Episode 39   June 9, 2018   All things Chant!! with our chant experts, Matthew Gray and David Koch from the Mission Basilica San Juan

Enjoy an entire episode of MUSIC FROM THE TOWER devoted to Chant with two chant experts, Matthew Gray, Director of Music, and David Koch, Chant Master, both from the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano. They shared excepts from their new chant CD: “Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year”.   Since the first centuries of the church, chant was the primary music sung in Catholic Liturgies. With the Second Vatican Council and the use of vernacular languages, came the music of many countries and traditions. In recent years cathedral and parishes around the country have rediscovered the beauty and the awe which chant can provide in the Mass. Today’s guests bring a wonderful insight into how this is being done Sunday after Sunday at the Mission and can be (and should be) done in every parish. Learn about the different types of chant, the church modes, the Propers and the Ordinary of the Mass from these two men who have studied it and performed it. It is a fascinating look at this great treasury of music of the Catholic Church.

CD: Chant, Communion Chants from the Liturgical Year, performed by the Men of the Basilica Mixed Ensemble. Matthew Gray, Director of Music Ministries and David Koch, Chant Master.


MUSIC: Jerusalem surge   communion chant for the Second Sunday of Advent

MUSIC: Pater, si non potest   communion chant for Palm Sunday

MUSIC: Pascha nostrum   communion chant for Easter Sunday

MUSIC: Factus est repente   communion chant for Pentecost

MUSIC: Comedite pinguia     communion chant for Ordinary Time


Episode 38   May 26, 2018 Manuel J. Rosales, Organ Builder

Manuel J. Rosales is the President and Tonal Director of Rosales Pipe organ Company, Inc. He was born in New York City, but raised in Los Angeles. On his 14th birthday Manuel’s father took him to see the movie Fantasiaand he became enthralled with the music of J. S. Bach. An opportunity to work with his church’s organ tuner led to an immediate realization that pipe organ building was going to be his life’s work. He served his apprenticeship with the Schlicker Organ Company of Buffalo, New York, from 1968 until 1973.

In 1973, Manuel Rosales returned to Los Angeles to serve as the area service representative for the Schlicker Company and established his own firm, Rosales Pipe Organ Service. In 1980, Rosales Organ Builders, Inc., was formed during the construction of his Opus 9, the firm’s largest instrument to that time, for the First Presbyterian Church in Granada Hills, California. The success of this two-manual 32-stop instrument led to several other contracts including his now-famous Opus 11, a 52-stop instrument for Trinity Episcopal Cathedral of Portland, Oregon.

Hear about Manuel’s many collaborations with some of the world’s most famous pipe organ builders. He has studied organs from Europe to Mexico and has built some outstanding instruments throughout the United States. Of course, his most famous instrument is the grand organ in the Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. Enjoy a fascinating visit with this genius of the art of pipe organ building and hear music by some of the great organists who have performed on his amazing instruments.

MUSIC: Fantasia on a Theme of Gustav Holst Aaron David Miller (2016) Daryl Robinson, Organist   Disney Concert Hall   American Fantasia

MUSIC: Grand Chorus with Thunder Michel Corette   David Britton, Organist Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland   Rosales Organ, Op 11

MUSIC: Allegro José Lidon Guy Bovet, Organist Mission San José, Fremont, CA   Rosales Organ, Op 14

MUSIC: Finale from Symphony No. 3 Louis Vierne   George Baker, Organist Trinity Episcopal Church, Portland   Rosales Organ, Op 11


Episode 37 May 19, 2018 César Sanchez, Tenor, Opera Star, Educator, and Chef!!!

Explore the career of this wonderful young singer from his early days in Tijuana to the opera stages of the world. From his very humble beginnings in his parish choir, continued education in high school at the school for liturgical music, to his time at the famous Mozarteum in Salzburg, Austria, this singer has given everything to his art. He went from being inspired by a recording of Placido Domingo, which he played over and over as a child, to actually being able to work with him as a professional; he fulfilled one of his life’s dream! From winning the Darclee International Vocal Competition in Romania to coaching at the Academy for Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, César has proven his voice is something special indeed. Deeply rooted in his Catholic faith, he believes that is voice and his many spectacular opportunities have been indeed a gift from God.   Whether singing in Mexico City for a crowd of over 14,000 or more recently in lead roles for the Tampa Opera, César’s voice continues to amaze all who hear it. We have been privileged to have had Cesar perform three times for Christ Cathedral Concerts, with more performances coming as we prepare for the festivities of the dedication of Christ Cathedral. In addition to his busy concert schedule, César’s other passion, from his parents and grandparents, is cooking!!

