Milton G. Scheuermann Jr.

Host of Continuum

Milton has been the co-host (with Thais St. Julien) of Continuum since 1976. He is a true New Orleanean, born on Mardi Gras day, attending P. A. Capdau Grammar School and Warren Easton High School. After completing the five year program of the Tulane School of Architecture in 1956 he was drafted into the Army. After a two year stint in the combat engineers in Germany he returned to New Orleans to work with the architectural firm of Goldstein, Parham & Labouisse, becoming an associate in the firm of Parham & Labouisse after Mr. Goldstein’s death. He was appointed University Architect for Dillard University in 1972 and retired from that position in 2002.

Milton was a faculty member at the Tulane School of Architecture for 56 years, retiring in 2015 as Adjunct Professor of Architecture. He taught courses in drawing, photography, calligraphy, visual presentations and two courses that he designed himself; Architecture & Music and Architecture & Mysticism. Both courses involved his passions for music and magic.

Milton has taught piano since an 8th grade student at Capdau School. He studied piano for 16 years with Gordon Kirst, pianist at the original Roosevelt Hotel. While in Germany with the combat engineers he frequently performed as a pianist, and he also bought a Renaissance style recorder. After returning to New Orleans he began playing in a recorder ensemble, the Woodvine Recorder Consort, started by the then new South African Council General, Vere Stock. His growing love for early music culminated in the formation of New Orleans Musica da Camera in 1966. The ensemble is now the oldest continually performing early music ensemble in the world.

Many of the instruments used by Musica da Camera were constructed by Milton from original manuscript drawings. The ensemble now has the pleasure of owning well over 100 early instruments, including seven harpsichords, housed in its own building on Laurel St. in uptown New Orleans. In that building is Musica da Camera’s office, library of over 9,000 books and scores of early music, 4,000 CDs, rehearsal space and living quarters of Thaïs St. Julien (with her 3 cats), Milton’s co-director for Musica da Camera.

Equal to his passion for early music (particularly medieval and early Renaissance) is his passion for the music of Richard Wagner. He is an expert on Wagner with a deep knowledge of all of the composer’s operas, both German texts and scores, knowing all of them from memory. While still in high school, he taught himself German so that he could understand Wagner's librettos.

His third great passion is magic, as a performing art. He is a member of the Knights of Slights, and former or current officer of local chapters of the Society of American Magicians and the International Brotherhood of Magicians. Mentalism is his specialty; his performances have often made audience members more than a little uneasy about the transparency of their thoughts.

When not doing any of the above, he sleeps very soundly at night.

Ways to Connect

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann & Thais St. Julien celebrate the music of the ensemble Sequentia with A Sequentia Festival, using the CDs  Spielmann und Kleriker by Sequentia (DHM 7 49704 2 ), Oswald von Wolkenstein - Songs by Sequentia (DHM 05472-77302-2), and Trouveres by Sequentia (DHM 77155-2-RC).

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann and Thais St. Julien conclude their series of Memorandum XXI with Part V, featuring the CD Memorandum XXI - Part V by Capriccio Stravagante Renaissance

Orchestra (Paradiso PA0012).

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann plays early dance music from the CDs A Dance in the Garden of Mirth by The Dufay Collective (Chandos CHAN 9320) and Istanpitta II by New York Ensemble for Early Music (Lyrichord LEMS 8022).

This week on Continuum, Milton and Thais play early music centered around Henry VIII from the CDs If Love Now Reigned by the Isaak Ensemble Heidelberg (Bayer Records BR 100132 CD) and Music for Henry VIII by The Hilliartd Ensemble (Saga Classics SCD 9003).

This week on Continuum, Milton Scheuermann features music from the CD The Celtic Viol II  by Jordi Savall (Alia Vox AVSA 9878).

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