Musica Sacra San Antonio was formed as a schola cantorum in residence at Our Lady of the Atonement Catholic Church, San Antonio, in 2010. Noted for its high liturgical standards and carefully selected chants, canticles, anthems, and masterworks, the choir specializes in music from Catholic, Anglican, and Eastern Orthodox rites.
Upon the retirement of its founding director, organist and acclaimed conductor Dr. Robert M. Finster in 2016, Dr. Owen Duggan assumed the musical leadership and helped identify and develop the choir as a sacred-music chamber choir, expanding its repertoire of masterworks and choice of venues in and around San Antonio.
Today the group averages a membership of approximately 20 highly experienced choristers performing a capella and with organ and various instrumental ensembles. They rehearse at Northwood Presbyterian Church where Duggan is also music director.
Owen Duggan has been with Musica Sacra San Antonio since 2014, first in his capacity as bass section leader. He was appointed Music Director in 2016. Owen holds additional positions as Music Chair at the San Antonio Academy and Music Director at Northwood Presbyterian Church.
Dr. Robert Finster (1939-2020), organist and music director, formed Musica Sacra San Antonio in 2010. As a choral specialist in music of the eighteenth century, he previously had established the Cantata Singers in Elmira, New York (now in its 53rd season), Cathedral Singers in Denver, Colorado, and Texas Bach Choir in San Antonio. For eighteen seasons he was conductor of Ars Musica Chicago.