The Christ Cathedral Music Ministry serves the vast, multicultural community of the Diocese of Orange - the 10th largest diocese in the United States. Choirs in three languages, two large organs, and a 52-bell carillon serves eleven weekly parish masses as well as Episcopal services specific to a Cathedral including Chrism Mass, Ordinations, and Diocesan gatherings throughout the year.
In December of 2015, Dr. John A. Romeri was named the first Director of Music and Organist. John has developed both the Cathedral Music Program and founded the Christ Cathedral Concert Series, establishing the cathedral as a center for the arts in Orange County. The series features an annual “Christmas at the Cathedral” concert involving the entire music ministry and orchestra. The music staff also includes David L. Ball, Assistant Director of Music and Organist, Mr. Huy Doai Le, Director of Vietnamese Music Ministries, and Lauren McCaul, Cathedral Music Administrator.
The Cathedral building (formerly the Crystal Cathedral) hosts the famed Hazel Wright Pipe Organ, the fifth-largest pipe organ in the world with 293 ranks and 17,106 pipes. It has been restored by the Ruffatti Pipe Organ Builders in Padua, Italy, and rededicated on May 15, 16 and 17, 2020. The Arboretum has its own wonderful organ, the "Fred Swann" Organ, a 1951, 4-manual, 82-rank Aeolian-Skinner Pipe Organ installed in 1996. It has 4,949 pipes and 6 Walker digital stops.
Our Choirs include:
The English Cathedral Choir (9:45 AM Sunday Mass)
The Spanish Cathedral Choir (11:30 AM Sunday Mass)
The Vietnamese Cathedral Choir (special occasions, Holy Week and Easter)
The Sunday Evening Choir (5:15 PM Sunday Mass in English)
The Diocesan Children’s Choir (4:30 PM Saturday, usually the Second Saturday of the month)
The Diocesan Choir (for special diocesan celebrations)
Listen LIVE each Sunday at 9:40 AM PT http://www.christcathedralcalifornia.org/worship/mass-live-stream/
"Music from the Tower” a radio program featuring the best of Sacred and Classical music airs each Saturday at 10 PM on AM-1000 or AM-930
Dedication Mass (Wednesday, July 17, 2019)
Prelude: 9:30 AM
Let There Be Light! Gilbert Martin
Gloria Antonio Vivaldi
Cum Sancto Spiritu Antonio Vivaldi
I Was Glad Frank Ferko
The Spirit of the Lord Edward Elgar
Siciliano For High Ceremony Herbert Howells
Esto Les Digo Kinley Lange
Alleluia Charles Callahan
Khuc Ca Mat Troi Hai Linh
Ubi Caritas James Biery
Prelude and Fugue in G Major Johann S. Bach
Sing Unto God G. F. Handel
Locus Iste Anton Bruckner
Let the People Praise William Mathias
Mass: 10:30 AM
Entrance Antiphon *Let Us Go Rejoicing (Ps 122) Peter Latona
Sprinkling Rite Springs of Water Donald Fellows
Gloria *Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin
Responsorial Psalm *Ps 19 James Chepponis
Acclamation Before the Gospel *Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin
Blessing of the Relics Hic est vere Martyr (Ps 15) Sebastián de Vivanco
Blessing of the Altar and Walls Ps 84 Edgar Bainton
Preparation of the Altar Prelude Charles Callahan
Incensation of the Altar and the Church *Ps 138 Julian Revie
Lighting of the Altar and the Church *The Canticle of Tobit Normand Gouin
Offertory Anthem I Was Glad When They Said Unto Me C. Hubert H. Parry
Eucharistic Acclamations *Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin
Agnus Dei *Mass of the Transfiguration Normand Gouin
Communion Antiphon LikeShoots of the Olive (Ps 128) Normand Gouin
Communion Motet Ave Verum Colin Mawby
Blessed Sacrament Chapel Blessing Ps 147 C. V. Stanford
Recessional Hymn To Jesus Christ Our Sovereign King Ich Glaub An Gott arr. James Chepponis
Postlude *Te Deum for Organ & Brass Rachel Laurin
* Commissioned for this Dedication Mass.
