A cantor training class presented by the Office for Worship will begin on July 17 at St. Anthony Church, Oxnard.Classes will be held Tuesdays through Sept. 4, 7-9 p.m., led by Janis Nelson, director of music and liturgy at San Buenaventura Mission. This “Cantor A” course provides a broad historical context for the cantor, instills basic and advanced musical techniques, and supplies the cantor with a process to deepen his/her ministerial presence and awareness. Course content include historical, ministerial and spiritual foundations of cantoring as well as vocal technique, psalmody, methods for teaching new music and other aspects of the ministry of cantor.Prerequisites include a basic ability to read music notation, learn music, match pitch and maintain a melody; a basic knowledge of liturgy; a spirit of hospitality and service; and a signed endorsement from the parish pastor or music director. This course serves as a prerequisite for Cantor B (cantor certification). Online registration will be available through July 9 through the Office for Worship, http://www.la-archdiocese.org/org/worship; see http://archla.org/antor. For further information, call (213) 637-7262.The Office for Worship will also present, in partnership with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a two-day workshop, “Focus on Initiation: Children and Christian Initiation,” August 17-18, at Our Lady of Peace Church, North Hills. The Institute Team includes Sister of providence Jeannette Lucinio, director of the Office for Women Religious in the Diocese of San Diego and professor emerita at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, and Father Timothy Piasecki, instructor in Liturgy for the Diocese of Rockford, Ill. Cost is $275 per person, with discounts available for groups or early registrations. Space is limited to 150 participants, who must bring a copy of “The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults” (1988 Study Edition) to the sessions.For more information, and registration, visit http://www.NAForum.org, or contact Rosie Hernandez at Our Lady of Peace Parish Church, (818) 894-1176 or mailto:[email protected].