Summer 2021 at St. Joseph’s Seminary, Yonkers campus – online

Update, May 6, 2021: In-person attendance and room and board options now available for some classes. Please visit the program website for more details.

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Principles of Sacred Music (June 1 to July 25, 2021 – online, asynchronous, July 26 and 27 – online, synchronous)

stained-glass50Through 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.
8 online, asynchronous weeks present materials on a week-to-week basis to complete at your own pace. 2 days online, 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.

 

Principles of Chant (July 12 to 16, 2021)

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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, 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 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.eduand click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka.

 

 

Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children (August 2 to 6, 2021)

IMG_9526This 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 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.

 

Sacred Music History Seminar & Practicum: The Liturgical Movement & Sacred Music Renewal 1800-1950 (Monday and Wednesday Evenings, June 3 to July 12)

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.

 

Parish Sacred Music Program Management (Tuesday Evenings, June 1 to July 13, 2021)

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 frutiful 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.

 

Introduction to Liturgy (Tuesday and Thursday Evenings, June 1 to July 13, 2021)

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.” Taught by Fr. Nicholas Zientarski.

 

 

 

 

 

Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant (July 19 to 23, 2021)

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 musical analysis for the study and singing of chant in the sacred liturgy, other topics include a study of the older neumes (semiology), important manuscripts for chant study, and an in-depth discussion of modes. Students will enrich their knowledge of the sung prayer of the Church through study which aims to bear fruit in conducting and teaching Gregorian chant to parish and school choirs. 2 credits or audit. Synchronous online 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. To register or for more information, please visit www.dunwoodie.edu and click on “Dunwoodie Music.” Taught by Dr. William Mahrt (Stanford University).

 

Medieval & Renaissance Music Notation Practicum (July 28 to 30, 2021)

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).