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July 25, 2011 / chantmichigan

Chant Workshop – August 27th – East Lansing

Learn Chant! This one day workshop in english Chant will train you to read and sing liturgical chant in a group setting, whether you’re a complete newbie, a choir member, or a trained professional singer. >>>REGISTER

If you’re nervous about your voice, don’t worry – chant is for the average human voice. If you can speak, you can chant! Come learn this sung prayer form – with techniques and approaches to singing chant, reading chant notation, and lots of group practice.

Chant is a joy to hear and to sing, it does not require instruments, and much of the written music and resources are simply copyright-free, or recently published under a Creative Commons license (free), and freely downloadable as PDFs. You can listen to many chants (and practice along with) on YouTube. Chant can be sung by a congregation as a whole, and by a small choral group or large choir, in small and large spaces, to great effect.

This is a unique opportunity to learn from Jeffery Tucker and Arlene Oost-Zinner, nationally known choral directors and instructors of chant, who are coming to East Lansing for this special Workshop. Jeffrey Tucker is polyphony director of the St. Cecilia Schola Cantorum in Auburn, Alabama, and managing editor of Sacred Music. Arlene Oost-Zinner is the chant director of the St. Cecilia Schola and a faculty member of the Sacred Music Colloquium sponsored by the Church Music Association of America.

Materials are provided free, and also lunch (!)

Chant texts are in sync with the Third Translation of the Roman Missal (ie: the new english translation) and will include both the Propers and Ordinary, and Psalms, but the skills and techniques taught are usable for other chant texts, sung Vespers, et al.

We’ll start at St. Thomas Aquinas in East Lansing, then move over to St. John Student Center for the afternoon (and lunch). Parking will be provided. Participants will come together at the end of the Workshop for Mass and sing as a group from what they have learned throughout the day.

Registration is $25. Discounts available for groups of 3 or more ($20 per) , youths 16-21 ($17) , youths under 16 ($10) and seniors ($17).

If the price is an obstacle, send us email and we will be sure you can attend regardless – email with subject line “pass” to

Current Schedule
9 am Walk-in Registration and Coffee
10 – 10:30 Group Introductory Session
10:30 – noon Missal Chants
noon – 1:30 Move to St. Johns, lunch is provided…
1:30 – 2:30 Introduction to Square Notes
2:30 – 3:30 Learning the Propers
4:30 Mass

(UPDATE: no Mass, but a “live” singing through as a group, possibly as a prayer service — Mass with new texts was not possible before our Diocese’ launch date for new Missal.)
Pass on the word!! Wrangle some friends together and….

>>>>>> Register Now <<<<<<<<



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  1. Ronald Rolling / Jul 26 2011 4:25 pm

    I have met both Arlene and Jeffery several times in the past 18 months. Both are wonderful teachers; their enthusiasm for chant is infectious, yet they also know what is practical. Enjoy the opportunity to learn under these two.

  2. chantmichigan / Jul 27 2011 6:53 pm

    We are thrilled to have them here – looking forward to it. Viewing photos of their previous workshops up online, you see a lot of happy faces – always a good sign 🙂

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