SJC to Host Celebratory Recital in Honor of Fr. Leonard Kostka’s 100th Birthday

July 18, 2014

Gather for an afternoon of musical riches Saturday, July 26 at 4:00 pm CDT in the Saint Joseph’s Chapel as Dr. John and Anne-Marie Egan and Dr. Michael Oriatti present a celebratory recital honoring the 100th birthday of Fr. Leonard J. Kostka, C.PP.S. '35. The works of composer Antonin Dvořák, a favorite of Fr. Kostka’s, will be featured.

Fellows of the College are encouraged to wear their pins and medallions as faculty members Dr. John McIntyre, Sr. Mary Jane Wagner, SSSF, and Dr. Michael Oriatti of the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy will be inducted into the Fellows Program following the recital.

Fr. Kostka 100th Birthday CelebrationThe oldest C.PP.S. member in both years alive and years of service, Fr. Kostka was ordained a priest in 1940. During his time at SJC, he taught religion and served as campus chaplain. He also managed Campus Ministry and was overseer of religious activities on campus. A WWII veteran, Fr. Kostka retired from teaching at SJC in 1984 and became the administrator of St. Augustine Parish in Rensselaer.

In 2000, Fr. Kostka was inducted into SJC’s Sports Hall of Fame for all three sports he played as a student: baseball, basketball, and football. He now resides at St. Charles Center in Carthagena, Ohio.

Anne-Marie Egan is a Professor Emerita of Music at SJC, having retired in 2008 after 46 years of teaching music and French. At different times over the years she directed the sophomore sections of SJC's general education (Core) program, chaired the Department of Music, coordinated the Humanities Division, accompanied/directed the College choir, and served briefly as campus music minister.

John Egan retired as Professor of Music at SJC in 2012 after 50 years of teaching at the College. In 2010, he received the Outstanding Hoosier Musician Award from the Indiana Music Educators Association (IMEA). He created numerous compositions, and his piece "An American Requiem" has been performed both in the United States and abroad. 

John and Anne-Marie both completed their doctoral studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. They have judged Indiana State School Music Association (ISSMA) regional and state competitions for voice and piano for more than 30 years, in addition to serving as frequent judges for the Keller Competition in conjunction with the Lafayette Symphony.

Michael Oriatti teaches choral conducting and voice and directs the Summer Chorus for the Rensselaer Program of Church Music and Liturgy. He serves as director of two choral groups in the Chicago area: the Hinsdale Chorale and the Edgewater Singers. He holds a Master’s in Vocal Performance from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo. and a Doctor of Music in Choral Conducting from Indiana University.

Named a "character-building college" by the Templeton Foundation, a "Best Midwestern College" by the Princeton Review, and “Best Value” and "Best Midwestern College" by US News & World Report, Saint Joseph's College is a four-year, Catholic college offering 27 majors, 4 group majors, 35 minors, and 9 pre-professional programs, complemented by the nationally acclaimed Core Program. Founded and sponsored by the Missionaries of the Precious Blood, SJC is located in Rensselaer, Indiana, approximately 90 minutes from both Chicago and Indianapolis, on a park-like campus of 180 acres and has an enrollment of nearly 1,200 students.

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