2019-2020 Workshop Offerings through the
Program for Music and Liturgy

Welcome to the Alverno College Program for Music and Liturgy, a new initiative that serves parish leaders responsibile for bringing liturgy and music to life in their local communities. The Alverno Program provides practical, parish-focused educational, skill-building, and enrichment opportunities for parish leaders in music, liturgy, and Christian initiation (employees and volunteers), as well as a new summer-and-online degree program leading to the Master of Arts in Music and Liturgy. We invite you to participate in one of more of our 2019-2020 learning opportunitiesand to share information about these workshops and series with others who would benefit from them.

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About the Program Director

Steven Janco brings 30+ years of parish experience in liturgy and music to this role, including more than 15 years of service in multicultural parishes. From 2006-2017 he served as Director of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy at Saint Joseph’s College in northwest Indiana. He also served as an institute team presenter—and later as Board president—for the North American Forum on the Catechumenate. He is also a published composer of liturgical music, including four Mass settings—three in English and one in Spanish. He earned the Master of Church Music Degree at Concordia University Chicago and the Doctor of Ministry degree in liturgy at Catholic Theological Union, Chicago.

Workshop Descriptions

Cantemos al Señor: La Musica y la Misa 

Viernes, septiembre 27,  octubre 4, 18 & 25 (no clase Octubre 11)  • 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. 
Límite de 20 Cuota de inscripción: $60
  (Incluye una copia de Cantemos al Señor)

¡Para los líderes de música de habla Español, que desean familiarizarse con la Orden de la Misa, las funciones de la música en diferentes partes de la liturgia, los principios para seleccionar la música apropiada para las estaciones y los domingos, y las estrategias para mejorar el canto congregacional! Todos recibirán una copia del documento, Cantemos al Señor: La Musica en el Culto Divino, publicado por la Conferencia de Obispos Católicos de los Estados Unidos. 

For Spanish-speaking music leaders who wish to become more familiar with the Order of Mass, the role of music in different parts of the liturgy, principles for selecting appropriate music for seasons and Sundays, and strategies for improving congregational singing! Everyone will receive a copy of the document, Sing to the Lord: Music in Divine Worship, published by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.

Instructor: Steve Janco, assisted by Jesús Villanueva
Location: Alverno College: Alphonsa Hall, Room 200 (Sala de Coro, segunda planta)
(Estacione en el estacionamiento en 39th y Morgan.)

Course Number: TFT-270

Planning the Seasons: Advent and Christmas
“Spears into Pruning Hooks: Celebrating the Incarnation in the Midst of Division”

Saturday, September 28, 2019  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Registration Fee $50 
 Registration deadline: September 19

The Advent scriptures for Year A provide an opportunity to reflect on the transformative, reconciling nature of the Incarnation. How can our six-week celebration of Christ’s coming as Sacrament of God’s Love enkindle in us new vigilance in the face of division, violence, and inhumanity? Explore implications for preaching, music making, environment, devotional customs, intercessory prayer, bulletin catechesis and more.

Facilitator: Steve Janco and Parish Leaders
Location: Alverno College, Founder’s Hall, Room 419 
(Enter Founder’s Hall from 39th Street, or from 43rd Street through the Sr. Joel Read Center)

Course Number: TFT-271

Gregorian Chant: A Practical Introduction

Six Tuesdays: October 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29; November 5  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Registration Fee $200 (Limit: 10)
   Registration deadline: September 20

Explore the pastoral use of Gregorian chant in parish worship: reading four-line neumatic notation, interpreting and conducting chant (chironomy), transcribing neumatic notation into accessible modern notation, options for incorporating chant into Sunday worship. Every participant receives a time-tested copy of the Liber Usualis, the Church’s most complete compendium of chant. (Value: priceless!)

Instructor: Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF
Location: St. Joseph Center: Heritage Room / 1501 S. Layton Blvd., Milwaukee
(Park in lot at 29th and Orchard, and use Alexia Circle entrance.)

Course Number: TFT-272

Parish Liturgy Series I - Sunday Mass: the Heart of Parish Life

Four Tuesdays:  October 15, 22, 29 & November 12 (no class November 5)  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Registration Fee $150  Registration deadline: October 8

A four-part series exploring the power of liturgy, the significance of Sunday Eucharist, the roles of liturgical music in the Mass, and the unfolding of the liturgical year. For liturgy committee members, liturgy planners, liturgical musicians, catechists, others interested in liturgy. 

