Christopher becoming a Postulant with Andrew Ulicki (Br Paul) at the Monastery of St Benedict in Norcia, Italy, 2014.
To inspire and teach Catholics around the world how to better sing and pray Gregorian Chant with understanding. "That our minds may be in harmony with our voice." ~ St Benedict
To increase the use of Gregorian Chant in all Roman Catholic parishes, religious houses and families around the world.
This academy was born of unusual and unexpected circumstances. In the beginning of 2021, I found myself under-employed, striving to make a living for my family. Realizing my knowledge, experience and passion for Gregorian Chant, I thought I could possibly earn some extra income teaching chant online through YouTube tutorials. While my YT subscribers skyrocketed from 0 to now over 30,000, I nevertheless realized that subscriber count has nothing to do with income and I learned the hard way the great difficulty of making a living only on YT. Finally, in February of 2022, I consecrated the Academy to our Lady, launched the Academy's website and announced a new, online master-course to premier on March 12, the feast of St Gregory the Great. The results were astounding. Ever since the grand opening of this master-course, by the grace of God, I have now been able to make the work of this Academy the sole support of my family and to serve you full time. As of Pentecost, 2023, I am now a full member of Floriani Sacred Music and the Gregorian Chant Academy its academic arm. To learn more about Floriani, visit www.Floriani.org.
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How this Academy is Different:
An in-depth, systematic study of Gregorian Chant, at the level contained in this Master-Course, is practically non-existent outside the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music (PIMS) in Rome. While there are many excellent workshops, seminars, colloquiums, etc around the world, the student is faced with many obstacles: The brevity of these events prevents any in-depth, systematic study; the price can range from $500 - $1000 merely to attend; additional expenses & difficulty of traveling, hotels, food, misc items, etc can bring the total cost to well over $2000 within the States, or that much in airfare alone if traveling to Europe.
This academy, on the other hand, is entirely online and a-synchronous, which means no need to travel, no scheduling conflicts, and is far more affordable. The Master Course offers a truly immersive and systematic study of Gregorian Chant not found outside of the PIMS, while the individual modules of the master course are also available as stand alone Mini Courses.
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Christopher with Dom Saulnier at Solesmes, 2010. Saulnier passed away from cancer on April 30, 2023.