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Reed to host eighth annual William Byrd Festival lectures on August 13, 20, and 27

Eighth Annual William Byrd Festival



Eighth Annual William Byrd Festival


August 13, 20, and 27


- David Trendell lecture: 11 a.m. on Saturday, August 13 in the Studio Art Building (adjacent to the east parking lot)


Free and open to the public


For more information, please visit Reed's public events webpage at or call the public events hotline at 503/777-7755.

About Cantores in Ecclesia
Through an arrangement with Bishop Paul E. Waldschmidt, Cantores in Ecclesia became the choir in residence at St. Patrick's Church in Portland, Oregon in June of 1985. The choir began under the direction of Dean Applegate, who continues to direct the choir today. The choir remained in residence at St. Patrick's through October 19, 2002, when mandated changes in the liturgy caused them to withdraw from their residency there. Their first sung Mass in St. Patrick's was for the solemnity of Corpus Christi on the 9th of June when they sang William Byrd's Mass for Five Voices and selections from Byrd's Gradualia (1605). A distinctive objective of Cantores in Ecclesia has been to provide Gregorian chant and sacred polyphonic music for the Solemn Latin Mass, which was established at St. Patrick's by Fr. Frank Knusel, administrator of St. Patrick's at the time.

The principal service of Cantores in Ecclesia is the task of combining music and prayer. Gregorian chant is a form of sung prayer, and the music of the great masters of sacred polyphony, such as Palestrina, Victoria, and Byrd, creates a prayerful atmosphere when the music is sung in its original liturgical context. Cantores in Ecclesia is dedicated to the preservation and promotion of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony in liturgical context within the Latin Mass of the Catholic Church.


Reed College

Reed College, in Portland, Oregon, is an undergraduate institution of the liberal arts and sciences dedicated to sustaining the highest intellectual standards in the country. With an enrollment of about 1,360 students, Reed ranks third in the undergraduate origins of Ph.D.s in the United States and second in the number of Rhodes Scholars from a liberal arts college (31 since 1915).