Upcoming

Fifth Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

First rehearsal – Tuesday, Sept. 8th! We are rehearsing in-person, and singing for Mass, though with restrictions put in place to protect the health of our singers, congregations, and all who come into contact with us. More information available soon.

Sept. 21, 2020 – “How to Add Antiphons and Other Proper Chants To Your Parish Sunday Mass,” webinar for the Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office

  • Follow-up chant learning sessions for music directors and cantors:
    • Monday, Sept. 28, 7:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom
    • Monday, Oct. 12, 7:30-8:00 p.m. on Zoom

Oct. 15, 2020 – “Music During the Pandemic: Archdiocesan Musician Roundtable,” offered by the Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office

Oct. 15-17, 2020 – Sacred Music Boot Camp, Church Music Association of America, “The Basics of Conducting Chant,” Oct. 16

Earlier, from 2015 to 2020

July 7, 2020 – Introduction to the Ward Method, CMAA Virtual Colloquium

June 11, 2020 – “The Love of Christ Compels Us: Why We Sing the Liturgy,” webinar for the Society for Catholic Liturgy

May 3, 10, 17, 24, 2020 – Chanting Monastic Vespers Webinar Series – Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka and Dom Benedict Anderson.

April 15, 2020 – Webinar on chanting monastic compline – 9:00-10:30 p.m. (Eastern, 7 p.m. Mountain), sponsored by the Sacred Arts Guild of Alberta and Sacred Heart Church, Calgary.

June 22-27, 2020 – Faculty, Church Music Association of America Annual Sacred Music Colloquium – CANCELLED

April 25, 2020 – “Forming a Schola in Your Parish” – Workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office – POSTPONED

March 14, 2020 – Gregorian Chant Workshop, Cohoes, NY – POSTPONED

March 5, 2020 – “Why Does the Church Spend So Much money on Beautiful Art, Architecture and Music? Shouldn’t It Be Spent on the Poor?” Lecture in series “Catholic Answers to Today’s Questions: ‘Giving Reason for Our Hope’ (1 Pt 3:15),” St. Joseph’s Church, Somers, New York

February 22, 2020 – “Selecting Music for Mass” – Workshop sponsored by the Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office

Fourth Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

  • Rehearsals began Tuesday, Sept. 3rd
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17th – Mass for the feast of St. Hildegard of Bingen featuring her music – St. Matthew Church, Hastings-on-Hudson, New York
  • Tuesday, Dec. 3rd – Mass for the Feast of St. Francis Xavier – Church of St. Francis Xavier, Bronx, NY (1703 Lurting Avenue Bronx, NY 10461) – featuring Victoria’s Missa O Magnum Mysterium, Gregorian chant propers, and motets by Michael Haller and Orlando Gibbons
  • Tuesday, Feb. 18th – Sung Votive Mass – Chapel at the United States Military Academy West Point

December 25, 2019 – Guest Conductor, Mass of the Americas, Church of St. John the Baptist, Allentown, NJ

December 6, 7, 8 – Annual Advent and Christmas Concert featuring the St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

November 23, 2019 – “Organfest,” lectures on L’Orgue Mystique of Charles Tournemire and performances of the same, sponsored by the New York Archdiocesan Liturgy Office

November 22, 2019 – “Introduction to Singing the Divine Office,” St. John’s University, Queens, New York

November 15, 2019 – “Why Does the Church Spend So Much money on Beautiful Art, Architecture and Music? Shouldn’t It Be Spent on the Poor?” – Talk at St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary, Crestwood, New York

November 13, 2019 – Guest Lecture – Diocese of Laredo, TX – Adult Faith Formation Pastoral Institute – Church Documents Series

Fall 2019 Semester at St. Joseph’s Seminary – Beauty & the New Evangelization: Understanding & Employing Sacred Art, Architecture, & Music – Mondays 7:00-9:30 p.m.

September 27, 2019 – “The Role of Sacred Music in Catholic Education and the Development of the Spiritual Lives of Children,” Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference, Providence, Rhode Island

October 24, 2019 –  “Why Does the Church Spend So Much money on Beautiful Art, Architecture and Music? Shouldn’t It Be Spent on the Poor?” Lecture in series “Catholic Answers to Today’s Questions: ‘Giving Reason for Our Hope’ (1 Pt 3:15),” St. Patrick’s Church, Huntington, New York

August 9, 2019 – Musica Sacra Maine

Summer 2019 Courses at St. Joseph’s Seminary

  • Principles of Sacred Music (June 3-July 30, 2019)
  • Principles of Chant (July 31-August 3, 2019)
  • Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (July 22-26, 2019)

July 1-6, 2019 – CMAA Sacred Music Colloquium, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

  • Chant Fundamentals Choir for Men and Women
  • Breakout sessions on Spanish-language resources and an introduction to chironomy (chant conducting).
  • Panel discussion “Chant on Tap”

