Church musicians from around the country gathered at the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington July 19-24 for the 4th Annual Liturgical Music Institute, a week-long spiritual, liturgical and musical formation program. Pictured above are participants  from the Rockville Centre Diocese with Bishop Andrzej Zglejszewski. (Photo by Gregory A. Shemitz.)

The Liturgical Music Institute offers musical, liturgical and pastoral formation for both new and experienced liturgical musicians. Participants take a ten-hour liturgical theology course, “The Liturgical Year” for those attending the first time and “The Liturgy Documents” or “Celebrating the Order of Christian Funerals and the Order for Celebrating Marriage” for returning attendees. Applied music workshops in organ, voice, conducting, music theory or music composition are given as well as plenum sessions that focus on specific pastoral dimensions of liturgical music ministry. Participants attend spiritual conferences, morning and evening prayer and daily Eucharist. In addition to the varied workshops and presentations, they interact with other liturgical musicians from around the United States to share ideas, concerns and best practices.