Peter Kolar

Peter Kolar is the Editor for Spanish and Bilingual Resources at GIA Publications. An accomplished composer and pianist, his works include the bilingual mass setting, Misa Luna, sung at the papal liturgy in Philadelphia, and a solo classical piano CD Variations. Known for his creative use of both classical and Latin-American musical forms, Peter holds a masters degree in music composition from Northwestern University and sits on the board of directors for the Southwest Liturgical Conference. He resides in El Paso, TX, where he is the Director of the El Paso Diocesan Choir.

Peter Kolar’s 2019 Fall Institute Events

Friday, October 18

Introduction to Hispanic Music Ministry
Breakout 7 (4:15 PM – 5:30 PM) | Gratz 4F

Starting a Spanish Mass for the first time? New to the repertoire and ways of Spanish-language worship? Venturing into the Hispanic realm can seem daunting and overwhelming. Cultural competency is key, but more importantly, an openness of mind and heart to encounter. In addition to reviewing basics of Spanish pronunciation for singers, we’ll explore issues of dominant culture, generational differences, music-learning techniques, and the importance of Latino devotions.

Saturday, October 19

Essential Bilingual Repertoire for Your Parish
Reading Session 2 (9:00 AM – 10:00 AM) | Borwell Dining Hall

Come and learn pieces both already-beloved and newly-composed that will work to unify your parish’s English-and-Spanish-speaking communities through song.

Introduction to Hispanic Music Styles
Breakout 8 (10:15 AM – 11:30 AM) | Gratz 4E

An ensemble-minded tour of the energetic, captivating styles found across Hispanic liturgical music. We’ll break down the mechanics of each and learn how to emulate them with your own instrumentation.

Keyboard Accompanying in an Authentic Hispanic Style
Breakout 9 (1:00 PM – 2:15 PM) | Gratz 4E

A session specifically for pianists and organists who either play in an ensemble setting or single-handedly must lead an assembly using Spanish-language or bilingual repertoire. We’ll focus on familiarity with the primary styles you’ll encounter and analyze the mechanics of each so that you can be authentic and culturally-sensitive in your playing — while having a little fun!