April 27, 2019 – Gregorian Chant Workshop, St. Mary’s Church, Wappingers Falls, New York

March 22–23, 2019 – Scholar in Residence, Walsh University’s Great Ideas Symposium, Canton, Ohio

March 16, 2019 – Sacred Music Study Day, Cathedral of Saint Agnes, Rockville Centre, New York – co-sponsored by the Cathedral of Saint Agnes, the Office of Worship of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, and the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

Spring Semester, beginning January 19 – Saturdays, 9:30-11:30, Class at St. Joseph’s Seminary – “Introduction to Music Reading, Music Theory, and Ear Training for Parish Musicians”

March 2, 2019 – Choral workshop at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton parish, Shrub Oak, New York

March 11, 2019 – Webinar for Pueri Cantores and National Catholic Education Association, “Teaching and Conducting a Chant Mass”

Third Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

February 23, 2019 – Workshop with Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese of New York – Singing at Mass for Deacons – St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

January 26, 2019 – Children’s Choir Sacred Music Workshop – Our Lady of Loretto, Hempstead, New York

January 2019 – Workshops in Gregorian chant, Priorij Nazareth Tegelen, Tegelen, Netherlands

December 24, 2018 – Broadcast on Sirius XM’s Catholic Channel of “Advent and Christmas Concert” with St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

December 5, 2018 – Talk, “The Sacred Music and Liturgies of the Advent Season,” Egan Pavilion, Riverdale, New York

November 30, 2018 – December 2, 2018 – Advent and Christmas Concert, St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

Third Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

September 27–29, 2018 – Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, Miami, Florida

September 22, 2018 – Music Reading 101: Workshop with Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese of New York – Launch of the Vocalist Training Program – St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

September 15, 2018 – Everyone Can Sing: Tips and Tricks for Helping ‘Non-Singers’ Learn to Sing the Sacred Liturgy Workshop with Liturgy Office of the Archdiocese of New York – Launch of the Vocalist Training Program – St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

September 5, 2018 – Fall Courses of the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians, Poughkeepsie, New York

October 3, 2018 – Young Adults Mass with St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, New York

August 16, 2018 – Chant Camp, St. John the Baptist Church, Allentown, New Jersey

July 23–28, 2018 – Summer Courses of the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians, Yonkers, New York

July 18, 2018 – Notre Dame Center for Liturgy’s 2018 Symposium on Liturgical Music, South Bend, Indiana

July 8–13, 2018 – Workshops in Gregorian chant, Silverstream Priory, Stamullen, Ireland

July 1–7, 2018 – Workshops in Gregorian chant, Priorij Nazareth Tegelen, Tegelen, Netherlands

June 25–30, 2018 – Sacred Music Colloquium of the Church Music Association of America, Chicago, Illinois

Second Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

  • Friday, April 20th, Our Holy Redeemer in Freeport (Long Island), New York
    • Vierne’s Messe Solennelle, motets by Pitoni and Gibbons, chanted propers, hymnody
  • Tuesday, May 1st, Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph in Brooklyn
    • Padilla’s Missa Ioseph Fili David

February 17, 2018 – Introduction to Gregorian Chant, workshop, Church of St. Christopher, Baldwin, New York

February 3, 2018 – Gregorian Chant Workshop, Boston Byzantine Music Festival, Hellenic College of the Holy Cross, Boston, Massachusetts

January 29, 2018, 4:00 p.m. – “Introduction to Singing and Conducting Gregorian Chant,” Webinar for Pueri Cantores USA and National Catholic Educational Association

December 1–3, 2017 – Advent & Christmas Fundraising Concerts with the St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

  • December 1, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York
  • December 2, 7:30 p.m., Basilica of St. John the Evangelist, Stamford, Connecticut
  • December 3, 4:00 p.m., St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

November 18, 2017 – Workshop, “Everyone Can Sing: Tips and Tricks for Helping ‘Non-Singers’ Learn to Sing the Sacred Liturgy,” Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

October 28, 2017 – “50 Years of Musicam Sacram: Understanding the Church’s Celebration of the Sung Liturgy from Antiquity to Today,” Lecture sponsored by the sacred music and theology departments, Christendom College, Front Royal, Virginia

October 4, 2017 – Young Adults Mass with St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, New York, New York

September 28–30, 2017 – Annual conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

August 8–10, 2017 – Chant Camp with Colm Cille Club, Westchester County, New York

July 24–August 2, 2017 – Tour in northern France with St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

  • July 27 – Concert at Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Chartres
  • July 28 – Concert at Cathédrale primatiale Notre-Dame de l’Assomption de Rouen
  • July 31 – Concert at Notre Dame, Paris
  • August 1 – Concert at La Madeleine, Paris
  • Complete schedule available here

July 5–8, 2017 – “Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children” – 4-day intensive course, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York

