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July 19-23, 2021

O7-18-2021 – At long last, the day has arrived! The doors are open and the greetings have commenced! Welcome to BFEFP 2021!

05-17-2021 – From the BFEFP Committee: We are pleased to announce that as of today, we are “all systems GO!” We will be in Milford for BFEFP on July 19-23! If you are still considering attending, we have a few spots left. For more information, contact Mary Lou at info@bfefp.com.

en·sem·ble- /änˈsämbəl/

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. Ensembles may be solely instrumental, or they may consist of a group of instruments accompanying one or more singers. C.f. eng.wikipedia.org

Since the early days of the post-Vatican II Council, ensembles have played a significant role in fostering “full, active participation” in the liturgy. From the early “Folk Groups” to today’s groups known as “the 5:30 Group,” or “the Contemporary Ensemble,” to delineate them from “the traditional choir,” ensembles have become a leading voice in the majority of churches.

To that end, it has been our goal to support the ensemble musician, be they instrumentalist, cantor, or choral singer. This year we offer the Bobby Fisher Ensemble Formation Program (BFEFP) as a one-week celebration of all that is ensemble. We will provide sessions for ensemble instrumentalists, ensemble vocalists, and a retreat track for those who desire some time of reflection. For those who wish, additional time may be scheduled for individual instruction with our team of experienced ensemble musicians.

Come, join us as we explore and create an ensemble in the fellowship of our shared mission to serve the worshiping assembly.

Program Highlights

  • Registration Fee includes a private room with shared bath facilities, meals from Sunday dinner through Friday breakfast, meeting rooms and rehearsal spaces
  • Faculty Concert and Open Mic Concert by participants
  • BFEFP takes place on the beautiful grounds of the Jesuit Spiritual Center in Milford, Ohio
  • Ample practice and free time built into the week
My Morning Song by Gregory Pierson ♦︎ Pierson – Young Project ♦︎ From the Album “Hope is Alive” ♦︎ © Hope is Alive Music 2016 ♦︎ Used with Permission