Orlando Deanery Choir Eucharist at St. Thomas, NYC

New_York_-_Manhattan_-_Saint_Thomas_Church-682x1024The Orlando Deanery Boy Choir under the direction of Canon Benjamin Lane and Mrs. Claire Hodge will sing for the 11am Festal Eucharist at St. Thomas Church in New York City as part of their tour in June 2014. Having frequently accompanied choirs under the direction of Ben Lane, I have been invited to join the group and play the opening voluntary for the service, Le Banquet CĂ©leste by Olivier Messiaen. You can find out more about the choir tour at http://www.deanerychoirtour.org/ or watch the event webcast here.

Live at St. Thomas – NYC

New_York_-_Manhattan_-_Saint_Thomas_Church-682x1024Webcast Available

Because I’m on the road attending the Association of Anglican Musicians conference in Washington, DC this week, this is going to be a super brief update. St. Thomas has updated their website to include the repertoire for this Sunday’s Festal Eucharist sung by the Orlando Deanery Boychoir and Girls Choir. The service will be broadcast over the internet, so even if you aren’t in New York City Sunday, you can still listen. The service is scheduled to start at 11am, but I’m playing prelude music, so you’ll need to tune in earlier or catch the recording available afterwards if you are trying to hear me play. Information about the service can be found at St. Thomas here. There is a link in red on the right side of the page that will enable you to listen to the service.

Hoping you have a fun and adventuresome summer!


Newsletter Issue 24 – 2014 06 19
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A Year of God’s Favor

AYearofGodsFavorCoverOriginally written for the Diocesan Youth Choir formed to sing for the Chrism Mass at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Albany, NY in 2005, This setting of Delores Dufner’s text “A Year of God’s Favor” is scored for SAB choir, piano and optional flute, oboe and violoncello. The audio below was generated by the Finale music notation program.

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Papal Alleluias

Dr. Jennifer Pascual asked me to make the orchestral arrangements of the Alleluias for the Papal Masses in New York city in 2008. The Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral would use the Alleluia refrain from O Filii et Filiae. The Mass at Yankee Stadium used the refrain from VICTORY. Even though the melodic material was given, I knew I would have great players in the orchestra and a top-notch choir, so I had great fun making these arrangements.

CatholicTV still has the Mass from St. Patrick’s available here and the Mass at Yankee Stadium here. At Yankee Stadium, the Alleluia starts at 100 minutes into (about half-way through) the coverage on CatholicTV.

I wasn’t sure any of the broadcast video would still be up, so I went looking on YouTube first and found this excerpt which includes my arrangement of the Alleluia before the gospel is proclaimed: