Overview of Offerings

The Chalice of Repose Project is pleased to offer several different kinds of graduate level continuing education opportunities and seminars.   We are meeting the needs of students of diverse profiles and locations. In general, this page describes a brief overview and provides visitors basic information on the inquiry and application process.

The programs offered at The Chalice of Repose Project draw an international constituency. The seminars and institutes are taught in English. Please note that the personal information you provide in inquiry telephone calls or letters or emails remains confidential.  Likewise, if you apply to or enroll in any of our seminars or continuing education programs, or attend events or conferences we sponsor, your information remains confidential.

We do not share or rent any of our address lists under any circumstances, and we do not allow the various social media sites to import our email address book into their platforms.

Continuing Education: Contemplative Musicianship (CM)

  • This seminar speaks to musicians interested in the spirituality of music and in service and deepening artistry rather than only in performance practice or only in musicology.  The content is geared toward depth.
  • This program is the pre-requisite for application to the Music-Thanatology seminar.
  • One does not need to be interested in Music-Thanatology in order to apply to or be accepted into the CM program.
  • CM is a twelve module distance learning, low-residency, continuing education program.
  • It combines ten module lectures and two brief on-site visits, scheduled in a variety of cities nationwide.  The modules are usually spaced about one month apart.
  • The course is taught in English, though the repertoire introduced and studied comes from many different time periods and cultures.
  • Applications are received 10 months of the year on a flexible rolling admissions policy.  Please note that we do not receive or reply to inquiries or applications during the months of July and or December.

Continuing Education: Music-Thanatology

Applications for this seminar are received from an international constituency.  The applicants are doctors, nurses, social workers, singers, harpists, instrumentalists, composers, chaplains, ministers, priests, clinicians, liturgists, choral directors, lawyers, engineers, music educators, business people and individuals from a variety of professions and identities. They have successfully completed previous university or seminary work and the above pre-requisite CM program.  Students have at least an undergraduate degree from a university, college, conservatory, seminary or institute.  Most have multiple graduate degrees and or licenses (or ordination through their respective seminaries and faith traditions).    In other words, this is a continuing education seminar.    This particular work is oriented toward depth and spirituality; it asks the ultimate philosophical, theological, musical and practical questions about death and dying and serving the needs of the dying.    Many registrants are caring for a loved one who is dying, and some have been a primary caregiver or clinical provider for a loved one who has died in the past.    It is not uncommon for this level of personal experience to be profound and transformational.  As stated above, Contemplative Musicianship is the pre-requisite to Music-Thanatology.

  • Contemplative Musicianship students who are in their tenth month and tenth module are invited to apply to the Music-Thanatology seminar.
  • Participation in Contemplative Musicianship is not a guarantee of acceptance into any other seminar.  Music-Thanatology applications are reviewed in light of the strength of the student’s contemplative musicianship work, in combination with good inter and intrapersonal communication skills.
  • Music-Thanatology seminars offer distance learning, low-residency, graduate level, continuing education opportunity.
  • The seminar combines monthly modules and two annual brief intensive residencies in a variety of cities.
  • Although revised many different times over the years to reflect differing needs and contexts (institute, university graduate and undergraduate, medical school, hospital, seminary, traditional classroom, on-line cohort, etc) this organization has offered music-thanatology programs, classes, conferences and seminars for decades.
  • Offices closed July and December.

Other Seminars of interest, however, these are of brief duration:

  • Composition (primarily art song, song cycle, instrumental and chamber choral works).
  • The Singing Harpist – private tutorials in Voice and Harp
  • Medieval Studies Repertoire – for those interested in repertoire from the 11th through 13th centuries.
  • The Grail Seminar
  • Additional Thanatology continuing education and advance practice seminars
  • Marian Theology in Medieval Repertoire

Please continue to On-Going Contemplative Musicianship Program and Application Page for instructions.

Last updated Thursday, 01-Jan-2015