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Casavant Organ Op. 1130 (“Tina Mae”), St. John Cantius, Chicgao

St. John Cantius in Chicago houses a grand restored Casavant Pipe Organ (Opus 1130), which was built in 1926 and restored in 2013.

Now you can experience the beautiful sound of the newly restored Casavant Pipe Organ (Opus 1130, built in 1926) at Chicago’s historic St. John Cantius Church on DVD!

Two (2) DVDs of the Dedication of Casavant's Opus 1130 have been created. One DVD is of the Organ Dedication Recital of Concert Organist Thomas Schuster with violinist Br. Mathew Schuster, SJC. The second DVD is of the Casavant Opus 1130 Pipe Organ Blessing & Mass of Dedication.

DVD of Dedication Organ Recital - The Program
Variations de Concert, Opus 1, Joseph Bonnet (1884–1944)

Ave Maria (Meditation on the 1st Prelude of Bach), Charles-François Gounod (1818-1893)
Br. Matthew Schuster, S.J.C., Violinist

• Cortège and Litany, Opus 19, Number 2, Marcel Dupré (1886–1971)
• Impromptu, Opus 54, Number 2, Louis Victor Jules Vierne (1870–1937)
• Serene Alleluias from a soul longing for Heaven (L’Ascension), Olivier Messiaen (1908–1992)
• Toccata, Adagio, Fugue in C, BWV 564, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750)
• Introduction, Passacaglia, and Fugue, Opus 149, Healey Willan (1880–1968)
• Allegro molto appassionato, Violin Concerto in Em, Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1809–1847)
• Variations on Nun Komm, der Heiden Heiland, Anton Heiller (1923–1979)
• Claire de Lune (Suite Bergamasque), Achille-Claude Debussy (1862–1918)
• Berceuse and Finale (Firebird), Igor Fyodorovich Stravinsky (1882–1971)

DVD of Pipe Organ Blessing & Mass of Dedication
In this DVD you will see Francis Cardinal George. OMI, Archbishop of Chicago, bless this grand organ. You hear Thomas Schuster perform the first organ piece on the newly dedicated organ, the festive Carillon-Sortie by Henri Mulet (1878-1967). This DVD features Bishop Joseph Perry celebrating the Traditional Latin Mass (Pontifical High Mass) with the assistance of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius of Chicago.

You will hear and see the fabulous 125 voice Festival Choir directed by Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, and accompanied masterfully on the organ by Stephen Alltop, organist of Northwestern University, Thomas Zeman, organist of St. John Cantius Church, and Walter Whitehouse, former organist of Rockefeller Chapel.

This DVD features the choir singing this great Catholic liturgical music:
• Messe Solennelle, Op. 16, Louis Vierne
• Sacerdos et Pontifex, Charles-Marie Widor
• Laudate Dominum, Op. 9, No. 4, Marcel Dupré
• O Salutaris, Op. 9, No. 1, Marcel Dupré
• Ave Verum, Félix-Alexandre Guilmant
• Lord Our Governor, Healey Willan
• O Lord Our Governor, Healey Willan
• Crown Him With Many Crowns, Arr. Rev. Scott Haynes SJC
• Immaculate Mary, Arr. Rev. Scott Haynes SJC


Thomas Schuster is currently the director of music and organist at Epiphany Catholic Church in Miami, Florida, where he oversees a large music program with several choirs. Their repertoire is focused on restoring the rich heritage of sacred music from Gregorian chant to the present, including regular performances of orchestral Masses by Mozart, Schubert, Rheinberger, and others. He also directs the annual concert series, Music at Epiphany, and is the founder/artistic director of the Miami International Organ Competition- now in its seventh year and recognized as one of the major events in the United States for young organists.

Mr. Schuster received his Masters degree from the organ studio of Robert Bates at the University of Houston, and also holds a Bachelor of Music degree, Summa cum Laude, from Wayne State University in Detroit, with a double major in piano (Pauline Martin) and organ (Ray Ferguson) performance. Mr. Schuster has also attended music academies in Israel and Europe, and participated in master classes with Simon Preston, David Palmer, Jean-Bernard Pommier, David Craighead, and Vadim Monastirsky. He began his study of the organ with Fr. Eduard Perrone at age 14, and served as organist under him for eight years- the majority of that time at Assumption Grotto Church in Detroit. He began his piano study at age eleven; his early instructors included George Le Blanc and Thomas Green at the Academie Ste. Cecile, Ontario, Canada.