June 26–30, 2017 – Church Music Association of America Chant Intensive, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania – Instructor

June 19–25, 2017 – Church Music Association of America Colloquium, St. Paul, Minnesota

June 6–9, 2017 – Sacra Liturgia Milano, Milan, Italy

Spring 2017 – Inaugural Season of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale

  • Mass for the Feast of St. Mark – 8:00 p.m., Church of St. Rocco, Glen Cove, NY (Gregorian propers, Missa che fa oggi il mio sole by Allegri)
  • Marian Votive Mass – 7:00 p.m., Church of St. Barnabas, Bronx, NY (Gregorian and English propers, hymnody, and Missa tertii toni by Rodrigo de Ceballos)

May 8, 2017 – Inter-religious Cantillation Symposium – Northeastern University, Boston, Massachusetts

April 1, 2017 – “Renewing and Unifying: Sacred Music in the Pastoral Plan,” Lenten Sacred Music Workshop – Church of St. Rocco, Glen Cove, NY

March 10 & 11, 2017 – “Gregorian Chant in Pastoral Ministry and Religious Education Today” – national conference at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York – “Sacred Music Renewal Fifty Years after Musicam Sacram

December 10, 2016 – Catholic Artists Society, New York – “The Sacred Liturgy as Primary Source for the Artist’s Imagination”

December 1–4, 2016 – Advent & Christmas Fundraising Concert with the St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum

  • December 1, 2016 – St. Aidan’s, Williston Park
  • December 2, 2016 – St. Sebastian’s, Woodside
  • December 3, 2016 – St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Manhattan
  • December 4, 2016 – The series will close with a concert at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, with Cardinal Dolan attending and a light reception to follow.

November 19, 2016 – Sacred Music Workshop, Our Holy Redeemer Roman Catholic Church, Freeport, New York

September 29–October 1, 2016 – Society for Catholic Liturgy Conference, Los Angeles, California

July 22–23, 2016 – Clinician and Lecturer, Southeastern Sacred Music Summer Sacred Music Workshop, Chattanooga, Tennessee

July 6, 2016 – “Origins and Effects of the Missa Lecta: Priestly Musical Formation in a Low Mass Culture,” Lecture, Sacra Liturgia UK, London, UK

June 11, 2016 – “Building up the Church through Sacred Music,” Workshop, Our Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, New York

June 2, 2016 – “Sacred Music and the New Evangelization,” Lecture, Our Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, New York

March 4, 2016 – “The Music of Holy Week,” Workshop, Sponsored by Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office, Yonkers, New York

January 19, 2016 – “A Treasure of Inestimable Value,” Lecture, Holy Rosary Church, Bronx, New York

December 8, 2015 – “Alma Redemptoris Mater: Music for Advent,” with the St. Joseph’s Seminary Schola Cantorum, Mariological Academic Symposium, Huntington, New York

November 21, 2015 – “Sacred Music Workshop,” Our Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, New York

November 17, 2015 – “A Treasure of Inestimable Value,” Lecture, St. Barnabas Church, Bronx, New York

November 14, 2015 – “A Treasure of Inestimable Value,” Lecture, Our Holy Redeemer Church, Freeport, New York

October 10, 2015 – “Singing the Mass,” Workshop for Priests, Sponsored by Archdiocese of New York Liturgy Office, Yonkers, New York

October 2, 2015 – “Tone Deaf Priests: A Figment of the Imagination? A Guide to Achieving a  Fully-Sung Liturgy in the Parish,” Pastoral Track Session, Annual Conference of the Society for Catholic Liturgy, Sheen Center, New York, New York

September 14, 2015 – “The Divine Office and Monastic Horarium,” Guest Lecture, Yale University, Class of Prof. Ron Jenkins in the Institute for Sacred Music, New Haven, Connecticut

July 1–4, 2015 – Faculty Lectures, XXV Sacred Music Colloquium, Church Music Association, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

  • Clergy and Seminarian Training I
  • Clergy and Seminarian Training II
  • Banished Repertoire: Sequences, Tropes, and Other Pre-Tridentine Chants

June 12-13, 2015 – Gregorian Chant Workshop, Holy Name Church, Denver, Colorado

June 11, 2015 – “A Treasure of Inestimable Value,” Holy Name Church, Denver, Colorado

June 1-4, 2015 – Paper, Conference Organizer, Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 – “Addressing the Triumph of Bad Taste: Church Patronage of Art, Architecture, and Music,” New York, New York

March 2-3, 2015 – Paper, “The Sound of Mystêrion: What Olivier Messiaen Can Teach Us about the Metaphysical Limits of Music and its Ability to Convey Divine Mysteries,” Pontifical University of Santa Croce, Rome

February 7, 2015 – Workshop, “Introduction to Gregorian Chant: Spirituality, History, and the Basics of Reading,” sponsored by NY Archdiocesan Office of Liturgy, St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers, New York