October 25, 2013, The Dean and President, the Board of Trustees and the Faculty of Nashotah House hosted The Academic Convocation. As part of the House’s series exploring “Music and Liturgy in the Anglican Tradition,” the Convocation Address was presented by The Reverend Canon Jeremy Matthew Haselock, Precentor and Vice Dean of Norwich Cathedral, Chaplain to Her Majesty The Queen. The title of his address was, “Elizabethan Enigma – Music & Reformation in 16th Century England.”
The following received Honorary Degrees (Doctor of Music, honoris causa)
James C. Busby
The Reverend Canon Jeremy M. Haselock
William A. Owen, III
Pamela J. Youngblood, DMA
Nashotah House is pleased to offer their respective biographies of their distinguished contributions to Our Lord and His Church.
HONORARY DEGREE CITATION
Organist and Choirmaster at S. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, James Busby is a familiar figure in the musical life of New England. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, James began organ study with Robert Lee Hutchinson, Jr., and was encouraged to pursue work in church music by both Leo Sowerby and Paul Calloway of Washington Cathedral. An alumnus of the New England Conservatory, James counts among his mentors organists George Faxon and John Cook, both of whom held the post of Organist and Choirmaster at The Church of the Advent, Boston.
After a distinguished tenure as Organist and Choirmaster of St. John’s Parish in Hingham, Massachusetts, from 1983 until 1993, James arrived at S. Stephen’s Church in Providence, Rhode Island, where he is now marking his twentieth year as Organist and Director of the professional Schola Cantorum. James renewed the parish’s music program, augmenting the traditional music of the Catholic liturgy with a particular emphasis on plainchant and sixteenth and seventeenth century polyphony. On that glorious foundation he incorporates repertoire of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, and has commissioned a number of new works performed for the first time at S. Stephen’s.
With James as Director, the Schola Cantorum has recorded two compact discs, Stephen, Full of Grace (2000), and The Angel and the Girl are Met: Music for Advent and Christmas (2005). Most recently, James was organist at the consecration of the Right Reverend W. Nicholas Knisely as the Thirteenth Bishop of Rhode Island at Saint George’s School in Newport on November 17, 2012. The Schola Cantorum of S. Stephen’s sang two choral motets under James’s direction during the Consecration liturgy.
James has given recitals for the American Guild of Organists and the Organ Historical Society at their Conventions. Other appearances include recitals in England, Switzerland, France, and Germany, as well as broadcasts for The Voice of America. In addition to his work at S. Stephen’s, he is active as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist. He has worked with many conductors including John Moriarty, Sarah Caldwell, Thomas Dunn, Erich Leinsdorf and Arthur Fiedler.
Besides being a first-rate musician, James is a faithful and devout Christian who has offered his gifts in the service of the Church, making significant contributions to the preservation and development of the musical heritage of the Western Catholic tradition within Anglicanism. His life and work exemplify a dedication to excellence in worship. He is committed to the theological, spiritual, and musical education of the next generation, working tirelessly to develop the gifts of young singers, organ scholars, and budding composers. Many of the singers under his direction in the Schola Cantorum are students at nearby Brown University and other educational institutions around New England.
For his many accomplishments in the service of our Lord and his Church, and especially for his commitment to the preparation of the next generation of musicians to find their places in the great Catholic tradition of Anglican Church Music, the Trustees of Nashotah House are pleased to confer upon James Busby the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa.
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The Reverend Canon Jeremy Matthew Haselock
Canon Jeremy Haselock was educated at the University of York where he took a first class honors BA in History in 1973 and the following year the Bachelor of Philosophy in Medieval Studies. Following several years of researching, arranging and leading tours for church groups to European historical sites, he undertook theological studies at Oxford taking the honors school of theology BA in 1982. He then completed the certificate in theology from St. Stephen’s House in 1983. The Oxford MA was awarded in 1985.
Canon Haselock’s service to the Church is exemplary. Following ordination in 1983, he served several curacies and was appointed as domestic chaplain to the Bishop of Chichester in 1988. In 1991, he was appointed vicar of Box Grove and diocesan liturgical advisor, serving both posts until 1998. Fr. Haselock was made Prebendary of Fittleworth and Canon of Chichester Cathedral in 1994, holding those positions until 2000, continuing as Canon Emeritus. In 1998, he was named Canon Residentiary and Precentor of Norwich Cathedral and Diocesan Liturgical Advisor. In 2005, he became Vice-Dean and Precentor, the position he continues to occupy. In 2013, his work was recognized by Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, who appointed him as one of her chaplains.
