Message from Givonna The idea of recording a CD of hymns came about as a fundraising idea to support the outreach efforts of St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church located on the corner of Bayou Road and Broad St.,in the historic Treme neighborhood. We began recording both hymns and organ works that the congregation loved. Our music was always of an ecumenical spirit, hence thediversity of this recording. Katrina's wind and rain has closed the church and silenced the great Moller organ, one of the biggest in New Orleans. The Trumpet Tune by Purcell was left on the recording for this reason. Hurricane Katrina not only took my home and possessions, but that of every member of my family. We are spread all over the country. Yet through this tragedy many wonderful things have happened to us that we could not ever have anticipated. Houston has been good to my family members that are here. They say 10% of life is what happens to you and 90% is how you react to it.This CD is my reaction. Your decision to purchase it has helped me to rebuild my life. Thank you, immensely! Givonna Joseph Bios Givonna Joseph is deeply committed to the culture of New Orleans, city of her birth. Pre- Katrina, Ms. Joseph was Music Director/Cantor at St. Rose of Lima Church, a singer with the New Orleans Opera Association, and Director of Education for the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra. She had just returned from performing in Rome, and singing in the 'Classical Singer Magazine' National Competition in New York. Ms. Joseph was most recently seen as Lily in Porgy and Bess with New Orleans Opera, and has performed several roles with the company. In addition to performing as a Symphony Chorus soloist with the Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra, she has created a one woman show, WomanSong, and performed lecture/recitals on classical music by New Orleans Free People of Color. Regularly appearing in concerts and national conventions throughout the country, the mezzo-soprano has also performed as soloist with The William Grant Still Orchestra, and was an opening artist for Ray Charles In Concert. The Loyola University graduate was also Cantor for Mother Teresa of Calcutta during her visit to New Orleans. She is currently a member of the Houston Grand Opera (Chorus). Her beautiful daughter named Aria, who will be featured in the next CD. Paul Wattigny is currently a senior at LSU majoring in Political Science. Prior to Hurricane Katrina he worked with Givonna Joseph as the organist at St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church. Presently he is the assistant organist at the historic St. Patrick's Church in downtown New Orleans. At the young age of 17, this New Orleans native gained professional organist status at St. Leo the Great. There he had the opportunity to work with nationally renowned soprano Lavergne Monette. Paul, a graduate of Holy Cross High, can often be heard at special Archdiocesan Masses, most recently the Divine Mercy Mass at St. Joseph. Dr. Marcus St. Julien, an award winning organist, is a native of New Orleans. From 1983 to 2004 Dr. St. Julien was Organist-Choirmaster at the Church of St. Thérèse of Lisieux in Sugar Land, Texas, and was the organist for many functions of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston-Houston. He has been heard in recital throughout the South, including the dedication recital of the Dobson pipe organ at St. Joseph's Abbey in Covington, Louisiana in 2001. Raven Records released Dr. St. Julien's recording of the St. Joseph's Abbey organ in 2004.He is presently the organist of Rayne Memorial United Methodist Church in New Orleans, and also serves on the voice faculty and accompanying staff at Loyola University. * Paul Wattigny, piano/organ ** Dr. Marcus St. Julien, piano/organ + Recorded at Trinity Episcopal Church New Orleans Post-Katrina.Special thanks to Music Director Albinas Prizgintas.