Diocesan Choir of Orange
Diocesan Children’s Choir
Christ Cathedral Choirs: English, Spanish Vietnamese
Dr. John A Romeri, Director of Music
David L. Ball, Cathedral Organist and Assistant Director of Music
Marcos Saldaña, Assistand Direcor of Hispanic Music
Huy Doai Le, Director of Vietnamese Music
Lauren McCaul, Cathedral Music Administrator and Cantor
The Christ Cathedral Music Ministry would like to invite you to join one of our wonderful Diocesan or Cathedral choirs! The mission of our ministry is to serve and praise God through song. Those who have the desire to praise God through singing and who possess musical skill & talent should consider auditioning for one of our wonderful choirs:
Cathedral English Choir under the direction of Dr. John Romeri, rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:30-9:30PM and sings at the Sunday, 9:45AM Mass
Cathedral Spanish Choir under the direction of Dr. Ricardo Soto, rehearses on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-9:30PM and sings at the Sunday, 11:30AM Mass
Cathedral Vietnamese Choir under the direction of Mr. Huy Le, rehearses on Wednesday evenings from 7:30-9:30PM and sings at the Sunday, 1:15pm Mass
Diocesan Children’s Choir under the direction of Dr. John Romeri, rehearses on Saturday mornings at 10am twice per month and sings at the Saturday, 4:30pm Mass once a month as well as for special Diocesan celebrations throughout the year.
Auditions will be held:
9.9.19 - 9.12.19 ***preferred dates for children’s choir
9.16.19 - 9.18.19 ***preferred dates for children’s choir
To sign up for an audition, please set-up a time through our audition website:
Auditions will include sight-reading, vocalizing and pitch memory exercises to give the director an assessment of your skills – you do not need to bring a piece to sing or prepare anything!
For more details, please contact the Music Ministry Office - Lauren McCaul, Cathedral Music Administrator – (714) 971-2141, x5529, Email:email@example.com
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Steven Ball has recently been named as Director of Sacred Music at The Oratory of St. Francis de Sales in St. Louis, Missouri. The Oratory is famous for a unique and varied choral repertoire spanning several centuries and performed by numerous ensembles. The liturgies are conducted exclusively in Latin using the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite, the universal form of the Roman Catholic Liturgy before the changes which followed the Second Vatican Council. As such it provides a unique cultural and musical setting in which the music of some of the greatest composers for sacred choral and organ music can be heard in their original context.
A native of Michigan originally, Dr. Ball studied at the University of Michigan where he later went on to teach, serve as University Carillonneur, and the Director of the famous Stearns Collection of Musical Instruments. He received his DMA in 2007 as a student of Marilyn Mason. A former Fulbright Scholar to the Netherlands, Steven Ball is also well known for his work in the world of campanology (the study of bells), improvisation, as an organ consultant, for silent film accompaniment and as a theater organist. He has traveled and performed extensively in both the United States and abroad including concerts in the Netherlands, Germany, Belgium, France, Portugal, Ireland, England, Switzerland and Italy. He was inducted as a Knight of the Equestrian Order of the Holy Sepulchre of Jerusalem (a Papal Knighthood) in 2017.
He comes to this position from New Jersey where he last served as Organist and Director of Outreach (now Emeritus) for the world's largest pipe organ located in Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City. His time there also included a position at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia, PA. While serving on the faculty of the Organ Department at the University of Michigan, he also served as Cathedral Organist at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral in Detroit and Senior Staff Organist at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor.
St. Francis de Sales Oratory is one of the largest and most important examples of gothic revival architecture in the nation. Tied for 6th tallest church tower in the United States, it is located on historic Route 66 and is open daily for visitors. Named America's most beautiful church in a recent nationwide contest, the church is served by priests from the Institute of Christ the King Sovereign Priest.
Today’s show is all about his work at the Oratory and the music for the Extraordinary Form of the Mass (The Latin Mass).
MUSIC: Asperges Me Chant; Introit: Dignus est Agnus; Kyrie (Mass V); Gloria (Mass V); Gradual: Dominabitur; Credo (Mass V); Sanctus and Benedictus (Mass V); Agnus Dei (Mass V); Communion: Sedebit; March Gothique by Becker. Steven Ball Organist.