11569 Wed Apr 23, 2014 @ 12:45 PM Music | Wednesday Organ Demonstration
w/Samuel Soria, Cathedral Organist
Recital Cathedral
11570 Wed Apr 30, 2014 @ 12:45 PM Music | Wednesday Organ Recital
w, Kurt Sather, 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, under Music Director Frank Brownstead, 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.

Music Director : Frank Brownstead

Frank Brownstead

Frank Brownstead is the Director of Music at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. He holds the Master of Sacred Music Degree from Union Theological Seminary in New York. He has served as Music Coordinator in the Office for Worship, parish musician (most recently at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Westwood) and educator. He has been on the faculty of Mount St. Mary’s College since 1979. He coordinated and conducted the music for the visit of Pope John Paul II to Los Angeles in 1987.

Brownstead is the recipient of the Laudatus Award from the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, the Saint Andrew’s Abbey Sacred Arts Award, and the National Pastoral Musicians “Musician of the Year” Award (2001). He is also on the Board of Directors of the Shakespeare Festival Los Angeles. Mr. Brownstead has also worked extensively in the recording of liturgical music.



Cathedral Organist : Samuel Salvador Soria

Samuel Soria

Samuel Salvador Soria has been the organist of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles since its dedication in 2002. Prior to his appointment here in Los Angeles he was organist for nine years at Holy Name Cathedral in Chicago. Mr. Soria is a graduate of Valpariso and Northwestern Universities. In addition to study with Philip Gehring and Wolfgang Rübsam, he has been coached privately by Jean Guillou, Naji Hakim and Paul Manz; concentrating on the art of organ improvisation.

Mr. Soria is a 2nd prizewinner in the J. S. Bach International Competition at the Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C., and was also a prizewinner in the American Guild of Organists Improvisation Competition at Trinity Church, New York. The Premiere Organ Recording CD (Delos Label released in February 2004) on the Cathedral’s pipe organ has received critical acclaim from across the country.



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