News and Events

Go to the GIC Facebook Page: see what’s happening; join the discussion!


The Songs of St-James

6-7 May 2017

Marcel Pérès

St James

Why, since the ninth century, the apostle St James has been the object of great faith and fervour in the Western Christian world? Even today people, more numerous each year and with a wide diversity of motivations, arrive from all over Europe to walk the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, leading to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Yet the vocal music that once served as a support in the cult of St James is still little known, even to those involved with the pilgrimage, and it is therefore rarely performed today. Despite an otherwise extremely flourishing interest in the saint, the musical aspect of his cult is now relatively neglected. This workshop is to explore this music, as it was transmit to us by the Codex Calixtinius. The music of the Codex Calixtinus is a compilation of various works originating in important places along the pilgrimage route. It presents a striking picture of the musical styles that were then in use in those parts. The polyphonic pieces in the Codex Calixtinus are very close in style to the Aquitaine and Paris organum repertories, known to us mainly though thirteenth-century sources.

The teacher:
For the last 40 years, Marcel Pérès has explored the musical memory of ritual singing in theChristian west. In 1982 he created the Organum ensemble, then in 1984 the CERIMM (European research centre on music of the Middle Ages, in 2001 CIRMA (travelling centre for research on early music) now located in Moissac abbey in France.

When? May 6 from 10am to 6 pm and May 7 from 10am to 4pm
Where? : Espace Culturel Centre-Nord La Cenne, 7755, boulevard Saint-Laurent
suite 300, Montréal, Quebec, Canada
How much?: Adults: 200 CAD , Students 100 CAD

For a short glimpse on the classes content, see our publicity on youtube ”Marcel Pérès au Québec


 

The songs of St-James

November 23-25

calix_1_m

Why, since the ninth century, the apostle St James has been the object of great faith and fervour in the Western Christian world? Even today people, more numerous each year and with a wide diversity of motivations, arrive from all over Europe to walk the Camino de Santiago, the Way of St James, leading to Santiago de Compostela in northwest Spain. Yet the vocal music that once served as a support in the cult of St James is still little known, even to those involved with the pilgrimage, and it is therefore rarely performed today. Despite an otherwise extremely flourishing interest in the saint, the musical aspect of his cult is now relatively neglected. This workshop is to explore this music, as it was transmit to us by the Codex Calixtinus. The music of the Codex Calixtinus is a compilation of various works originating in important places along the pilgrimage route. It presents a striking picture of the musical styles that were then in use in those parts. The polyphonic pieces in the Codex Calixtinus are very close in style to the Aquitaine and Paris organum repertories, known to us mainly though thirteenth-century sources.

The teacher:
For the last 40 years, Marcel Pérès has explored the musical memory of ritual singing in the Christian west. In 1982 he created the Organum ensemble, then in 1984 the CERIMM (European research centre on music of the Middle Ages, in 2001 CIRMA (traveling centre for research on early music) now located in Moissac abbey in France.

For subscribing, all you have to do is write a short e-mail with your name and the reason you want to participate at marcelperesauquebec@gmail.com

When? From the 23th to the 25th of November, each day from 5:30 to 9:30 pm
Where? : UQAM, room 3560, also called ”spring room”
How much?: Adults: 150 CAD , Students 50 CAD

For a short glimpse on the classes content, see our publicity on youtube ”Marcel Pérès au Québec”

And for more information you can contact Guillaume Lirette Gélinas, again at marcelperesauquebec@gmail.com or by phone 01-819-640-8864


Formation grégorienne 2016
For the weekend of 30 September, we have organized a Gregorian chant seminar with Dom Richard Gagné from the monastery of the Servants of the Most Holy Sacrament in Chicoutimi.
Michel Tremblay, Président, Le choeur grégorien UNA VOCE

programme-formation-gregorienne-2016


IMG_0002 Housez
‘Sunset Jewels’ © by Brita Housez. Used by permission.
Special Chant Concert:
‘Metamorphosis’ « métamorphose »

with Peter Drobac and Katherine Hill

Friday August 12, 2016, 8:00 pm St. Augustine’s Seminary, 2661 Kingston Road, Toronto.

Concert Ticket Friday, August 12, 2016




The Gregorian Institute of Canada’s 12th Annual Colloquium 2017

The Gregorian Institute of Canada is pleased to announce that its 12th annual colloquium will take place from August 10th to 13th, 2017, at the Benedictine abbey of Saint-Benoît-du-Lac (Quebec).

The colloquium programme will center on practical Gregorian chant workshops, led by a renowned master. Workshops for beginners will also be offered.

Saint-Benoît-du-Lac choirmaster Dom Richard Gagné, o.s.b., will lecture on the work of his predecessor Dom Georges Mercure, o.s.b., and on the latter’s historical Gregorian chant recordings, made between 1936 and 1948.

More details to come!


Introduction to scansion in occidental religious singing
May 26th to 29th 2016 (Montreal)
Marcel Pérès

This workshop is open to everyone who wishes to develop a global approach of religious singing in occidental Europe. Here, we will tackle the different scansion techniques of plain-chant inherited from the late antiquity, who continued to exist within many forms until the 14th century. We are also going to touch on elements of the oral tradition, which gradually established the foundation of more complex polyphonies in the Gothic era. Some of these elements are still visible today under drone sounds in Sardenian, Corsican and Pyrenean traditional songs.

