Floriani is a men’s vocal ensemble dedicated to serving the Church and saving the culture through the beauty of sacred music.
Serving the Church
We envision nothing short of a revival of Catholic sacred music in churches nationwide, which will accelerate the return to sacred liturgical tradition and greater reverence for Jesus Christ in the Eucharist. This will be one essential component of the strengthening of the Church in America. A Catholic Church alive with the beauty of the liturgy will be a much more potent force for a nation that is collapsing for its rejection of what is true, good, and beautiful.
We’re bringing this vision closer to reality by performing sacred music, recording original and traditional sacred compositions, training choirs in the method and content of sacred music, and conducting sacred music retreats for church choirs, introducing them to the Church’s rich heritage of beautiful liturgical music.
Saving the Culture
In our post-Christian society, many hearts that are not open to Truth are still
open to Beauty. We seek to provide encounters with beautiful sacred music in
order to draw hearts to God. We aim to infiltrate the culture on social media, our recordings, our podcast, and public performances. We believe in the power of Sacred Beauty to awaken a desire for Christ and his Church.
Meet The Choir
Giorgio’s love for sacred music began in high school when his family began attending the traditional Latin mass. This love for the ancient beauty continued through high school even into college where began directing choirs. Having graduated from Thomas Aquinas College, he taught in classical education schools aiming to embody choral excellence in the holistic formation of the human person. Whenever he is not directing a schola, you might find him hiking the mountains of Montana or enveloped in the historical account of a sea voyageur.
Graham was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and early exposure to the Beatles fueled his love for singing. He attended Northern Arizona University for biomedical science, and after working in a malaria research lab in Seattle for a couple years, he attended Thomas Aquinas College, where he first encountered sacred music. He was a member of Floriani for all four years at TAC, directing the choir his senior year. After graduating, he moved back to Phoenix where he taught Geometry, Ancient History and Literature, and Philosophy at St. Mary’s Catholic High School, pouncing on every opportunity to introduce his students to Gregorian chant and sacred polyphony. Beyond music, Graham loves to watch English premier league soccer and read G.K. Chesterton.
Born and raised in Ojai, California, Thomas first encountered sacred music while singing hymns with his family as a child. He fell in love with choral singing in high school, and continued to sing and direct at Thomas Aquinas College. In 2014, Thomas joined the faculty at St. Monica Academy in Montrose, CA, a Catholic Classical school where he taught Chemistry, and eventually became the director of the high school choir program. After a wonderful 7-year term at St. Monica’s, Thomas felt called to join Floriani and bring his love for singing — and teaching! — to the group.
Thomas and his amazing wife Rebecca have been married for seven years and have four beautiful daughters. Singing with his family is still his greatest joy.
Joe started singing sacred polyphony and chant with his local parish at age 13. His love of the art continued through high school and into college, where he was a four-year member of several different ensembles (including a fledgling Floriani) while double-majoring in philosophy and theology. After graduating Thomas Aquinas College, Joe earned his MSB from the Catholic University of America and worked for the SBA until departing that role for Floriani.
Joe is also an avid reader, enjoys board games and coffee, and has worked on nearly 40 stage and musical productions, playing roles like Lancelot (Camelot), The Pirate King (Pirates of Penzance), Tevye (Fiddler on the Roof), Aeneas (Dido and Aeneas), and Don Quixote (Man of La Mancha).