The “Most Holy Names” performance begins at 1:20
Remarks by Sr. Carol Sellman
Music has held an important place in the work of the Sisters of the Holy Names since their founding 175 years ago in Longueuil, Quebec, Canada. HNU’s SNJM foundresses carried this passion with them when they traveled to the shores of Oakland 150 years ago.
One of HNU’s original foundresses, Mélodie Dufresne or Mother Marie-Agnès, was an artist who encouraged the students by carefully introducing them to domestic and creative arts. Frequently, throughout the University’s history, it was the additional income from the sisters who taught music lessons that helped pay the bills when the students’ tuition didn’t cover all the costs.
A little over a year ago, Dr. Steve Hofer, associate professor at HNU and music director of the HNU orchestra, was asked to write a composition commemorating HNU’s 150th anniversary. He graciously agreed to compose a piece for orchestra, solo voice, and chorus.
The world premiere of his amazing composition, Most Holy Names: A Fantasy on the Theme Je mets ma confiance, was held on November 11. A large audience of community members and friends received the remarkable piece with a standing ovation.
See related article: Interview with Dr. Steve Hofer