From Our Director’s Desk

Dear friends of the Catholic Institute of Sacred Music,

It’s been an amazing first summer!

Almost 100 students joined us from around the country, Canada, Japan, and Mozambique, as well as from the Bay Area here in California.

  • 28 students in our auditioned, mixed-voice choir sang for Lauds, Mass, and Vespers daily in our Choral Institute, directed by Prof. Christopher Berry and Dr. Donelson-Nowicka, accompanied by improvisations at Mass by Organ Improvisation students mentored by Dr. Christoph Tietze.
  • Dr. Frank La Rocca’s Composition students premiered short works for parish choirs, sung by the students of the Choral Institute
  • Students presented strategic plans for their parish music programs they produced in Parish Sacred Music Program Management
  • Introduction to Chant students sang Lauds daily, as well as a Votive Mass of the Most Precious Blood of Jesus, all while preparing to sing and conduct three chants for their final exams with Dr. Donelson-Nowicka
  • Chironomy students each prepared and directed a complete chanted Mass Ordinary and Proper for their final exams
  • Gregorian Rhythm students presented two different interpreations of chants to their class with Dr. Charles Weaver
  • Students in History and Principles of Sacred Music wrapped up over two months of study and discussion, turning in their term papers and final exams
  • After an intensive study of the History of the Roman Rite with Fr. Nicholas Schneider, students turned in a series of concise essays, exercising their scholarly abilities to summarize and synthesize what they learned
  • After a masterful seminar studying and singing Chants of the Divine Office with Dr. William Mahrt, students have turned in their final exams
  • Wrapping up two months of intensive Latin study with one of the finest Latinists in the world (Dr. John Pepino), students demonstrated their knowledge of the language in the Psalms
  • Student teachers, trained in the first level of the Ward Method, gave teaching demonstrations to their fellow students in Dr. Donelson-Nowicka’s class

We can’t wait for next summer!

In the meantime, we hope you’ll be able to join us for in-person and online workshops, lectures, and seminars, as well as our first conference this upcoming November!

Dr. Jennifer Donelson-Nowicka, Director, Catholic Institute of Sacred Music


Summer 2023 Classes

Stay tuned for an announcement about summer 2024 offerings via our mailing list! We expect to announce classes in January 2024. 

History & Principles of Sacred Music

May 30 to July 30, 2023:
online, asynchronous
July 31 and August 1, 2023:
online, synchronous

Latin for Church Musicians: Terminology, Grammar, & Poetry of the Psalms 

Tuesday & Thursday Evenings

June 1 to July 27, 2023

Parish Sacred Music Program Management

Wednesday Evenings

May 31 to July 12, 2023

Introduction to Gregorian Chant

June 26 to 30, 2023

Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Approaches to Gregorian Rhythm

Mornings, July 3 to 7, 2023

Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Conducting (Chironomy)

Afternoons, July 3 to 7, 2023

Teaching Gregorian Chant to Children

July 10 to 14, 2023

Choral Institute

July 17 to 21, 2023

Composition Seminar: Short Works for Parish Choirs

Mornings, July 17 to 21, 2023

Organ Improvisation Seminar

July 17 to 21, 2023

The History of the Roman Rite

July 24 to 28, 2023

Advanced Seminar in Gregorian Chant: Chants of the Divine Office

Afternoons, July 24 to 28, 2023

Graduate-level study structured for busy schedules

Online, in-person, intensive, or term-length course formats

FREE tuition in Summer 2023

Affordable room & board

Summer 2023 Brochure