Date: Sunday, Oct. 15 (one session only)
Time: 3 – 5 p.m.
Enrollment: 12 min./150 max.
Register By: Oct. 9
Come to experience the rhythm and rhymes of the hymns and psalms that inspired the Protestant Reformation. In the early 16th century, sacred music in the Catholic Church was sung in Latin by the clergy. Protestant reformers aimed to bring the music to the people via congregational singing. Luther loved music and introduced the use of chorales for congregational involvement in the service. Calvin believed that the poetry of the Book of Psalms was the only proper music for church use. The music of the Genevan Psalter helped spread the news of the Reformation more quickly than the written or spoken word could. This workshop will involve the University Presbyterian Church Choir.
John Silantien, Ph.D., presently serves as Director of Choral Activities at the University of Texas at San Antonio as well as Director of the San Antonio Symphony Mastersingers, and Director of Choral Music at University Presbyterian Church. Dr. Silantien has taught and conducted choirs on the secondary and collegiate levels in Texas, the Washington, D. C., area, and while on the faculty of the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. Dr. Silantien’s orchestral conducting credits include performances with the San Antonio Symphony, the San Antonio Pops, and New York’s West Side Chamber Orchestra, as well as CD recordings of three Mozart piano concertos with the Moscow State Radio Orchestra. He made his Carnegie Hall debut in 1994, returning to conduct Mozart’s Vespers in 2008, and in 2016, conducting the Mastersingers in the Carnegie Hall premiere of Robert Cohen’s Alzheimer’s Stories. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Illinois.