Settings of the entrance and communion antiphons for the Ordination of Priests from the new Roman Missal composed by Peter Latona were the winning entries in the 2016 Propers Composition Contest sponsored by the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM). Compositions were received from 22 contestants from across North America and Europe.
The winning antiphons were performed at the annual meeting of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, January 2-5, held at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit, MI and Our Lady, Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, Toledo, OH. The contest prize of $2,000 was presented to Dr. Latona who led the performance. The antiphon settings were scored for congregation, choir, cantors, organ and optional brass, timpani. The CRCCM judging panel consisted of Michael Batcho (Milwaukee), Marie Rubis Bauer (Omaha), Matthew Geerlings (Sioux City), Brian Gurley (Albany) and James Savage (Seattle). Anthony DiCello (Cincinnati) serves as committee chairperson.
Peter Latona (b. 1968) is the Music Director for the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (Washington, D.C.), the pre-eminent Marian shrine of the Roman Catholic Church in the United States. Recognized as a conductor, composer, organist, improviser and teacher, he is dedicated to providing the highest standard in sacred music within the context of the Roman Catholic Liturgy.
An award-winning organist, Dr. Latona has performed throughout the United States, Europe and the Holy Land, has presented workshops on improvisation, and has released a recording, An Organ Pilgrimage, on the Raven label, featuring all four pipe organs at the Basilica. In 2012 he performed to an audience of one thousand having been invited as a featured artist for the Festspiele Europaische Wochen in Passau, Germany. As the conductor of the Choir of the Basilica, he released numerous recordings of sacred choral music, presented concerts in the United States and abroad, performed nationally for the American Guild of Organists, National Pastoral Musicians Association, Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedrals, Church Music Association of America and internationally as a featured conductor in the Festival Internazionale di Musica e Arte Sacra. Among the recently completed recording projects is Tu es Petrus: A Papal Tribute in Music which commemorates the Papacy of Pope Benedict XVI and celebrates the Petrine ministry of Pope Francis and Te Deum: The Sacred Music of Peter Latona which was commissioned by the Knights of Columbus and features many of the works composed by Dr. Latona for the National Shrine. Active as a composer, Dr. Latona is published by Morningstar Music Publishers as well as Canticanova Publications, and G.I.A. His music has been featured in various media productions including Fr. Barron’s well-known series Catholicism. He has received commissions from the Knights of Columbus, Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston, the Diocese of Helena, as well as by the Archdioceses of Washington, New York and Philadelphia. His music was performed during the Apostolic visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to the United States in 2008 and in each city visited by Pope Francis during his 2015 Apostolic visit to the United States. In recognition of this, Dr. Latona was awarded the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice medal by Pope Francis. Dr. Latona also serves on the composition faculty of The Catholic University of America Benjamin T. Rome School of Music. Dr. Latona is a graduate of Bucknell University (B. Mus.), the Yale School of Music (M. Mus.), and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.).
The Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM) is the collegial gathering of musicians serving cathedral churches in the United States and Canada. It engages in dialogue, reflection, deliberation, resource exchange, mutual support, and ongoing professional development.