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Church Music Association of America
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The CMAA's founding traces to 1874 as an association of Catholic musicians.
The CMAA was formed in 1964 as the Second Vatican Council drew to a close, as the coming together of the American Society of St. Cecilia (founded 1874) and the St. Gregory Society (founded 1913). Thus does it inherit the rich history of these organizations. The amalgam in 1964 began a new chapter in the history of American Catholic music, alongside an affiliation with the Consociatio Internationalis Musicae Sacrae (Roma), established by Pope Paul VI to shepherd musical developments in the U.S. following the Council.

The Church Music Association of America today provides support for all those interested in participating in the current revival of Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony in Catholic liturgy. It is the most active organization today in sponsoring new writing and scholarship in the tradition of sacred music.

It is the sponsor of the leading sacred music event in the English speaking world, the Sacred Music Colloquium. It is the publisher of Sacred Music, the oldest continuously published journal of music in North America. It makes possible a network of musicians, seminarians, and priests who are dedicated to the aesthetic and liturgical ideals of the Church.


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