15756 Wed Jan 24, 2018 @ 12:45 PM Music | Wednesday Organ Recital
w/Eric Plutz, Guest Organist
Recital Cathedral
15757 Wed Jan 31, 2018 @ 12:45 PM Music | Wednesday Organ Recital
w/Kyle Ritter, Guest Organist
Recital Cathedral


Human beings sang long before they were able to express their thoughts, voicing in simple imitation sounds they heard in nature, the twitter of birds, the rustle of leaves, the howling of coyotes. Primitive man sang to invoke the gods with prayers and incantations, to celebrate rites of passage, to recount history and heroics. There is no human settlement, no matter how distant or isolated, that does not sing.

Congregations of Jews in 500 BC sang King David's Psalms and The Song of Solomon. After the 4th Century when Christianity was recognized as the official religion of the Roman Empire, the Catholic Church developed Western music for the next thirteen centuries, evolving from plainchant to highly developed polyphonic choral style.

The aim of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels' music ministry is to develop a sacred music program that encompasses the beautiful traditions of the Church and the multiple cultural traditions of the Archdiocese. In the Catholic context music is sung prayer, and music and liturgy are handmaidens.

Cathedral Organist : Samuel Salvador Soria

Samuel Soria

Samuel Soria has been the organist of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels since its dedication in 2002. Mr. Soria is a graduate of Valparaiso University and Northwestern University. In addition to academic study with Philip Gehring and Wolfgang Rubsam, he has coached privately with Paul Manz and Cherry Rhodes.

Soria was a prizewinner in the 1993 J.S. Bach International Competition at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C. He was selected to compete in the 2014 Boston AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation. In 1996 he tied for third place in the NCOI, New York City, and was a semi-finalist in the 1992 Atlanta NCOI. He was also invited to Knokke-Heist, Belgium as a participant in the European Competition in Organ Improvisation in 1995.

Soria has recorded two CDs for Delos International Records, "Premier Organ Recording" and "Organ Voices", both of which have received national critical acclaim. A third CD produced by Omni Recording, "Samuel Soria: Cathedral Organist", has been released and features Leo Sowerby's Symphony in G Major. In July of 2004, he was a featured artist for the AGO National Convention in Los Angeles. In July of 2011, he was the organist for a religious service which featured improvisations at St. Mary's Cathedral during the Region IX Convention, San Francisco.

Director of Spanish Choir : Anna Betancourt

Samuel Soria

Anna Betancourt was named Director of the Spanish Choir in June 2011. A graduate of Loyola Marymount University, she comes to the Cathedral with over 25 years of experience directing various choirs ranging from Spanish and Traditional choirs to Handbell, Children's and Contemporary Ensembles.

At the Archdiocesan level, Anna serves as a Music Committee Member and has served as a member of the Religious Education Congress Liturgy Committee. She is also is a speaker and presenter at various conferences and workshops on Music and Liturgy. Her voice can be heard on more than 30 recordings with various Catholic artists and composers including Bob Hurd, Jaime Cortez, Peter Kolar and John Angotti. Currently, Anna serves as Director of Pastoral Services and Liturgy at St. Linus Catholic Church.

Joining the Cathedral Choir / Spanish Choir