CLEF Summer Program
July 24 – 28, 2023
Jesuit Spiritual Center, Milford, OH

Registration will open in early 2023.

The CLEF Summer Program is a unique opportunity for education, skill building, prayer, reflection, and community connection specifically designed for ensemble musicians.

Our faculty is passionate about teaching and helping form ensemble musicians, and they have extensive backgrounds and many years of experience as directors, singers, and instrumentalists in ensembles.

If you are an ensemble musician — whether a singer, guitarist, a pianist, a percussionist, or you play a wind or string instrument — you are welcome at the CLEF Summer Program!

Check back in early 2023 for more information about registration for the 2023 summer program.

Who is the summer program for?

A musical ensemble, also known as a music group or musical group, is a group of people who perform instrumental or vocal music, with the ensemble typically known by a distinct name.

CLEF defines a liturgical ensemble as any group in which two or more musicians are gathered to lead music for liturgy. Ensembles may be solely instrumental, or they may consist of a group of instruments accompanying one or more singers.

Since the early days following the second Vatican Council, ensembles have played a significant role in fostering full, conscious, and active participation in the liturgy. From the early folk groups to today’s contemporary ensembles or groups with a distinct name, ensembles have become a leading voice in many churches.

To that end, it is our goal to support the ensemble musician, be they an instrumentalist, cantor, or choral singer. Our program provides sessions for instrumentalists and vocalists, as well as a retreat track for those who desire a time of reflection. Each participant also receives a private coaching session with one of the experienced ensemble musicians on our faculty.

What makes the CLEF summer program unique?

While there are many educational opportunities for music ministers in more traditional choir and accompanist roles, there have been few programs dedicated to the unique needs of ensemble musicians. CLEF is one of the leading programs exclusively focused on supporting ensemble musicians, and our summer program provides significant opportunity for growth and development for musicians of all skill levels.

What does the schedule for the week include?

The CLEF Summer Program is a week of prayer, community, and learning opportunities. We gather daily for morning and evening prayer plus join together on Wednesday evening for Taizé prayer and on Thursday afternoon to celebrate the Eucharist. Participants attend either ensemble sessions (vocal or instrumental) or retreat sessions based on the choices made on their registration form. Each participant also selects a private coaching session for voice, instrument, or spiritual direction. There’s also ample practice and free time built into the week, plus a faculty concert participant and open mic concert.