“The Gloria is really a mini opera. It should be on every alto’s voice recital. … Ciampa is writing in the style of the late Romantic Italian composers, but the music still sounds fresh. … The Benedictus is like heavenly light … In the Agnus Dei he followed the old convention of bringing back the music of the Kyrie, giving the Agnus Dei a note of finality. … With this lyrical, almost operatic Mass, Ciampa has resurrected his personal version of the stile nuovo. In that sense, he is the 21st-century Viadana.” — Joseph Cirou
Joseph Cirou is a former student of the late Dr. Edward Eigenschenck, himself a student of Louis Vierne. Mr. Cirou is the music director at St. John Vianney Church in Lithia Springs, GA. He completed undergraduate studies in organ at the American Conservatory of Music in Chicago, IL, and a Masters Degree with a concentration in voice from the same school. During his college years he sang with the Pro Oratorio Singers, which specialized in concert productions of the Oratorios of Perosi.