Saint Martin’s announces musical Artist-in-Residence
August 29, 2007
Inaugural concert slated for Saturday, September
Wash. – The Saint Martin’s University music department opens its
performing year with a recital featuring 2007-08 Artist-in-Residence,
Brother Aelred Woodard, tenor, and monk of the Order of Saint Benedict.
The recital, showcasing his musical background, range and abilities is
scheduled for Saturday, September 8th in the Abbey Church. The event is
dedicated to the memory of Saint Martin’s “first” first lady, Lillian
Mary Horiuchi Ishii, June 22, 1920 – August 13, 2007.
“Lillian Horiuchi Ishii was a gracious, lovely and
sophisticated woman who lived life to the fullest,” recalls University
President Douglas Astolfi, Ph.D. “Dedicating this recital to her is an
appropriate recognition of all she meant to the Saint Martin’s
Lillian first stepped onto the Saint Martin’s campus
in 1973, at the side of her husband, Dr. John D. “Jack” Ishii, who was
returning to his alma mater to teach in the Political Science
Department. Jack graduated from Saint Martin’s High School in 1938 and
Saint Martin’s College in 1942, receiving a BA degree in Political
Science. Lillian became the college’s “first” first lady when Jack was
appointed the first lay President of Saint Martin’s College, serving
from 1980 until December 31, 1984.
Darrell Born, Saint Martin’s music department
director, notes that, “Br. Aelred is a nationally recognized tenor and
it is an honor to have such an accomplished artist on campus to inspire
our students.” During the September 8th recital, Br. Aelred will perform
with members of the Saint Martin’s staff and faculty. Accompanying Br.
Aelred will be Art Peterson on piano, Phil Lawson, guitar and Louise
Moon, flute. Darrell Born will perform vocal duets with Br. Aelred, “who
is a wonderful role model and mentor to our aspiring student artists,”
The public is invited to attend and the performance
is free of charge. For more information about the program, please call
the University’s department of music, 360-438-4506.
Born in 1944, Br. Aelred has been involved in music
for most of his life. He began as a boy soloist with the Paulist
Choristers in New York City. He continued his voice and piano studies
with Albert Auger, a classmate and accompanist to the famed American
baritone, John Charles Thomas. He simultaneously studied organ with M.
Bernard Piche, one of the last North American students of Marcel Dupre
and Charles Tournemire.
While attending university, Br. Aelred studied voice
with the renowned Canadian Tenor, Joseph Victor Laderoute, who had
recorded Beethoven’s Fidelio with Toscanini. He graduated from the
University of Ottawa in 1966 with a BA in Philosophy.
He was later drafted into the US Army, where he
served three years on active duty, and subsequently enrolled in Saint
Martin’s on the GI Bill in 1972. The same year he was district winner of
the Metropolitan Opera auditions in Seattle. He earned his MA in
theology from Saint John’s University in 1989.
Br. Aelred is now teaching in the Saint Martin’s
University music department, where he is also the choirmaster of Saint
Martin’s Abbey. He began giving recitals as a tenor in 1965. He has
premiered several works by Ronald Hurst OSB, as well as a cycle of
Thomas Merton poems set to music by Henry Bryan Hays OSB and broadcast
on Minnesota Public Radio. Celtic Invocations, by Seattle composer, Bern
Herbolsheimer was created for Br. Aelred in 1983.
Br. Aelred has given recitals in western Washington,
California, Missouri, Michigan, Maine, Vermont and Washington D.C. He
has also performed in Abbeys and churches in England, Belgium, Spain,
France, Austria and Bavaria. He specializes in the sacred works of Bach,
French melodies, lyric operatic arias and the vocal works of Benjamin
Saint Martin’s University is an independent
four-year, Catholic, coeducational university located on a 320-acre
wooded campus in Lacey, Washington. Established in 1895 by the Catholic
Order of Saint Benedict, the University is one of 18 Benedictine
colleges and universities in the United States and Canada, and the only
one west of the Rocky Mountains. Saint Martin’s University prepares
students for successful lives through its 21 majors and six graduate
programs spanning the liberal arts, business, education and engineering.
Saint Martin’s welcomes 1,250 students from many ethnic and religious
backgrounds to its main campus, and 650 more to its five extension
campuses located at Fort Lewis Army Post, McChord Air Force Base,
Olympic College, Centralia College and Tacoma Community College.
For additional information:
Music department director
Saint Martin’s University