We welcome to St. Mary Basilica and Assumption Church this weekend, June 1-2, 2019, our new Music Director—Dr. Franco Gurman. A native of Venezuela, he moved to the United States at age 13. He earned his Bachelor of Music degree, his Master of Music degree, and his Ph.D in Music from the University of Florida.
He has over 30 years of professional experience in both Catholic and Protestant churches, having studied, performed and/or worked in Florida, Massachusetts, Virginia, Louisiana, California, New York, North Carolina, and several European and South American countries.
As Music Director in Natchez, Dr. Gurman will work with the choir and cantors for weekend Masses and special celebrations at both churches. He will develop a children’s music program (more than a children’s choir) for St. Mary parish, seeking parent advice, involvement, and input. In addition, he will develop a singing group for/with high school students and young adults.
He will coordinate and plan the music for funerals at St. Mary and Assumption and meet with couples planning to be married at these churches to coordinate and plan music that is in line with the Catholic music tradition. In addition, he will work collaboratively with the Liturgy, the Religious Education, and the Youth commissions as well as other planning groups.
We are delighted to have Dr. Gurman join our Natchez Catholic community!