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Huffington Ecumenical Institute

2014 Huffington Ecumenical Symposium: Liturgical Music

Slated Speakers


Antonio Alonso
Emory University

Tony Alonso is one of the most prominent voices in contemporary liturgical music. In addition to several published collections of liturgical music, Tony’s music appears in compilations and hymnals throughout the world. A frequent presenter at conferences and events across North America and Europe, he has also authored several books and articles on liturgy and liturgical music. Tony holds a Bachelor of Music degree in choral conducting from Northwestern University and a Master of Arts degree in theology from Loyola Marymount University; he is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in the Graduate Division of Religion at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, where he is focusing on liturgical theology, ritual studies, and ecclesiology.


Mark Bailey
Yale University

Mr. Bailey earned his music degrees at the Eastman School of Music and at the Yale School of Music (through the Yale Institute of Sacred Music), Yale University. He has studied conducting principally with Harold Farberman, David Effron, and Marguerite Brooks, and has coached with Daniel Lewis among others. He is extensively involved in the performance of baroque, classical, and early romantic instrumental, vocal/choral, and operatic works, with particular expertise in Slavic music of the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the Bach family, Handel, Haydn, and Mozart. Currently Mr. Bailey is artistic director of the American Baroque Orchestra, which he founded, as well as the Yale Russian Chorus (YRC). Mr. Bailey frequently guest conducts renowned ensembles, such as Cappella Romana and Pro Coro Canada, particularly in the Slavic repertoire. Mr. Bailey has been a principal guest speaker on Slavic choral music for the Great Performers series and the Mostly Mozart festival at Lincoln Center in New York City. Other guest appearances include conducting two gala concerts at Carnegie Hall, featuring the music of Moscow and St. Petersburg. From 1992 to 2008, Mr. Bailey served on the faculty of St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Seminary in Crestwood, New York, where he taught composition, analysis, choral leadership, and Church Slavonic. He also served on the conducting staff for the chapel choirs, founding and leading the Composers Seminar at St. Vladimir’s in 2007 and 2008. Mr. Bailey is a Fellow at Davenport College, Yale University. In the field of research, he has curatorial responsibility for Yale’s renowned collection of Historical Sound Recordings. Outside of music, Mr. Bailey is extensively involved in animal welfare and, in 2012, was appointed by the mayor of the City of New Haven, Connecticut, as a humane commissioner.


John Michael Boyer
Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology

Protopsaltis John Michael Boyer has been performing since the age of 7, then the youngest ever member of the Portland Opera Association. Now considered an expert Byzantine cantor, he lectures at workshops and seminars on Eastern Orthodox liturgical music across the United States, and has served as specialty coach for both Chanticleer and the Minnesota Symphony for world première performances and recordings of works by John Tavener. Chanticleer’s recording Lamentations and Praises won a Grammy. John has also received critical acclaim for his solo chant performances with Cappella Romana. He is now one of Cappella Romana’s main editors for the composition, transcription, adaptation and compilation of Byzantine Music in the received tradition, including the scores for the critically acclaimed recording of the Divine Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom sung in Byzantine Chant in the English language. In March 2006, John was appointed to the position of Protopsaltis (First Cantor) of the Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco by His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos. Having received a Bachelor's of Arts Degree in music at the University of California, Berkeley, he continues to sing on a regular basis with Cappella Romana, and is now associate conductor and assistant director of Bay Area Classical Harmonies, and Artistic Director of the Josquin Singers. He is also Protopsaltis and Director of Liturgy at Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church in Sacramento, California.


Margot Fassler
University of Notre Dame

Margot Fassler, Keough-Hesburgh Professor of Music History and Liturgy, is renowned for her work at the intersection of musicology and theology and is a specialist in sacred music of several periods. At Notre Dame she holds joint appointments in Music and in Theology, and she is a fellow in the Medieval and Nanovic Institutes. Before coming to Notre Dame in 2010, Fassler spent a decade as director of the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University, where she held the Robert Tangeman Chair of Music History. Her interdisciplinary approach is demonstrated in her most recent book, The Virgin of Chartres: Making History through Liturgy and the Arts (Yale University Press), a study informed by close work with architecture. Fassler has just completed a textbook on medieval music, Music in the Medieval West (with anthology) for a new series published by W. W. Norton. Her new work on Hildegard of Bingen is completely interdisciplinary in nature, combining study of liturgy, theology, music, drama, and the visual arts, and includes a digital model based on the treatise Scivias. It is supported by both a Guggenheim Fellowship and a Digital Innovation Fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies. Prof. Fassler is a frequent lecturer, nationally and internationally. She has been a Member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, the Center of Theological Inquiry in Princeton, and a Luce Faculty Fellow in Theology. She is active in the North American Academy of Liturgy, the Society for Oriental Liturgy, the Society for Ethnomusicology, and the American Musicological Society, where she has recently been named to a new committee on music and technology; she was elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007. Fassler is the Principal Investigator for a new grant from the Lilly Endowment, “Recovering Christian Heritage through Sacred Music: A Model for Partnership.”


