Conference III was located at the Holy Spirit Retreat Center in Encino, California, and was hosted by Frank Brownstead of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. The Steering Committee (Peter LaManna, Gerald Muller, Frank Brownstead, Richard Proulx, and Leo Nestor) met for two days of preparation before the conference. In six sessions over three days, task forces were formed for the study of multi-lingual and multi-ethnic liturgical celebrations, institutes for the study of liturgical music, repertoire exchange (with specific requests for new music for the Rite of Sprinkling, for the new Rite of Funerals, litanies, and processional music), a study of repertoire related to the lectionary cycle, and music/liturgy formation in seminaries.
Presentations were made of The Hymnal 1982, Worship III, and the work of the Hymn Society of America. Informative discussions followed concerning Cathedral/Diocesan relations, common service music repertoire, budgets and compensation, CRCCM as resource for cathedral music staffs, legislation of liturgy and music, the Notre Dame Study, the Liturgy of the Hours, and copyright/license procedures. Conference members heard recent tracker organs Pacific Palisades by Schudi and Fisk, enjoyed an evening of the town, and were delighted by Frank Brownstead’s singers at Mt. St. Mary’s Chapel. The concluding banquet was held in the baronial splendor of the historic Doheny mansion.