Settings of the entrance and communion antiphons for the Chrism Mass from the new Roman Missal composed by Normand Gouin were the winning entries in the 2015 Propers Composition Contest sponsored by the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians (CRCCM). Compositions were received from 25 contestants from across North America and Europe. The Chrism Mass is a liturgy usually celebrated in a diocese during holy week in the cathedral church, where the sacred oils used for anointing in the sacraments of baptism, confirmation, the sick and holy orders are blessed.
The contest prize of $1500 was presented to Mr. Gouin who was present for the performance. The antiphon settings scored for congregation, choir, cantors, organ and optional brass, timpani and flute will be published by MorningStar Music Publishers in Saint Louis. The CRCCM judging panel consisted of Michael Batcho (Milwaukee), Marie Rubis Bauer (Omaha), Anthony DiCello (Cincinnati), Brian Gurley (Albany) and James Savage (Seattle).
For over 24 years Normand Gouin has served as liturgy and music director of a variety of church settings throughout the country. He currently serves as an Assistant Chaplin and Director of Liturgy and Music at the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. An accomplished composer, he has been commissioned to write works for cathedrals, churches, and religious communities throughout the country. Most recently, Mr. Gouin’s hymn, “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom” written in collaboration with Rev. Andrew Ciferni, O. Praem, was selected as the official hymn for the World Meeting of Families and the first visit of Pope Francis to the United States. The hymn was performed at the Papal Mass in Philadelphia on September 27, 2015. Mr. Gouin’s sacred music is published by GIA Publications and MorningStar Music Publishers. He has been a contributing writer for the GIA Quarterly as well as workshop presenter for the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Association. He has served on several diocesan liturgical commissions and has been a consultant to the Philadelphia Liturgical Institute. He holds degrees from The Catholic University of America and the University of Notre Dame.
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. More information at: www.crccm.org