John Flaherty
Loyola Marymount University


His Eminence, Metropolitan Gerasimos
Greek Orthodox Metropolis of San Francisco

Born in Kalamata, Greece, His Eminence Metropolitan Gerasimos came to the United States in 1967 and shortly thereafter began his studies at Hellenic College Holy Cross Greek Orthodox School of Theology where he earned a Bachelor of Arts in 1973, followed by a Master of Divinity in 1976, both degrees conferred with high honors. Following his graduation, he began working at Holy Cross as Registrar/Admissions and Records Office, and later he became Dean of Students and Director of Admissions. During this same time, he enrolled in Boston College, earning both Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in Counseling and School Psychology. His dissertation was titled Intellectual Deficits in a Substance Abuse Population and he has authored and co-authored several papers in the areas of dual diagnosis and intellectual deficits. He was appointed as a staff psychologist at the VA Medical Center in Boston and held that position for several years. He is a member of the American Psychological Association and the American Counseling Association. Following his ordination in 1979, he served as Archdeacon to Archbishop Iakovos until 1996. In 2001, he was elected Bishop of Krateia and was also named Chief Secretary of the Holy Eparchial Synod. The Holy and Sacred Synod of the Ecumenical Patriarchate selected him to be the Metropolitan of San Francisco in 2005. Metropolitan Gerasimos recently initiated the development of a comprehensive Strategic Plan for the Metropolis of San Francisco so that it can be proactive in developing meaningful programs and ministries for the spiritual, educational, and social edification of its faithful.


Richard Hilgartner
Office of Divine Worship, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Msgr. Rick Hilgartner is the Executive Director of the Secretariat of Divine Worship at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. A priest of the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Msgr. Hilgartner has worked in parish ministry and campus ministry, and has taught theology and preaching. He completed his M.Div and S.T.B. at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, Baltimore, and an S.T.L. in Liturgical and Sacramental Theology at the Pontifical Athenaeum of Saint Anselm in Rome, where he is currently pursuing an S.T.D. in Sacramental and Liturgical Theology. In his work with the Bishops’ Committee on Divine Worship, he helped prepare for the implementation of the Roman Missal and is a frequent presenter on a variety of liturgical matters.


Alexander Lingas
University of Oxford, City University London

Alexander Lingas is a Senior Lecturer in Music at City University London. He received his Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from the University of British Columbia. His present work embraces not only historical study but also ethnography and performance. He is the founder and Artistic Director of the vocal ensemble Cappella Romana and a Fellow of the University of Oxford’s European Humanities Research Centre. His awards include Fulbright and Onassis grants for musical studies with cantor Lycourgos Angelopoulos, the British Academy’s Thank-Offering to Britain Fellowship, research leave supported by the Stavros Niarchos Foundation, and the St. Romanos the Melodist medallion of the National Forum for Greek Orthodox Church Musicians (USA).


Dolores Martinez
St. Mark the Evangelist Catholic Church, San Antonio, TX

Dolores Martinez, Ph.D., is the Director of Music Ministries at St. Mark the Evangelist parish in San Antonio, Texas. She has been a liturgist and musician team member with the North American Forum on the Catechumenate, a member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), and a past member of the Board of Directors of the Southwest Liturgical Conference. Dolores received her Ph.D. in Fine Arts and a Master of Music in piano performance from Texas Tech University. She has music published by Oregon Catholic Press, as well as articles in Liturgia y Canción (OCP), Pastoral Music Magazine (NPM), and GIA Quarterly (GIA).


Carolyn Ramzy
University of Toronto

Carolyn Ramzy is an ethnomusicologist, author, and lecturer whose work focuses on how local arts and cultural organizations can facilitate social change and promote community prosperity. Her research focuses how Egyptian folk music helped Coptic Orthodox Christians articulate a political identity during the Egyptian Spring. She has published articles for the Library of Congress's Performing Arts Encyclopedia, Turāth: An Egyptian Heritage Magazine, and two music textbooks. Besides lecturing at the Library of Congress, she has presented at the American Research Center in Egypt, University of Toronto, Florida State University, and a number of academic conferences across the country and internationally. Ms. Ramzy is the recipient the Social Science and Humanities Research Council Award (SSHRC), the Ontario Graduate Scholarship (OGS), and the University of Toronto School of Graduate Studies Doctoral Completion Award among others. She holds a bachelor of Musical Arts from the Eastman School of Music, a Master's from Florida State University, and just defended her dissertation, "The Politics of (Dis)Engagement: Coptic Christian Revival and the Performative Politics of Song" at the University of Toronto.

Anthony Ruff
St. John's University

Fr. Anthony Ruff, OSB is a monk of St. John’s Abbey, director of abbey music, and professor of theology and liturgical music at St. John’s University and School of Theology/Seminary. He is the founding director of the National Catholic Youth Choir. He chaired the committee that wrote the English chant for the 2011 Roman Missal. He is on the board of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians and is a frequent presenter across the U.S. and internationally on liturgy and music. He does priestly ministry at the county jail and for the neighboring community of Benedictine sisters. He is moderator of the popular liturgy blog “Pray Tell.”



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