Chant and Culture: 8th Annual Colloquium of The Gregorian Institute of Canada: 6-9 August 2013

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(image links to the Colloquium poster)


William Renwick
(Professor of Music at McMaster University’s School of the Arts)
“The Medieval Sarum Chant Project: Past-Present-Future”

Wednesday August 7, 2013
12:00 – 12:45
Buchanan Tower 826, UBC Department of French, Hispanic and Italian Studies

William Mahrt
(Professor Emeritus of Music at Stanford University)
“Jubilare sine verbis: The Liturgical Role of Melisma in Gregorian Chant”

Thursday August 8, 2013
17:30 – 18:30
Gessler Hall, UBC School of Music

Including practical information and music for the Colloquium



                                                                             Photo: L.A. Cicero

The Gregorian Institute of Canada has focused from its inception on performance, providing a unique opportunity for scholars and performers from Canada and around the world to share and discuss their ideas, research, and experience. This year’s theme –Chant and Culture – is inspired by an essay currently found in WILLIAM MAHRT’s book, The Musical Shape of the Liturgy, and which also originally appeared as “Gregorian Chant as a Fundamentum of Western Musical Culture”, in Sacred Music (Spring 1975). In addition to academic papers, there will be workshops in chant performance, and liturgical offices sung in Gregorian chant.

Academic papers and workshops will address the broadly conceived colloquium theme – Chant and Culture.  The conference program will include papers on European and Middle Eastern chant from c. 800 A.D. to our day – chant as melody and text, but also in its relations to (among others) instrumental music, opera, social history, women’s studies, theology, manuscript studies and edition.


Our conference coincides with two Early Music Vancouver concerts: Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Wednesday August 7 at 7:30 in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC campus, and The Unknown ‘Carmina Burana’ on Friday August 9 at 8pm (pre-concert talk at 7:15 with Matthew White) in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC Campus. If you wish to attend these concerts, you will need to purchase your own tickets. We suggest doing so as soon as possible, as these concerts are extremely popular and may sell out. Tickets are available online at Vancouver Early Music Festival 2013.


Participants arriving to Vancouver before the Conference begins are welcome to audit the Early Music Vancouver Medieval program on Monday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 6, from 9:45am to noon. Space is limited, so please  write to by July 15 to let us know if you would like to attend either of these sessions. For more information about the EMV Medieval Program, please visit Vancouver Early Music Program.


First on-site registration time will be on Tuesday, August 6, from 10am to 1pm, in the Music Room of Corpus Christi College (5935 Iona Drive).

Registration includes GIC membership for 2013-2014 year; attendance to any session or workshop; banquet dinner and coffee breaks. For those with limited income we have a low-salary (<$30,000 per year) price available. Extra banquet tickets are also available.

For further information about registration, and to register online, please see the Colloquium site at the Gregorian Institute of Canada.

N.B. Registration is free for UBC students (not including GIC membership or banquet).

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