Canon Haselock’s election to the General Synod of the Church of England as a Proctor in Convocation led to his appointment to the Initiation Services Revision Committee and then as a member of the Liturgical Commission. He would serve in this position for ten years, a decade that was, in his words, “perhaps the most liturgically productive time in the life of the Church of England since Cranmer’s work of 1549 to 1552.” In addition to being engaged in the compilation and composition of the core volumes, Fr. Haselock was on the committee that directed the design and typography for Common Worship. After his term ended in 1996, he continued as a consultant to the Commission until the final volume of Common Worship was published in 2008.
The General Synod elected the Canon to the Cathedrals Fabric Commission for England. This Commission has statutory responsibility for the fabric of the forty-two cathedral churches of the Church of England. His selection was a testimony to his expertise as a liturgist and to his academic background in medieval art and architecture. Fr. Haselock served a full term as a Commissioner and was then appointed to the Liturgy Committee of the Commission, where he is now advising on projects being undertaken at Leicester and Newcastle Cathedrals. He also served on the Fabric Advisory Committee for Lincoln Cathedral and was appointed to the Advisory Council of Norfolk Churches Trust in 2012.
A ‘Precentor’ is one who “leads the congregation in singing” or “one who facilitates worship.” As the Precentor of Norwich Cathedral, Canon Haselock oversees all of the services of worship, the choirs, and is the principal cantor for the offices. He is a member of the Guild of Church Musicians, and has served on its council since 2001, and as Sub-Warden (2004) and Warden (2011).
Canon Haselock’s scholarly work resulted in the publication of a number of articles in various journals, contributing book chapters, editing and authoring several books, including substantial contribution to the Common Worship volumes. His most recent works are Using Common Worship – TIMES AND SEASONS, with David Kennedy (2008), and Norfolk Rood Screens (2012). He is an adjunct faculty member at Nashotah House, lecturing in Liturgics.
In recognition of his dedication to worship honoring God in the “beauty of holiness,” his substantial contributions to the liturgical life of the Church of England, his readiness to share his delight in that which is beautiful and good in his scholarly work and teaching, the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House is pleased to confer upon the Reverend Canon Jeremy Matthew Haselock the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa.
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William Aurelius Owen, III
William Aurelius Owen, III, is a son of rural Virginia. Born on his family farm in Yale, Virginia, he discovered an affinity for the organ during his years at St. Christopher’s School in Richmond. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Bill studied organ as a special student at Harvard. He continued his study with Charles Krigbaum at Yale University where he earned a Master of Music degree, and as a Fulbright scholar, Bill studied organ with Anton Heiller at the Vienna State Academy of Music.
During his time at Yale, Mr. Owen worked closely with Vivian Perlis, Director of the Oral History of American Music archive, on two major projects: one devoted to Charles Ives and the other to Aaron Copland. Additionally, he was an editor for the Charles Ives Society and served as a research assistant to Mr. Copland. Bill was the organ soloist in an historic performance of Copland’s Symphony for Organ and Orchestra with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, conducted by the composer himself.
Bill Owen has the distinction of being only the sixth professional organist/choirmaster since 1890 at historic Christ Church Christiana Hundred in the Episcopal Diocese of Delaware. For thirty years, Bill has been conducting the parish’s beloved 18-voice professional Christ Church Choir, which will celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2014. He is also responsible for three of the other church choirs – for adult volunteers, for the children, and for the girls.
In 1990, under William Owen’s leadership, a 58-stop organ by John Brombaugh was selected, designed, installed and dedicated. This instrument was specifically designed to accompany the Anglican choral repertoire. Bill was the founder and Music Director of Chorale Delaware and taught organ at Rowan College in New Jersey as well as at the University of Delaware.
In addition to a regular program of Choral Evensong, a Musician in Residence program has brought artists including Gerre Hancock, Philip Ledger, David Willcocks, Stephen Cleobury, John Rutter, James O’Donnell, and Simon Preston to Christ Church. Mr. Owen has also commissioned anthems and service music by John Rutter, Philip Ledger, David Willcocks and Stephen Paulus.
During two sabbaticals from his duties at Christ Church, Bill completed the research for his book, A Life in Music: Conversations with Sir David Willcocks, published by Oxford University Press. In addition to countless hours spent interviewing Sir David for this extensive work about his teacher and mentor, Mr. Owen interviewed over 50 professional singers, former choristers, clergy, choral scholars, students, colleagues and family members.
