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20th Annual Schola Cantorum Set for February

Concordia Seminary will offer its 20th Annual Schola Cantorum: An Adult Choir Member Workshop, on Saturday, Feb. 4, 2012. The workshop will be held in the Chapel of St. Timothy and St. Titus and the Clara and Spencer Werner Auditorium on the Seminary campus.

The Schola Cantorum is open to all choir members, choir directors, and ministers of music. The schedule for the day begins with registration at 8:15 a.m., Morning Prayer at 8:45 a.m., and rehearsal sessions at 9:15 a.m. The day concludes at 3:30 p.m. after the Closing Prayer service, which will include some of the music learned that day. Dr. Horst Buchholz will serve as this year’s clinician.

Dr. Horst Buchholz is the director of music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the Archdiocese of St. Louis. Prior to this appointment he held positions at Trinity Cathedral, Cleveland, Ohio; Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, Denver, Colo.; and other churches in the United States and Europe. Dr. Buchholz studied organ and sacred music at the Berlin College of Church Music and the University of the Arts. He also earned his Doctor of Music degree in orchestral conducting from Indiana University. As a conductor Dr. Buchholz has worked with many choirs, opera companies, and orchestras in the United States and Germany. As an educator he has been on the faculties of Cleveland State University, St. John Vianney Seminary, and the University of Denver. Dr. Buchholz is married to soprano, Dr. MeeAe Cecilia Nam.

A Choral Reading Session will be held Friday, Feb. 3, 2012, from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. In the session, Buchholz will guide participants through an evening of choral and instrumental song in which he will preview new and current titles of music. The session is open to all, but is especially designed for choir directors. There is no charge to attend but registration is required.

The cost for the Schola Cantorum is $65 per individual or $120 per congregation ($75 or $135 after Jan. 20, 2012). For the congregation fee, a choir can send as many members as it desires. Lunch and the choral music are not included in the fee. For more information, call 314-505-7486 or email

Download a registration form and printable brochure for the 20th Annual Schola Cantorum.