Bruce Heald arranges the young group of polyphonic talents and
prepares to teach latin hymns, motets and liturgical music for
the wintry ecclesiastical season.
Warm ethereal voices fill a frigid morning
at the Immaculate Conception Apostolic School in New Hampshire. Dr.
Bruce Heald has spent years organizing these nascent voices; teaching
the basses and sopranos (and everything in between) to sing
in one single harmony.
and Columbia Pacific University. He is currently a professor of
American History at Plymouth State University.
For over 11 years Dr.
Heald has directed the music program at the Legionaries Apostolic
School in New Hampshire, where he has vigorously worked to
refine the choir’s enunciation, tone and repertoire. Dr. Heald had
previously been a part of the ICAS faculty in 1988,
teaching English and History but took a sabbatical in the
nineties to undertake other scholarly pursuits.
Dr. Heald has
an exhaustive resume. This Boston-born maestro graduated from Boston University
and received degrees in Education from the University of Massachusetts
The good doctor
admits that he always finds the students to be an
inspirational group. On one occasion, when Dr. Heald was having
a bad day, he saw a precandidate working in the
garden. Dr. Heald asked him if he was happy, to
which the young man responded that he was. When asked
why, the precandidate’s response was, “Dr. Heald, it’s because I
know that Christ loves me.”
Dr. Heald is not
your typical academic, however. He is a dedicated statesman, serving
as a New Hampshire State Representative, as well as an
avid outdoorsman. He is considered one of the world’s formost
experts on Lake Winnipesaukee. He has written over thirty-three books,
mostly on the history of New England and still finds
time to work on the Mt. Washington tour boat on
Immaculate Conception has been privileged to have
such a savant in its presence. His mastery of the
school’s musical talents is evident in boy’s morning prayers. “[The
boys] are a positive stimulus, a catalyst, and a breath
of fresh air” for Dr. Heald. By improving the musical
quality of the choir, Dr. Bruce has enabled these future
seminarians to experience a deeper spiritual reflection.
music he has helped perfect has affected his own spiritual
life as well. The Christ-filled spirit of the students drew
Dr. Heald to the Catholic faith. When he started teaching
at the apostolic school in 1988, he was Anglican. After
a visit to Rome and spending some time with the
Legionaries he knew from the school, Dr. Heald entered the
Catholic Church in 1998.