PipeChat Digest #2057 - Thursday, April 26, 2001
 
Major Staff Shake Up at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC
  by <ScottFop@aol.com>
Storing Piston Settings Safely
  by <Devon3000@aol.com>
Re: Major Staff Shake Up at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC
  by <Innkawgneeto@cs.com>
 

(back) Subject: Major Staff Shake Up at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC From: <ScottFop@aol.com> Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 22:52:22 EDT     --part1_4a.14e1bc8b.2818e766_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   I write this as informational material only.   Music Director Robert Long was asked by Monsignor Eugene Clark, Rector of = St=3D ..=3D20 Patrick's Cathedral, to resign as the Director of Music. Following in = the=3D20 footsteps of greats such as Pietro Yon, Charles Courboin, John Grady and = Joh=3D n=3D20 Michael Caprio, Mr. Long took the reins of the Cathedral's music program = in=3D20 August 1999. According to my sources at the Cathedral (who I am = absolutely=3D20 allowed not to name) budget cuts were the cause of Long's dismissal as = well=3D20 as that of countless other staff members in recent months.   The new Music Director is Benedictine Dom Stefano Concordia, OSB. And = from=3D20 what I understand, Robert was notified of this yesterday afternoon = (Tuesday)=3D =3D20 and Dom Stefano Concordia directed choir rehearsal this evening. = Apparently=3D =3D20 the Cathedral will pay Long his salary through August in keeping with = his=3D20 contract. =3D20   The following came directly from someone there at rehearsal this evening:   The Introit this Sunday will be a Gregorian (Jubilate Deo) The Kyrie is Gregorian, from the Kyriale the Gloria and Responsorial Psalm is by Ted Marier the Prayers of the Faithful will now be chanted (Taiz=3DC3=3DA9 I think) the Offertory is "Estote Fortes in Bello" by Luca Marenzio (1550-1599) The hymns are familiar texts but the tunes aren't=3D20 All Ye Peoples, Bless the Lord (Tune: Chislehurst by S.H. Nicholson) I Come With Joy to Meet the Lord (Tune: Freuen wir uns all in ein by = Weisse) The prelude is All Creatures of Our God and King (Tune: St. Francis = by=3D20 Marier)=3D20 The Communion motet is "Ave Verum Corpus" by Bianchi   Msgr. Clark came to rehearsal tonight, notified the choir that Long would = no=3D t=3D20 be returning and introduced the new director. He also told the choir = that=3D20 they wanted a change of venue and Cardinal Egan and Monsignor Clark = wanted=3D20 Fr. Concordia here to move the Cathedral's music in a different direction. = =3D20 There also rumors and storied published in different newspapers = throughout=3D20 the country that the church is in the red and has much debt currently. = =3D20 Apparently many staff positions are being replaced by the resident clergy. = =3D20 Interestingly enough, Dom Concordia has been in residence in the St.=3D20 Patrick's Rectory since February. Why they didn't wait until the season = was=3D =3D20 over is beyond me and those that work at St. Patrick's.   I do not agree with the way Robert Long was summarily dismissed. He is = a=3D20 fantastic person, and a very fine musician and choral administrator, = having=3D20 come to St. Patrick's from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in = Altoona=3D ,=3D20 Pennsylvania (home of that beautiful Steinmeyer pipe organ). I hope that = th=3D e=3D20 A.G.O. and other colleagues will rally around Robert and be supportive = of=3D20 him. Though the administration may have desired a change in staff, the = way=3D20 they went about it, in my opinion, was totally wrong, immoral, = insensitive=3D20 and unfair. I guess this just goes to show what can happen when Clergy = wish=3D =3D20 for things to happen.   