Christ Cathedral celebrates Fr. Christopher Smith's 40th Anniversary of his Ordination in two great Masses and lots of parties!
The Gallery Console of the Hazel Wright Organ under construction in Padua Italy.
or as a PODCAST after it airs.
Enjoy a fascinating hour with one of Los Angeles' most interesting and versatile musicians!! Born in Mannheim, Germany, Christoph Bull has performed and recorded around the world, including France, Switzerland, Austria, Denmark, Northern Ireland, Russia, India, Taiwan and El Salvador, at national and regional conventions of the American Guild of Organists and at venues such as Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, Lincoln Center in New York City, Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa, the Cathedrals of Moscow, Saint-Denis and Salzburg as well as rock clubs like The Viper Room, The Roxy and The Whisky in Los Angeles.
Hear how a musician of this caliber comes to be a musician. Christoph improvised his first melodies on the piano at the age of five and gave his first organ recitals and rock concerts with a band at the age of twelve. He’s collaborated with leading orchestras, conductors, choirs and ensembles including the Los Angeles Master Chorale, James Conlon, Carl St.Clair, Pacific Chorale, Pacific Symphony and Grammy-winning Southwest Chamber Music.
His organ teachers were Cherry Rhodes, Hermann Schäffer, Ludwig Dörr, Samuel Swartz, Christoph Schöner and Paul Jordan. He also participated in master courses with Marie-Claire Alain, Guy Bovet, Craig Cramer and Rudi Lutz.
Christoph Bull is the creator of the genre-crossing, collaborative multi-media series organica, combining traditional and contemporary music. His collaborators include DJs, video artists, live painter, instrumentalists and singers. He has also contributed to projects by Steven Spielberg, Robin Williams, Harry Connick Jr., George Clinton and Bootsy Collins (Parliament Funkadelic), Cindy Lauper, Lili Haydn and Nishat Khan and opened the organ series at Segerstrom Concert Hall in Costa Mesa and Villa Aurora in the Pacific Palisades.
His solo album First & Grand, the world premiere recording of the Walt Disney Concert Hall Organ, was celebrated by the international trade press and showcases the stylistic versatility and expressiveness of his playing. His original song “Peace” was featured on the benefit album 2 Unite All together with songs by Peter Gabriel, Stewart Copeland and others. His song “Ali” was featured on the website for the collector’s book about Muhammad Ali by Taschen.
Christoph Bull is based in Los Angeles. In addition to his activities as a concert organist, composer, singer-songwriter, speaker, university organist and organ professor at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), he is organist-in-residence at First Congregational Church of Los Angeles, playing one of the largest pipe organs in the world.
Outside of music, Christoph is interested in politics, theology, cinema and sports. He’s read the whole Bible, Koran, Bhagavad Gita and Tao Te Ching, watched every Seinfeld episode and all Star Wars movies in a row in the chronological order of the storyline. He’s run the L.A. Marathon several times and won the National German Youth Championship in Baseball with his team BC Tornados Mannheim.
Staff Singer auditions (new & re-audition) & VN Cathedral Choir - 5.29.18 from 12-4pm & 5.30.18 from 5-10pm
Cathedral Choir (re-audition) - 6.11.18 from 2-10pm, 6.14.18 from 2-10pm & 6.15.18 from 12-5pm
Diocesan, Children's Choirs, & Cathedral Choirs in all languages (new) - 8.6.18 from 2-10pm, 8.8.18 from 2-10pm, 9.4.18 from 2-10pm & 9.6.18 from 2-10pm
The Cathedral Choir sings the English 9:30 Mass each Sunday at Christ Cathedral. They are also a part of Christ Cathedral Concerts. Rehearsals are each Thursday 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Audition required. Music reading required.
The Diocesan Choir of the Diocese of Orange sings for the major liturgies of the diocese, including the Ordinations, Chrism Mass. They are part of "Christmas at the Cathedral", our annual Christmas Concert. Rehearsals are two Monday's per month, 7:30 - 9:30 PM. Audition required. Music reading required.
Beginning in the Fall of 2016, the Diocesan Children's Choir of Orange was established. Rehearsals will be on average three Saturday's per month. The Choir will sing for the major liturgies of the diocese and one Saturday evening Mass at Christ Cathedral, usually the second Saturday of the month. Audition required. Grades 5 - 9.
The Diocesan Children's Choir of Orange, has a Preparatory Choir, grades 1- 2-3-4-5-6. It rehearses on average three Saturday's per month. The choir will prepare children for membership in the Diocesan Children's Choir and give them both singing and musical training. They will occasionally join the Diocesan Children's Choir for a liturgy at Christ Cathedral.