Best and favorite Catholic Musicians.
  • PhatFlute
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    Dear forum member,

    I write to ask your opinions on who your favorite catholic musicians are? Can be choral director or organist/pianist. I am not asking about composers. That is another topic. Although if she has composed it is okay by me. How old, where they work, and why you like them!

    I will start: Stephen Tharp, 40 (about) years, NYC, fun player to watch and listen to.
    Peter Latona, 40 (about) years, Washington National Basilica, same reason.

    I don't know many others. Excuse my language as always!

    Thank you,
    Phil
  • PhatFlute
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    Also also NO INSULTS OR FIGHTING PLEASE AND THANK YOU
  • francisfrancis
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    aaaahhhhhhh... naaaaaaaaaaah... aaaaaahhhhhhh... I can't think of any living ones.

    I do enjoy excellent monastic and polyphonic recordings that sing Catholic Music.

    Ahhh... I really like this! Fontgombault Abbey...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rKcRi6hLaE8

    and...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cMjNevd2gXs
  • PhatFlute
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    Thanks to you for your fine favorite. Who will add to this? ;)
  • I enjoy listening to the Hilliard Ensemble. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI6e4Q11NeM Viderunt Omnes

    Any guess who my favorite composer is?
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    MaryAnn Carr-Wilson, Wendy Evans, Charlotte DaRosa sopranos
    Jeffrey Morse, Scott Turkington, Richard Rice, Edward Schafer, Adam Bartlett-director/composers
    Jenny Donelson, Arlene Oost Zinner, Jeff Ostrowski, Kurt Poterak-schola directors
    Jonathan Eason, David Hughes, Aristotle Esguerra, Matt Curtis- true cantors and incredible singers.
    Frank LaRocca, Peter Kwasniewski, Richard Clark, David Hurd (is he RC?), Kevin Allen, Mike Olbash, Royce Nickel, composers.
    Kathy Pluth, Genevieve Glen-hymn writers
    Mia Coyne, Rudy O'Connor, Susan Treacy and the inestimable Wm. Mahrt- parish directors and advocates.
    Charles Giffen, Gary Penkala, JMO, A. Bartlett- futurists in publishing.
    Adam Wood, CharlesW, Noel Jones, francis koerber, David Saunders and Wendi Schroeder-local heroes with passion and funnybones!
    Just scratching the surface.

    From the distaff side (the loyal opposition)
    Bob Hurd, Mike Joncas, Barbara Bridge, Ken Macek, Janet Sullivan-Whitaker, MD Ridge, the late Leon Roberts, Tom McAvoy, Jeffrey Honore, Ricky Manalo, Malcom Kogut and a few others.
    Todd Flowerday-exegete, true and regular friend; Dr.Rv. Fritz Bauerschmit, Karl Liam Sauer- genuinely fine fellows and long distance friends.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • PhatFlute
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    What about organ players?!
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Well, our organist is great!
    Diane Bish seems nice, but she's not Catholic.
    Pedro D'Aquino
    Rudy DeVos
    David Hughes
    Jenny Donelson
    Horst Buchholz
    Sam Dorlaque
    Jason Pennington
    The one, only Leo Nestor
    And our forum Usual Suspects, of course.
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    What about organ players?!


    Matthew J. Meloche (forum member @matthewj, DoM at the Phoenix Cathedral, and leader of THE SACRED MUSIC REVOLUTION IN THE DESERT)

    His organ (and piano) playing astounds me, particularly his improvised chant accompaniments.
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  • melofluentmelofluent
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    I share your enthusiasm, Little Joe, it's just that MJM is weirder than both of us, together!
  • matthewjmatthewj
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    I'm not sure being weirder than both of you is physically possible. :)

    I'd also like to point out that my skills as a pianist (showed only at the Sunday evening Mass for a song or two) are brutally incompetent.
  • Adam WoodAdam Wood
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    I'd also like to point out that my skills as a pianist (showed only at the Sunday evening Mass for a song or two) are brutally incompetent.


    For the record, everyone -
    He specifically told me he plays the organ the way he plays the piano.

    Just sayin'.
  • matthewjmatthewj
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    No... I think I told you that I play the piano the way I play the organ. And either way, that's not exactly true.
  • Allan DAllan D
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    As far as organists go, Daniel Roth is my favorite.
  • Kathy
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    Peter Latona is my favorite musician, and like Adam's ode to MJM above, it has to do with improvisation.

    His compositions are excellent as well, and particularly notable are the briefest possible composition, his Psalm refrains. They are second to none in my opinion. It's so completely unusual to sing a responsorial Psalm antiphon that doesn't sound sing-songy or trite, that isn't rushing predictably and headlong towards the cadence as soon as you sing note #1. His do not do that. They don't rush, they don't dawdle, they're perfectly musical, and they bring out the meaning of the words.
    Thanked by 1CHGiffen
  • Ben YankeBen Yanke
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    Kathy,

    I will echo your appreciation of Dr. Latona's amazing skills. One of my first experiences at the national shrine was amazing, thanks to his excellent choir and gloria verses that I later found out he composed, as I wrote about here on my personal site. As you mention, the responsorial psalm was excellent when I was there :)
    Thanked by 1Kathy
  • ClergetKubiszClergetKubisz
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    Daniel Roth, organist

    Josquin des Pres, composer
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  • francisfrancis
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    organist...

