Music of the
Reformation & Counter-Reformation

January 26 – February 23, 2012
10:30 AM – 12 Noon

Cathedral Concerts Exploring Sacred Music Seminars are designed to be informative and fun for the music lover to the trained musician.

This year’s Sacred Music Seminar takes us back into the 16th century, the age of the Protestant Reformation and the Roman Catholic response, the Counter-Reformation.  We shall see how the German and English reformers treated music in worship, and then learn about the Catholic repertoire of the late Renaissance, which is often still called the “Golden Age” of church music.  Lectures include the German Lutheran and the Anglican perspective, as well as a historic framework of what went on in the Church during that century.  Finally, it will be most enlightening to see how liturgy and music in the 20th century had its own version of a “reformation” followed by a “reform of the reform.”

Classes are held on the lower level of the Cathedral in the St. Cecilia Chapel.
Lunch with the presenters follows each class.

Registration for all 5 weeks including lunches following each class is $150.

Class Outline

Thursday, Jan 26, 2012  
Reformation & Counter-Reformation Overview

Dr. James Hitchcock, Professor of History at St. Louis University, author and lecturer,
writes frequently on current events in the Church and in the world.


Thursday, Feb 2, 2012 
Luther’s Reformation and Its Music

Peter Reske, Managing Editor of Music and Worship Resources, Concordia Publishing House

Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 
The English Reformation
Philip Barnes, Artistic Director of the St. Louis Chamber Chorus

Thursday, Feb 16, 2012 
The Roman Response and Music of the Counter-Reformation
Dr. Horst Buchholz, Music Director of the Archdiocese of St. Louis and the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis,
Executive & Artistic Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts


Thursday, Feb 23, 2012 
Liturgical Music Reforms in the 20th Century
Helen Hitchcock, founding director of Women for Faith & Family and editor of its quarterly journal, Voices.
She is also editor of the Adoremus Bulletin, a monthly publication of
Adoremus – Society for the Renewal of the Sacred Liturgy, of which she is a co-founder.



Call to Register for individual classes – 314-533-7662