SCOTT F. FOPPIANO, Principal Organist and Director of Music THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI (Geo. Kilgen & Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) =3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat dicens, fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D     --part1_4a.14e1bc8b.2818e766_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"UTF-8" Content-Transfer-Encoding: quoted-printable Content-Language: en   <HTML><FONT FACE=3D3Darial,helvetica><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3D2 = FAMILY=3D =3D3D"SCRIPT" FACE=3D3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D3D"0">I write this as = informational=3D20=3D material only. <BR> <BR>Music Director Robert Long was asked by Monsignor Eugene Clark, Rector = o=3D f St.=3D20 <BR>Patrick's Cathedral, to resign as the Director of Music. = &nbsp;Following=3D in the=3D20 <BR>footsteps of greats such as Pietro Yon, Charles Courboin, John Grady and=3D John=3D20 <BR>Michael Caprio, Mr. Long took the reins of the Cathedral's music = program=3D in=3D20 <BR>August 1999. &nbsp;According to my sources at the Cathedral (who I am = ab=3D solutely=3D20 <BR>allowed not to name) budget cuts were the cause of Long's dismissal as = w=3D ell=3D20 <BR>as that of countless other staff members in recent months. <BR> <BR>The new Music Director is Benedictine Dom Stefano Concordia, OSB. = &nbsp;=3D And from=3D20 <BR>what I understand, Robert was notified of this yesterday afternoon = (Tues=3D day)=3D20 <BR>and Dom Stefano Concordia directed choir rehearsal this evening. = &nbsp;A=3D pparently=3D20 <BR>the Cathedral will pay Long his salary through August in keeping with = hi=3D s=3D20 <BR>contract. &nbsp; <BR> <BR>The following came directly from someone there at rehearsal this = evening=3D : <BR> <BR>The Introit this Sunday will be a Gregorian (Jubilate Deo) <BR>The Kyrie is Gregorian, from the Kyriale <BR>the Gloria and Responsorial Psalm is by Ted Marier <BR>the Prayers of the Faithful will now be chanted (Taiz=3DC3=3DA9 I = think) <BR>the Offertory is "Estote Fortes in Bello" by Luca Marenzio (1550-1599) <BR>The hymns are familiar texts but the tunes aren't=3D20 <BR>All Ye Peoples, Bless the Lord &nbsp;(Tune: Chislehurst by S.H. = Nicholso=3D n) <BR>I Come With Joy to Meet the Lord (Tune: Freuen wir uns all in ein by = Wei=3D sse) <BR>The prelude is</FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3D2 = FAMILY=3D3D"SCRIPT"=3D FACE=3D3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D3D"0"> </FONT><FONT COLOR=3D3D"#0000a0" = SIZE=3D3D2=3D FAMILY=3D3D"SCRIPT" FACE=3D3D"Comic Sans MS" LANG=3D3D"0">All Creatures = of Our Go=3D d and King (Tune: St. Francis by=3D20 <BR>Marier)=3D20 <BR>The Communion motet is "Ave Verum Corpus" by Bianchi <BR> <BR>Msgr. Clark came to rehearsal tonight, notified the choir that Long = woul=3D d not=3D20 <BR>be returning and introduced the new director. He also told the choir = tha=3D t=3D20 <BR>they wanted a change of venue and Cardinal Egan and Monsignor Clark = want=3D ed=3D20 <BR>Fr. Concordia here to move the Cathedral's music in a different = directio=3D n. &nbsp; <BR>There also rumors and storied published in different newspapers = througho=3D ut=3D20 <BR>the country that the church is in the red and has much debt currently. = &=3D nbsp; <BR>Apparently many staff positions are being replaced by the resident = clerg=3D y. &nbsp; <BR>Interestingly enough, &nbsp;Dom Concordia has been in residence in the = S=3D t.=3D20 <BR>Patrick's Rectory since February. &nbsp;Why they didn't wait until the = s=3D eason was=3D20 <BR>over is beyond me and those that work at St. Patrick's. <BR> <BR>I do not agree with the way Robert Long was summarily = dismissed.