Overview of Offerings –


The Chalice of Repose Project is pleased to offer several different kinds of graduate level adult learning 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 with basic information on the inquiry and application process.

The programs offered at The Chalice of Repose Project draw an international constituency, but most students reside across the USA, from coast to coast.

The seminars and institutes are taught in English.

Please note that the personal information you provide in inquiry telephone calls or letters or email communications 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 sell or rent any of our address lists to any organization 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 (RA-CM)

  • This seminar speaks to musicians interested in a) the spirituality of music, b) the preparation for service and c) the deepening of musical artistry.   The overall content is geared toward depth, and the methodology connects all of the above with one another, rather than keeping them separate.
  • The applicants arrive from a variety of professions and educational backgrounds: doctors, nurses, social workers, singers, harpists, instrumentalists, composers, chaplains, ordained ministers from several different traditions, clinicians, liturgists, choral directors, historians, lawyers, engineers, music educators, music therapists, business people.  The individuals are drawn from a variety of professions and experiences.
  • RA-CM 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, and many who apply to RA-CM are not interested in end of life care at all.
  • RA-CM is typically a twelve-module, distance learning, low-residency, certificate bearing, adult learning, continuing education program.  Occasionally, someone wants to contract for a little more, perhaps three intensive residencies rather than two, and that can be arranged  formally with an amended contract.
  • The curriculum usually combines ten on-line module lectures and two brief on-site visits, both of which are usually scheduled to take place in Oregon.  Each module has required assignments, written and musical.
  • 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(RA) Please note that we do not usually receive or reply to inquiries or applications during the months of July and or December.  We usually review and respond to new applications once a month, late in the month.
  • The calendar of deliveries for each enrollment RA-CM is individually tailored, and mutually developed through advanced communications between the instructor and student.  The calendar is formalized prior to the start of the program. One person may seek to schedule their modules 6 weeks apart, while another proposes shorter or longer periods.

Continuing Education: Music-Thanatology (RA-M-Than)

Applications for the RA-M-Than program are also received from a diverse constituency.   In addition to successful completion of the pre-requisite RA-CM, many applicants to Music-Thanatology have more than one graduate degree and or licenses (or ordination through their respective seminaries and faith traditions).     The particular work of music-thanatology is oriented toward depth and spirituality. It requires http://premier-pharmacy.com maturity and stability and asks the ultimate philosophical, theological, musical, clinical and practical questions about death and dying, service, community and the core fundamentals required to serve the needs of the dying with prescriptive music.    Many registrants are already care-givers.  Some care for a loved one who is actively 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.  It can permeate the student’s orientation with urgency and presence of being rather than with theory or abstraction, safe fascination or compartmentalized curiosity.  The M-Than applicants tend to be responding to something meaningful and personal.     M-Than attracts highly motivated individuals, each of whom is asked to demonstrate high levels of personal accountability coupled with equally viable respect for others.

Who applies to RA-T-Than? Practicing health care professionals, those from religious studies and pastoral services, as well as individuals with backgrounds in medieval studies, anthropology, psychology, social work and every aspect of music, be it performance, conducting, composition, history, theory, musicology, ethnomusicology, biomusicology, conducting, music therapy, etc.

Contemplative Musicianship students who have successfully completed all RA-CM requirements and have received the Chalice of Repose Project certificate of completion may apply for acceptance into the Music-Thanatology program.

  • Participation in or completion of Contemplative Musicianship does not suggest automatic acceptance into RA- M-Than or any other seminar or program the organization offers.
  • Music-Thanatology applications are reviewed on the strength of the student’s previous musical and academic work while enrolled in Contemplative Musicianship, in combination with their demonstrations of excellence in inter and intrapersonal communication skills.
  • Music-Thanatology seminars offer graduate level, low-residency, distance learning, adult-level, certificate bearing continuing education opportunities to those who feel called to bring music, spirituality and the principles of palliative medicine together in one coherent unity in order to serve the needs of the dying with prescriptive music.
  • The curriculum has been revised 17 different times over 4 decades to reflect several different educational contexts and continually changing clinical protocols.  The Founder has presented course work in institutes, colleges, university and seminary settings, and has delivered to medical schools, nursing schools, schools of theology, social work and music, and delivered and taught in both graduate and undergraduate settings, for traditional classrooms and on-line cohorts.
  • This organization is the pioneering organization, the first music-thanatology organization in the world.  The Chalice of Repose Project and has offered music-thanatology programs, classes, conferences, seminars for decades, and the work accomplished has been distinguished with publications, awards, grants and television documentaries.
  • Offices for RA-M-Than applications or study are closed to the public during July and December.

Other educational opportunities include seminars:

  • Composition (primarily art song, song cycle, instrumental works and chamber choral works).
  • Private continuing education tutorials in Voice and Harp
  • Medieval Studies Repertoire – for those interested in repertoire and symbolism from the 11th through the 14th centuries
  • The Grail Seminar
  • Advance Practice Principles in Prescriptive Music
  • Additional Thanatological continuing education and advance practice seminars.
  • The Divine Feminine in Song and Symbol: the Marian and Sophiological Dimensions of Medieval and Twentieth Century Repertoire

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

Last updated Tuesday, 23-May-2017

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