Chant and Culture

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Date(s) - August 6, 2013
9:45 am - 9:00 pm

University of British Columbia

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The Gregorian Institute of Canada has focused from its inception on performance, providing a unique opportunity for scholars and performers from Canada and around the world to share and discuss their ideas, research, and experience. This year’s theme –Chant and Culture – is inspired by an essay currently found in WILLIAM MAHRT’s book, The Musical Shape of the Liturgy, and which also originally appeared as “Gregorian Chant as a Fundamentum of Western Musical Culture”, in Sacred Music (Spring 1975). In addition to academic papers, there will be workshops in chant performance, and liturgical offices sung in Gregorian chant. 


Academic papers and workshops will address the broadly conceived colloquium theme – Chant and Culture.  The conference program will include papers on European and Middle Eastern chant from c. 800 A.D. to our day – chant as melody and text, but also in its relations to (among others) instrumental music, opera, social history, women’s studies, theology, manuscript studies and edition.



Our conference coincides with two Early Music Vancouver concerts: Handel’s Israel in Egypt on Wednesday August 7 at 7:30 in the Chan Centre for the Performing Arts at UBC, 6265 Crescent Road, UBC campus, and The Unknown ‘Carmina Burana’ on Friday August 9 at 8pm (pre-concert talk at 7:15 with Matthew White) in the Roy Barnett Recital Hall, UBC School of Music, 6361 Memorial Road, UBC Campus. If you wish to attend these concerts, you will need to purchase your own tickets. We suggest doing so as soon as possible, as these concerts are extremely popular and may sell out. Tickets are available online at



Participants arriving to Vancouver before the Conference begins are welcome to audit the Early Music Vancouver Medieval program on Monday, August 5, and Tuesday, August 6, from 9:45am to noon. Space is limited, so please  write to by July 15 to let us know if you would like to attend either of these sessions. For more information about the EMV Medieval Program, please visit

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