</FONT><=3D FONT COLOR=3D3D"#0000a0" SIZE=3D3D2 FAMILY=3D3D"SCRIPT" FACE=3D3D"Comic = Sans MS" LA=3D NG=3D3D"0"><B> </B>&nbsp;He is a=3D20 <BR>fantastic person, and a very fine musician and choral administrator, = hav=3D ing=3D20 <BR>come to St. Patrick's from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament in = Alt=3D oona,=3D20 <BR>Pennsylvania (home of that beautiful Steinmeyer pipe organ). &nbsp;I = hop=3D e that the=3D20 <BR>A.G.O. and other colleagues will rally around Robert and be supportive = o=3D f=3D20 <BR>him. &nbsp;Though the administration may have desired a change in = staff,=3D the way=3D20 <BR>they went about it, in my opinion, was totally wrong, immoral, = insensiti=3D ve=3D20 <BR>and unfair. &nbsp;I guess this just goes to show what can happen when = Cl=3D ergy wish=3D20 <BR>for things to happen. <BR> <BR><B>SCOTT F. FOPPIANO</B>, Principal Organist and Director of Music <BR>THE NATIONAL SHRINE OF THE LITTLE FLOWER, Royal Oak, MI <BR>(Geo. Kilgen &amp; Son Pipe Organ Co., St. Louis, MO, Opus 5180, 1933) <BR><I>=3DE2=3D80=3D9CCantantibus organis Caecilia Domino decantabat = dicens, <BR>fiat cor meum immaculatum ut non confundar.=3DE2=3D80=3D9D</I> <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_4a.14e1bc8b.2818e766_boundary--  
(back) Subject: Storing Piston Settings Safely From: <Devon3000@aol.com> Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 23:19:51 EDT   I have been waiting for an Allen dealer to supply this information, but I guess it's up to me.   Since the earliest MDS (Master Design Series) organs (more than ten = years), Allen has provided for the organist to store piston memories in up to 99 different files on a single standard floppy disk (IBM) when a Smart = Recorder is connected to these organs. I have dedicated many of these where the organist of the church and I interchanged memory configurations (even the stops each piston controls, as divisional pistons can be changed to = generals or any other control of stops) of mine and his/her settings in a matter of =   seconds, as he/she and I played parts of the service. The models that = have the Console Controller also allow dumping these configurations to any = floppy or hard or CD drive or software program such as Cakewalk, as many times as =   desired, not requiring a Smart Recorder. Anyone who doesn't provide this feature today is really out-of-date. And cards that have a battery that = you must change in a specified number of seconds or lose the memory, are also outdated.   If you like to vary your hymn registrations, as well as play substantial literature in worship, these conveniences are invaluable. Even with a stop-tab console, you can't make really creative quick-changes without a = lot of risk, and multiple memories and storage/backup make it easier to concentrate on the music, and be able to retrieve lost memories, = situations other instrumentalists don't have to face as we.   Devon Hollingsworth, In Chicago Suburb  
(back) Subject: Re: Major Staff Shake Up at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC From: <Innkawgneeto@cs.com> Date: Wed, 25 Apr 2001 23:32:28 EDT     --part1_be.137fe24b.2818f0cc_boundary Content-Type: text/plain; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   Ok, I'm confused. I thought Donald Dumler was music director at St. Patrick's.   To think I applied for that job once. eeks.   Neil Brown     --part1_be.137fe24b.2818f0cc_boundary Content-Type: text/html; charset=3D"US-ASCII" Content-Transfer-Encoding: 7bit   <HTML><FONT FACE=3Darial,helvetica><FONT SIZE=3D2>Ok, I'm confused. = &nbsp;I thought Donald &nbsp;Dumler was music director at St. <BR>Patrick's. &nbsp; <BR> <BR>To think I applied for that job once. &nbsp;eeks. <BR> <BR>Neil Brown <BR></FONT></HTML>   --part1_be.137fe24b.2818f0cc_boundary--