William Owen is currently at work on an oral history of the Organ Scholars at King’s College, Cambridge. He also writes for the Journal of the Association of Anglican Musicians, of which he is a member, as well as being a member of the American Guild of Organists.
Mr. Owen still owns his family farm in Yale, Virginia, and has planted more than 900 acres of Longleaf Pine with the support of the Nature Conservancy, Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service. Bill has donated a conservation easement on the property, and it forms the core of the Nature Conservancy’s Raccoon Creek Pinelands Project Area, which is dedicated to the restoration of the Longleaf Pine habitat. In 2008, he was given the Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence.
For a lifetime of dedication to excellence in worship and music, and for his conservation of musical history and God’s creation for future generations, the Board of Trustees of Nashotah House is pleased to confer upon William Aurelius Owen, III, the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa.
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Pamela Jackson Youngblood
Pamela Youngblood was born and raised in Ohio, prior to relocating to Tennessee at the age of seven. Two disciplines important to her family during her childhood were music and faith in Jesus Christ. Her mother made sure that both Pam and her brother started piano at a young age before Pam started playing the flute in the 6th grade. Her skill as a master of the flute has defined her vocation in music and has taken her around the world as a performer.
During her childhood years, Pam’s parents helped to organize a Lutheran mission congregation in the small town of Bolivar, Tennessee, and in the fledgling days of the congregation, a high school student musician accompanied the hymns on a piano. The example of the young woman showed Pam the joy of bringing musical skill and worship together, and she promised herself she would one day do the same. It was in that early experience of worship that Pam also understood the joy of making music with others.
Pamela Youngblood has dedicated her life to the love of God expressed through her love of music. The small mission church in Bolivar closed after a few years, but Pam and her family traveled 70 miles one-way to Memphis on winding, two-lane roads for several years to continue their shared love of worship and music.
In 1969, while still in high school, Pam accepted her first church job as organist/choir director and has continued serving God and His Bride the Church ever since. While working on her undergraduate degree in Music Education at Union University, she traveled home every weekend, thirty miles away, to play and conduct each Sunday. While still in high school, she was invited to appear on the Ted Mack Amateur Hour which was a source of pride for her parents, teachers, and her town.
In 1976, she became the Principal Flutist for the Wichita Falls Symphony Orchestra and the Organist/Choir Director at Saint David of Wales Episcopal Church in Denton, Texas; positions she holds to the present day! Her graduate study in music includes a Master of Music Degree in Flute Performance with a minor in Piano Pedagogy in 1977, and in 1980, a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Flute Performance with minors in Musicology and Organ.
Dr. Youngblood began her teaching career in 1975 as a teaching fellow, rising through the ranks at Texas Woman’s University where she was named the chair of her department in 2011. She has held positions at five north Texas colleges and universities, and has received numerous awards, citations and achievement recognitions throughout her career as a performance artist and teacher. Pam has written articles for professional journals and music publications including, “Five Professionals Share Practice Secrets”, “A Quiet History of Influence”, and “Unrecognized Genius? Music for Flute by Women Composers.” She has recorded two CD’s that include her flute artistry, and she has directed flute choirs at both Brookhaven College and Texas Woman’s University.
In 2012, Pam performed with both the Metropolitan Flute Orchestra of the New England Conservatory, and with the International Flute Orchestra in Germany, Slovakia, Austria, and Spain.
At the Church of Saint David of Wales, Pam has conducted numerous concerts with choir and orchestra including, most recently, John Rutter’s Requiem and Magnificat. She is loved by her choir members and her parish, who have appreciated her finely tuned music skills for almost four decades. Pamela Youngblood’s dedication to the highest standards of music and worship are known throughout her region of the United States and beyond. She is a loving, caring, nurturing, good-natured, mature Christian woman whom God has blessed mightily as a teacher, mother and music professional. Her current rector (who serves as Alumni Warden of this House) has said of Dr. Youngblood: “She gives new meaning to the words encouragement and professionalism with her God-given gifts and talents in the field of music.”
For her lifelong dedication to the worship of God through the beauty of music, for her contributions to the performance of sacred and classical repertoire, for her scholarship and teaching of the next generation of musicians, and for her commitment to the highest standards of music in parish ministry, the Trustees of Nashotah House are pleased to confer upon Pamela Jackson Youngblood the degree Doctor of Music, honoris causa.