Gregorian Chant Institute
Program: Gregorian Chant Institute
Gregorian Chant - the monophonic, rhythmically free official chant of the Roman Catholic Church.
Are you interested in studying one of the most unique types of music in the world?
Why Gregorian Chant?
Fact 1: Although much of the music in our churches today is vernacular in text and measured in rhythm, the pure sound of the Latin words and the beauty of the free-rhythmed Gregorian Chant can still be heard around the world.
Fact 2: It is the Catholic Church's most significant contribution to the musical tradition of the West.
Fact 3: Qualified instructors in the unique rhythm of Gregorian Chant are quite rare and therefore very marketable.
Why Gregorian Chant at SJC?
Distinctiveness: Saint Joseph's College is one of the few places in the United States where Gregorian Chant can be studied under an authentically-trained master of Gregorian rhythm and interpretation. The goal of SJC's Gregorian Chant Institute is to arrive at an authentic, prayerful, and aesthetically satisfying interpretation and chironomy of Gregorian Chant.
Flexibility: Classes can be taken for graduate or undergraduate college credit or simply for personal fulfillment, and both first-time participants and Institute veterans may enroll.
Faculty: You'll be learning from Rev. Lawrence Heiman, C.PP.S., an established music professional whose doctoral degree is from the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome, where he specialized in Gregorian Chant under the renowned Eugene Cardine, O.S.B.