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CHICAGO SERIES IN LITURGICAL MUSIC
Archdiocese of Chicago's Office for Divine Worship to Help Launch New Educational Initiative

Chicago, IL (June 18, 2012) –  In collaboration with the Archdiocese of Chicago’s Office for Divine Worship, the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana, is preparing to launch a new educational initiative: the Chicago Series in Liturgical Music, a seven-credit sequence of courses, most of which will be offered part-time in the Chicago area over a period of eighteen months.  For the first time, the Rensselaer Program will offer course work off-campus and during the regular academic year with this new Series.  All credits may later be applied to an M.A. degree program at Saint Joseph College.

The new series seeks to make the expertise of the Rensselaer Program accessible to those in the Chicago metropolitan area, including part-time and volunteer musicians, without traveling to Rensselaer for the four-week summer program. 

The first course of the Chicago Series is a three-day Liturgical Music intensive taught at Saint Joseph’s College from June 27 to June 29.  The first full-semester course begins in the Chicago area in September. 

A generous grant from the ACTA Foundation will make it possible for the Rensselaer Program to provide some tuition assistance to those who need it. The grant will also help to fund two additional events that will be open to a wider range of liturgical musicians.

For more information about the Series, contact Steve Janco, Director of the Rensselaer Program, at stevenj@saintjoe.edu; or Anna Belle O’Shea, Director of Liturgies and Music at the Archdiocesan  Office for Divine Worship, at aoshea@odw.org.

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