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Sounds of Heaven

A Chant Training Intensive for Music Educators

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What is Sounds of Heaven?

Get the tools to build a comprehensive sacred music program including Gregorian chant at Sounds of Heaven—an exclusive working conference built for music educators by music educators. 

What Makes Sounds of Heaven Unmissable:

  • Practical Workshops exploring hands-on techniques from leading experts dedicated to the art of Gregorian chant.

  • Lab choir for Conducting Practicum. 

  • Connect and collaborate with like-minded professionals.

  • Immerse yourself in a transformative experience led by inspiring professionals, including Mary Ann Carr Wilson founder of Canticle and Anders Bergmann choirmaster of Epiphany of Our Lord in Ocala, Florida.

Event Essentials:

Dates: July 7-11th, 2024

Location: Our Lady of the Rosary, San Diego's Little Italy

Cost: $450 for an immersive week of learning and enrichment

Inclusions: Weeklong sessions, Mass attendance, select meals, comprehensive music, and materials


Secure your spot today for an unforgettable experience! Limited spaces available.

Experience the Chant Renaissance:

  • Unlock the Canticle Model: Gain insights into the renowned Canticle model, a proven framework transforming youth choirs nationwide.

  • Masterful Teaching Techniques: Explore methods of teaching solfège and interactive games and strategies.

  • Chant Camps: Break out sessions on how to lead your own chant camp.

  • Build Connections: Network with specialist instructors, fellow music directors, and educators, sharing ideas and experiences to enrich your musical journey.

  • Who Should Seize this Opportunity: Church Choir Directors seeking to invigorate their musical programs, Catholic School Music Educators passionate about enriching their curriculum, and Youth Group Leaders eager to create vibrant, chant-infused experiences.

  • Community Amplification: Learn innovative strategies to garner support within your church/school community for your musical initiatives.

  • Fuel Your Passion for Sacred Music: Start or elevate your youth schola, foster a love for sacred music in your parish or school, cultivate a singing culture within your community, and discover how sacred music can deepen Catholic faith.

  • Schedule:
    Sunday, July 7, 2024 3-5pm check-in and receive materials in the main hall at Our Lady of the Rosary 5:30pm Latin Mass- Ordinary Form 7:30pm Dinner meet and greet Monday- Thursday 9:30am-6pm Classes and Practicum Daily Mass and Confession Thursday 3pm Sung Mass Thursday 6pm optional farewell dinner Breakout Sessions How to Lead your own chant camp Conducting lessons Integrating a Historical Perspective: Manuscript Study Square Notation and Modal Theory
  • Hotels:
    Best Western Plus Bayside Inn 555 W Ash St San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-233-7500 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 6 minutes DoubleTree by Hilton San Diego Downtown 1646 Front St San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-239-6800 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 4 minutes Urban Boutique Hotel 1654 Columbia St San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-232-3400 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 1 minute La Pensione Hotel 606 W Date St San Diego, CA 92101 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 3 minutes Hampton Inn San Diego Downtown 1531 Pacific Hwy San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-233-8408 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 8 minutes Residence Inn by Marriott San Diego Downtown 1747 Pacific Hwy San Diego, CA 92101 Phone: 619-338-8200 Website: Walking distance to OLR: 9 minutes
  • Arriving in San Diego:
    By plane: San Diego International Airport is a quick 7 minute car ride to the Little Italy neighborhood. By car: Little Italy is located off of the Interstate 5 Freeway near downtown San Diego By trolley: the MTS San Diego Trolley Blue Line County Center/Little Italy stop is a 5 minute walk to Our Lady of the Rosary
  • San Diego’s Little Italy:
    The history of San Diego’s Little Italy goes back over 100 years. The waterfront community represents San Diego's oldest continually active district. From the turn of the 20th Century through the 1960s, Little Italy’s legion of predominantly Italian fishermen, dock workers, boat builders and cannery packers helped San Diego earn the moniker of “the tuna capital of the world.” At its height there were over 6,000 Italian immigrant families living in the neighborhood and working to help build San Diego. Today it is a bustling neighborhood filled with over 70 cafes, restaurants, small markets, condominiums and boutique hotels. The neighborhood has undergone extensive revitalization over the past 20 years. Visitors and residents are enchanted by the public art displays and amazing piazzas. For more information on this historic San Diego district please visit their website.
  • Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church:
    Our Lady of the Rosary was established over 100 years ago and lovingly built by the Italian immigrant families who lived and worked in Little Italy. The church was built by its first pastor, Father Sylvester Rabagliati, a native of Italy and student of St. John Bosco, who arrived in San Diego and was assigned to shepherd San Diego’s growing Italian community, which had no church of their own.Father Rabagliati quickly recruited two of the finest Italian artists he could find to decorate the church in the artistic traditions of Italian churches. He wanted his faithful to feel “at home” in their new country while at the same time inspire them to grow in the faith and the love of God and Our Lady. The church is filled with beautiful murals, stained glass windows and statues. It is often referred to as “The Jewel of Little Italy.” After nearly a century of use, the interior of the church was in much need of some renovations. In 2017, the parish commissioned a preservation firm to restore the church interior to its original glory. Artisans performed an on-site investigation to identify original colors and performed cleaning tests to identify correct conservation materials and techniques to revive the historic murals. Renovations were completed in 2021 and the church received the 2021 California Preservation Design Award for Craftsmanship/Preservation Technology. Today, Our Lady of the Rosary continues to be a bustling church community with many of its members driving from all over San Diego County to attend Mass. It maintains its rich Italian heritage which can be witnessed every October with its annual Festa. Hundreds of San Diegans flock to this parish to celebrate Mass for the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary and follow the Eucharistic procession through the streets of Little Italy complete with beautiful statues on rolling floats, prayers and singing.
  • Instructors:
    Mary Ann Carr Wilson - Founder & CEO, Canticle B.M. Vocal Performance, M.M. Vocal Performance Anders Bergmann-BM Vocal Performance, Choirmaster, Epiphany of Our Lord, Ocala

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