Saint Meinrad to host chant conference in January

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A winter chant conference will be held at Saint Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, St. Meinrad, IN, on January 20-24, 2020.

This workshop is designed for directors of parish liturgical music and singers in parish liturgies. Among the topics will be: what is chant and why sing it today, historical development of chant, types of chant and how they are used, modality and modes, psalms and psalm tones, genres and sources of chant, teaching and directing chant, composing a chant antiphon and singing in a chant schola.

Attendees will learn and experience how chant is “sung speech,” and prepare to incorporate English and Latin chant into their parish liturgies. Through the week, attendees will have the opportunity to participate in the liturgies of Saint Meinrad’s Benedictine monastic community, as well as to form and sing in a chant schola.

The conference staff will include Benedictines Br. John Mark Falkenhain, Sr. Jeana Visel, Br. Joel Blaize, Fr. Eugene Hensell, Fr. Tobias Colgan and Br. Basil Lumsden, along with Mr. Ray Henderson.

Tuition, room and board for the conference is $750 per person double occupancy, $835 single occupancy, and $200 per person as a commuter.

The program is being offered by the School’s Continuing Formation Program. For more details, visit or contact Morgan Simon at or (812) 357-6341.