Summer 2022 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, New York
Graduate-level study structured for busy schedules
Online or In-Person, intensive or term-length course formats
With affordable tuition rates and convenient course structures, St. Joseph’s Seminary and College 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.
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.
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Principles of Sacred Music (May 31 to July 31, 2022 – online, asynchronous; August 1 and 2 – online or in-person, synchronous)
Through a survey of the history of sacred music and reading of Church and papal legislation on sacred music, students gain an understanding of the principles which shape Western sacred music and the musical structure of the Roman rite. Special focus is placed on current documents which govern music in the Church. The course also features in-depth discussion of practical issues including the formation and management of sacred music programs in parishes, active participation, progressive solemnity, the use of instruments in the sacred liturgy, resources available for music directors and choristers, and other relevant topics. 3 credits or audit. 9 online, asynchronous weeks present materials on a week-to-week basis to complete at your own pace. 2 days online or in-person, synchronous meeting 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Parish Sacred Music Program Management (Monday and Wednesday Evenings, June 1 to 27, 2022)
Open to musicians and clergy from parishes of any size who are searching for inspiration and ideas as they work to expand or make changes to an existing sacred music program, this course presents best practices from model parishes and programs. Covering structures, personnel, budget, recruitment, fundraising, materials (hymnals, instruments, library, some aspects of repertoire, etc.), and other resources, the seminar aims to provide resources for parishes to consider how they might develop a program which is faithful to the mind and heart of the Church, as well as intimately linked to the nature and structure of the sacred liturgy. The ideas presented in the course afford the opportunity to plot a path forward for a parish in which the music program is both spiritually fruitful and economically sustainable, as well as invigorating for the worship, health, and life of a parish through beauty. 1 credit or audit. Synchronous online 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Principles of Chant (July 5 to 9, 2022)
Serving as an introduction to Gregorian chant, this course will cover neumatic notation, Gregorian modes, ear training and sight reading, vocal technique appropriate for singing chant, and Latin pronunciation. Special focus will be placed on rhythmic interpretation of the chant according to the classical Solesmes (Mocquereau) method. By the end of the class, students will have confidence singing from the Graduale Romanum, singing solfège and psalm tones, and some experience in conducting (chironomy). Additional topics introduced in the class include the history of Gregorian chant, rehearsal techniques for teaching chant to children and adult choirs, and an introduction to chant resources in English and Spanish. 3 credits or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant (Mornings, July 11 to 15, 2022)
For students who have taken Principles of Chant or who sing Gregorian chant on a regular basis, this seminar presents advanced issues in the study of Gregorian chant. Focused on training participants in reading older forms of the notation of Gregorian chant, students will enrich their knowledge of the sung prayer of the Church through study of monuments in the written record of Gregorian chant. Course participants will develop their ability to sing chant in a method informed by semiological study, and will discuss practical aspects of this approach in parish life. 1 credit or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Edward Schaefer (Collegium Sanctorum Angelorum).
Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant (Afternoons, July 11 to 15, 2022)
For students who have taken Principles of Chant or who sing Gregorian chant on a regular basis. Focused on the rhythmic system of Dom André Mocqureau, this seminar on chironomy will develop students’ abilities to conduct Gregorian chant with sensitivity, artistry, and ease. An in-depth study of the fundamental principles of Mocqureau’s method will help students learn to navigate particularly difficult passages in conducting. The presentation of various rehearsal techniques for parish choirs will also undergird each course session. 1 credit or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Liturgical Year & Environment of Worship (July 11 to 15, 2022)
This course will explore the history, theology, and pastoral application of the Liturgical Year. As well, the theology of the place of worship, its appointments, and the role of sacred art will be introduced. 3 credits or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Fr. Matthew Ernest.
Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (July 18 to 22, 2022)
This 5-day intensive course will present pedagogical techniques for teaching Gregorian chant to children and is ideal for Catholic schoolteachers, directors and teachers of religious education, directors of children’s choirs, and parents. Special emphasis will be placed on the Ward Method, a comprehensive music education method designed to teach sacred music to children. Other topics addressed will include resources for teachers, other teaching approaches, and the logistics of developing a sacred music program for children. 3 credits or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Choral Repertoire and Practicum: Parish Choir (Mornings and Afternoons, July 25 to 29, 2022)
Covering warm-ups to develop the vocal technique of amateur voices, rehearsal techniques to evoke the most beautiful result within a liturgically demanding schedule, and gems of seasonally-appropriate choral repertoire which buttress the music shape of the Roman rite, this practicum will equip parish choral directors with tools for success in their efforts to revitalize an adult parish choir or start something new. Course participants are strongly encouraged to attend this course in person so that they can sing through repertoire in real time with other singers in the course. 2 credits or audit. In-person recommended, also available synchronously online 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Renaissance Choral Repertoire: History, Analysis, and Performance Practice for Parish Musicians (Evenings, July 25 to 29, 2022)
Starting from an overview of the monuments of sacred choral music in the Renaissance period (1450–1600), this course will develop parish musicians’ ability to analyze, perform, and teach to parish choirs gems from the Church’s treasury of sacred music. Focusing on the works of Ockeghem, Josquin, Morales, Palestrina, Victoria, Byrd, and Lassus, students will also develop an understanding of historical performance practice techniques that can helpfully inform the singing of amateur and professional singers alike. 1 credit or audit. Synchronous online or in-person 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Prof. Charles Weaver (Juilliard and CUNY).
Private Lessons in Chant Conducting (Chironomy)
Are you interested in learning how to conduct Gregorian chant according to the classical Solesmes method? Have you learned some of the basics and are now looking to improve your developing conducting skills? Private lessons are available, either in-person or via Skype/FaceTime.
Learn more about tuition rates and scheduling availability by emailing Dr. Donelson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Organist Training Program
Offered through the Archdiocese of New York’s Liturgy Office, the Organist Training Program seeks to provide the qualified keyboardist with the skills and training to successfully serve as an organist in a parish setting through a low-cost, goal-oriented, and flexible pedagogical structure. Lessons are taught by members of the archdiocesan Music Commission and other highly-qualified organists throughout the Archdiocese. More information is available here.
Vocalist Training Program
The Vocalist Training Program seeks to provide the qualified singer with the skills and training to successfully serve as an cantor or chorister in a parish setting through a low-cost, goal-oriented, and flexible pedagogical structure. Lessons are taught by members of the archdiocesan Music Commission and other highly-qualified vocalists throughout the Archdiocese. More information will be available soon.
Fifth Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale
The Metropolitan Catholic Chorale (MCC) is dedicated to singing the Catholic Church’s treasury of sacred music—Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony—in the context of the sacred liturgy in the New York metropolitan region, and to helping others discover, understand, and love the Church’s sacred music. In keeping with the purpose of sacred music, our aim is to glorify God and sanctify and edify those who hear us.
Gregorian Chant for Children Ages 5 to 14 – Immaculate Conception Children’s Schola Cantorum
Weekly classes are offered for children 4.5 to 9 and 10 to 14 on Tuesday afternoons at Immaculate Conception Church in Sleepy Hollow New York. Instruction is given according to the Ward Method. For more information on the classes or for tuition rates, please email email@example.com.
Gregorian Chant for Children Ages 4.5 to 14 – Ward Method Classes at Colm Cille Homeschool Co-Op
Classes meet at St. Catharine’s Church in Pelham, New York. For more information on the classes or for tuition rates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Ward Method is a comprehensive music education method, developed by Catholic convert Justine Ward in the 1920s, and used extensively in Catholic schools until the 1970s. The method has as its goals the education of the child in the beauty of the Church’s sacred music, and helping children participate well in the sacred liturgy through the singing of Gregorian chant. The method incorporates ear training so that children are able to both intelligently hear and sing written music at sight, as well as a thorough grounding in musical notation which lends itself to other musical studies. Each student learns to match pitch and sing with good vocal technique. Games which develop composition and improvisation skills are incorporated into each lesson, and students are trained in rhythm and musical dictation. The method is designed so that each activity takes 2-5 minutes and keeps young children engaged.
