May 2015
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THE LITURGICAL MUSICIAN

 
OFFICE FOR
LITURGICAL MUSIC


ARCHDIOCESE OF PHILADELPHIA
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In this Issue...
  • Archdiocesan Choirs Present a Concert to the Blessed Mother
  • ACMP Annual Meeting and Student Awards
  • Voices of Ascension Concert at the Cathedral
  • Dennis Keene Choral Workshop
  • A Change in the Archdiocese Office for Liturgical Music

LITURGICAL MUSIC HAPPENINGS

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calendar Sunday, May 10, 2015 | 3PM  
Historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

18th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway - Limited Free Parking


Mother's Day Concert
A Choral Celebration of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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This concert is a free-will offering concert

Dr. John A. Romeri – Conductor
Dr. Stephen Ball – Organist
Clara Gerdes – Organ Scholar
Cathedral Basilica Choir
Archdiocesan Choir
Archdiocesan Girl Choir
Archdiocesan Boy Choir

Magnificat - Howells
Tota Pulchra es Maria - Bruckner
Ave Maria - Stopford
Magnificat - Bach
That Virgin's Child - Tallis
Ave Maria - Gounod
Regina Caeli - Lotti
O Sanctissima - Beethoven
Hymn to the Virgin - Britten

Join the choirs of the Historic Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul as they present a Mother's Day Concert. This concert, honoring the Blessed Virgin Mary, will feature works by prominent composers such as Howells, Bruckner, Bach, Tallis, Gounod, and Lotti.

This concert is a free-will offering concert to support the Archdiocesan Boy and Girl Choir as they prepare for their trip to Rome to sing with the Sistine Choir for a Papal Liturgy.

It will be John Romeri's final concert with the Choirs at the Cathedral. Come to celebrate our Archdiocesan and Cathedral Choirs.

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ACMP AWARDS

 

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FINAL CATHEDRAL CONCERT OF THE SEASON

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A CHANGE AT THE OFFICE FOR LITURGICAL MUSIC

 

Dear Parish Musicians:
As I now prepare to conclude my fifth year here as Director of the Office for Liturgical Music, I am sad to announce that I have decided to resign from the Office for Liturgical Music, effective June 30, 2015.  I will remain at the Cathedral Basilica as Music Director and Organist through the summer to allow Father Gill time to restructure the position and look for a worthy replacement.

This Holy Week, while some of the most beautiful liturgies I have ever conducted, was not well received by the archbishop.  This is the continuation of several years of discontent on his part with the Liturgical Music at the Cathedral and at Archdiocesan liturgies.  
There are simply irreconcilable differences in our understanding of the role of music in the Liturgy and the role of the choir.  While at this point, I am not sure just what my next musical adventure looks like, it is absolutely the right thing for me to leave this present situation.

I shall be forever grateful to the members of the Cathedral Basilica Choir, the Cathedral Cantors, the Archdiocesan Choir, and the Archdiocesan Children's Choirs for their outstanding work.  This Sunday they present a beautiful concert dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary.  On June 10th, the Cathedral Choir and Members of the Archdiocesan Choir are performing in PRAISE at the Kimmel Center.  On June 29th our Archdiocesan Children's Choirs are singing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.  In addition to several concerts, these wonderful singers have given untold hours in rehearsals preparing to serve the Sacred Liturgies of the Archdiocese and Cathedral.  


To Father Dennis Gill, Cathedral Rector and Director of the Office for Divine Worship, I will be forever grateful.  I am also thankful to the ACMP Board and members for their support over these past five years.  I will cherish the many colleagues and friends I have made here in Philadelphia. I encourage each of you to continue your support of the Liturgical Music here in the archdiocese, to get involved with the ACMP and the AGO, and to support live music performances at your cathedral and other parishes in the archdiocese.  Finally, I encourage you to make music at the highest levels possible in your parishes.  Our people deserve it and our God is worthy of the highest forms of praise.

Grateful for five amazing years,

Sincerely,
John Romeri 


 

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POSITIONS AVAILABLE

     Office for Liturgical Music website,  
       ACMP - Association of Church Musicians in Philadelphia website,
        AGO - Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists website
    AGO - Southeastern PA Chapter website

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WEBSITES

Office for Liturgical Music Website
Music at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

American Guild of Organists

  AGO - Philadelphia Chapter of the American Guild of Organists website
    AGO - Southeastern PA Chapter website

 

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Dr. John A. Romeri, Director

Office for Liturgical Music
222 North 17th Street  8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19103
215-587-3696
Email: ArchPhilaMusic@gmail.com
 
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DEANERY SACRED MUSIC REPRESENTATIVES
Deanery 1: Loretta Hartnett
Deanery 2: Paula Frattarola
Deanery 3: Margaret Melchiore
Deanery 4: Rick West
Deanery 5: Mary Anne Dunbar
Deanery 6: Sr. Regina Dougherty, SSJ
Deanery 7: Jean Martin
Deanery 8: Debbie Scairato
            Deanery 9:  Debbie Scairato                          
Deanery 10: Pat Gallo-Terrenzio
Deanery 11: Sr. Paula Napoli, SSJ
Deanery 12: Melanie Capoferri




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