Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral

Best Church Choir, May 2004

Sampling the city’s array of choirs, we sat through enough church services to keep our souls clean until 2025. The sounds emanating from the singers at West Angeles Cathedral Church of God in Christ can inspire the most spiritually bereft, and the Gregorian chant service at Saint Victor’s in West Hollywood is serenity itself. But the choir at Saint Sophia Greek Orthodox Cathedral embodies the perfect marriage of song and setting: The beatific music raining down from the choir loft blends mellifluously with the cathedral’s gold-leaf opulence. Draped in Concord grape-colored robes, the 20 or so stewards hum, chant, and sing in multileveled bilingual (Greek and English) harmonies that we feel smack-dab in our chest each time we hear them.