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Noël Goemanne (December 10, 1926-January 12, 2010), Belgian-born American composer, organist and choral director, is a graduate of the Lemmens Institute of Belgium, where he received the diploma of"Laureate." He pursued post-graduate study of organ and improvisation with the celebrated composer/performer Flor Peeters and at the Conservatoire Royal de Liege.
Professional recognition came when the Belgian National Radio Network in NAMUR engaged him as a regular piano recitalist. Since that time he has appeared as recitalist and guest conductor in North America, Europe and Asia.
Outstanding choirs and organists throughout the world have performed his works. His many sacred and secular compositions appear in the catalogs of numerous publishing houses. Goemanne was a member of ASCAP , AGO, ACDA, and the National Association of Pastoral Musicians. He is mentioned in the International Who's Who in Music (Cambridge, England), Organ Preludes by Jean Slater Edson, the History of Catholic Church Music by Karl Gustave Fellerer and Vlaandren, a publication on art and culture in the Netherlands.
In 1974 the Manila Institute of Sacred Music (Philippines) presented him with an award for his contributions to church music. In 1977 Pope Paul VI awarded him the Pro Ecclesia Medal and in 1980 he received the Degree of Doctor of Sacred Music, Honoris Causa, from St. Joseph's College, Rensselaer, Indiana. Over the years ASCAP has recognized his achievements with many awards.
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