Eastern Oregon University professor Leandro Espinosa got a singular honor earlier this month: he brought his music to the Vatican and got an audience with the pope. Espinosa is passionate about sacred music, and he says it meant a lot to him to compose music specifically for a ceremony honoring Pope Benedict XVI. Espinosa was one of 60 artists in a variety of disciplines chosen from around the globe to mark the 60th anniversary of the pope’s ordination as a priest. He was only one of a handful of composers involved in the celebration. The music professor and Grande Ronde Symphony director spent two years working on the composition. He says he feels very connected to the music he produced and hopes it will help raise the profile of sacred music and spirituality in general.
Are you a religious person? What role does music play in your spirituality? What questions would you like to ask Leandro Espinosa?