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Maine Sacred Music Conference Set for Lewiston on August 9

LEWISTON---Musicians, religious, and community members are encouraged to gather for a day focused on exploring the musical tradition of the Catholic Church.

The Maine Sacred Music Conference will be held at the Basilica of Ss. Peter & Paul, located on 122 Ash Street in Lewiston, on Friday, August 9.

“I hope attendees will develop a better understanding of and appreciation for the beauty of Catholic sacred music and how it functions in the Roman Rite,” said Scott Vaillancourt, the music director of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston, of which the basilica is a part.

The conference will feature acclaimed performers known for their work nationally and internationally:

  • Dr. Jennifer Donelson, associate professor and director of sacred music at St. Joseph Seminary in Yonkers, New York, and director of the Metropolitan Catholic Chorale in New York City;
  • Leon Griesbach, former director of liturgical music at the Pontifical North American College in Rome, Italy; and
  • Dr. Kevin Birch, the music director at St. John Church in Bangor and faculty member at the University of Maine’s School of Performing Arts in Orono.

Session topics will include the Catholic Liturgical Tradition; Catholic Liturgical Elements; the Spirituality of Gregorian Chant; Introduction to the English Chant Settings of Fr. Samuel Weber, OSB; and Vocal Technique for Chant in English and Latin.

The conference will conclude with the celebration of a traditional Latin Mass at 4 p.m. Those who do not attend the conference are still welcome at the Mass, which will be celebrated by Fr. Kyle Doustou, pastor of the Parish of the Resurrection of the Lord in Old Town.

Lunch will be provided by the Holy Family Knights of Columbus Council #10019 in Lewiston. Registration will run from 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. To pre-register or for more information, contact Scott Vaillancourt, music director of Prince of Peace Parish in Lewiston, at [email protected] or (207) 777-1200.