National Patron John Rutter Honored

In the midst of flashing cameras and cheering, National Patron John Rutter, renowned composer and conductor, was presented a Delta Omicron Certificate of Honor on June 17, 2007 in New York City. Maestro Rutter was completing rehearsals for Mozart’s Requiem performed at Carnegie Hall on June 18, 2007. Dr. Kay Wideman, President of the Delta Omicron Foundation, Inc., presented the certificate to him on behalf of the Delta Omicron Music Fraternity Board of Directors

Members of the Douglas County (Georgia) Chamber Singers, of which Dr. Wideman is a member, were invited to participate in a gala concert evening at Carnegie Hall and to perform the Requiem in a chorus of over 200 community singers from across the country. The first half of the concert featured Maestro Rutter conducting his own composition Mass of the Children, with another large chorus. He composed this Mass after the untimely death of his son Christopher.

John Milford Rutter was born in London and studied at Cambridge University where he was director of music from 1975 to 1979. Maestro Rutter was invited to the United States to conduct his cantata Gloria in Omaha, Nebraska in 1974. Maestro Rutter founded his own chorus, the Cambridge Singers in 1981. In 1996, he was recognized for his contribution to church music when the Archbishop of Canterbury conferred a Lambeth Doctorate of Music upon him.

John Rutter’s compositions are primarily choral and include Christmas carols, anthems, and extended works such as his Gloria and Requiem. He is published primarily by Oxford University Press and by his own company Collegium. He is an honorary Fellow of Westminster Choir College and a Fellow of the Guild of Church Musicians. Maestro Rutter was inducted as a Delta Omicron National Patron in 1985 at Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tennessee.