ANNA BETANCOURT

I have known Anna and been inspired by her singing and ministerial leadership for years, but it has only been in recent years that we have become good friends, and where she has lent her beautiful voice to some of my own music.  For more than 20 plus years in the greater Los Angeles area, she has been directing choirs and leading parish music programs – from Spanish and traditional choirs and ensembles, to leading handbell choirs and children’s ensembles.  Anna attended Loyola Marymount University, and later returned there to serve as the assistant director of liturgy and music; and also still continues to be very active in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, serving as a member of the Archdiocesan music committee, deanery representative, and as a very active member of the Liturgy Committee for the annual Los Angeles Religious Education Congress.  Anna, her husband and two children have been members of St. Linus Church in Norwalk for many years, where she also served as their music director, but now she is the music director at St. Polycarp Church in Stanton, California.  In addition to her busy life with her family and at St. Polycarp, she is also the Spanish choir director at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels in Los Angeles.

Most of us however, have come to known Anna for her beautiful singing voice, that while beautiful to listen to, she also has a generosity to always empower the baptized believers who gather for prayer to sing and pray with her.  She has recorded with numerous liturgical composers, such as Jaime’ Cortez, Bob Hurd, Eleazar Cortes and Tony Alonso, just to name a few.  I was so happy when Anna did the Spanish translation for my recent piece, I Will Live On / Yo Vivire, and I hope that she will be able to do so for more of my pieces in the future. A few years ago she released her first solo collection, Te Doy Gracias (that features 12 popular contemporary Spanish and bilingual songs of several composers) but now she is emerging more and more as a liturgical composer in her own right. I do not know about you, but I can hardly wait!  It has been an honor for me to sing with Anna, but beyond that, as a praying member of the assembly, be able to pray because of her leadership, when she transforms what is already beautiful singing, toward a deeper experience of celebration and sung prayer.  The Church is always in need of such leadership.  And Anna does more than just fulfill that need, she sings it, and she lives it.    (DH: 3.13.18)

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Anna is quite active in presenting workshops and renewal gatherings for cantors, for liturgical music ministers – for information as to how to contact her to schedule and event for your community, contact her at: [email protected]

NEW FROM ANNA BETANCOURT!

TOMARÉ MI CRUZ

Then Jesus said to his disciples, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.  —Matthew 16:24

In the songs “Tomaré Mi Cruz” and “Cristo Vive en Mí,” Anna Betancourt explores the meaning of lifting and carrying our own cross to follow Jesus. She acknowledges one of the challenges we face as human beings: keeping our faith. Even at the most difficult moments and in the darkest hours, we must not only accept our cross, but embrace it through the path that will lead to God. 

The lyrics in “Dame Tu Paz” and “Ningún Ojo Ha Visto” are prayers for those longing for peace and hope. While “Agradecidos” and “Tú Eres Grande,” with their upbeat melody, are songs of praise and thanksgiving for God’s mercy and abundant blessings in our daily lives. 

Another treasured song in this collection tells us the story of a family, that like many other families today, face hardships and danger. This family is and will forever be an example of godliness, the Holy Family, “Sagrada Familia de Nazaret.” 

Tomaré Mi Cruz presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups or retreats, as well as for personal reflection and meditation. These songs will inspire peace and hope in times of anxiety or depression, encouraging us to embrace our anguish and fear, and find glory through the way of the cross. 

Track listingDame Tu Paz | Tomaré Mi Cruz | Agradecidos | Cristo Vive en Mí | Sagrada Familia de Nazaret | Ningún Ojo Ha Visto | Tú Eres Grande | CD & DPL Bonus track: Mi Alma Glorifica al Señor (Magnificat) (J. Cortez)

Anna’s recordings and printed music collections

When you click on each title, an audio clip is available

Te Doy Gracias (OCP)

Anna Betancourt

This is a wonderful recording of Anna presenting 12 well-known contemporary Spanish and bilingual liturgical songs brings together everything from funeral to responsorial psalms, from pop to mariachi music. Wonderful for prayer, for home worship, or just for your listening pleasure.

Celebrate, Remember / Celebrar, Recordar (The Liturgical Press)

Bilingual Music for Weddings and Funerals

Anna Betancourt with Carol Browning, Catherine Christmas,Cyprian Consiglio, OSB Cam; Paul Ford, and Paul Inwood

Tomare Mi Cruz (I Will Take Up My Cross – OCP)
Anna Betancourt

Tomaré Mi Cruz presents inspiring songs for liturgy, worship groups or retreats, as well as for personal reflection and meditation. These songs will inspire peace and hope in times of anxiety or depression, encouraging us to embrace our anguish and fear, and find glory through the way of the cross. 

Anna Betancourt Song Videos:

New Anna Betancourt Video: DAME TU PAZ
Salmo 50: Oh Dios Crea, en Mi
By Eleazar Cortes / Sung by Anna Betancort
Mi Alma Glorifica as Senor
By Jaime Cortez / Sung by Anna Betancourt