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St. Francis de Sales Oratory, March 10-12, 2017 

Both the practical and spiritual aspects of sacred music will be the focus of an upcoming Sacred Music Workshop in March. Already in the planning stages, the intensive two-day program will include spiritual talks given by Institute canons, Gregorian chant instruction including Gregorian Rhythm and an introduction to Chironomy imparted by Canon Wulfran Lebocq, currently serving in Ireland and was the Chant Master at the Seminary for a number of years.

Canon Lebocq directs seminarian CD in 2012

Participants will also experience singing polyphonic repertoire taught by Mr. Nicholas Botkins, Director of Music at St. Francis de Sales Oratory. Starting on Friday evening, March 10, and including High Mass on Sunday, participants will take part in chanting the Office with members of the Institute, attend lectures and rehearsals for both Chant and polyphony.

Canon Lebocq teaches chant workshop

Friday, March 10
Ember Friday
5:30pm Registration (Convent Refectory)
6:00pm VESPERS & ANGELUS (Church)
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)
7:45pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
8:30pm COMPLINE (Church)

Saturday, March 11
Ember Saturday
8:00am Low Mass
8:45am Breakfast (Church Hall)
9:15am Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
10:30am Break
10:45am Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
1:15pm Gentlemen Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq)
Ladies’ Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
2:30pm Break
3:00pm Ladies’ Gregorian Chant Practicum (Cn. Lebocq) Gentlemen’s Polyphonic Rehearsal (Mr. Botkins)
5:00pm Break
5:15pm Spiritual Talk on Gregorian Chant (Cn. Huberfeld)
6:45pm Dinner (Church Hall)

Sunday, March 12
The Second Sunday of Lent
8:45am Warm-up/final rehearsal
10:00am High Mass (Church)
Coffee hour follows the 10am Sung Mass 

Mr. Nick Botkins directs Oratory choir

The deadline for registration is Sunday, February 19, 2017.
Price: $95.00 per person; incl. meals, lodging not included

For more information, please contact the Oratory office by phone at 314-771-3100 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..