Tuesday, August 23, 2016

An Important 'First' For Treasured Institution!

The Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul and the Archdiocese of Philadelphia are pleased to announce the appointment of Ms. Charlene Angelini as the new Director of Liturgical Music effective August 29th. She succeeds Dr. John Romeri.

The first female to serve in this role, Ms. Angelini will direct the Cathedral Basilica Choir and work to promote an authentic liturgical music formation at the Cathedral parish. In addition, she will coordinate liturgical music for the planning of baptisms, weddings, funerals and other sacramental celebrations at the Cathedral Basilica. Ms. Angelini will direct the Archdiocesan choir and oversee the Archdiocesan Boy and Girl choirs. She will also have responsibility for the liturgical music for Archdiocesan celebrations and supervise Archdiocesan liturgical music formation programs.

Father G. Dennis Gill, Rector of the Cathedral Basilica, said, “After an extensive international search, we are happy to announce that Charlene will continue her excellent ministry at the Cathedral parish in this new role. The pastoral dimension that she brings to this position stands out as a singular strength.”

Ms. Angelini, a Philadelphia native, comes to this position with 25 years of experience as a cantor and 10 years as a choral director. For the last 6 years, she has served as the principal cantor for parish and archdiocesan celebrations at the Cathedral. She also oversees the Cathedral’s “Basilica Music Academy.”

She has also served as Music Director at Our Lady Help of Christians Parish (Philadelphia) and substitute organist for various parishes in Philadelphia. She holds a Bachelor of Music in piano and vocal performance and has been featured in several television broadcasts as cantor at the Cathedral Basilica including the Papal Mass on September 26 and 27, 2015.

In reaction to her appointment, Ms. Angelini said, “I am beyond thrilled and excited to take on this new role as the Director of Music for the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul. I’ve been honored to make liturgical music my life’s work for more than 20 years, and embrace this opportunity to continue my ministry in such a glorious place that I have called home for the last six years. I look forward to maintaining and advancing the wonderful music program at the Basilica, with a commitment to advanced repertoire and quality music in the praise of God’s name."

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