The 2020 BC Sacred Music Symposium will be held from July 17-19 at Sts Joachim & Ann Parish in Aldergrove BC. Our keynote speaker will be Dr. Aaron James, Director of Music at the Toronto Oratory of St Philip Neri. Information about the upcoming symposium, including faculty, workshop selections and the full horarium will be added as that information becomes available. Please continue to check back with us in the coming weeks!
2019 Symposium Press and Reviews
The BC Sacred Music Symposium is an annual gathering of the faithful, and all those of good will, with an interest in the Catholic tradition of sacred music, especially Gregorian chant and Renaissance polyphony. Our initial symposium, an initiative started by our parish schola cantorum, was held in 2018 at Sts Joachim & Ann Parish in Aldergrove, BC. Since then the symposium has grown into an annual event drawing hundreds of participants from the lower mainland, Western Canada and the United States.
The purpose of the BC Sacred Music Symposium is to promote the sacred music of the Catholic tradition, and to preserve it in its proper context – the sacred liturgy.
We believe that since “the liturgy is the summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the font from which all her power flows. (SC 10)”, the worthy celebration of the liturgy is the single greatest act that the Church can perform for the glorification of God and the salvation of souls.
We believe that, among the many treasure’s with which the Church adorns her liturgy, sacred music holds a unique place, and that the Church’s patrimony of sacred music, especially Gregorian Chant, should be available in every parish.