Introduction to Gregorian Chant (IMTH-729-01)

Course Number: IMTH-729-01

Course Title:  Introduction to Gregorian Chant

Taught by: Fr. Stephen Concordia, O.S.B.

Course Date: June 28, 2021 to July 2, 2021

1:00pm – 3:00 pm Welcome and Registration
2:00pm – 5:30pm Workshop begins
5:45pm Dinner
7:00pm-8:00pm Class

Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday
9:00am – 11:30am Class
11:45am Mass
12:45pm Lunch
2:30pm – 5:30pm Class
5:45pm Dinner
7:00pm – 8:00pm Class

9:00am – 11:30 am Class
11:45am Mass
12:45pm Lunch

Number of Credits: 2

Course description: The ancient roots of Western Christian chant reach as far back as the liturgical gatherings of the earliest Christian communities. Two thousand years later, it continues to fascinate and inspire people everywhere. This course will explore the chant’s place in the life of the Church through the following topics:
1. Gregorian chant: “sung prayer”;
2. Historical overview of Gregorian chant
3. The Gregorian repertoire: cantor, celebrant, schola, assembly
4. The relevance of Gregorian chant
5. The musical style of the chant: “melodic-verbal style”
6. Chant notation and its evolution
7. Gregorian chant: the expressive power of the Word

Introduction to Gregorian Chant is open to all without previous training. It will include singing and/or listening throughout the course and may be taken for credit or for audit.

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