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Episode No. 65. Saturday, August 10, 2019. Composers Normand Gouin and Rev. James Chepponis

Hear from these two enormously talented men who both composed music for the Dedication of Christ Cathedral. Each of these composers have served the church as parish musicians in several capacities. Normand in Philadelphia at St. Joseph Parish, as a college teacher and musician at Holy Cross College in Worcester MA, and now continues as composer and parish musician in New York City. Fr. Chepponis is the Diocesan Director of Music for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, a pastor and parish priest and still has time to be an organist and composer as well. These two incredibly busy men both readily accepted a commission to write music for cathedral’s dedication. Neither are strangers to receiving commissions from John Romeri. As long time friends, they have written numerous pieces for John from Papal Visits to the US to trips to Rome; from Bishop’s Ordinations and Installations to Chrism Mass antiphons. Enjoy a great hour with these two men who have dedication so much of their lives to writing music for the church. Hear how they go about composing music and just what inspires them. All of the music on today’s show is from the CD produced by Christ Cathedral Choirs from the Dedication.. Their new CD is beautifully produced on the Gothic label. Purchase your own copy at:

MUSIC: Entrance Antiphon (Ps 122) Let Us Go Rejoicing Peter Latona
MUSIC: Gloria from the Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin (based upon Mass VIII)
MUSIC: Psalm 19 James Chepponis
MUSIC: I was Glad H.H. Parry
MUSIC: Agnus Dei from the Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin (based upon Mass XVIII)
MUSIC: To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King arr. James Chepponis


Episode No. 46. Saturday, September 22, 2018. Normand Gouin, Pastoral Musician, Composer, Educator.

Normand Gouin has served the Church as a pastoral musician and liturgist for over 25 years.  An active and accomplished composer, he has been commissioned to write works for cathedrals, churches, and religious communities throughout the country. In 2015, his hymn “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom” written in collaboration with Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem, was selected as the official hymn of the World Meeting of Families, an event that marked Pope Francis’s first official visit to the United States.  The Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians selected his two works “Canticle of Jesus Christ, Our Redeemer” and “I Will Sing, Forever of Your Mercies, O Lord” in 2016 as the winning entries of their annual propers composition contest. Gouin’s publishers include GIA Publications and MorningStar Music Publishers. He has been a contributing writer for the liturgy and music journal, the GIA Quarterly, as well as a workshop presenter for the National Pastoral Musicians Association. He has served on several diocesan liturgical commissions and has led workshops on liturgy and pastoral music throughout the country.  He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America and the University of Notre Dame. On today’s show we hear how this brilliant musician/composer came to his career and enjoy some of his beautiful music written for the Church. Norm’s music can be purchased at Morningstar Music
MUSIC: Christ Has Become our Paschal Sacrifice. (Communion Antiphon for Easter Sunday). Normand Gouin Morningstar Music
MUSIC: May Light Eternal. (Communion Antiphon for Funerals). Normand Gouin Morningstar Music
MUSIC: Canticle of Jesus Christ. (Entrance Antiphon for Chrism Mass). Normand Gouin Morningstar Music
MUSIC: I Will Sing Forever of Your Mercies. (Communion Antiphon for Chrism Mass). Normand Gouin Morningstar Music
MUSIC: Up to the Hills. Ps 122. Normand Gouin Morningstar Music
MUSIC: Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom. Official Hymn of the World Meetings of Families. Normand Gouin Morningstar Music