Summer School 2014

or many years the first week of July has been marked by the annual summer school.  Parish musicians, choir members and directors, secondary school and primary school teachers, teenagers and young adults over the past forty-five years have participated in the summer school with enthusiasm and spirit.  They have sung and made music as they explored new compositions by our many Irish and international composers and sang from our traditional repertoire, renewed and refreshed for the following autumn, winter and spring.For many years the first week of July has been marked by the annual summer school.  Parish musicians, choir members and directors, secondary school and primary school teachers, teenagers and young adults over the past forty-five years have participated in the summer school with enthusiasm and spirit.  They have sung and made music as they explored new compositions by our many Irish and international composers and sang from our traditional repertoire, renewed and refreshed for the following autumn, winter and spring.

A WEEKEND OF LITURGICAL MUSIC AND CELEBRATION – 3-6 July

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45th SUMMER SCHOOL, 2014

As we celebrate fifty years since the Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy of Vatican II, we are reminded that ‘the liturgy is summit toward which the activity of the Church is directed; at the same time it is the fount from which all the Church’s power flows’ (SC 10).  With these guiding principles before us, the Irish Church Music Association launches out into a new era for Summer School 2014 with changing dates and programme.

For 2014 the Irish Church Music Association are planning to hold the Summer School from Thursday July 3rd to Sunday July 6th. This will enable more people to participate who otherwise are prevented from doing so because of work. While this change might affect some with Parish commitments on the Sunday, we invite you instead to bring your parish choir to Maynooth and celebrate the Eucharist with liturgical musicians and leaders from all over the country.

THEME FOR SUMMER SCHOOL 2014The Joy of the Gospel

Each year the summer school focuses on a special theme and develops its liturgies, together with its music around it.  This year, we take Evangelii Gaudium – The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis’s apostolic exhortation on the proclamation of the Gospel in today’s world.  As we launch out into a new era of the Irish Church Music Summer School, we will bring ‘a joy ever new, a joy which is shared’ through our sharing of the Word and singing our song.  We are invited to a renewed and revitalised 45th Summer School just as Pope Francis has ‘invited all Christians, everywhere, at this very moment, to a renewed personal encounter with Jesus Christ.’

NEW GENERATION YOUTH CHOIR – Creating Space for the Younger Voice

2014 begins a new special choir, the New Generation Youth Choir and invites for the first time, young people to participate in a special choir.  This new choir will be involved in the preparation for the celebration on Saturday night, 5 July.  Young people will be the leaders.

SPECIAL CHOIR

Special Choir for Summer School 2014 is scheduled to allow all participants the chance to attend.

TUTORIALS

Tutorials are taking on a new image and they will now be presented in the mornings and the afternoons. They have been arranged in such a way that each participant has the facility to attend 4 tutorials over the course of the summer school.  They include:

Linking School and Parish Music

Developing a common repertoire for Parish Liturgies and Sacramental Preparation/ Primary Programme

Psalms in the Liturgy

Renewing how we use Psalms as a form of worship, as well as in chant and Irish music.

Parish repertoire

Finding things both old and new in the store of liturgical music available today

Choir Skills

Developing methods to improve our choir leadership

LITURGICAL INPUT

Participants will consider the pastoral question: How do Parishes pray when they do not have the celebration of the Eucharist?  Through input and celebration, ministers of liturgical music will be assisted to begin and facilitate Liturgies of the Word in their parishes.

BRINGING LITURGY TO LIFE

The weekend of liturgical music and celebration: of sharing and mingling, listening and encouraging, are a part of, and the strength of the Irish Church Music Summer School.  The Association has enabled this over the forty-five years of its work, commitment and dedication.  The liturgical celebrations from 3 July to 6 July will be kept alive if participants young and experienced return to their parishes, schools, colleges full of the ‘Joy of the Gospel’ and ‘Singing a New Song to the Lord’.

For further information on the Irish Church Music Association and booking form visit:   www.irishchurchmusicassociation.com