DOMINIC, FRANCIS J. (1926-2014)

Francis J. Dominic was born on February 1, 1926. The study of music composition and performance has served as a creative outlet throughout his years of priestly ministry while serving as pastor of rural parishes in the Madison, Wisconsin diocese. He enjoyed playing his violin with the Sinsinawa String Orchestra in residence at Sinsinawa Mound or singing with the Community Chorus. Privately, he enjoyed the piano for which the majority of his compositional output has been directed.
He remembers his musical mentors with much gratitude: Pearl Gunderson, charter member of the Madison Symphony Orchestra with whom he studied violin for five years. Doris McCaffrey, member of the Dubuque, Iowa, Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, with whom he studied classical organ for eight years. Dr. Rosemary Clarke, Prof. Emeritus of Organ and Composition at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with whom he studied composition for nine years. Last but not least is Sr. Francine Rosen, O.P., violinist and composition mentor at the Dominican Motherhouse, Sinsinawa Mound Center, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin who provided invaluable assistance in proof-reading his scores and suggesting ways of improving the them for publication.
Rev. Francis J. Dominic entered eternal life on Saturday, March 8, 2014, at the age of 88, at Epione Pavilion in Cuba City.