The Catholic Institute of Sacred Music at St Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park is proud to announce its inaugural summer term, running from May 30 to August 2 of this year. Through the sponsorship of generous donors, we are delighted to be able to offer all courses with FREE TUITION for all applicants who are accepted into the program for this summer. More information and the application are available at:

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Graduate-level study structured for busy schedules

Online, in-person, intensive, or term-length course formats

FREE Tuition Summer 2023

The Catholic Institute of Sacred Music offers a rich learning experience for parish and school musicians who want to immerse themselves in the beauty, truth, and holiness of the Church’s sacred music and liturgy. The Institute offers a daily schedule of sung liturgies on campus and opportunities for private prayer, a world-class faculty, dormitory rooms and common meals on a beautiful campus in the temperate climate of Silicon Valley, and opportunities for study, both in-person and online, in subjects that are inspiring, challenging, and practical.

Whether you’re new to sacred music or have studied music at the graduate level, our courses will assist you in unlocking the treasury of Catholic sacred music, helping you grow in your spiritual life, amplifying your knowledge of and love for Christ and the Church’s music, and strengthening the skills needed for faithful service in the Church.

Join us this summer to experience the depths of the Church’s riches, taught by experienced teachers and musicians, faithful to the Church’s magisterium and tradition.

Summer 2023 Courses:

History & Principles of Sacred Music – May 30 to July 30: online, asynchronous, July 31 and August 1: online, synchronous
Latin for Church Musicians: Terminology, Grammar, & Poetry of the Psalms – Tuesday & Thursday Evenings, June 1 to July 27
Parish Sacred Music Program Management – Wednesday Evenings, May 31 to July 12
Introduction to Gregorian Chant – June 26 to 30
Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Approaches to Gregorian Rhythm – Mornings, July 3 to 7
Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Conducting (Chironomy) – Afternoons, July 3 to 7
Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children – July 10 to 14
Choral Institute – July 17 to 21
Composition Seminar: Short Works for Parish Choirs – Mornings, July 17 to 21
Organ Improvisation Seminar – July 17 to 21
The History of the Roman Rite – July 24 to 28
Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Chants of the Divine Office – Afternoons, July 24 to 28

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka
Prof. Christopher Berry
Dr. Frank La Rocca
Dr. William Mahrt
Fr. Nicholas Schneider
Dr. Christoph Tietze
Prof. Charles Weaver
The deadline to apply to the program is quickly approaching: May 1, 2023. Click here to apply.

Original story from the Diocese of Oakland.