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 (9:30 AM Sunday Mass)
The Spanish Cathedral Choir (11:15 AM Sunday Mass)
The Vietnamese Cathedral Choir (special occasions, Holy Week and Easter)
The Diocesan Children’s Choir (5 PM Saturday, usually the second Saturday of the month)
The Diocesan Choir (for special diocesan celebrations)
Listen LIVE each Sunday at 9:25 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
Our Diocesan Adult and children’s Choir, and three Cathedral Choirs, English, Spanish and Vietnamese…some 230 singers in all… had their first rehearsal in our beautiful new Cathedral. Here are some photos from our very first time in the cathedral.
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:
5.15.19 - 5.18.19
6.10.19 - 6.13.19
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
Since age 14, Mr. Le has been involved in Music Ministry for his local parish. After graduating from the National University of Art and Education with a BM in Music Education in 2012, he continued his studies in Symphony Orchestra Conducting at the Vietnam National Academy of Music. He then became a Choir Director for the Thai Ha Parish and went on to continue his ministry at the St. Joseph’s CathedralHanoi, serving both the Vietnamese and English communities.
He has conducted many choirs – the undergraduate choir of Theory & Composition, Conducting Department of VNAM, Solart Vietnam Choir, Hanoi International Choir, Freude Choir (Japanese choir), Vietnam National Opera& Ballet Choir, Vietnam National University of Art Education Choir, and many church choirs. Mr. Le has also served asguest Chorus Master for the Vietnam National Symphony Orchestra since 2015.
Mr. Le was founder and conductor of the Hanoi Catholic Youth Choir (HCYC), which received much acclaim from viewers when they competed on the reality TV show “Vietnam’s Got Talent” Season 2015-2016, in the final round. The HCYC just won the 5thVietnam International Choir Competition held by Interkultur in June 2017. This competition was comprised of 32 choirs from 10 different countries and regions. The HCYC received the Silver Prize, Level 10 in the Sacred Choral Music Category. With the Solart Female Choir, he also received the Silver Prize at the 10thAnnual International Johannes Brahms Choral Competition in Wernigerode, Germany in July 2017.
Mr. Le is excited to join the Music Ministry here at Christ Cathedral Parish and looks forward to working with all of the Vietnamese choirs & community, as well as all of the many choirs of Christ Cathedral. He asks for your prayers and blessings as he begins his journey.
Lê Đoài Huy sinh năm 1990.
Ngay từ năm 14 tuổi, Lê Đoài Huy đã tham gia ban thánh nhạc trong vai trò là chỉ huy hợp xướng tại nhà thờ địa phương của anh. Saukhi tốt nghiệp cử nhân sư phạm âm nhạc năm 2012, anh theo học chỉ huy dàn nhạc giao hưởng tại Học viện Âm nhạc Quốc gia Việt Nam. Anh trở thành một trong những chỉ huy hợp xướng của giáo xứ Thái Hà và Nhà thờ lớn Hà Nội, phục vụ cả thánh lế tiếng Anh và tiếng Việt.
Anh từng chỉ huy nhiều dàn hợp xướng: hợp xướng sinh viên khoa Âmnhạc học– Sáng tác – Chỉ huy, hợp xướng Sol art Việt Nam, Hợpxướng Quốc tế Hà Nội, Hợp xướng Freude, Hợp xướng nhà hát nhạc vũ kịch Việt Nam, Hợp xướng trường Đại học Sư phạm Nghệ thuật Trung ương và nhiều hợp xướng nhà thờ khác…. Anhcũng là chỉ huy hợp xướng khách mời của Dàn nhạc giao hưởng Việt Nam từ năm 2015.
Đặc biệt anh là người sáng lập và chỉ huy chính thức của Dàn hợp xướng trẻ Công giáo Hà Nội. Đây là dàn hợp xướng non trẻ tuy nhiên đã gây dựng được nhiều sự chú ý trong cộng đồng yêu nhạc hợp xướng với việc tham gia Game Show truyền hình Tìm kiếm tài năng Việt Nam (VN’s got talent) mùa 2015-2016; tại cuộc thi này, dàn hợp xướng đã lọt vào đêm chung kết. Anh đã dẫn Dàn hợp xướng trẻ Công giáo Hà Nội tham gia Cuộc thi hợp xướng quốc tế Việt Nam lần thứ 5 tổ chức tại Hội An (Quảng Nam) do tổ chức liên minh văn hóa thế giới Interkultur tổ chức. Cuộc thi quy tụ 32 dàn hợp xướng từ 10 nước tham gia. Tại đây, dàn hợp xướng của anh đã đạt giải Bạc X cho phần dự thi bảng Thánh ca. Cùng với dàn hợp xướng nữ Solart, anh cũng đoạt giải bạc tại Cuộc thi hợp xướng quốc tế Johannes Brahms diễn ra tại thành phố Wernigerode (Đức) tháng 7 năm 2017.
Lê Đoài Huy rất vui mừng tham gia ban thánh nhạc tại Giáo xứ Chính toà Chúa Ki-tô và mong muốn được làm việc với các hợp xướng & cộng đoàn Việt Nam tại đây, cũng như toàn bộ các hợp xướng của Giáo xứ Chính toà Chúa Ki-tô. Anh mong muốn nhận được lời cầu nguyện và chúc lành từ các bạn cho hành trình của anh tại đây.
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or as a PODCAST after it airs.
Christ Cathedral Concerts 2019 – 2020
Sunday, July 21, 2019 3 PM Christ Cathedral Schola Cantorum of the London Oratory School Charles Cole, Conductor
MUSIC: Haec Dies, John Sheppard
MUSIC: Salvator Mundi, Thomas Tallis
Thursday, August 1, 2019 7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale performs Beethoven 9th Symphony Carl St. Clair, Conductor
MUSIC: Symphony No 9 4th Movement Ludwig van Beethoven
MUSIC: Symphony No 9 4th Movement finale Ludwig van Beethoven
Tuesday, August 6, 2019 7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Arboretum Libera Boy Choir of London Robert Prizeman, Conductor
MUSIC: Libera Robert Prizeman
MUSIC: Sanctus Johann Pachebel/Robert Prizeman
Saturday, October 24, 2019 2 PM Christ Cathedral Mark Thallander Foundation Festival of Faith Dr. Mack Wilberg, Conductor
Wednesday, November 20, 2019 7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Tenebrae Choir of London Nigel Short, Conductor
MUSIC: Ubi Caritas Paul Mealor
MUSIC: Path of Miracles “Leon” Joby Talbot
Friday, December 13, 2019 Christ Cathedral Christmas at the Cathedral Christ Cathedral Choirs
MUSIC: The Snow Lay on the Ground arr. Julian Wachner
Saturday, January 18, 2020 8:00 PM Christ Cathedral Westminster Choir from Westminster Choir College Dr. Joe Miller, Conductor
MUSIC: Haec Dies William Byrd
MUSIC: The Lord Bless You and Keep You Peter Lutkin
Friday, April 24, 2020 7:30 PM Christ Cathedral Cathedral Choir from Notre Dame, Paris Henri Chalet, Conductor Yves Castagnet, Organist
MUSIC: Messe Salve Regina Yves Castagnet
Friday, May 15, 2020 8:00 PM Christ Cathedral Hazel Wright Organ Rededication Hazelisback.org
MUSIC: Cantata No. 29 Johann S. Bach Paul Jacobs, Organist