    Helmut Walcha... hands down.

    harpsichordist?

    Gustav

    Thanked by 1Geremia
  • CharlesW
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    Daniel Roth.
    Thanked by 1SamuelDorlaque
  • G
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    My Mother and my Father, singers and choir director during the worst of the... purges? pogroms? always just humbly obeyed, or found another parish in which their sung prayer would be of use, and would be welcomed.
    Requiescant in pace

    (Save the Liturgy, Save the World)
  • PhatFlute
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    I like Bruce Neswick too.
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  • ClergetKubiszClergetKubisz
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  • francisfrancis
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    G

    What period of time were your parents ... purged? Curious.
  • SalieriSalieri
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    Choir/Schola directors: (NB: no particular order, just as they came to me.)
    Jeffrey Morse, David Hughes, Horst Buchholz, Bill Mahrt, Charles Cole, Arlene Oost-Zinner, Peter Latona, Richard Clark, Melanie Malinka, Wilko Brouwers, Adam Bartlett, Gregory Glenn, Edward Schaeffer...

    Organists: (again, no particular order)
    Jonathan Ryan, David Hughes, Horst Buchholz, Ann Labounsky, Olivier Latry, Daniel Roth, Peter Latona, Ian Watson, Philippe Belanger, Doug O'Neill, Rudy de Vos, Leo Nestor...

    I've met and/or sung under many of these people, and they're all great guys and gals.
  • kevinfkevinf
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    I second Peter Latona. And he is such a gracious individual.

    I also appreciate Martin Baker at Westminster Cathedral in London. The combination of choirs and organ playing are marvelous.

    And one should hear Jacques Boucher in Montreal. His improvisations are the stuff of legend. And they always reflect their place at mass.
  • PhatFlute
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    Who is best of all these? Or is she not been said yet? What about women representation here?! :)
  • CharlesW
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    How do you determine best? I don't think that is possible. These musicians are all individuals with their own playing styles. The differences in their instruments is also a factor. I think you are asking a question that is not possible to answer.
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  • PhatFlute,

    I didn't know Neswick was Catholic. Do you know when (or where) it happened?

    God bless,

    Chris
  • kevinfkevinf
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    He is not.
  • PhatFlute
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    Jean Demesioux, one of my fave women composers
    Diane Bish is my IDOL.
  • ryandryand
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    How do you determine best? I don't think that is possible. These musicians are all individuals with their own playing styles. The differences in their instruments is also a factor. I think you are asking a question that is not possible to answer.


    It would be a great resume item.

    "Voted Best Catholic Musician 2007-2011"
  • kevinfkevinf
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    @Phatflute Jeanne Demessieux?
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  • PhatFlute
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    Kevin, yes, spelling is not my forte; it is my piano.

    EVERY BODY:
    I propose we vote on a best all-round Allstar catholic Musician award winner. Who agrees?
    Thanked by 1Kathy
  • CharlesW
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    Let's not and say we did. LOL.
  • Kathy
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    I don't think we should have a vote. But I think this is a funny joke:
    Kevin, yes, spelling is not my forte; it is my piano.

    We need more puns.
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    I'm gonna sing in Horst's choir this year, so I'm preparing not to use a besotto'd voce!
  • PhatFlute
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    Well why don't we all suggest out favorites. Peter Latone seems to be the winner of
    Allstar Catholic Musician Award 2014
  • PhatFlute
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    Another favorite is Donna Ayers.
  • Kathy
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    Is there a cash prize, or...?
  • SalieriSalieri
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    It depends which curtain you choose.
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Is there a cash prize, or...?

    In that case, I choose MaryAnn Carr-Wilson, hands down!
    Kathy, I'm not a my peak anymore, but I tried with the apt pun!
  • Kathy
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    Thanks! But I don't get it yet. A little help?
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Sotto-voce
    Besotted
    Me
  • Kathy
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    A drinking joke! Awesome.
  • PhatFlute
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    I wish people could take this more seriousy.
  • Jani
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    That's like asking a parent to name their favorite child, Phat!
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  • PhatFlute
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    Jani I forget sometimes - picking favorite child is more normal and easier where i am from than the USA.
  • melofluentmelofluent
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    Phil, chill
    When Kathy joked about whether there's a cash prize for your award, and I said MACW, hands down, that was in keeping WITH the joke, but no joke on my sentiments.
    Get the lay of the land, my friend.
  • PhatFlute
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    I apologize for my misunderstandings. Yes, I get it now!!
  • CharlesW
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    I think it is a bit unfair to rate musicians who have different areas of study and expertise, and differing instruments and interpretative styles of performance. Comparisons are not really valid.
  • Kathy
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    I think Phil has a point. Professional organizations often give out awards--and to some of the most unlikely people sometimes, and for brazenly ideological reasons sometimes. It's a way of stating organizational values, and I guess it's effective, if people keep doing it all the time.