Wilko Brouwers of the Netherlands will conduct one of the polyphonic choirs at XXIV CMAA Summer Colloquium in Indianapolis, as well as present a conducting breakout session entitled “How Does the Maestro Move?” He has taught both chant and polyphony at the CMAA Colloquia since 2004. This year the central work of his choir will be the Manuel Cardoso Missa de beata virgine from the Golden Age of Portuguese Polyphony. There will also be motets by composers as diverse as Grieg and Wadsworth.
Dr. Horst Buchholz, Vice President of the Church Music Association of America, will be directing one of the polyphony choirs at the XXIV Summer Colloquium. He has served on the faculty at several Summer Colloquia and we are pleased to welcome him again. The principal work for his choir will be the Missa pro defunctis (“Requiem”) for four voices, composed by Tomas Luis de Victoria in 1583. He will also be conducting a variety of motets, ranging from Mozart to Bruckner. He will be the organist for the Mass for the Feast of St. Thomas the Apostle on Thursday, July 3rd, at the Church of St. John Evangelist in Indianapolis.
Horst Buchholz is Director of Sacred Music at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis and the Archdiocese of St. Louis, as well as Artistic Director of St. Louis Cathedral Concerts. Prior to coming to St. Louis, Dr. Buchholz had served as Organist and Choirmaster at the Cathedral Basilica of the Immaculate Conception in Denver, Colorado and Trinity Cathedral in Cleveland.
Buchholz studied organ and sacred music in his native Germany at the Berlin College of Church Music and graduated with degrees and diplomas in Church Music and Music Pedagogy from the University of Arts in Berlin. His organ teachers have included Heinz Lohmann, Peter Wackwitz, and Rudolf Heinemann. Among his conducting teachers were Martin Behrmann, Uwe Gronostay, and Erich Bergel. After receiving his teaching certificate in Music Theory and Composition from the University of Arts in Berlin in 1989, Dr. Buchholz continued his post-graduate studies in the United States, where he received his Doctor of Music degree in conducting from the Indiana University School of Music.
As a chorus member and assistant with the Berlin Philharmonic Chorus, he worked with and performed under such eminent maestros as Claudio Abbado, Seiji Ozawa, Kurt Masur, Lorin Maazel, and Herbert von Karajan. Dr. Buchholz’s other accolades and accomplishments include his service as Music Director of the Denver Philharmonic Orchestra, organist and guest conductor appearances with the Colorado Symphony, and Opera Colorado, as well as with orchestras and operas in Mexico, Japan, Korea, and several European countries. He has performed in major cathedrals and concert halls around the world. In 2009, The Denver Philharmonic named him Conductor Laureate.
As a music educator, Dr. Buchholz has served as a member of the organ faculty at Cleveland State University; Associate Professor of Music and Director of Schola Cantorum at St. John Vianney Seminary (Denver); Assistant Professor of Conducting, Director of Orchestral Studies, and faculty member of organ and church music at Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver.
We are very pleased to have Dr. Ann Labounsky on the faculty of CMAA’s Colloquium XXIV. As professor of music and chairman of the Organ and Sacred Music degree programs at Duquesne University, she oversees undergraduate and graduate programs in sacred music.
This year, Ann will be offering two breakout sessions on current-day Solesmes. She will also be the organist for the Colloquium Votive Mass of the Sacred Heart of Jesus at 5:00 p.m. on July 4, 2014 at St. John the Evangelist Church.
Dr. Labounsky is widely known, both in the United States and in Europe, as a virtuoso performer and improviser at the organ and particularly as a leading American disciple of Jean Langlais. From 1962 to 1964 she lived and studied in Paris as a Fulbright scholar. There, as an organ student of André Marchal