MUSIC: La Donna e mobile   Rigoletto   Giuseppe Verdi César Sanchez, tenor

MUSIC: Granada   Agustin Lara   César Sanchez, tenor

MUSIC: Recondita Armonia Tosca   Giacomo Puccini   César Sanchez, tenor

MUSIC: Nessum Dorma Turandot   Giacomo Puccini   César Sanchez, tenor


Episode 36 April 28, 2018 Paul M. French, Organist, Conductor, Church Musician, Composer, Arranger, and Pueri Cantores Board President

Conductor Paul French was in Southern California to conduct two Children’s Choir Festivals for Pueri Cantores. While in town, we were lucky enough to have him as a guest on MUSIC FROM THE TOWER. Hear from Chicagoan Paul French, the Music Director at Chicago’s Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church, where he leads a thriving choral program for both children and adults. Mr. French recently stepped down after twelve seasons as the music director of the William Ferris Chorale, a 24-voice Chicago based professional choir specializing in accessible compositions of the twentieth century, and whose cutting-edge arts programming regularly garnered excellent reviews.

Mr. French has studied composition, chant, conducting and organ at St. John’s University (Collegeville, MN), Northwestern University and the Pontificio Instituto di Musica Sacra in Rome. A composer of more than 200 instrumental and choral works including pieces for adult and children’s choirs, voice, organ, brass and orchestra, he serves on the music advisory staff of the Archdiocese of Chicago and has been a faculty member of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Choir Director Institutes for over 10 years. Additionally, he serves as Director of Choral Recordings for World Library Publications and is Editor of the Pueri Cantores Choral Series of distinguished choral literature for youth choirs. He is presently the president of board of directors for the American Federation of Pueri Cantores, the official Children’s Choir organization for the Catholic Church. The organization has over 60,000 children members world-wide and hundreds of member-choirs in the United States.


MUSIC: Psalm 122 I Lift My Eyes   Paul French (Paraclete Press) The Choir of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Chicago

MUSIC: A Prayer of St. Patrick Paul French (Morningstar Music) Morningstar Demo Choir

MUSIC: Ave Verum   Paul French (Morningstar Music) William Ferris Chorale, Chicago

MUSIC: Te Deum   Michael Bedford American Federation Pueri Cantores Choir of 1000 Voices, Paul French, Conductor – Spring 2012 Holy Name Cathedral, Chicago


Episode 35 April 21, 2018 Dr. Alison Luedecke, Organist, Harpsichordist, Ensemble Musician and Co-Founder of the Millennia Consort, and the San Diego Baroque Soloists

Enjoy hearing from one of San Diego’s finest musicians. Dr. Alison Luedecke. This busy performer is the organist at St. James-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church in La Jolla and co-founder of the Millennia Consort. She hails from Galveston, Texas and is active across the US as a solo concert organist and has played in France, Canada, Mexico and Germany. She has been heard numerous times on the nationally syndicated radio show Pipedreams. As an ensemble musician she has performed with the Mainly Mozart Festival Orchestra, Symphony Silicon Valley, and other chamber ensembles and symphonies. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree at the Eastman School of Music as a student of David Craighead. Checkout www.sdbaroque.com for the newest ensemble of which Alison is a co-founder, harpsichordist & organist- the San Diego Baroque Soloists.


MUSIC: Prelude in D Major   Johann S. Bach   Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh

MUSIC: Sonata in A Major Felix Mendelssohn Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh

MUSIC: Pictures at an Exhibition “The Hut on Fowl’s Legs” Modest Mussorgsky arr. Scott Sutherland   Millennia Consortwith Alison Luedecke, Organist

MUSIC: Hornpipe Humoresque Noel Rawsthorne Dr. Alison Luedecke, organist, recorded at St. Paul’s Cathedral, Pittsburgh

MUSIC: Banish Misfortune John Karl Hirton Millennia Consort with Alison Luedecke, Organist


Episode 34 April 14, 2018   Matthew Gray, Founder and Director of DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, Director of Music at the Mission Basilica of San Juan Capistrano, Assistant Director of the Diocesan Choir of Orange. He tells us all about the coming deAngelis Vocal Ensemble Program SACRA FRANCE!! Ooh La La!!

