Together with Notre Dame: Public Solidarity Concert

On Saturday, June 8th, at 8 pm we are hosting a host a free concert celebrating the spiritual and cultural significance of Notre-Dame de Paris.

The concert is hosted in collaboration with the Consul General of France in Chicago.

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The program will feature a combined choir of over 100 voices from choruses around Chicago. Come hear the famed Messe Solennelle, Op.16, by Louis Vierne accompanied by the historic Casavant Fréres pipe organ and other French works composed in Paris at Notre Dame.

The event is free and open to all, with a freewill offering to benefit the rebuilding and restoration of Notre-Dame de Paris. Contribute to rebuilding and restoration:


-Finale from Symphony no. 1, Louis Vierne
-Choral from Symphony no. 2, Louis Vierne
-Adagio from Symphony no. 3, Louis Vierne
-Romance from Symphony no. 4, Louis Vierne
-Messe Solenelle, Louis Vierne
-Cantique de Jean Racine, Gabriel Faure
-Je vous salue Marie, Fr. Jean-Batiste de la Sainte Famille


The choir for this special event is formed by singers from around the Chicago area who sing in these choirs:

-Apollo Chorus
-Chicago Artists Chorale
-De Paul University
-Fourth Presbyterian Church
-Holy Name Cathedral
-Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church
-St. Chrysostom’s Church
-St. Francis Xavier Church, Wilmette
-St John Brebuf Church, Niles
-St. John Cantius Church

Organists and Conductors

-Stephen Buzard, St. James Cathedral

Stephen Buzard is the Director of Music at St. James Cathedral in Chicago where he is the principal musician, playing the organ for services and directing the Cathedral Choir and Choristers. He came to St. James from Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue in New York City where he served as Assistant Organist, and later Acting Organist and Director of Music. Stephen holds degrees in organ from Westminster Choir College and the Yale Institute of Sacred Music where his teachers included Ken Cowan, Bruce Neswick, Thomas Murray, and Jeffrey Brillhart. In addition to his church music career, he maintains a busy schedule of solo recitals with the Karen McFarlane roster. The American Guild of Organists recently highlighted his career in a new book, “The Making of an Organ Virtuoso.” For more information, please visit

-Corrado Cavalli, St. John Cantius Church

Corrado Cavalli is organist at St John Cantius Church in Chicago church since 2015. A native from Turin, Italy, he was trained at the Turin Conservatory of music where he earned two Master degrees. He has performed across Europe and the U.S. including prestigious venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris where he was invited to play in 2017. He was awarded several prizes;  in addition, he has recorded for Biretta Books, De Montfort, AimHigher, Sony Classical, Elegia Records, and ElleDiCi music labels, and he has published for Biretta Books in Chicago and for the Italian edition, “Armelin musica.” Currently, he’s completing his Doctoral Studies at the University of Illinois.

-Fr. Scott A. Haynes, St. John Cantius Church

As an organ and choral scholar at Washington’s National Cathedral from 1994-98, Fr. Haynes studied under the tutelage of Dr. Douglas Major, Organist and Choirmaster.  Fr. Haynes completed choral conducting studies at the University of Alabama under Dr. Sandra Willets, complimented by post-graduate studies with Dr. James Jordan at Westminster Choir College, Princeton, New Jersey.  Having studied composition under Dr. Frederic Goosen, he won the American Society of Composers and Arrangers’ Raymond Hubbell Award for orchestral composition in 1992.  Today, he actively composes liturgical music for the choirs of St. John Cantius.  Ordained in 2007 for the Archdiocese of Chicago as a member of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Fr. Haynes serves as Associate Pastor of St. John Cantius Church.

-Richard Hoskins, St. Chrysostom’s Church

Richard Barrick Hoskins was appointed Director of Music, Organist & Carillonneur of St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal Church, Chicago, in 1984. He has an active career as a concert artist both here and Europe. He has appeared as organist with the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra, the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, the Lyric Opera Chorus, the Chicago Symphony Brass, Music of the Baroque, the Aestas Consort, the William Ferris Chorale, Chicago Choral Artists, St. James’ Chamber Orchestra, Gaudete Brass Quintet, Asbury Brass Quintet and the Millar Brass Ensemble. Notable recitals in Europe have included three recitals at St. Sulpice, Paris, and at York Minster, York, England. He has accompanied choirs for five week-long residencies in England at Wells Cathedral, Durham Cathedral, Lincoln Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, and Salisbury Cathedral, as well as residencies at Grace Cathedral, San Francisco, and The Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. He was appointed Assistant Professor of Organ & Harpsichord at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb in 1995 where he taught until 2008. From 2007-2016 he was College Organist at Carthage College, Kenosha, Wisconsin, where he taught organ and church music. He has been heard on Pipedreams, the nationally syndicated radio program produced by Minnesota Public Radio. His recordings include live concert recordings at St. Chrysostom’s, with the Music of Baroque, the Choir of the Lutheran Theological Seminary of Chicago, and with St. James Cathedral. He is the Organist on the DVD of the 2007 Christmas Concert by Music of the Baroque, produced and broadcast by Channel 11 WTTW and national PBS stations. He received his Bachelor and Masters of Music degree from Northwestern University in 1976 and 1989 (William H. Barnes Scholar & Pi Kappa Lambda). In 1979 he was awarded two scholarships by the French government for organ study in France with Daniel Roth, then Organiste-Titulaire of the Basilica du Sacre-Couer, now Organiste-Titulaire of St. Sulpice, with whom he also studied at the Summer Academy for Organists in Haarlem, Holland, in 1977. During the summer of 1992, he studied at Clare College, Cambridge, at the Cambridge Choral Studies Seminar.

-John Sherer, Organist, Fourth Presbyterian Church

John W. W. Sherer has been hailed by critics as “a terrific musician.”  A reviewer in The Diapason proclaimed, “As usual, Sherer communicated both the demanding and subtle qualities of the program through utilizing both his remarkable virtuoso technique and his sensitive musical sense to serve the requirements of the music.”  Dr. Sherer has performed numerous recitals throughout the country including several for regional and national organist conventions.  Since 1996, Dr. Sherer has been the Organist and Director of Music for The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago which USA Today chose as one of the top ten places in America to be “enthralled by heavenly music.”  This dynamic church has a new 142-rank Quimby organ and fifteen choirs and instrumental groups including The Morning Choir, a twenty-four voice professional ensemble and Tower Brass, a professional octet.  Dr. Sherer manages an active concert series at the church with over one hundred events each year.  In addition to his work at Fourth Presbyterian Church he is University Organist at North Park University.
Dr. Sherer received two Bachelor degrees, organ performance and choral music education, from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music.  He earned two Master’s degrees at Yale University, majoring in organ performance and art in religion and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from The Juilliard School. 

Special Guests

Michel Picaud, President of Friends of Notre-Dame de Paris
Guillaume Lacroix, Consul Generalof France in Chicago