Canticle, a wildly successful youth choir program, is excited to invite music directors, educators, and youth group leaders to their immersive conference, Sounds of Heaven. This Chant Training Intensive is designed for those looking to incorporate Gregorian chant into their music programs and build successful youth choirs.

Hosted by Mary Ann Carr Wilson and other experienced educators, the conference will be held from July 16-20 at the historic church of Our Lady of the Rosary in San Diego’s Little Italy.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn from experts in the field, meet like-minded professionals, and gain valuable tools and resources to help expand their repertoire and build a youth chant schola.

But it’s not all work and no play. The conference will include daily Continental breakfast and catered lunch, as well as a catered dinner meet and greet. Attendees will have the opportunity to network with other music professionals and bond over their shared love of sacred music.

The location couldn’t be better – just five minutes from the airport and with plenty of hotels and Airbnbs within walking distance.

Register now and get ready to experience the Sounds of Heaven! With Canticle’s method for success in working with youth choirs, attendees will have the knowledge and expertise to build a lifelong love of sacred music among the faithful. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to develop your skills, network with peers, and take your music program to new heights.

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Original story at New Liturgical Movement.

With over 40 people in attendance at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Oratory in San Jose, Abbé Schmidt instructed the participants on the history of Gregorian chant, its background, and why the Church places great importance on the practice.

Abbé emphasized, that chant is truly prayer and not just done to sound pleasing. Thus, singing without praying fails to achieve the final objective of chanting. The hands-on workshop also included instruction in plainchant, solfege exercises and the 8 modes that convey the tone a particular chant should take.

This was the first chant workshop at the Oratory (affiliated with the Institute of Christ the King). Canon Ueda plans to continue nurturing the musical life of the Oratory with more workshops like this in the future with the end goal of establishing a formal schola.

Comments from participants ~

“We had so much fun at the Chant Workshop. Abbé Raymond taught us so much within 3 days, but at the same time made it so enjoyable for both the older and younger kids! We learned how to identify notes, improve singing the Regina Caeli, chant the Kyrie, and what the 8 modes of chant are. We especially liked doing the solfege exercises. Marielle and Andrew’s favorite part was working on the Regina Caeli, and Amelie liked writing the notes on the classroom screen. We hope he can come back very, very soon.” ~ Elsa, Madeleine, and Augustina

Original story from Institute of Christ the King.