Thursday, April 12, 2007


I got this announcement from a family I'm good friends with.

The Schola Cantorum Sanctae Ceciliae of Northern Rhode Island, directed by Henri St. Louis, will offer a Concert of Sacred Music, April 27, at St. Anthony’s Church, 128 Greene Street, Woonsocket, RI. The group will be performing works of various composers dating from the early Renaissance to the mid-twentieth century. The concert will begin at 7:00 P.M. followed by refreshments in the church hall. A free-will offering to benefit St. Anthony’s Church may be given.

Henri St. Louis is a very well-known organist, singer, and choir director in the Northern Rhode Island area. The singers that he is directing and singing with here are all one family. The mother, Fran Garrepy, is also an established organist in Northern Rhode Island. Her father, the late Alcee Brodeur, was also a well-known organist in and around Woonsocket. Fran, Henri, and five of her sons make up the schola cantorum. Four of those five boys sang with me when I was at Holy Name. The youngest, Mark, was too young then. One of the boys, Michael, is studying organ with Henri St. Louis, and is doing quite well. I have heard this group in action on the local cable channel, and have a CD of their work. They are excellent.

Definitely an asset to the sacred music scene in the Providence diocese.

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