Peter Latona is Director of Music at the Basilica of the National Shrine. As an organ recitalist, Dr. Latona has presented workshops on improvisation and performed across the USA and Europe. He has also released the recording An Organ Pilgrimage (Raven), featuring all four pipe organs at the Basilica. As conductor of the Basilica's Choir, he released six recordings of sacred choral music, presented concerts in the USA and abroad, and was featured on Public Radio International. Among more recent recording projects, John Paul II: A Celebration of Life and Faith was recorded at Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome and combines spoken passages from the writings of the late pontiff with choral works highlighting the major themes of his pontificate.
Dr Latona is active also as a composer published by Morningstar Music Publishers and has several commissions to his credit. These include: Ego sum ostium for chorus, orchestra and soprano solo, composed for the International Celebration of the Jubilee in Vatican City, My Hope Is Arisen for chorus and orchestra, Fanfare-Introit and Procession on Da pacem for orchestra and chorus, composed for the National Convention of the Knights of Columbus, and Missa Personent Hodie for chorus, double brass ensemble, and percussion. Dr Latona was also commissioned to compose music for the visit of His Holiness Benedict XVI to Washington, D.C. and New York City in April of 2008.
Dr Latona is a graduate of Bucknell University (B. Music), the Yale School of Music (M. Music), and the Manhattan School of Music (D.M.A.). His teachers have included McNeil Robinson, Thomas Murray (organ), Jean Langlais, and Gerre Hancock (improvisation). He is a member of the Conference of Roman Catholic Cathedral Musicians, the American Guild of Organists, and is chair of the DC AGO Foundation.
music by Peter Latona