Enjoy a visit with Matthew Gray, one of Southern California’s busiest Music Directors. Hear especially about his profession ensemble, DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble, as they conclude their 13th Season of creating beauty through Choral Music! Hear from Matthew all about the program SACRA FRANCE, a wonderful choral concert featuring the sacred music of France. This great choral ensemble will transport you to the glories of France. Matt presents works by Duruflé, Villette, Desenclos, and the music of Francis Poulenc, including the stunningly beautiful Mass in G. Major. Sacré France is part of their annual partnership with Christ Cathedral Concerts.   Complete details and to obtain tickets: www.christcathedralmusic.org   Enjoy their latest CD:


MUSIC: The Scribe Herbert Howells   The DeAngelis Vocal Ensemble   Mathew Grat, Conductor

MUSIC: Salve Regina Francis Poulenc   Harry Christophers 16

MUSIC: Sanctus (Mass in G) Francis Poulenc   Winchester Cathedral and Kings College, London Martin Neary, Conductor

MUSIC: Salve Regina   Alfred Desenclos   Choir of Kings College, London   Martin Neary, Conductor

MUSIC: O Salutaris Hostia Pierre Villette Worchester Cathedral   Donald Hunt, Conductor


Episode 33   March 31, 2018 Christ Cathedral Musicians, Dr. John Romeri, Director of Music, and David L. Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, present a special MUSIC FROM THE TOWER with the great music of Easter Sunday


MUSIC: Hymn: Jesus Christ is Risen Today   arr. Paul Sjouland   All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills   Craig Phillips, Conductor

MUSIC: Haec Dies   William Byrd   Psalm 118 “This is the Day the Lord Has Made”   St. Thomas Choir, New York City   John Scott, Conductor

MUSIC: This Joyful Eastertide   18th Dutch Carol arr. Charles Wood   Bath Abby Choir, Peter King, Conductor

MUSIC: My Hope Is Arisen Peter Latona   from the album “Easter Triumph, Easter Joy” National Shrine Choir, Peter Latona, Conductor

MUSIC: 5 Mystical Songs   1. Easter   Ralph Vaughan Williams   Northern Sinfonia of England Richard Hickox Stephen Roberts, Baritone

MUSIC: Hymn: The Strife is O’er arr. Bruce Neswick All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills   Craig Phillips, Conductor

MUSIC: Surrexit Christus Hodie   Samuel Scheidt arr. John Rutter   St. Thomas Choir, New York City   John Scott, Conductor

MUSIC: Sing Ye to the Lord Edward Bairstow arr. Gerre Hancock   St. Thomas Choir, New York City   John Scott, Conductor

MUSIC: Hymn: At the Lamb’s High Feast arr. Peter Latona from the album “Easter Triumph, Easter Joy” National Shrine Choir, Peter Latona, Conductor

MUSIC: On This Bright Easter Morn Craig Phillips All Saints Choir, Beverly Hills   Craig Phillips, Conductor

MUSIC: Chant: Victimae Paschali Laudes   Claire College, Cambridge

MUSIC: Improvisation on “Victimae Paschali Laudes” Charles Tournemire transcribed by Maurice Duruflé performed Mme Marie-Madeline Duruflé at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


Episode 32   March 24,  2018 Christ Cathedral Musicians, Dr. John Romeri, Director of Music, and David L. Ball, Assistant Director and Organist, present a special MUSIC FROM THE TOWER with the great music for Palm Sunday and Holy Week.


MUSIC: Hosanna filio David Opening Gregorian Chant for Palm Sunday   “Hosanna to the Son of David”

MUSIC: Christus Factus Est   Gregorian Chant based upon the second reading of Palm Sunday Philippians 2: 8 – 9

MUSIC: Christus Factus Est   choral settings by Felice Anerio and Anton Bruckner   “Christ became obedient for us, even unto death”

MUSIC: Mandatum by Peter Latona   a musical setting for the washing of feet “Faith, Hope and Love, the greatest of these is Love”

MUSIC: Ubi Caritas   the Offertory Antiphon for Holy Thursday choral settings by Maurice Duruflé, Paul Mealor and Ola Gjeilo “Where charity and love prevail, God is there”

MUSIC: Ave Verum by William Byrd   a communion motet for Holy Thursday   “Hail the ture body, born of the Virgin Mary”

MUSIC: Pange Lingua   Gregorian Chant for the transfer of the Eucharist on Holy Thursday evening “Sing my Tongu, the Savior’s glory”

MUSIC: In Monte Oliveti Anton Bruckner   Motet for the stripping of the altar on Holy Thursday   “On the Mount of Olives, he prayed to the Father”

