Carlos Foggin

Carlos Foggin

Meet the Conductor

Carlos Foggin: Using his gifts to create music!

Sean Lynn interviewed Carlos Foggin during an episode of A Dram With Friends

 

Sean takes the show on the road and meets Carlos Foggin in his “pub” (in the Centre for the Performing Arts) and shares a Classic Whiskey Sour cocktail with Carlos Foggin, a recipient of the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award in 2020.

 

Carlos is the founder of the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra and has conducted the ensemble since its inception in 2016. In 2019, he was named by the Calgary Herald as a “Compelling Calgarian” for his work in community building, education, and outreach and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College.

Carlos will be writing the musical score for our

St. Joseph Litany Project.

“The orchestra started out in the Church and in the Courts of the Royal Families.”


Without the patronage of the Church, classical music would not have taken off”.

 

Mozart wrote music for feast day Masses and Solemn Vespers.

Before classical music became classical, it was contemporary. “My vision is to take an old form, something that is seen as timeless, and mixing that with choir, implementing some Gregorian Chant in there, using the Latin language so that it is universal and timeless: It sounds old but it’s new; just as an homage to St. Joseph the Patron Saint, St. Joseph Patron of the Universal Church; showing what can be done with an old form. New wine in an old bottle so to speak.”

 

Carlos is largely influenced by St. Gregory and the legacy this Saint has left us dating back 16 centuries.

 

“St. Gregory. He penned the first chant.”

 

Carlos talks about his humble beginnings and his hope for the St. Joseph Litany Project.

Listen to this heartwarming conversation between cousins. You will get to know the man from a Mormon upbringing who wants to honour our Patron St. Joseph.

 

You will be surprised to learn who his posse is.

St. André Bessette,

we celebrate your presence among us.

Your loving friendship with Jesus, Mary and Joseph

makes you a powerful intercessor with God, our Father.

Compassion carries your words straight to God’s heart.

 

Through you, from our lips to God’s ear,

we implore you with the same humility you carried yourself,

to intercede in the life of Carlos Foggin;

that his work in glorifying God in His Greatest of Saints

bear much fruit.

 

May we be made a part of God’s work, alongside you,

in a spirit of prayer, compassion and humility.

Saint Brother André, pray for us.

 

Amen

St. Joseph Litany Project

St. Joseph Litany Project

Invitation to the Litany to St. Joseph Project

As many of you know, some of the most treasured hymns and prayers set to music in the Church are written by some of the most famous composers, such as The Mass in B minor by Bach, Handel’s Messiah, Requiem by Mozart, etc. These masterpieces were written for the centuries and are timeless. This is our goal with the Litany of St. Joseph; for people to recognize the beauty and full richness of the prayer. The God Squad Canada Core Team has felt a call to set the Litany of St. Joseph to song to share with the church. God Squad has always held St. Joseph in the highest esteem as our patron in our ministry to men in the Church. We wish to honour him through this effort.

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The vision is to have the Litany set to music by Carlos Foggin (2020 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Emerging Artist Award, in 2019 was named by the Calgary Herald as a “Compelling Calgarian” for his work in community building, education, and outreach and was inducted as a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists) and recorded at Shrine Church of Our Lady of the Rockies in Canmore. We are working with Father Cristino and the seminarians as possible vocalists who will perform with the Rocky Mountain Symphony. This endeavour will include a video of the litany to share with the world and a 70 minute concert at the Shrine by the Rocky Mountain Symphony.

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We need to raise funds to complete this gift to our church. It will cost at least $35,000.00 to complete to the level we believe will give honour to St. Joseph, Patron Saint of Canada. All donations and prayers will assist us in reaching our goal. Donations are tax deductible and for anyone able to contribute a major donation, and would like to be recognized, we have created the following categories:

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  • $25 – $250  –  Zealous Defender of Christ – Recognition on the video.
  • $251 – $999  –  Pillar of Families – Recognition on the video and will be given early access to be able to purchase tickets for the concert.
  • $1000 – $2499  –  Patron of a Happy Death – Named on the commissioning of the music, recognized on the video, plus 2 tickets to the concert and a meet and greet.
  • $2500 – $4999  –  Terror of Demons – Named on the commissioning of the music, recognized on the video plus 4 tickets to the concert and a meet and greet.
  • $5000+  –  Protector of the Holy Church – Named on the commissioning of the music, recognized on the video plus 6 tickets seated with the God Squad team or dignitaries to the concert, plus a meet and greet and a picture with the symphony.

God Squad would like to have commitments for 60% of the funding after our A Dram for Saint Joseph Fundraiser on January 16, 2021, with the aim of having the funding completed in time for the Annual God Squad Men’ Conference in March of 2021.


Please DONATE to the St. Joseph Litany Project

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Or send your donations via e-transfer to:  donations@godsquad.ca


Please pray for this project.

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 PRAYER TO OBTAIN A SPECIAL FAVOUR THROUGH THE INTERCESSION OF SAINT BROTHER ANDRÉ.

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Saint Brother André, we celebrate your presence among us.

Your loving friendship with Jesus, Mary and Joseph

makes you a powerful intercessor with God, our Father.

Compassion carries your words straight to God’s heart,

and your prayers are answered with comfort and healing.

Through you, from our lips to God’s ear, our supplications are heard…

that you help us secure the funds to honour St. Joseph in this endeavour.

We ask to be made a part of God’s work, alongside you,

in a spirit of prayer, compassion and humility.

 Saint Brother André, pray for us.

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Amen