Series II (four sessions - 2020): Planning, Celebration, Reflection, Follow-up
Series III (four sessions - 2021): Rites Celebrated in the Context of Sunday Mass

Instructor: Steve Janco
Location: Alverno College, Alexia Hall, Room 201
(Enter campus at the corner of 39th Street and Morgan Ave. Park in the lot closest to Alexia Hall.)

Course Number: TFT-273

Training the Trainers: Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

Saturday, October 19, 2019 • 10:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Registration Fee $90 (includes box lunch)  
Registration deadline: October 11

The first of a series of annual workshops to help equip and support leaders who train liturgical ministers in parishes.  This session addresses the training of Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion, with an emphasis on the liturgical, theological, practical, and pastoral background and skills that contribute to a reverent, well-coordinated distribution of the Body and Blood of Christ. Participants will receive reproducible handouts. (The 2020 TTT workshop will address the training of proclaimers of the Word.) 

Instructor: Steve Janco 
Location: Alverno College, Founder’s Hall, Kellogg A (Room 460)
(Enter Founder’s Hall from 39th St.; from 43rd St., enter through the Sr. Joel Read Center)

Course Number: TFT-274

Planning the Seasons: Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum

Includes the challenges of shared pastors, multiple sites, and multicultural communities
Saturday, November 16, 2019  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m
Registration Fee $50 
 Registration deadline: November 11

The liturgies of Holy Week and the Paschal Triduum are the most powerful celebrations of the liturgical year. And they are the most detailed. And we celebrate them just once a year. Explore the negotiation of symbolic potential, practical realities, and liturgical and musical details that is essential in the planning of authentic, powerful, and well-coordinated liturgies.  

Facilitators: Steve Janco and Kim Mandelkow, Director of the Office for Worship, Archdiocese of Milwaukee
Location: Alverno College, Founder’s Hall, Kellogg A (Room 460)
(Enter Founder’s Hall from 39th St.; from 43rd St., enter through the Sr. Joel Read Center)

Course Number: TFT-275

From Doodling to Discovery: Toward Mindful Organ Improvisation

Three Tuesdays: January 21 & 28, February 4  • 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. 
Registration Fee $120  (Limit: 8)  
Registration deadline: January 10

These sessions are designed to enhance your service playing by making organ improvisation accessible to all. Whether you are taking your first steps or are a seasoned improviser, these sessions have something for you. Participants will be guided at the keyboard, as we explore a variety of hymn-based tools and techniques to give you more confidence when making spontaneous music.


Instructor: Christian Rich, former Director of Liturgy and Music at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology
Location: Alverno College, Lampe Recital Hall (Alphonsa Hall, Room 100)

Course Number: TFT-276

Reinvigorating the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

Four Tuesdays: February 4, 11, 18 & 25  • 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. 
Registration Fee $150
  Registration deadline: January 24

This four-part series will take a fresh look at the Church’s process for initiating new members, its unfolding in the context of the liturgical year, celebrating the rites that mark major transitions, and how to maximize the potential of the RCIA to foster renewal and spiritual growth in our parishes. For adult initiation coordinators and teams, priests, deacons, liturgy planners and pastoral musicians. 

Instructor: Steve Janco
Location: Alverno College, Alexia Hall, Room 201
(Enter campus at the corner of 39th Street and Morgan Ave. Park in the lot closest to Alexia Hall.)

Course Number: TFT-277

Risen Today! A Morning of Celebration, Reflection, Mystagogy

Saturday, April 18, 2020  • 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
Registration Fee $60 

The liturgies of the Paschal Triduum are rich with meaning, yet liturgical leaders usually are focused on the many details and tasks of the moment.  Afterwards we ask “How did it go?” rather than reflecting on what we celebrated, what it means for disciples, and how we are called to live as a result. How can reflecting on these celebrations enliven our imagination and our heart so that we may enter more fully into the Mystery?

Facilitator: Steve Janco and Kevin Bourassa, Director of Liturgy and Music, St. Rita Church
Location: St. Rita Church, 2318 S 61st St, West Allis, WI 53219

Course Number: TFT-278

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