Workshops will help composer write Mass for St. Luke Parish - Catholic Courier

Workshops will help composer write Mass for St. Luke Parish

Noted composer Glenn McClure will lead workshops in April and June at two St. Luke the Evangelist Parish worship sites to learn more about Livingston County Catholics as part of a concert Mass he is writing for the parish.

Workshops are set for Sunday, April 27, after the 10 a.m. Mass at St. Patrick, 46 Stanley St., Mount Morris; and after the 5:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Newman Community Mass, 13 North St., Geneseo. A workshop also will follow the 8 a.m. Mass Sunday, June 1, at St. Mary’s.

The concert Mass will be performed this coming fall and will feature choir members and instrumentalists from throughout the county. Mary Van Houten, music director of the Newman Catholic Community at the State University of New York College at Geneseo, will lead the rehearsals of this combined choir.

McClure will be gathering historical information on each of the parish’s component churches and will share ideas for his new musical composition, which celebrates the history and diversity of Livingston County Catholics. He also will gather ideas and feedback for the new piece during workshops after Mass.

The project is being funded in part by a grant from the Genesee Valley Council on the Arts and the New York State Council on the Arts’ Decentralization Grant program.

Several other works by McClure are scheduled to be performed this spring.

His "Starry Messenger" will be performed by Nazareth College students traveling to Italy in May. The piece is an oratorio based on the life of Galileo and his daughter and is written for chamber orchestra and choir. "Imoinda: A Caribbean Opera" will be performed May 1-4 by the Rochester City School District’s School of the Arts, and "Hine Ma Tov: The Music Within" will be performed May 17 and 18 by the Inclusive Choir Project of the 171 Corning Women’s Chorale and the ARC of Steuben County. This concert will be led by conductor and mentor Jennifer Haywood of Ithaca College.

Details are at or by calling 585-243-0324.


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