Sponsored by the Center for Liturgy at Saint Louis
the Assembled Composers Forum:
"Do not be discouraged.
You are the leaders in the Church. If you give up, the
whole Church will lose. The Whole Church is watching
Church. Keep your pioneer spirit. If you really believe
that in ten years we will be a more liturgical, more biblical Church, it will
—Fr. Lucien Deiss
In 1998 the Center established a national
academy of published composers of music for the Roman Catholic
According to Fr. John Foley, “Suddenly I realized that
composers of music for the Roman Catholic Mass did not know one
another. We passed by each other at conventions but that is quite
different from being colleagues and friends.”
sought advice from other composers and planned a time each year
when these colleagues could come together for rest and renewal.
Each January the Center plans and runs a three-day
convention—the Liturgical Composers Forum.
It is the only such annual gathering of published liturgical
in the world.
Composers Forum in session during the 2002 meeting in St. Louis
Comments from composers:
A great experience . . . . Love getting to
know other composers whose music I too have used . . . . Humbling
to listen to the wisdom of those who have been there ahead of
me and all the “up and coming” . . . . the inter-generational
aspect is great. . . . The energy, the laughter, the concerns,
the horror stories, the fears, the triumphs, the dreams, the
visions . . . . Opportunity to meet and exchange ideas with composers
from other publishers . . . . Like the freedom to come and not
perform under a pressure situation . . . . Level playing-field
and mutual respect . . . . To associate a person/personality
with a musical sound. . . . We go back to our symphony of service,
but we are changed for the better!
Consiglio, Roc O'Connor, Paul Hillebrand, Barney Walker;
middle: John Foley;
right: Chrysogonus Waddel & Steve Warner
The Center for Liturgy proudly welcomes five generations
of published liturgical composers each year to the Liturgical
Formats of the sessions differ and
include participative panels, plenary sessions, papers, addresses
by experts from
the field and informal conversations.
A unique feature is
commentary by composers on as yet unpublished music that members
have written. Names are removed from the music so that there
can be complete candor in the remarks.
The Forum includes regular
prayer sessions and a Mass held in Saint Louis University's
College Church. A festive banquet on campus follows the Mass.
All of this, together with the companionship
of composers who are as a result now good friends, marks the
Forum as a highlight of the musical year.
at the first annual Composers Forum, 1998, at Cupples House,
since 1998: Andy Andino, Rino Angelini, Steve Angrisano, David & Laura Ash, Tony Barr, Matthew Baute, John Becker, Gael Berberick, Michael Bogdan, Tom Booth, Barbara Bridge, Grayson Warren Brown, Carol Browning, Mauricio Centeno, James J. Chepponis, Gerard Chiusano, Fr. Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam, Rory Cooney, Eleazar Cortés, Jaime Cortez, Randall DeBruyn, Kathleen Demny, Kelly Dobbs-Mickus, Bob Dufford, S. J., Phil and Susan Esserwein, Bob Fabing, S. J., Santiago Fernandez, Bobby Fisher, John Foley, S. J., Rev. Bruce Forman, Mark Friedman, Jerry Galipeau, Normand Gouin, Ray Guiao, S. J., David Haas, Larry Harris, Marty Haugen, Peter Hesed, Paul Hillebrand, Mary Hochman, Alan Hommerding, Jeffrey Honore', Juliana Howard, Bob Hurd, Paul Inwood, Willard Jabusch, Steven Janco, Orin Johnson, Michael Joncas, Kevin Keil, Columba Kelly, OSB, Tom Kendzia, Feargal King, Felix Goebel-Komala, Peter Kolar, Ronald Krisman, Carey Landry, Tom Lawler, S. J., Deanna Light, Jack Louden, Ken Macek, Ricky Manalo, C.S.P., Rev. James V. Marchionda, O.P., Dr. Dolores Martinez, Angus McDonell, Donna Marie McGargill, OSM, Rick Modlin, Bob Moore, Sally Ann Morris, Gregory Norbet, Francis Patrick O'Brien, Roc O'Connor, S. J., Stephen Pishner, Carolyn Pirtle, Mary Frances Reza, M.D. Ridge, Angel Robertsson-Soper, Pedro Rubalcava, John Schiavone, Karen Schneider-Kirner, Dan Schutte, Timothy R. Smith, Rev. Juan J. Sosa, Paul Tate, Aaron Thompson, Tom Tomaszek, Sr. Suzanne Toolan, R.S.M., Lynn M. Trapp, Lori True , Al Valverde, Janet Vogt, Barney Walker, Christopher Walker, Tony Ward, Steve Warner, Marcy Weckler-Barr, Janèt Whitaker, Martin Willett, Rufino Zaragoza, O.F.M.
Dr. Ben Asen speaks of Psalms; middle left: Gerry Chiusano;
middle right: David Haas; right: Tom Sparough and John Schiavoni
get into trouble in after dinner festivities.
through the years have included