The Renewal of Sacred Music and the Liturgy in the Catholic Church: Movements Old and New

The CMAA is thrilled to announce the call for participation for a conference celebrating the legacy of Msgr. Richard Schuler and the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale in St. Paul, Minnesota. 

As many of you know, the longtime pastor of St. Agnes Church in St. Paul, Msgr. Richard Schuler, was the vice president of the CMAA for 10 years, and also served as the editor of the Association’s journal, Sacred Music, for many years.  He left an immense legacy at St. Agnes, in the Archdiocese of Minneapolis/St. Paul, and far beyond, not only as a church musician of the highest order, but also as a wise pastor.  Indeed, Bishop Sample (of whom there was news earlier today) is just one of the vocations to have come out of St. Agnes under Msgr. Schuler’s tutelage.  For the past 40 years, the choir he founded and directed (the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale) has been singing orchestral Masses every Sunday during season at St. Agnes church in St. Paul.  This conference will celebrate the 40th season of the TCCC’s residency at St. Agnes. 

This conference promises to be a truly wonderful event for anyone who is interested in the Church’s sacred music and liturgy. 

We’ve just posted the call for participation at the conference website, and post it here as well for all those scholars and musicians interested in submtting a proposal, as well as a taste of what the conference will offer. 

Mark your calendars!  October 13-15, 2013 at St. Agnes and the Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota!

The Renewal of Sacred
Music and the Liturgy in the Catholic Church:
Movements Old and New
October 13–15, 2013

Church Music Association of America

in collaboration with

the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, the
Church of St. Agnes,

Cathedral of St. Paul,
and the Archdiocese of Minneapolis-St. Paul

The Church Music
Association of America will hold a conference exploring renewal movements
within the Church’s liturgy and sacred music on October 13–15, 2013, at the
Church of St. Agnes and Cathedral of St. Paul in St. Paul, Minnesota.  The conference marks the 40th
anniversary of the residence of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, founded by
Msgr. Richard J. Schuler, at the Church of St. Agnes in St. Paul.  The conference seeks to explore, through
critical analysis, former and present efforts to revive the Church’s sacred
liturgy and music, particularly as exemplified by Msgr. Schuler’s work.  Questions central to the conference theme
efforts have resulted in a true restoration of the Church’s liturgy and sacred

which principles has authentic liturgical and musical renewal operated in the

reform actions have had deleterious effects on sacred music and the liturgy?

While the
conference will focus on sacred music, other aspects of liturgy (theology,
history, architecture, documents, etc.) will also be considered for inclusion
in the proceedings.  

The conference
will include solemn celebrations of vespers (featuring Mozart’s Vesperae Solennes de Confessore) and Missae
at the Cathedral of St. Paul and Church of St. Agnes, featuring an
orchestral Mass, classical works for organ, and a modern polyphonic setting of
the Mass ordinary. Dr. William Mahrt (Stanford) will deliver a keynote address,
and other featured speakers include Fr. Guy Nichols (Blessed John Henry Newman
Institute of Liturgical Music) and Jeffrey Tucker (The Wanderer and Sacred Music).

The conference committee
welcomes proposals for papers and recital programs related to the conference

The deadline
for proposals is March 22, 2013.  Notification
of acceptance will be given by April 8, 2013.

For paper
proposals (30 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions), please send an email

1.      Title and abstract (250-word maximum)
2.      Your name and affiliation
3.      Your phone number and email address
4.      Bio (250-word maximum)

For recital
proposals (25 or 50 minutes in length), please send an e-mail including:

1.      Selections to be included on the program
(including title, composer, and length of each selection)
2.      A 100-word abstract (for lecture
recitals only)
3.      Your name and affiliation, as well as
the name and affiliation of each performer/ensemble
4.      Your phone number and email address
5.      Your bio (250-word maximum)
6.      A brief bio of each performer/ensemble
included in the recital program (100-word maximum)
7.      One or two recordings in mp3 format
which demonstrate a recent performance. 
The selections need not be recordings of the pieces proposed for the
conference recital program.  File size
limit: 10 MB.
8.      Performance space requirements (instrumentation,
configuration, need for music stands and chairs, etc.)

Paper topics
arising from the theme and guiding questions include, but are not limited to:

renewal of chant and chant praxis through the work of St. Peter’s Abbey in
Cecilian movement
Liturgical Movement and related figures and places (St. Pius X, Pius XII, Maria
Laach Abbey, Romano Guardini, Dom Prosper Guéranger, Pius Parsch, Dom Lambert
Beauduin, Louis Bouyer, Reynold Henry Hillenbrand, Adrian Fortescue, etc.)
work and ideas of Msgr. Richard J. Schuler
interest in Viennese orchestral Masses in the 20th century,
particularly in light of the work of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale
accounts of the efforts and ideas of the Church Music Association of America
impact on sacred music or liturgy of the 1903 motu proprio Tra le sollecitudini or the
2007 motu proprio Summorum Pontificum
effects of Church councils on sacred music and the liturgy (Trent, Vatican II,
in sacred music or liturgy during a particular pontificate
new English translation of the 3rd Typical Edition of the Roman
Counter-Reformation, especially the work of the Jesuits in Europe and the New
World, the work of the Oratorians, or the work of artists in the court of
Phillip II
Abbey of Cluny
reforms, such as the Quignonez breviary or Urban VIII’s hymn texts
stories in contemporary or historical parishes, monasteries, etc., or current
resources available for use by priests and parishes
Catholic architecture of the Twin Cities or other American cities (e.g.
Masqueray, Ralph Adams Cram, Edward Schulte, Bertram Goodhue, George J. Ries,
Barry Byrne)
architecture in response to renewal movements or Church legislation

programs arising from the theme include, but are not limited to:

of choral or organ works which trace a particular line of liturgical renewal
compositions which demonstrate a clear connection to the Church’s treasury of
sacred music and which are eminently liturgical in their outlook and use
program of a composer with connections to a particular renewal movement (e.g.
Bruckner, Rheinberger, etc.)
honoring the musical tradition of the Twin Cities Catholic Chorale, especially
Viennese orchestral Masses, Gregorian chant, or choir/orchestra works for the
Divine Office

Papers will be 30
minutes in length followed by a five-minute period for questions. 

programs may be either 25 or 50 minutes in length.  Performances will take place at either the
Cathedral of St. Paul, or at the Church of St. Agnes.  If submitting a recital program for
compositions other than those for organ, recitalists must provide all
performing personnel (e.g. choir, string ensemble, etc.), though assistance
will be given by the conference organizers in contacting local orchestral
musicians.  The presenter is responsible
for the costs of hiring such personnel, who would be remunerated at the scale
of the Twin Cities Musicians Union.  No
piano or sound amplification will be available for the recitals, except for a
microphone for the presenter speaking during the recital if requested.  Requests for specific orchestral instruments which
would otherwise be difficult to transport to the conference (timpani, chimes,
etc.) may be made as part of the proposal process.  The organ at the Cathedral of St. Paul is
currently undergoing a restoration project which will be completed by the time
of the conference.  Details and
specifications are available at

The official language
of the conference is English.

Presenters must
register for the conference ($150) and will be responsible for their own

regarding the conference may be directed to Jennifer Donelson via email or

The conference
website is available at; registration and hotel information
will follow shortly.


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