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)

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. 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)

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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, 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)

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 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).