The Church Music Association of America (CMAA), is an excellent organization with many available resources to help your parish develop its sacred music program.
“The Church Music Association of America, founded in 1874, is an association of Catholic musicians and others who have a special interest in music and liturgy, active in advancing Gregorian chant, Renaissance polyphony, and other forms of sacred music, including new composition, for liturgical use.
“The CMAA’s purpose is the advancement of musica sacra in keeping with the norms established by competent ecclesiastical authority.”
The CMAA makes many resources available for free to help parishes and liturgical musicians learn more about the Church’s beautiful tradition of sacred music. Visit the CMAA’s website to see music scores which are available for free, information about sacred music, recordings of sacred music, and more!
The CMAA holds an annual week-long Sacred Music Colloquium. There are rehearsals and workshops throughout the week, with the emphasis being on preparing beautiful music for the daily Masses celebrated throughout the week, and helping to equip musicians for when they return home to their parishes.
Vatican II’s Constitution on the Liturgy, Sacrosanctum Concilium, stated that Gregorian chant was to retain “pride of place” — “a phrase echoed by Pope Paul VI in Musicam Sacram (March 5, 1967) and repeated in the current General Instruction of the Roman Missal. (41)” (How can we restore Gregorian Chant to “pride of place”? adoremus.org)
Some parishes obtain a set of CMAA’s Parish Book of Chant here: Kyriale Romanum – shop.MusicaSacra.com
Or you can print a parish set of copies of a free Kyriale (that’s a Gregorian Mass Chant hymnal booklet) through the links below!
Print a choir or parish set of this free non-copyright “Kyriale”!