MUSIC: Miserere Mei Gregorio Allegri   The final psalm (Ps 51) of Tenebrae on Holy Thursday   “Have mercy upon me, O God”

MUSIC: Popule Meus by Tomas Luis de Vittoria   For the veneration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday “Oh my people, what have I done to you”

MUSIC: Faithful Cross by Leo Nestor For the veneration of the Holy Cross on Good Friday

MUSIC: Salvator Mundi by Thomas Tallis “O Savior of the World, save us all”

MUSIC:   Vinea mea electa by Francis Poulenc   “O vineyard, my chosen one! I planted you: how are you changed from sweet to bitter, to have crucified me and released Barrabas?”

MUSIC: O Sacred Head   by Johannes Brahms   Karl Richter, organist


Episode 31  March 3, 2018   Stephen Petrunak, the President of the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM) in Washington, DC, Christopher Reilly, the President of the DMMD Division of NPM and Roy Spicer, the Vice-President of the DMMD Division of NPM.


Hear all about the National Association of Pastoral Musicians (NPM), a national organization of church musicians serving primarily the Roman Catholic Church in America. This 6000-member organization is made up of Parish Music Directors, choir directors, organists, instrumentalists, cantors, and music educators. Stephen Petrunak is only the 4th President/CEO of the organization in its 41-year history. Stephen comes to NPM from both the business world and being a Parish Music Director.   You will enjoy hearing his vision for the organization and for the future of Church Music!! He is joined later in the program by the leaders of the DMMD Division of the association. This division serves those who work full-time for the church as music ministers; those responsible for music in America’s parishes. Christopher Reilly, is the Music Director at the Maryknoll Headquarters in New York, and Roy Spicer, is the Music Director at Old Mission Santa Barbara. These two leaders in pastoral music along with Stephen give a fascinating look into the world of those who make music for our church, a church with both strengths and challenges. We are a church of many musical styles, many languages and a long rich history of sacred music. Find out what this national organization is doing to help those who help all of us worship each week.


MUSIC: My Lord Will Come Wil Todd   Northwestern University Chorale

MUSIC: Building Up The Kingdom Roger Holland

MUSIC: Nada to Turbe DMMD Taize Prayer     Olfary Gutierrez, soloist

MUSIC: Agnus Dei from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet

MUSIC: Sanctus from Messe Salve Regina, Yves Castagnet


Episode 30   February 17, 2018   Dr. Bob Gallagher serves as Minister of Music at the River Road Church in Richmond Virginia.  He is the former organist at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, DC and was a student of Crystal Cathedral’s own Fred Swann.


Dr. Bob Gallagher came to River Road Church as Minister of Music in August of 2011. He oversees the vibrant Music Ministry for children, youth, and adults. A native of Brooklyn, New York, Bob received a Bachelor of Music in Organ at the age of 20 from Manhattan School of Music, Master of Music in Organ from The Juilliard School, and a Doctor of Musical Arts from Catholic University of America. He also holds diplomas and prizes in Organ, Harpsichord, and Improvisation from the Conservatoire National de Region de Rueil-Malmaison. His teachers include Arnold Ostlund, Jr., Fred Swann, Gerre Hancock, and Peter Marshall. During his year in France, he studied with Marie-Claire Alain (organ), Huguette Dreyfus (harpsichord), and Jacqued Taddei (improvisation).

Bob served as Associate Director of Music at St. David’s Episcopal Church in Wayne, Pennsylvania for 10 years and as Minister of Music at Wayne United Methodist Church for 5 years. In Washington, D.C. he served for 8 years as Organist at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle and also taught in the departments of Organ, Conducting, and Liturgical Music at The Catholic University of America. He served as Assistant Organist of St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University during his student years in New York.

Enjoy a great conversation between two long-time friends and colleagues. They talk about growing up Catholic; and, how just a few years around the time of the Vatican Council made a huge difference the influence of Sacred Music and the pipe organ. Tune in as another spectacular church musician comes to visit the Christ Cathedral Campus.


MUSIC: Fantasy on “Divinum Mysterium” Gerre Hancock   Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist

MUSIC: Haec Dies – Sortie  Pierre Cocherau     Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist

MUSIC: The House of Faith Has Many Rooms   Craig Phillips     River Road Church, Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist-Choirmaster

MUSIC: Les Rameaux (The Palms) jean Langlais   Dr. Bob Gallagher, Organist