Healey Willan


With over 800 opus numbers, Willan was a highly active composer of sacred organ and choral music, orchestral and chamber music, operas and much more. In the field of sacred music, after Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willian is the most prolific composer.

While Maestro Willan’s music is known and loved by church choirs, organists and instrumental ensembles, much of his music is no longer in print or has never been published.



Fr. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, a priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Chaplain to the Patrons of Sacred Music, and director of several Choirs and Orchestras, at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, has been placed in charge of the musical estate of Healey Willan. The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius has formed the Healey Willan Society in consultation with Mrs. Mary Willan Mason, for the purpose of fostering the musical heritage of Healey Willan. 

It is the goal of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and of the Healey Willan Society to bring back into print as many musical works of Healey Willan as possible. This will be available here through Biretta Books, the publishing house of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. 

Read more about Healey Willan at HealeyWillan.com