From the Director, Charles Q. Sullivan:

January 2020

One of my long-time friends recently called me and asked, simply, “Are you crazy?” He was responding to the news that I was considering starting a rather ambitious new performance project at a time when community support for such ventures is already stretched thin, and at an age when most of my contemporaries are settling into their retirements.

Valid question! And the short answer is that I can’t help it!

The longer version is that music, and the arts in general, have been central to my life for as long as I can remember – particularly sacred music. My family, my education, my work experience, have all guided me almost inevitably to a life focused on the “sacred” as expressed through the arts.

My education and work experience have ranged over a wide variety of teaching, administrative, financial, and service industry jobs – as is typical for most struggling musicians. But my greatest joys and accomplishments have come through creating musical programs that touch audiences and performers alike. (Admittedly, those successes were sometimes seasoned by experiments that were less successful!)

Why now? Also a good question!

As I look at what is happening in the world, in our country, and in our own community, I sense a growing need for the restatement and clarification of basic human values. There is too much division, pain, incivility – too little regard for the value of each individual, of compassion, of beauty. Perhaps taking a beat to look at what is truly sacred to us can be a small step toward realizing the potential of humanity.

Will this aspirational project succeed? Time will tell. And the involvement of individuals like you will be the key. I invite you to stay in touch with Musica Sacra through the opportunities listed elsewhere on this website to participate as a performer, audience member, and supporter.


To read more about my rationale for starting this project, please follow this link to a longer version of this letter.