Mass of the Divine Shepherd

Carnegie Hall June 29 2015


Chorus, Children's Chorus, Orchestra, Handbells
Premiere, Carnegie Hall, New York City, June 29, 2015

Stephen Layton, Conductor
Karolina Wojteczko, Mezzo-soprano
Russell Thomas, Tenor

Oslo Chamber Choir (Norway)
Tapiola Chamber Choir (Finland)
Choir of Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University (UK)
Saint Thomas More Chapel Choir (Yale University)
Schola Cantorum, Cathedral of Saint Joseph (Harford, Connecticut)
Holy Cross College Choirs (Massachusetts)
National Children's Chorus (USA)
Nittany Valley Children's Chorus (Pennsylvania)
Archdiocesan Children's Choir of Philadelphia
200 Handbell players from New York and New England including Chime In! Music With a
Mission (Connecticut) and Reykjanesbaer Music School Handbell Choir (Iceland)

Mass of the Divine Shepherd is a one-hour musical exploration of the figure of the Good Shepherd, unfolding as melodic dialogue between adult chorus with orchestra and antiphonal children’s chorus with handbells. Between these two stands the audience, a silent but indispensable third voice, called to active participation in the mysteries of that Shepherd who at once enfolds all in a universal and eternal embrace, and yet lays down his life for each, as if for each alone. 


1. Kyrie / Lord, Have Mercy
2. Glory to God
3. Children of God
4. I Believe
5. Celestial Liturgy 
6. The Lord is My Shepherd
7. Holy, Holy, Holy
8. The Lord’s PrayerLamb of God
9. Lamb of God

Mass of the Divine Shepherd – Notes

Mass of the Divine Shepherd – Theological Reflections