Chant Workshop

Gregorian Chant Workshop

The Interpretation of Chant:  Text, Melody, Mode and Ancient Signs
Led by Dr. Edward Schaefer
Thursday, August 6th through Saturday, August 8th, 2020

To sign up, please click here.


NEW EVENT!  Sacred Music Reading Session

Following the success of “Ave Maria 15: Domina Nostra Annuntiatione” by Daniel Knaggs, commissioned in for our 150th Anniversary and premiered in 2019, the Church of the Annunciation continues its support of new composers and works that acknowledges and pays respect to the church’s vast and rich historical tradition of chant.

What: Reading session for new sacred music as part of the Church of the Annunciation’s 3rd Annual Chant Workshop.  
Saturday, August 8th 2020, from 1:30-3:30 pm in the conference room at the Church of the Annunciation. 1618 Texas Ave, Houston, TX 77003.
Who can submit scores:
Anyone! Multiple compositions by the same composer are also allowed. 
There is no fee to submit. Composers whose works are selected may attend the reading session for no charge. We will try to set up a livestream for composers unable to attend. Others who wish to participate may register for the entire chant workshop or just the reading session here. Reading session participants will receive a legal copy of each piece accepted for submission. Refreshments will be available before and after.  

Guidelines for Submissions:

  • 1-4 minute choral anthem, motet or hymn, a cappella or with organ accompaniment, for practical use in a Catholic liturgy.
  • Must incorporate a specific Gregorian chant or use stylistic elements associated with chant (unmetered monophony, modality, etc.). Some composers who are a good example of this style: Maurice Duruflé, James MacMillan, Paweł Łukaszewski.
  • A typical parish choir of 12-15 singers of moderate ability should be able to prepare this piece in 3-4 rehearsals. Therefore, SATB or fewer voices is recommended (perhaps with some limited divisis).
  • Text must be liturgical (i.e., part of the Mass ordinary) or taken directly from Scripture (i.e., a psalm verse). Text must be in Latin, English or Spanish.
  • Excerpts of larger works are permitted (for instance, the Agnus Dei from a full Mass setting.) If submitting an entire work, please indicate which 1-4 minute section you would like to be excerpted.
  • Scores must be accompanied by a brief paragraph (100 words or so) explaining the composer’s choice of text, describing the specific chant(s) that the piece incorporates or imitates, and specifying the work’s most suitable use in a liturgy.
  • Organ accompaniment should be specifically written for organ. No piano accompaniments that are also playable on the organ, and no chord symbols, please.
  • Scores should be well-edited, completed works.
  • Please send a PDF of the score to [email protected] by Monday, July 13th

Composers whose works have been accepted will be notified by July 27th. Enough copies for all chant workshop attendees (plus another 20 for inclusion in the church music library) will be purchased directly from the composer or the composer’s publishing company.