“Great importance is to be attached to the teaching and practice of music… It is desirable to found higher institutes of sacred music whenever this can be done.” – Sacrosanctum Concilium
The Catholic Sacred Music Project was founded in 2021 to provide spiritual and musical formation for Catholic musicians in order to effect a widespread renewal of sacred music in the Church. Through intensive encounters with leading musical artists and performing masterworks from the treasury of the Church’s musical tradition, musicians are given the knowledge and skills they need to serve the Church more faithfully and to renew and develop its culture of sacred music. The inaugural event of The Catholic Sacred Music Project was a Choral Festival at the Cathedral–Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia in August 2021. Sir James MacMillan served as the principal conductor, and its concluding Mass was attended by over 2000 people and broadcast on EWTN.
The Catholic Sacred Music Project is sponsored by St. John the Baptist Parish in Allentown, New Jersey.