2013-07-04 / Lifestyles

Catholic conference for music takes off in July

ESCANABA – The second Catholic Diocese of Marquette Sacred Music Conference has been set for July 12-13 at St. Joseph and St. Patrick Parish in Escanaba. The conference is free to the public.

The conference is designed for priests, deacons, seminarians, directors of music, organists, cantors, choir members, and singers of all ages, especially those responsible for sacred music in the Catholic parishes and missions throughout the Upper Peninsula. Nathan Knutson, director of sacred music for the Diocese of Marquette, will lead the conference.

This year’s conference will study many musical areas, including Gregorian chant, organ and choral music. Sessions on the organ also apply to the piano, so they will be helpful to all parishes. Primacy of voice will be emphasized with multiple sessions on Gregorian chant, as well as forming and rehearsing with a schola. Schola, which means school, is similar to a choir but also teaches members how to sing.

Registration forms for the sacred music conference are available online and from most parish music directors. The conference will include lunch and dinner on Friday and breakfast on Saturday. Lodging in Escanaba is recommended for Friday evening, July 12.

For more information on the conference and lodging options or to register, visit www.marquettesacredmusic.com.

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