Stephen Harouff: May 2, 2009
with the Las Vegas Master Singers Chamber Chorale (directed by Jocelyn Jensen),
The Harmony Ringers (directed by Marshall Townsend) with Brass & Tympani
PERFORMANCE NOTE: This recital was originally scheduled to be performed by Dr. John Walker who fell ill and was not able to make the trip to Las Vegas. His former graduate student, Steven Harouff, came instead to perform this recital in memory of Dr. James Ty.
Composer Bruce Saylor was present for the performance of several of his pieces, earlier commissioned by Dr. James Ty, Jr. before his death.
Stephen Harouff is a graduate of the Peabody Conservatory of Johns Hopkins University, where he completed the degree of Master of Music in Organ as a student of Dr. John Walker. He also holds undergraduate degrees in music education and piano from West Virginia University. He recently competed as a finalist in the Arthur Poister Competition in Organ Playing, and has been the recipient of numerous scholarship awards, including the James Winship L,ewis Memorial Prize in Organ and Church Music (Peabody Conservatory) and the Performance Grant Award (WVU). While still an undergraduate student he held conducting posts with both the University Concert Choir and the Choral Union, and· appeared as .soloist with the WVU Symphony as a winner of the 2003 Young Artist Competition.
Stephen has enjoyed increasing success as an organist and collaborative artist in the Baltimore/Washington D.C. metro area. He serves Faith Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, MD as Minister of Music, where he leads a diverse program of worship through music. Previous organ posts include the First Presbyterian Churches of Annapolis, MD and Morgantown, WV. Recent appearances as a collaborative artist include the Annapolis Opera Company, Peabody Opera, Peabody Singers, the United States Naval Academy Band, and the Annapolis Wind Symphony. Solo performances include the Baltimore Bach Marathon, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, National City Christian Church, and Church of the Resurrection, Washington D.C. He has previously worked as an instrumental music teacher for both middle and high school levels. During the summers of 2003 and 2004, he enjoyed a demanding performance schedule as a faculty guest artist for the West Virginia Governor's School for the Arts.
State Trumpets (1982): Bruce Saylor (b. 1946)
Commissioned by James Ty, Jr. for the wedding of Ann C. Carter and Thomas P. Palmer
Dulcis Jesu Memoria (2000): Bruce Saylor
Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart (1990): Bruce Saylor
Anthem on an Original Hymn-tune, Keith
Composed in honor of James Ty, Jr. (1951-1989)
Blessing (2000): Bruce Saylor
All You Who With Bright Hope (2000): Bruce Saylor
Carillon Te Deum for Handbells (1982): Bruce Saylor
Commissioned in honor of Janet Ty by Clifford, Jennifer and James Ty, Jr.
L' Ascension (Ascension Day) Four Symphonic Meditations (1934): Olivier Messiaen (1908-1992)
I. Majesty of Christ praying that His Father should glorify Him
Father, the hour is come, glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee. (Prayer from Christ, The Gospel according to St. John)
II. Serene Alleluias from a soul longing for Heaven We beseech Thee, Almighty God, that we may in mind dwell in Heaven.
(From the Mass on Ascension Day)
III. Outburst of joy from a soul before the Glory of Christ which is its own glory Giving thanks unto The Father which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the Saints in light .... has raised us up together and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. (The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Colossians and to the Ephesians)
IV. Prayer from Christ ascending towards His Father
And now, o Father, I have manifested Thy name unto men… . and now, I am no more in the world, but these are in the world and I come to Thee.
(Prayer from Christ, The Gospel according to St. John)
Composer Bruce Saylor, a native of Philadelphia, holds two degrees from Julliard, where he studied with Hugo Weisgall and Roger Sessions. Under a Fulbright Grant, he studied with Goffredo Petrassi at the Academia di Santa Cecilia in Rome. And in the doctoral program of the City University of New York Graduate Center, he worked with George Perle. An award-winning teacher, he has taught at Julliard, at New York University, and since 1979 as professor at the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College and at the CUNY Graduate Center.
Three pieces in Saylor's catalogue owe their composition to the passionate musician and physician, Dr. James Ty, Jr. They are "State Trumpets" for brass, organ, and timpani, "Carillon Te Deum" for hand bells, and the anthem "Eternal Light, Shine in My Heart."
Saylor has received two National Endowment for the Arts fellowship-grants, the Rodgers and Hammerstein Scholarship and other prizes from Julliard, the Charles Ives Scholarship and later the Music Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Mellon Foundation Professorship, the Guggenheim Fellowship,and a major award for composition from the Ingram Merrill Foundation.
He has written four operas. His third was "Orpheus Descending," set to a libretto by J. D. McClatchy and based on the play of Tennessee Williams. The work was produced by Lyric Opera of Chicago in 1994, where he was Brena and Lee Freeman Composer in Residence. His fourth opera, "The Scrimshaw Violin," set to a libretto by Jonathan Levi, was produced by Nine Circles Chamber Theater at the 92nd Street Y in New York in 2001.
He has been commissioned and performed by the San Francisco, Houston, Nashville, Yale symphonies, the Musica Viva of New York Chorus and Orchestra; and the American: Composers Orchestra at Carnegie Hall. He is the composer of nine oratorios and cantatas. He has written elaborate· ceremonial music for the American visits of Popes John Paul II and Benedict XVI, the investiture of Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold at the National Cathedral, the Second Inaugural of President Clinton, and celebrations at the American Cathedral in Paris, the Bibliotheque Nationale, Grand Central terminal, Rheims Cathedral, and others. He wrote the music and arrangements for two best-selling CDs of Jessye, Norman, "Jessye Norman at Notre Dame" and "In the Spirit." And he made concert arrangements for "The Sacred Ellington" which Miss Norman has performed throughout the world. The evening-long presentation was given its American premiere last March at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine in New York City as part of the Miss Norman’s “Honor!” Festival produced by Carnegie Hall.
Saylor has written much chamber music, choral music and music for solo voice. Four of his vocal chamber works have been recorded by mezzo soprano Constance Beavon.
James Ty, Jr. (1959-1989) was a graduate of The Taft School in Watertown, Connecticut; Stanford University where he pursued studies in Medicine and Music; and the Graduate School of Medicine at New York University.
A thoughtful and caring physician, Jim maintained a vibrant medical practice in NYC. In times of great need and confusion, his true calling as a healer bloomed through his care for many afflicted with AIDS in addition to his own difficult illness. He was one of the first physicians to speak out on a major network news show about AIDS and tried to dispel unfounded ideas surrounding the disease.
Jim's true north was his passion for music. It enveloped him twenty-four/seven. Living in New York City, Jim pursued his interests by singing in the choir at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church services and through his attendance in countless musical venues. His musical journey began through the guidance of his mother, in study and an organ recital with John Walker during his studies at Stanford, and later through his friendship with his long-time teacher, Dr. Zoltan Ovary - a Patron of the Arts. Theirs was a unique friendship borne from common passions for music, art, and literature.
Jim's enthusiasm for music was best shared with dear friends, family, and anyone who would join him in his journeys of discovery. He wanted us to feel, see, hear, and experience the joy of his passions together. He built memories through a language he knew well to reach our hearts ..... music. Friends and family will remember Jim with much love and joy each time a beautiful passage is sung, played, or spoken in performance or in meditation .... they know he is listening too.