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

"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

Christ Cathedral DEDICATION July 17, 2019


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     


Commemorative CD of the Music



Special Cathedral Dedication Broadcasts
July 16

5:00 P.M. The Dedication of Christ Cathedral Preview Show (1 hr). EWTN- TV

July 17

10:00 A.M. Dedication Mass Pre-Show (30 min). EWTN- TV

10:30 A.M.  Live Coverage of Mass/Dedication. EWTN-TV

We will also be live-streaming our dedication on all of our websites including the dedication website:  Https://dedication.rcbo.org

First Choir Rehearsals in the new Cathedral

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.

Christ Cathedral’s Music Director receives the
2019 Paul Creston Award in New York City

Choir Auditions for Cathedral and Diocesan Choirs

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:lmccaul@christcathedralparish.org

Diocesan Children’s Choir has a Successful Tour
to San Francisco and Oakland California.

See all of our Photos

Walker Digital Organ installed in the Cathedral as we wait for the Hazel Wright Pipe Organ to be reinstalled and dedicated.

Mr Huy Doai Le Becomes Christ Cathedral’s
First Vietnamese Music Director


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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Each Saturday at 10 PM on 

KHJ 930-AM & KCEO 1000-AM or OCCatholic.com/radio

or as a PODCAST after it airs.  

Episode No 63 Saturday, June 22, 2019 Special Christ Cathedral Concert Preview Show for 2019 – 2020. Your hosts John A. Romeri, Christ Cathedral Director of Music and David L. Ball, Cathedral Assistant Director of Music and Organist.

Hear John and David describe the amazing artists and  music coming to Christ Cathedral in our 4th season of concerts.

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

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