Magazine article The American Organist


Magazine article The American Organist


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Eric J. Bermani, campus minister and liturgical music director, St. Anselm College, Manchester, N.H., effective August 30, 2016. At the college, his primary responsibility is directing the 70voice choir in weekly Sunday evening liturgies that embrace music ranging from Gregorian chant to the present; the choir is planning its biennial European tour, traveling to England in March 2018. Bermani will also develop a comprehensive cantortraining program, coordinate the growth of the schola, and work with liturgical ministers. He serves as adjunct organ professor, working with colleagues in music and theology to develop a new program of liturgy and liturgical music studies. Additionally, Bermani is diocesan and music director for the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Diocese of Manchester, and a member of the New Hampshire AGO Chapter.

Christopher Houlihan, John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music, Trinity College, Hartford, Conn., effective at the beginning of the 2017-18 academic year. Houlihan succeeds his former teacher, organist John Rose. "Trinity has a unique standing among liberal arts colleges as a center of organ performance and choral music, a tradition that has been the foundation of my own career," said Houlihan. "I am honored to have the opportunity to continue in this great legacy, serving in the footsteps of Clarence Watters and John Rose." Houlihan grew up in Somers, Conn., and began organ studies with Rose at the age of twelve. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at Trinity College in 2009, and a master's degree at Juilliard. He has been artist-in-residence at Trinity College since 2013. Houlihan's familiarity with Trinity College Chapel's Austin organ extends well beyond his academic years: his new CD was recorded at Trinity Chapel. Christopher Houlihan Plays Bach (Azica ACD-71314) was released in February 2017. Mr. Houlihan is represented by Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists.


John Rose will retire in December after 40 years as college organist and chapel music director at Trinity College, Hartford, Conn. A graduate of Rutgers University, where he also taught for several years, he was appointed at age 20 as organist of the Cathedral-Basilica of the Sacred Heart in Newark, N.J. While there, he inaugurated a concert series that is still a major part of the Newark music scene. As a concert organist he has well over 1,000 recitals to his credit and has performed professionally on four continents. He has also appeared with several orchestras, including the San Francisco Symphony as part of the 1984 AGO national convention, and on multiple occasions with the Hartford Symphony Orchestra. His numerous releases on Towerhill Recordings include Star Wars, recorded in 1977 within months of the fdm's release, and a series titled The French Romantics.

During his final academic year at Trinity College he had the honor of being named the first "John Rose College Organist-and-Directorship Distinguished Chair of Chapel Music." The position was created through a bequest from the estate of Marjorie Van Eenam Butcher, Trinity College professor of mathematics, emeritus, who was the college's first female faculty member. Rose, professor of music ex officio, served under seven presidents of Trinity College and six chaplains. He planned and executed 80 of the school's popular Christmas Festival of Lessons and Carols services. As director of the Chapel Singers, Trinity's oldest student organization, he led periodic choir tours abroad in Europe and South America. …

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