Cathedral News

 Lenten Service

Dupré/Claudel Stations of the Cross -

Dr. Philip Brisson, Organist &

Dr. William P. Bradford II, reader. 

March 23, 7:30 pm, Cathedral of the Assumption.  Free and open to the public.

We All Bleed Red

Come be part of our community’s largest ever multi-faith blood drive April 24-28.  This is part of the 23rd annual Festival of Faiths: Many Faiths, One Heart, Common Action.

The Cathedral’s day to host the blood drive is April 24, the kick-off day.  There will also be a press event on the steps of the Cathedral at 2:30 pm, weather permitting.  You may donate blood from 11 am – 4pm on the 24th.  Several other houses of faith are co-hosting with us on that day.

The other days, times and locations:

Wednesday, April 25, 2-7 pm, Christ Church United Methodist, 4614 Brownsboro Road

Thursday, Aril 26, 12-6 pm, Mobile unite at the Kentucky Center for the Arts (outside Festival site), 501 West Main Street

Friday, April 27, 2-7 pm, Christ Gospel Churches International, 2614 E. 10th Street, Jeffersonville

Saturday, April 28, 12-5 pm, Al-Zahrah Islamic Center, 4010 Bishop Lane

Like the Cathedral, many faith communities are co-hosting at each site. 

You can sign up online by clicking here.


Check out The Record article featuring parishioner Linda Squire and Opioid Epidemic. 

Want to check out some 360 degree photos of the Cathedral? Kelsey Hillary of took photos today. Click here to see them.

Cathedral featured in music video of "Say a Prayer."  Click here to view.   

Vatican Observatory highlights Msgr. Bouchet's telescope housed in the Archdiocese of Louisville History Center. Click here to check it out!!!!

Tek4Kids, Inc. (Gary and Cathy Boice’s nonprofit) uses education and technology to break the poverty cycle in Haiti.  They provide existing schools in Haiti with clean water, electricity, computers and teachers.  Children share clean water with their families, reducing instances of cholera and waterborne illnesses. Students that receive computer skills from the Tek4Kids program will be able to find much more advanced jobs despite the high unemployment rate in the area. To learn more about Tek4Kids, visit

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Dr. Philip Brisson is Director of Music and Organist at the Catholic Cathedral of the Assumption in downtown Louisville, the oldest inland Catholic cathedral in continuous use in the country.  In addition to leading the Cathedral's traditional worship, he manages the Cathedral’s Kelty Endowed Concert Series which has further recognized the Cathedral for not only musical excellence in liturgy but also in outstanding organ performances.  Philip has led the Cathedral Choir on international concert tours to England, Ireland, Germany, and Austria.  This past summer, he was “Organist in Residence” at Christ Church Cathedral in Oxford, England.  Locally, the Cathedral Choirs have performed with the Louisville Orchestra, have been featured on local television, and appear annually for a Christmas concert that has often included collaboration with Louisville’s Christ Church Episcopal Cathedral under the title “Christmas with the Cathedrals.”  

In addition to his duties at the Cathedral, Dr. Brisson is also Organist and Assistant Director of the Louisville Master Chorale, a new premier chorale ensemble which performs the great chorale literature with orchestra in its new home at the Cathedral of the Assumption.  Prior to his work with the LMC, he was Chorusmaster for the Kentucky Opera and prepared choruses for performances which included Puccini’s Turandot and Madame Butterfly, Verdi’s La Traviata, Il Trovatore and Otello, Poulenc’s Dialogues of the Carmelites, Saint-Saëns’ Samson et Dalila, Sullivan’s Pirates of Penzance, Massenet’s Werther, Floyd’s Of Mice and Men, Humperdinck’s Hansel and Gretel, Leoncavallo’s I Pagliacci, Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana; Tchaikovsky's Iolanta, and Donizetti’s, L'elisir d'Amore.

As an organ soloist, he has given recitals in 23 states, including Chicago, IL; Atlanta, GA; Oakland, CA; Reno, NV; Manhattan, NY; Queens, NY; Geneva, NY; Rochester, NY; West Point, NY; Princeton, NJ; Baltimore, MD; Boise, ID; Columbus, IN, New Albany, IN; Omaha, NE; Lexington, KY; Louisville, KY; Columbus, OH; Cincinnati, OH; Norman, OK; Dallas, TX; Pittsburgh, PA; Tucson AZ; Detroit, MI; Topeka, KS; Chattanooga, TN; McLean, VA; Wheeling, WV; Cedar Falls, IA; Hattiesburg, MS; and he has appeared with the Louisville Orchestra as guest soloist performing the Saint-Saëns Organ Symphony with Raymond Leppard conducting.  This past year, Philip was also a featured performer for the Region V AGO Convention in Lexington, KY and the NPM National Convention in Louisville, KY.

As a teacher, Dr. Brisson served on the faculty of Bellarmine University where he taught organ performance and a Church Music Internship at the Cathedral.  Until taking over the Kentucky Opera Chorus, he oversaw the choral program at Indiana University Southeast, where he conducted the Concert Choir, the Community Chorus, and taught choral conducting.  He has also presented workshops to the American Guild of Organists and to the National Association of Pastoral Musicians at both the regional and national level.  

Originally from New York City, Philip received his BM in Organ Performance from the Aaron Copland School of Music at Queens College, CUNY.  While at Queens, he studied organ and conducting with Paul Maynard, the former director of the New York Pro Musica.  After being accepted into graduate organ performance programs at Juilliard, Indiana, and Michigan, Philip decided to attend Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey, where he earned a Masters in Sacred Music.  While at Westminster, he studied organ with Robert Carwithen and choral conducting with Allen Crowell.  He was also fortunate to regularly sing under Joseph Flummerfelt in the Westminster Symphonic Choir which performed Stravinsky’s Symphony of Psalms with the Los Angeles Philharmonic, conducted by Esa-Pekka Salonen and Hindemith’s Requiem with the Philadelphia Orchestra, conducted by Wolfgang Sawallisch.  In 2005, Philip earned a Doctorate in Organ Performance from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, where he studied organ with David Higgs and received a choral conducting minor while studying conducting with William Weinert.

Philip Brisson is active in the American Guild of Organists, has served on the Louisville Chapter’s Executive Committee and has held both the Sub-Dean and Dean positions for the Guild.  He is also the National Association of Pastoral Musicians Organist Liaison for the Louisville Archdiocese, Membership Chairman of the Roman Catholic Conference of Cathedral Musicians, and is a member of The Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.  Dr. Brisson also founded the concert artist cooperative, which represents several prominent young American organists in the United States.