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Saint Mary’s president receives farewell musical gift May 12

May 3, 2018

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WINONA, Minn. — As Saint Mary’s University President Brother William Mann, FSC, departs the stage for his final commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 12, he’ll be accompanied by the same music that welcomed him at his inauguration.

Eric Heukeshoven of the Music Department has created a new recessional edition of his composition based on “Honneur à Toi.” The original composition was commissioned for the Saint Mary’s Concert Band to serve as the processional for Brother William’s inauguration in 2008.

“Honneur à Toi” (Honor to You), first published in 1889, is the hymn traditionally sung by De La Salle Christian Brothers and others to honor Saint John Baptist de La Salle on celebratory occasions. It was one of two hymns composed to mark the beatification of John Baptist de La Salle in 1888.

The Saint Mary’s Concert Band and Director Dr. Janet Heukeshoven will present Brother William with a copy of the music signed by all ensemble members in gratitude for his support over the past 10 years.

For more information, contact Eric Heukeshoven at 507-457-7292 or

Photo caption: Saint Mary’s Concert Band members sign a copy of “Honneur à Toi” for Brother William’s final commencement, from left: Sam French, Lucas Campbell, Jenna Phelps, Gabby Reinartz, Tiffany Alequin, Stephanie Schmidt, Max Heukeshoven, Shannon Rinehart, Dan Nolte, and Cameron Taylor.