Catholic choristers from parishes and middle- and high-schools throughout Florida will gather at the Cathedral of St. James in Orlando, Saturday, March 19, for a choral Festival and Mass sponsored by the American Federation Pueri Cantores. All conductors are encouraged to register at this time. Information is available at www.pcchoirs.org.
Evoking the sound of European cathedral music, this special musical and liturgical event gives young musicians the opportunity to meet, rehearse together and receive advanced choral training from nationally known conductors. Fr. John McCormick, Cathedral Rector, will preside at the Mass, and nationally recognized conductor, Patrick Flahive, will conduct the singers. The Festival, which features individual choirs, begins at 3:15 p.m. The Mass, at which all choirs sing as one large combined ensemble, begins at 4:00 p.m. The public is invited to attend.
In Orlando, the choirs will join together to sing a shared repertoire of music spanning fifteen hundred years-from Gregorian chant to masterworks of the Twentieth Century. This year, similar Pueri Cantores regional Festivals, each involving several dioceses, will be offered in twelve locations throughout the United States. A Conductor’s Seminar has also been announced for directors of Catholic parish, middle- and high-school choirs at the University of St. Mary of the Lake in Mundelein (Chicago), IL, in July. This annual seminar attracts choral leaders from throughout the United States.
The choirs will be under the direction of conductor, Patrick Flahive, Director of Music at Sacred Heart Church and School in Covina, California. He is founder and Director of Pueri Cantores San Gabriel Valley, an independent, nonprofit choral organization training preparatory, intermediate and advanced singers in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. PCSGV has been presented on television and in recent productions with the Los Angeles Opera. The Choir was also honored to represent student singers from the archdiocese at the dedication of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels. He has served as panelist and conductor for National Pastoral Musicians and Music Education National Conference and serves as President of the American Federation Pueri Cantores.
Pueri Cantores, the official student choral organization of the Catholic Church, involves more than 40,000 singers in thirty-five countries. The events and liturgies of the American Federation, second largest worldwide, offer a rich and otherwise unavailable liturgical and leadership resource for Catholic parish and school choirs and a broader view of the Church and its musical potential. Participation in a Pueri Cantores event is a formational and transformational experience that both choristers and conductors can carry throughout their lives.