Feargal King is one of Irelands most successful composers. He is best known for composing the Dominican Magnificat. Feargal will be joining us on Wednesday and will introduce us to some of his newer music. Feargal hails from Tuam originally and now works as full time Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin, Illinois, USA. We are delighted to be welcoming him to MMT this year.
Feargal King, guitarist, keyboardist, choral clinician and director, composer and recording artist, was born and raised in Tuam, Co. Galway, Ireland, a stone’s throw from the Cathedral of the Archdiocese of Tuam. He studied classical guitar under master guitarist John Feeley at the College of Music in Dublin for five years, and received an honors degree in Music (B.Mus) from University College Cork. After spending some time as a guitar teacher, he studied for a Diploma in Pastoral Liturgy at the Irish Institute for Pastoral Liturgy, after which he migrated to the United States, in 1993.
A Long Journey . . .
Feargal, and his wife Breda, both came to the states about a year apart. They both worked at St. Joseph Parish, Roseburg, Oregon, he as Director of Music & Liturgy and she as Director of Youth Ministries. They got married in 1995, and after the birth of their daughter Ríoghna Rose made the move to Illinois.
Feargal now works as full time Director of Music and Liturgy at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Algonquin, Illinois, which at 3500 families is among the largest in the Diocese of Rockford. He has held this position since 1998. He directs 8 choirs and music ensembles and is responsible for the co-ordination of over 400 liturgical ministers in this very active parish. He is also the Director of the Rockford Diocesan Liturgical Chorale, Past-President of the SW Chicago Chapter of Chorister’s Guild (an organization that supports children’s choirs), and a member of the National Forum of Liturgical Composers.
In his spare time (such as it is!) he teaches guitar and choir at a homeschool co-op and manages and designs websites through his new online venture, K-Fold.net.