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At the San Juan Capistrano Basilica we endeavor to provide a model for sacred, Catholic music, firmly planted on the solid foundation of the Church’s vast, rich musical heritage..


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Matthew Gray Director of Music Ministries 949-234-1393 and 714-928-3032

Christine Dow – Principal Basilica Organist                           Chris Boyle – Contemporary Music Sunday 5PM          

The primary focus of the Basilica music program is to support the assembly at liturgy in the singing of the hymns and responses, and to lift their hearts and minds through the great tradition and heritage of music that belongs to the Church and edifies the liturgy.

ABOUT THE MUSIC MINISTRY PROGRAM The Basilica's music program has several music ensembles that lead our Eucharistic celebrations. Below is a list and description of all the music program opportunities.

BASILICA MIXED ENSEMBLE The Mixed Ensemble assists in the liturgical celebration at the Sunday, 11AM liturgy. The ensemble is open to all voice parts and the repertoire focuses on the broad choral tradition of the Roman Catholic Church.

BASILICA CONTEMPORARY ENSEMBLES The Basilica Contemporary Ensembles assist at the Sunday 9AM and 5PM liturgy and support the liturgical celebration with a more contemporary idiom.

BASILICA SPANISH ENSEMBLE The Basilica Spanish Ensemble assists with the Sunday liturgical celebrations at 1PM. Many musical styles from the rich Hispanic heritage are celebrated each Sunday. The ensemble is open to all voice parts.

BASILICA CHORISTERS CHILDRENS' CHORUS The Basilica Choristers assist at the first Saturday liturgy at 4:30PM. Children from fourth grade and beyond are welcome.

We hope this varied program of opportunities will spark your interest in becoming part of the exciting music ministry at the Mission Basilica.

To the Trinity be praised! God Is music, God is life

that nurtures every creature in its kind.

Our God is the song of the angel throng

and the splendor of secret ways hid from humankind,

But God our life is the life of all.

~Hildegard of Bingen

chant cd


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Communio is the exciting new CD of Gregorian Chant recorded by the Men of the Mission Basilica Parish Mixed Ensemble. The Chants on our CD feature 20 Communion Antiphons, pieces taken from Sunday Masses throughout the Liturgical Year. These sacred, timeless songs are designed to delight your ears, calm your soul, and lift you up in communion with the Lord. Recorded in the Mission Basilica, where the wonderful acoustics enhance the mystical quality of these gorgeous Chants, helping the listener transcend toward the Divine. We invite you to join the many who have already discovered Communio and buy our CD, which will support our Music Ministry, and will bring you blessings and joy. Thank you!


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music opportunities

  • mixed ensemble

    Rehearsals for the Mixed Ensemble are every Thursday evening from 7:30pm – 9:30pm. Performances are Sunday mornings from 10:15am – 12:15pm. Please contact Matthew Gray if you are interested in joining our choir.

    Matthew Gray Director

  • contemporary ensemble

    To become a part of the Sunday evening contemporary ensemble please contact Matt Grey.

    Matthew Gray Director