Promoting the Musical Legacy of Healey Willan

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About the Healey Willan Society

In June, 2011, Mary Willan Mason, the daughter of Healey Willan, assigned the responsibility of continuing the musical legacy of Healey Willan to the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius in Chicago, Illinois, USA, by legally entrusting his musical estate to the Canons with Fr. Scott Haynes, SJC, as Trustee of the Estate.

Fr. Scott A. Haynes, SJC, priest of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius, Chaplain to the Patrons of Sacred Music, and director of the Resurrection Choir and Orchestra, as well as of the Cantate Domino Choir at St. John Cantius Church in Chicago, has been placed in charge of the musical estate of Healey Willan. The Canons Regular of St. John Cantius has formed the Healey Willan Society in consultation with Mrs. Mary Willan Mason, for the purpose of fostering the musical heritage of Healey Willan.

While Maestro Willan’s music is known and loved by church choirs, organists and instrumental ensembles, much of his music in no longer in print or has never been published. After Johann Sebastian Bach, Healey Willan is the most prolific composer of church music with over 850 compositions. It is the goal of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius and of the Healey Willan Society to bring back into print as many musical works of Healey Willan as possible. This will be available through Biretta Books, Ltd., the publishing house of the Canons Regular of St. John Cantius. The Healey Willan Society will foster an increase in the public performance of his musical works in churches, concert halls, etc., will produce audio recordings, and promote Maestro Willan through film, radio, the internet and television, etc.

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