Paul Salamunovich, 86: An “American choral treasure”

[LAMC Press release]  American choral icon Paul Salamunovich passed on April 3, 2014, according to a post by his son-in-law, Gordon Goodman.

He was the Music Director Emeritus of the Los Angeles Master Chorale, after having served as Music Director from 1991 to 2001. He served as Director of Music at St. Charles Borromeo Church in North Hollywood, California, for 60 years between 1949 and 2009. In addition, he held academic positions at a number of Southern California universities.

He is acknowledged as an expert in Gregorian chant and has long been recognized for his contributions in the field of sacred music, most notably receiving a Papal knighthood in the Order of St. Gregory the Great from Pope Paul VI in 1969. He is also a master clinician, having been invited to conduct just under 1000 festivals and workshops around the world including an unprecedented four consecutive ACDA national conventions-all with different groups.

Paul Salamunovich

Public memorial services have been scheduled as follows:


Friday, May 2, 7 pm
St. Charles Borromeo
10800 Moorpark St.,  North Hollywood, CA 91602
(at Moorpark & Lankershim)

Funeral Mass

Saturday, May 3, 10 am
Blessed Sacrament
6657 Sunset Blvd., Hollywood, CA 90028
(at Sunset & Cherokee)
Paul leaves a long shadow over Los Angeles and the choral world at large, and will be sorely missed.  To learn more about his life and legacy, we’re including a few links to online tributes here, as well as a link to the Facebook page set up by his family, so friends and fans can share memories and photos.

Facebook group  (updated link)

Los Angeles Times

Hollywood Reporter


2 thoughts on “Paul Salamunovich, 86: An “American choral treasure””

  1. Thanks so much Stephen– I must admit I was a little confused by that. Thank you for making it available, and know that we’re all thinking about you and your family.


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