The end of our Music Ministry’s program year is as busy as its beginning. See May activities below. I am deeply grateful for our musicians and parish support for this intergenerational ministry.In just her second year, Christin Cooper, our Music Assistant, has proven a valued asset to the entire program, from Children’s music programs to choral singer, organist and conductor.Please support her work this summer while I am away.
Thanks to our clergy, Vestry and Friends of Music, I am about to take the first sabbatical of my professional career. Although the church has not prescribed activities during this time, I do have two specific objectives related to music composition:
1) To write down in musical notation for publication the many hymn accompaniments that I have improvised and practiced over the past forty plus years; and,
2) To edit and notate my Requiem composition for choir, soloists, and organ for subsequent performance.This second objective has become primary as a premiere of my Requiem is proposed in March of 2010 conducted by Father Stephen Concordia of Saint Vincent College Camerata. Along with St. Paul’s choir and soloists, there will be one performance here and one at the Basilica in Latrobe.
A Sabbatical is also a time for discernment. Having just completed leadership roles as Dean of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and Board Chair of NAT 28, I will assess opportunities for future personal contributions to a musician's life in the Church and the local arts community.
You will not see me on Sundays and you are in good hands with Christin Cooper as she leads the music program for the summer. I will be “on-campus” periodically to teach music lessons and for organ practice.
I don’t require this leave as a “refueling” process or a time to reclaim physical health. I have been blessed with excellent motivation and health.This Sabbatical will enable me to accomplish the above project in a more immediate timeframe and I thank you for this opportunity.
Special May Musical Events:
Choral Evensong is central to the Anglican musical heritage and we are in for a treat this month.On May 12, 2019, at 4 pm, the Ambrose-Romanos Singers will lead the singing of Solemn Evensong for the Fourth Sunday of Easter at St. Paul Episcopal Church. The Ambrose-Romanos Singers, founded in 2001, is a professional choir of women and men who are devoted to singing the musical heritage of the Christian Church (both from the east and from the west) in its original context: the worship of the Triune God, especially in the context of the Daily Prayer of the Church. The Fourth Sunday of Easter is themed around Christ as the Good Shepherd. The music scheduled to be sung includes music by the English composer Thomas Tomkins, and various American composers. The service is open to the public and all are invited to attend and to participate. A free will offering will be taken.
On Wednesday, May 15 at 12:30 pm I will be giving a short organ recital at Trinity cathedral. My program will include J. S. Bach Easter Chorale Preludes, three “song of Peace” by Langlais, Locklair, and Jazz great, Bill Evans, tow movements from Craig Phillips Liturgical Suite and Larry King’s Resurrection Suite.Please help our cathedral’s music program by attending these recitals in May.
This is for the entire family! On Sunday, May 19 at 4:00 pm in the Undercroft, acclaimed Jazz pianist, Tom Roberts and Mary Beth Malek, principal clarinetist with Pittsburgh Opera/Ballet, provide live music to two iconic 1916 Charlie Chaplin silent Films, The Pawn Shop and The Rink. Tom and Mary Beth will play from scores composed by Tom Roberts commissioned by the Pittsburgh Symphony. This will be a family affair so bring your popcorn and enjoy! Suggested Donation; $10 per individual or $25 per family.