Office of Sacred Music

“The Christian faithful who come together as one in expectation of the Lord’s coming are instructed by the Apostle Paul to sing together Psalms, hymns, and spiritual canticles (cf Col 3:16). Singing is the sign of the heart’s joy (cf. Acts 2:46). Thus St. Augustine says rightly, ‘Singing is for one who loves,’…”

 -General Instruction of the Roman Missal (p39)

The Roman Missal instructs us of the great importance “attached to the use of singing in the celebration of the Mass.” The mission of the Office of Sacred Music is the advancement and promotion of the finest in Sacred Music in the parishes and apostolates of the Archdiocese of St. Louis.

To achieve this mission, our office provides several resources and programs listed below.  Additional information is available by calling our office, 314.373.8227, or emailing

Dr. Horst Buchholz
Director of Sacred Music

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Musica Sacra Saint Louis October 2014 Conference
A Conference on Sacred Music with Dr. William Mahrt & Dr. Horst Buchholz

October 23-25, 2014 | Shrine of St. Joseph (St. Louis, Missouri)
The fifth annual Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference will explore"The Beauty of the Mass Ordinary" and "English Language Adaptations of the Mass Propers."

On Thursday evening, Dr. Mahrt will lecture on the Beauty of the Mass Ordinary. Throughout the conference, participants will have the opportunity to study an assortment of Gregorian settings of the Ordinary.
Dr. Buchholz will discuss various English Language settings of the Mass Propers. Special focus will be given to the work of Fr. Samuel Weber's English Gradual.

The Musica Sacra Saint Louis Conference is open to all music directors, choir directors, singers, liturgists, priests, deacons, religious, seminarians, etc. with an interest in the history and application Music in Liturgy.
The conference will take place at the historic Shrine of St. Joseph in Downtown St. Louis.

Tuition for the Conference: $125.00 (full conference) | $90.00 (single day) 
(includes all study materials and lunch on Friday). 
For more information email or call 314.373.8227.  

Online Registration for Musica Sacra St. Louis

Musica Sacra October 2014 Flyer - Musica Sacra 2014 Flyer.pdf

"The musical tradition of the universal Church is a treasure of inestimable value, greater even than that of any other art. The main reason for this pre-eminence is that, as sacred melody united to words, it forms a necessary or integral part of the solemn Liturgy"

  -Sacrosanctum Concilium (Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy, Vatican II-1963)