Regular Mass Schedule for the Weekend
with our Cathedral Music Ministry:

Anticipated Mass 4:30 PM English

8:00 AM Spanish
9:45 AM English
11:30 AM Spanish
1:15 PM Vietnamese with the Vietnamese Cathedral Choir
5:15 PM English with our Sunday Evening Choir
7:00 PM Spanish

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 9:25 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

Pacific Symphony and Pacific Chorale join in the celebration of
Christ Cathedral with Beethoven’s 9th Symphony. August 1, 2019

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



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:
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,

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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Episode No. 66 Saturday, August 24, 2019 Dr. Steven Ball, Concert Organist, Church Musician, Carillonnuer, Director of Sacred Music at the Oratory of St. Francis de Sales, St. Louis, Missouri.

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.