Alexander Peloquin

Alexander Peloquin

Born Jun 16, 1918

Dr. C. Alexander Peloquin was an American composer of liturgical music, pianist, teacher, cathedral organist and director of music ministries. Inspired by the Second Vatican Council reforms, he is known for composing the first Roman Catholic Mass sung in English.… Read More

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1918 Birth Born in 1918.


1950 32 Years Old In 1950, Peloquin became the organist and Director of Music Ministries of the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul in Providence, Rhode Island and remained until his retirement in 1991. … Read More
1955 37 Years Old In 1955, Peloquin became a faculty member and composer-in-residence at Boston College, a career that spanned 38 years. … Read More


1964 46 Years Old 1964- During National Liturgical Week in St. Louis, Missouri, Peloquin unveiled the first English High Mass ever sung in the United States. … Read More


1968 50 Years Old 1968- Peloquin collaborated with poet Thomas Merton on his composition Four Freedom Songs in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King and was first performed at Ebenezer Baptist Church, as a tribute to King just months after his death.


1979 61 Years Old 1979- Peloquin conducted a choir of 300 for a Mass celebrated by Pope John Paul II in Chicago’s Grant Park (Chicago). … Read More
1980 62 Years Old 1 More Event
1980- Dave Brubeck selected Peloquin and the Peloquin Chorale to premier his Mass To Hope! … Read More
1997 79 Years Old Peloquin died February 27, 1997 at the Bethany Home in Providence, Rhode Island from the effects of a stroke he suffered on February 12 of the same year.
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