Eugene J. Langlois, Jr.
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Born in Newport, Rhode Island, Eugene has lived in San Diego most of his life. He began studying accordion at age four, piano at age 6 and voice at age 10. By eighth grade, Eugene was singing with the adult choir at St. Martin of Tours Church in La Mesa, CA.
While still in high school, Eugene was the bass soloist for a performance of Beethoven’s 9th Symphony; was an accompanist (piano & organ) and cantor for his parish, and taught piano lessons at a local music store.
During his studies at San Diego State University, Eugene performed in various operas, and was bass soloist in a performance of Handel’s Messiah, and accompanied the University Chorus. One of the highlights of his college years was receiving a scholarship to study in New York’s Saratoga University. While there, the choir he was in performed Bruckner’s “Te Deum” under the direction of Eugene Ormandy, accompanied by the Philadelphia Philharmonic Symphony. During his college years, Eugene auditioned several times in the San Diego Regional New York Metropolitan Opera competitions.
In the years after college graduation, Eugene worked as a liturgical musician and singer in various churches in San Diego, including 32nd St. Naval Base Chapel, East San Diego First Presbyterian, All Hallows, Most Precious Blood, St. James, and St. Margaret. The positions he has held in these parishes include cantor, choir director for both adults and children, accompanist, organist and music director. Currently, he is bass section leader for the 9:00 am mass at the Immaculata and part-time music director for St. Agnes Church in Pt. Loma. For over 10 years, Eugene was a member of both the Diocesan Chorale and the L.A. Religious Ed Congress Choir.
Eugene is employed full-time as a music therapist with the Grossmont Adult School District. Daily, he visits residential healthcare facilities, providing a music program which stimulates and enriches the lives of the residents who are being treated for Alzheimer’s, dementia and other types of disabilities. Music is one of the few ways the residents can both stay connected with the outside world, and keep their memories alive. Their participation makes sharing the love of music a very rewarding experience for Eugene.
Eugene still teaches piano, voice and music theory and is available for liturgies, weddings, funerals, and other church celebrations or gatherings such as prayer groups or retreats. (as his schedule permits)
Recordings Produced by The New Catholic Evangelist. Full CD coming soon.