Tournemire Conference in Pittsburgh Begins!

The CMAA is back in Pittsburgh for three and a half days devoted to Charles Tournemire and his students.  Stay tuned here to follow along with the conference if you’re unable to join us.

Before the conference this morning, Dr. Ed Schaefer (University of Florida) directed the Florida Schola Cantorum in singing the chant propers and a Palestrina Mass for the 11:00 a.m. High Mass in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite at St. Boniface in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Schaefer and his choir will be performing choral works by Franck, Dupré, Alain, Duruflé, Langlais, and Messiaen in a concert tomorrow afternoon.

Attendees began arriving this afternoon to Heinz chapel on the campus of the University of Pittsburgh, a magnificent setting for the opening activities of the conference.

The conference began with a recital of works by Tournemire and his students, played by alumni of the organ program at Duquesne University.

The organ, designed by Tournemire specialist and professor emeritus of Univ. of Pittsburgh, Robert Sutherland Lord, is magnificently suited for the French repertoire.

This evening will conclude with compline, sung by the Pittsburgh Compline Choir under the direction of Alastair Stout.