Classes Offered on a Rotating Basis at St. Joseph’s Seminary
Conducting and Group Vocal Pedagogy for the Parish Music Director
Strategies and practice in conducting and teaching healthy vocal production to amateur singers. 2 credits or audit.
Introduction to the Organ for Pianists
Essential knowledge and practice with registration, good technique, pedaling, hymn- and service-playing, and appropriate repertoire. 2 credits or audit.
MA8100 – Introduction to Music Reading, Music Theory, and Ear Training for Parish Musicians
Are you a church musician who would like to gain independence in reading and singing or playing music in your parish’s music program? Would you like to gain confidence in your ability to read music so that you can learn new music, and learn it more quickly? Are you looking for a program to help you perform with accuracy and musicality in your work in music ministry?
Starting from an introduction to reading both modern and neumatic (square note) music notation, this course will introduce participants to music theory concepts that will aid them in reading, singing, and playing music in their parish music programs. Concepts covered will include major and minor scales, Gregorian modes, key signatures, intervals, rhythms and time signatures, triads, and seventh chords. Special emphasis will be given to ear training and musicianship exercises which embed theoretical concepts in practical musical examples. The only prerequisite to the course is the ability to match pitch when singing.
Beauty and the New Evangelization: Understanding and Employing Sacred Art, Architecture, and Music
The Church is the greatest patron of the arts the world has ever known. That’s no accident! The beautiful has the potential to lead those who engage with it to the good and the true. Literacy in the languages of sacred art, architecture, and music are practical skills for evangelization. This course guides students in deepening their understanding and appreciation of beauty in the various media of sacred arts, and enables students to utilize the sacred arts for the purpose of evangelization.
Sacred Music History Seminar & Practicum: The Liturgical Movement & Sacred Music Renewal 1800-1950
Drawing on the rich writings of the Liturgical Movement and the intensive activity to renew sacred music during the 19th c. and first half of the 20th c., this seminar offers an in-depth study of historical documents, spiritual writings, and pieces from the Church’s treasury of sacred music. The knowledge gained from this study becomes a foundation for practice as we strive to enrich our prayer lives through theological meditations on important texts of the time as well as study musical repertoire that can be used in sacred music programs today. With an eye to choral program development and rehearsal technique, musicians will develop a working knowledge of important works from the treasury of sacred music from this era. This course is part of a five-part series, offered on a regular rotation, which focuses on different eras in sacred music history. 2 credits or audit. Synchronous online 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.
Introduction to Liturgy
This course will explore the theological, historical, and pastoral dimensions of the sacred liturgy. The history of the liturgy of the Roman rite, the role of ritual and symbol, the principles and norms articulated in the Second Vatican Council’s Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, and the theology of the Liturgy of the Hours will be the foci of this course. 3 credits or audit. Synchronous online 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.”
State Persecution of the Church in Modernity: An Historical Study through the Lenses of Source Documents and Film – co-taught with Dr. Jacek Nowicki – available on Zoom (synchronous) for non-seminarians – Mondays 7:00-9:30 p.m. (EST), beginning January 25, 2021
Starting from a discussion of the tensions long held between the Church and the state, as well as the Church’s understanding of martyrdom, this course travels around the globe in the modern era in a chronological study of persecutions of the Church, Catholicism, and Catholics by the government. Class sessions will offer a narrative of the key events, personalities, political programs, and ideas behind particular persecutions, as well as a look at source documents (laws, manifestoes, propaganda) which make clear the crisis of conscience faced by faithful Catholics living under unjust regimes. Study materials for the course consist mainly of films, but also of some excerpts from literature and music, which illuminate the historical situation, sometimes revealing particular agendas through bias or historical inaccuracy.
Medieval & Renaissance Music Notation Practicum
Working from original manuscripts, students will study different styles of notation from Late Medieval and Renaissance choral music, including Dasein notation, the notation of the Notre Dame School of Polyphony, Franconian notation, Ars Nova notation, and notation of Renaissance partbooks. With an eye to enabling students to make their own editions from original manuscripts, elements of applied music theory from the eras of the studied notations will inform student work. 2 credits or audit. Synchronous online 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Prof. Charles Weaver (Juilliard).