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As part of the Sacred Music Institute of America’s ongoing commitment to provide quality online training for church musicians, we are thrilled to announce our new monthly online lecture series, “Sacred Music Saturdays.”  The series offers an innovative hybrid approach designed to cater to various learning styles and life situations. Each video lecture can be viewed according to each individual's availability, but live question-and-answer/musical coaching sessions with Institute faculty are also included in the lecture registration fee of $20.

            The first two lectures of the series are:

“Introduction to Gregorian Chant” by Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald  This lecture/demonstration will teach the basics of reading, singing, and conducting Gregorian chant. Dr. Fitzgerald will delve into the basic neumes and their interpretation, the use of rhythm in chant, and the various Church modes. A sample of Latin and English chant resources will be provided.  Register now to receive access to the video lecture and to schedule your included 15-minute coaching/Q&A with Institute Director Dr. Jason J. Keefer on Saturday, 10 October or Saturday, 31 October.

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 “Pride of Place: Gregorian Chant in the Liturgy” by Dr. William Mahrt

The word sacred means set aside, in this case reserved for the particular purpose of Divine Worship. Pope St. Pius X defined three characteristics of liturgical music, sacred, beautiful, and universal.  Music is sacred which sets the texts prescribed by the liturgy, such as processional texts, scripture lessons, meditation chants, hymns of praise and petition and expression of belief. Their musical style conveys the sense of the action which they accompany.  Music is sacred which unites a diverse congregation in a unity joining their voices and lifting their hearts to a common purpose. Sacred music must be beautiful, because it addresses almighty God, who is the ultimate Beauty. The beauty of sacred music creates an experience of the holiness of God, a foretaste of the Beatific Vision of God, which is the end of each human life. Sacred music thus has a transcendent purpose, which is expressed in transcendent styles.  Sacred music is universal when it is received and understood by the body of worshippers as expressing the order and purpose in the liturgy, when it is experienced as being our own, when we sing it by heart, from our very own being.  Register now to receive lecture access at the beginning of November and receive a link for a live Question & Answer session with Dr. Mahrt on Saturday, 21 November. 

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Please feel free to contact us with any questions regarding the lecture series or the Sacred Music Institute of America’s other educational opportunities.  We look forward to your virtual attendance!

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AGO Columbus Chapter Members with private organ studios (updated 7/31/2016)

Chad Baker (614) 864-8505
Sally Casto (740) 369-2274
Janice G. Dunphy (614) 882-4741
Dr. Richard K. Fitzgerald (301) 801-5039 / This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
James D. Hildreth (614) 478-8793
Kevin Jones (614) 228-1741
Jason Keefer (724) 317-5618
Terry McCandless (614) 755-6609
Tyler Robertson (254) 715-6309
John F. Schuder (614) 254-3310