The different repertoire we will be working on :

Plain chant from the xiie – xviiie century (monody and psalmody) :
Codex Calixtinus (xiie century), Dominicain Chant (xiiie century), Mozarabic Chant (xv xvie century) Classic Plain Chant (xviie siècle), Drone sounds Gothic and Baroque (xviie xviiie century)

The teacher:
For the last 40 years, Marcel Pérès has explored the musical memory of ritual singing in the Christian west. In 1982 he created the Organum ensemble, then in 1984 the CERIMM (European research centre on music of the Middle Ages, in 2001 CIRMA (travelling centre for research on early music) now located in Moissac abbey in France.

When? From the 26th to the 29th of may, each day from ten a.m. to six p.m.

Where? : 26th and 27th of may at UQAM, 28th and 29th of may at McGill university, optional end of workshop concert at the chapel of the Congregation of sisters of Sainte-Anne, Montreal

How much?: Adults: 250 CAD , Students 150 CAD

And for more informations you can contact Guillaume Lirette Gélinas, at marcelperesauquebec@gmail.com or by phone 01-819-640-8864


Introduction to scansion in religious occidental singing
 March 8th to 11th 2016 (Montreal)
Marcel Pérès

This workshop is open to everyone who wishes to develop a global approach of religious singing in occidental Europe. Here, we will tackle the different scansion techniques of plain-chant, inherited from the late antiquity, which continued to exist within many forms until the 14th century. We are also going to touch on elements of the oral tradition which gradually established the foundation of more complex polyphonies in the Gothic era. Some of these elements are still visible today under drone sounds in the Sardinian, Corsican or Pyrenean traditional songs.

The different repertoire we will be working on :

Plain chant from the XIIe – XVIIIe century (monody and psalmody) :
Codex Calixtinus (XIIe century), Dominican Chant (XIIIe century), Mozarabic Chant (XV XVIe century) Classic Plain Chant (XVIIe siècle), Drone sounds Gothic and Baroque (XVIIe XVIIIe century)

This course will take place inside the walls of the magnificent Rougemont Monastery. For a small fee, it will be possible for students to sleep and eat inside the monastery during these four days.

The workshop price: $150.00 CAN

To apply, all you have to do is write a short e-mail with your name and the reason you want to participate, marcelperesauquebec@gmail.com

For a short glimpse on the class content, see our publicity on youtube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQSjvI6HWk8&list=PLLbqpvwaHXq3jH6lC2Ghz18inB0yUmykM

And for more informations you can contact Guillaume Lirette Gélinas, at marcelperesauquebec@gmail.com or by phone 01-819-640-8864


COLLOQUIUM 2016: Toronto
Save the date: August 11-14, 2016.
Saint Augustine’s Seminary, Toronto

Guest clinician: Adam Bartlett

Practical workshops on chant at beginner through advanced levels;
daily offices; sunday mass with Gregorian Chant.

Scholarly papers on recent research in Chant: see below.

Call for Papers
NEW RESEARCH ON OLD CHANTS, In Honour of Andrew Hughes

for further information, see the Colloquium 2016 page.


GIC Choir going to Kalamazoo

A GIC choir under the direction of William Renwick will be performing at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo Michigan, May 12-15, 2016.  The choir will be singing, for the first time in 450 years, the music for the Office of Saint Osmund, as transcribed by William Renwick from the only surviving source, a manuscript in the library of Salisbury Cathedral.  The core of the choir is made up of members of the Hamilton Schola Cantorum, but also includes singers from elsewhere.  Please contact William Renwick at renwick@mcmaster.ca if you would like to be part of the choir.


Gregorian Institute Membership 2015/16




Call for Papers  Call for Papers PDF

NEW RESEARCH ON OLD CHANTS
In Honour of Andrew Hughes

Colloquium organized by The Gregorian Institute of Canada
August 11 – 14, 2016
Toronto, Ontario
St. Augustine’s Seminary of Toronto

The Gregorian Institute of Canada maintains a vision of chant studies where the practical and the academic contribute equally to the evolving understanding of the medieval musical world. This kind of double ideal for chant research was nowhere more clearly set out than in the life of Dr. Andrew Hughes, Professor Emeritus at the University of Toronto and major force in the international community of chant scholars. Hughes passed away at the end of 2013 but his work remains as a witness to his dedication, innovation, and tireless curiosity. Throughout his career, Hughes organized concerts of newly transcribed material, re-enacted medieval ceremony, and wrote the program notes for many well-known ensembles. Both a realist and a visionary, Hughes also anticipated the usefulness of computer-aided chant research decades before it became common. As fellow Canadian heirs to his legacy, the Gregorian Institute of Canada is honoured to host colloquium sessions dedicated to the memory of Andrew Hughes and his persistent passion for chant research. Authors are encouraged to submit not only abstracts pertaining to Hughes’ work directly, but also any research that contributes something new to our overall understanding of chant and medieval liturgical books in general.

Please send a 250-word abstract to the program committee at chant@gregorian.ca. Abstracts may be sent and papers presented in either English or French. Colloquium papers will be limited to 30 minutes, followed by a 10-minute discussion period.

Performance practice workshops will last 40 minutes.

The deadline for proposals is January 15, 2016.

For further information, registration, and colloquium updates, please visit the Gregorian Institute of Canada website at www.gregorian.ca.