mary Jane says:

    Oh wow, I would love to attend this…but unfortunately it won’t work for my schedule this year. Dr. William Mahrt is amazing. To all who are able to attend, have fun!

  2. Timbot2000 says:

    BTW Father,
    Seeing as Jeff will of course be there, did you see his recent appearance on RT Monday, [The light of your yellow Sun is weak today and, therefore, so are my psychic powers. What on earth is RT?] explicating on politics, economics, and current events in his wonderfully cheerful and inimitable style!
    Do have a look, it will make you smile.

  3. Tina in Ashburn says:

    Attending the week-long Colloquium was one the happiest experiences of my life. I urge anyone who can possibly go, to attend. To be with like-mined Catholics, socializing and working hard, was extraordinarily encouraging and satisfying. Go. Go. GO!!!

    Not only do you learn the music itself [chant and polyphony], you learn to read, are taught music history, and you sing at the Mass itself. The Colloquium is utter immersion in what used to be a common experience at Masses before Vatican II.

    If only bishops and [more] priests would attend – teaching the laity about true Sacred Liturgical music is sorely needed. But the clergy has the power to implement it. So many bishops and priests have no clue that music is as much the Liturgy as the spoken word. They really don’t understand its intrinsic importance. When a lay person/director/choir member wants the best but the [ignorant] pastor or bishop stands in the way, nothing can be done.
    The clergy must be educated and supportive! Please urge your pastors and bishops to attend. Put the information into their hands. Put pamphlets in the back of your church.

    You can also help by bringing this to the attention of the pastor to urge your music people to attend. Every music director, choir member, instrumentalist, and liturgical director should go. Find a way to clear the schedule and let them go. You may even be surprised at the willingness of some pastors to contribute funds for attendance.

  4. Scott W. says:

    I can’t seem to advance the video to the time you reference. Any ideas? Don’t really have time to sit through it all even though I’m sure it is worth it.

  5. Theodore says:

    Forwarded this to the parish music director with an offer to pick up room & board for one person from the parish to attend. It would be worth it to loose the pony tail guys with their Fender guitars and drum set at Mass.

  6. rollingrj says:

    Since this is more or less in my back yard (I live in a city 15 miles north of the Cathedral), how could I not attend?

    Words cannot describe what you will experience (and I have–the 2010 Colloquium). Be ready to be awed.

  7. St. Rafael says:

    I hope that many Catholics from the West Coast can attend this Colloquium, since it’s being held in the Western state of Utah. The music is absolutely dreadful in most of Southern California and Nevada.

  8. St. Rafael says:

    RT covers actual news. They cover the kind of real news that is never touched by the Mainstream press like CNN, Fox News, CBS, NBC, and MSNBC.

    RT, previously known as Russia Today, is a government-funded global multilingual television news network based in the Russian Federation. It was founded in 2005 as Russia Today by the government-owned RIA Novosti.

    RT shows round-the-clock news bulletins, documentaries, talk shows, and debates, as well as sports news and cultural programs on Russia. The service is aimed at the overseas news market and broadcast through 22 satellite and 230 cable operators throughout the world…
    RT is the second most-watched foreign news channel in the United States, after BBC News. By March 2012, its videos had garnered almost 700 million views on YouTube.

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  10. Timbot2000 says:

    Though to be accurate, this show, Capital Account, is based in the US, and the hosts are better capitalists than those talking heads hawking equities to the rubes on the other financial networks. But regardless, Jeff Tucker is a delight to listen to on practically any subject. Like Fr. Z, a modern Renaissance man, working to restore the liturgy, and thereby the world. I am richer for having learned from both of them.

  11. SegoLily says:

    It’s ironic that I live in the diocese where this colloquium is taking place yet several suburban parishes in proximity to where I live have the most banal music (with liturgical abuses, I might add) week after week after week. There seems to be no dissemination within the diocese of the treasure of musicianship at the Cathedral of the Madeleine. I’m not a musician, but understand that even parishes with little resources might be able to send representitives to learn simple, beautiful chant to incorporate into their liturgies. Alas, so many here are bound to the “Gather” hymnal.

    As I live in a beautiful canyon about 20 minutes from the Cathedral, I plan to sponsor up to four people, gratis, for bed, breakfast and more. It will be my little way to promote beauty in the liturgy.

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