Loras College to host liturgical music conference


DUBUQUE — Loras College will host a summer liturgical music conference, “Sing to the Lord a New Song: Giving Voice to the Theology of Liturgical Music,” June 24-26, at St. Joseph Chapel and auditorium, located in Hoffmann Hall. The conference and workshop is designed for priests, deacons, cantors, choir members, accompanists, instrumentalists and music and liturgy directors.

The conference will not only address theological concerns, but will also focus on liturgical ministers developing skills for the liturgical music ministry. Information on theological, liturgical and musical topics and skills will be provided. This conference also intends to help pastoral musicians understand and implement the recent bishops’ instruction on music in the liturgy in faithful and innovative ways.

Topics for the conference include: Theology of Choirs and the Liturgical Assembly, Theology of Leading Liturgical Prayer, Theology of Solo-Singing in the Liturgy and Theology of Preparing the Liturgy.

The keynote speaker will be the Father Kevin Seasoltz, O.S.B., a leading Roman Catholic liturgical scholar. For 18 years, Fr. Seasoltz has been the editor of Worship, the magazine formerly known as Orate Fratres, published by the monks of Saint John’s Abbey, in Collegeville, Minn.


Parish or cluster registration is $300 with no limit on number of participants that can attend. The individual rate is $75 for the full conference or $40 for a single day. Limited on-campus housing at Smyth Hall is available for $23.75 per night.

For more information please contact David Pitt, assistant professor of liturgical and sacramental theology, at (563) 588-7324 or go to www.loras.edu/liturgicalmusic.

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