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Dr Jennifer Donelson

St Joseph's Seminary, New York

Origins and Effects of the Missa Lecta: Priestly Musical Formation in a Low Mass Culture


Jennifer Donelson is an associate professor and the director of sacred music at St. Joseph’s Seminary (Dunwoodie) in New York, where she also teaches sacred music courses in the St. Cecilia Academy for Pastoral Musicians. She has co-edited Mystic Modern: The Music, Thought, and Legacy of Charles Tournemire, recently published by the Church Music Association of America (CMAA). Her publications also include articles in the New Catholic Encyclopedia, Sacred Music, Antiphon: A Journal for Liturgical Renewal, and the proceedings of the Gregorian Institute of Canada. She serves on the board of the Society for Catholic Liturgy as well as the CMAA, and is the managing editor of the CMAA's journal Sacred Music. As academic liaison of the CMAA, she has organized and presented papers at several academic conferences on Charles Tournemire and the work of Msgr. Richard Schuler; she was also co-organizer of the Sacra Liturgia USA 2015 conference in New York. Having studied Gregorian chant at the Catholic University of America and the Abbey of St. Peter in Solesmes, for six years Donelson served as a co-organizer of the Musica Sacra Florida Gregorian Chant Conference, and has given chant workshops in dioceses and parishes across the U.S. Before coming to Dunwoodie, Dr. Donelson served on the faculty at St. Gregory the Great Seminary in Lincoln, Nebraska, and at Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, where she taught music theory, music history, piano, and directed the university chorale. As a church musician, Donelson has directed semi-professional, amateur, and children’s choirs, including two choirs which she founded - the Cor Immaculatae Schola Cantorum and the Schola Cantorum of Sts. Francis and Clare.


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