Mr. Schuster served as Professor of Organ at Florida International University in Miami from 2003-2006, and currently teaches privately. A winner of numerous piano and organ prizes, he was named the first-place winner of the 2011 North American Classical Organ Competition, the 2001 Albert Schweitzer Organ Festival/USA and the 2001 AGO/Quimby Region V Young Organists Competition. Thomas received prizes at the Wells Competition for Young Organists in Lubbock, TX and Shandon Competition in Columbia, SC, and was also a finalist in the Fort Wayne National Organ Playing Competition and the 2009 Jordan International Organ Competition. He has appeared at prestigious venues throughout the United States, Europe, and the Caribbean, including recitals at Stanford University and at the 2002 National AGO Convention in Philadelphia. Mr. Schuster was a recently a featured performer at the 2012 conference of the Westfield Center for Historical Keyboard Studies. His performances and recordings have been broadcast throughout the United States and Canada on National Public Radio’s Pipedreams, and CBC Radio II.

Currently collaborating with trumpeter Brian Neal of the Dallas Brass in a series of concerts, Mr. Schuster has published a CD of trumpet and organ arrangements and original compositions titled Reflections. Thomas has publicly performed much of the standard repertoire for organ and orchestra, and has also released a critically acclaimed compact disc of twentieth-century organ concertos by Anton Heiller, Walter Braunfels, and Max Baumann. He resides in Florida with his wife, Erica, and their seven children.

Br. Matthew Schuster, S.J.C. is a fully professed brother with the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and is currently studying for the priesthood. He studied violin under Alvin Score of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra for seven years and was a long standing member of the Oakland Youth Orchestra, which in 2006 awarded him first prize in the symphony level solo competition. For a number of years he was also a member in the Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra. Presently he is engaged in continuing violin studies under Henry Criz, former concertmaster of Chicago’s Lyric Opera.

Stephen Alltop has built a career based on excellence in several disciplines, conducting both orchestral and choral ensembles, and performing as a keyboard artist. He is Music Director of the Apollo Chorus of Chicago, the Elmhurst Symphony Orchestra and the Green Lake Choral Institute. In April of this year he was named as the new Music Director and Conductor of the Champaign Urbana Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Alltop has served as a member of Northwestern University’s conducting and keyboard faculties since 1994 where he conducts the Alice Millar Chapel Choir and the Baroque Music Ensemble. Mr. Alltop has guest conducted numerous orchestras and choruses across the United States. He has led opera and orchestral concerts with a number of Italian orchestras, including I Soloisti di Perugia, Fondazione Arturo Toscanini (Bologna), Teatro Reggio Orchestra (Parma), Festival Mozart (Roverto), Orchestra Sinfonica (Bari), Teatro Piccinni (Bari), and the Festival Duni (Matera).

Dr. Alltop led the International Schools Choral Music Society Festival in Busan, South Korea in February of this year. He has worked closely with leading composers of the day, including residency projects with John Corigliano, Eleanor Daley and Eric Whitacre, and has conducted world premieres of works by John Luther Adams, Jan Bach, Miguel del Agila, Frank Ferko, Fabrizio Festa, Stephen Paulus, Alan Terricciano, and many others. In 2007, he made his Carnegie Hall debut conducting music of Eric Whitacre.

Stephen Alltop made his Chicago Symphony Orchestra subscription concert debut as a harpsichord soloist in 2009 playing Bach with conductor Pinchas Zukerman. He appeared as an organ soloist with the CSO at the Ravinia Festival of 200 8. In 2011, Mr. Alltop served as principal organist for Bach’s St. Matthew Passion for Soli Deo Gloria’s Chicago Bach Project, and with the Ensemble Orchestral de Paris and conductor John Nelson at the Basilique St. Denis. As a harpsichordist and organist, he has performed with the Boston’s Handel and Haydn Society, Chicago Chamber Musicians, Chicago Sinfonietta, Joffrey Ballet, Minnesota Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Omaha Symphony, and the Peninsula Music Festival.

