‘His music rose to God in blessing and in praise’

Dottie and Paul Salamunovich. — Credit: SR. NANCY MUNRO, CSJ

Paul Salamunovich began his role as music director at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in North Hollywood when my twin brother and I were in the eighth grade at St. Charles School —in 1949. Over these 65 years it has been a privilege to have known Paul and to experience his extraordinary music genius on so many occasions, both at the parish and in many other venues where he directed choirs.

He had so many gifts and talents as a musician, composer and director. Paul selected an extraordinary breadth of choral works — from early centuries, from periods of musical revival, and from contemporary pieces. His St. Charles Choir sang at so many Masses and liturgies over the years, and I was privileged to have his choir sing for my first Mass at St. Charles.

Paul never hesitated to introduce many audiences to sacred music from past centuries and to offer them classical choral pieces which had seldom been heard in Southern California. The rich variety of his choral offerings expanded musical experience for his choir and musicians, as well as for all of us.

As a teacher, Paul was instrumental in opening up, for many parish choirs and other choral groups, new sounds and new blending of the various parts of the choir. His influence on choral music will continue for many years to come.

Not as many people were aware of his abilities as a music composer, but his influence in composition was felt in Church music and in many ventures involving film and television.

Paul Salamunovich will go down in history in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles and across the country as a brilliant maestro, artist, composer and director. His music rose to God in blessing and in praise. May he know rest in the peace and joy of God’s kingdom, and may he enjoy the heavenly choruses for all eternity.


Statement on Governor Edmund G. Brown’s signing of ABx2-15

Archbishop José H. Gomez

Governor Brown’s decision to allow doctors to help their patients kill themselves is deeply disturbing. This is the wrong decision for California.


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October 7, 2015

  • Wednesday, October 7

    College Fair, 6-8 p.m., Don Bosco Technical Institute, 1151 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead. The event is sponsored by the Princeton Review and will feature food trucks and break-out sessions on financial aid for college, standardized testing and the Equal Opportunity Program (EOP). Free. Register at www.boscotech.edu/events. For more information, contact Assistant Principal Robert Currie, (626) 940-2013, rcurrie@boscotech.edu.

    The Compassionate Friends of South Bay/LA Meeting, 7 p.m., The Neighborhood Church, 415 Paseo del Mar, Palos Verdes Estates. The Compassionate Friends are a self-help group offering support to families who have lost a child. (310) 530-3214. www.tcfsbla.org.

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