Dr. William Tortolano
A concert of sacred music, performed by the Vermont Gregorian Chant Schola, will take place at Saint Jude Church, Hinesburg, VT, on Sunday, October 16, 2016 at 3 p.m. In residence at Saint Michael’s College, the 18-voice men’s group has sung more than 100 concerts and liturgies.
Under the direction of Dr. William Tortolano, professor emeritus at Saint Michael’s, the program includes Gregorian settings for the Mass of the Angels, five chants reflecting the liturgical year, and choral music from the American folk music style.
Edmundite Pastor, Rev. David Cray, SSE, invites the area community to experience the sacred beauty of this time-honored music and its renaissance of interest. The concert is free and open to the public. An optional free-will offering is suggested.
Dr. Tortolano is a world-renowned expert on the Chant and has researched the Chant at the Benedictine Monastery of Saint-Pierre de Solesmes in France and translated Dom Cardine’s book Beginning Studies in Gregorian Chant. His most recent book is A Gregorian Chant Handbook. His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI, conferred upon Tortolano the Pontifical Honor, Cross Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice in recognition of his service to the Burlington Diocese and the Church.