Mr. Alltop has recorded Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 on the American Gramaphone label and a disc of baroque arias with soprano Julianne Baird and trumpeter Darin Kelly on the Albany label. As a conductor, his CD’s include The Divas of Mozart’s Day with soprano Patrice Michaels on the Cedille label, operatic and chamber works of Antonio Caldara with soprano Julianne Baird on the Albany label, and Handel’s complete Messiah with the Apollo Chorus and Orchestra of Chicago on the Clarion label.

Stephen Alltop is represented by Joanne Rile Artist Management. Today we are most fortunate to have Mr. Alltop serving as our guest organist for the Organ Blessing and Pontifical Latin High Mass.

Fr. Scott A. Haynes, S.J.C. completed choral conducting studies at the University of Alabama under Dr. Sandra Willets in 1993, complimented by additional post-graduate classes in conducting with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey. Having studied composition under Dr. Frederic Goosen at the University of Alabama, he won the American Society of Composers and Arrangers’ Raymond Hubbell Award for orchestral composition in 1992. He has performed in Organ Master Classes for Peter Hurford, Thomas Murray, and Todd Williamson. After college he studied organ and choral conducting at Washington’s National Cathedral from 1994-98 under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Major, Organist and Choirmaster.

Ordained in 2007 for the Archdiocese of Chicago as a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Fr. Haynes serves as Associate Pastor of St. John Cantius Church, and also conducts the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra, and the Cantate Domino Choir. He has directed several CD recording projects at Saint John Cantius, including two this year, Coronation Mass: Midnight Mass from St. John Cantius and Carols by Candlelight: Lessons and Carols from St. John Cantius.

Today, he actively composes liturgical music for the choirs of St. John Cantius and serves as Chaplain to the Patrons of Sacred Music. In November he will lead over 130 choir and orchestra members in pilgrimage to Rome to sing for the choral festival celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the Cappella Giulia, the Vatican Choir once conducted by Paelstrina, which will be held at St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City.

Thomas Edward Zeman studied piano and music theory with Mildred Adaska and Ada Gregor. Afterwards he studied violin with George Metskas. At the Sherwood School of Music he studied piano under Leo Podolsky. While completing his high school studies he began coursework in music at Morton Junior College.

At DePaul University he studied piano with Thaddeus Kozack, villing with David Moll, chamber music, orchestra and orchestral conducting with Paul Stassevitch, and composition with Donald Jenni and John Downey. He obtained the Bachelor of Music degree at DePaul with a major in composition and a minor in piano.

At Indiana University in Bloomington he studied piano with Frederick Baldwin, and composition with Bernhard Heiden and Juan Orrego-Salas. He has studied organ with Arthur C. Becker, Sr. and Herdon Spillman. He holds the Master of Music degree from Indiana University with a major in composition and a minor in piano. He, furthermore, completed the coursework toward the Doctorate of Music degree with a major in composition and with minors in piano and theory. He has studied semiology and chironomy at the Gregorian Chant Institute at St. Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana. He performs in concerts and recitals as soloist and chamber musician.

He is vice president of the Chicago Camerata, and organization of several chamber music groups. As a member of the Chicago Camerata Trio he has performed on “Live from WFMT.” He has also performed on the Chicago Symphony Chamber Music Series. With the Betty Haag Academy of Music, he plays piano for student and guest violin soloists and for the violin ensemble, for local concerts and on tour. At St. John Cantius Church he frequently plays organ as soloist and accompanist with the St. Cecilia Choir and the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra.

In order to expand both classicism and romanticism, he has developed a highly ordered system of composition, employing a large number of pitches related through the ratios of integers. He has composed solo works, orchestral works, choral works and chamber works.

He believes music, whether it be for concert or for worship, should have a positive influence on the listener. His specific purpose in life is to compose music that will help people better to appreciate true peace, joy and the glory of God. Today, he is playing the secondary organ parts on the small choir organ during the 4:00 p.m. Mass.

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