‘Every note sings God’s glory’ according to the plaque for the newly-dedicated piano. The glorious tones of the Yamaha piano enrich Sunday morning worship and special events. Special thanks go to members of the parish’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered (LGBT) Ministry, who dedicated themselves to retiring the piano fund debt, with lots of community activities, like pancake meals and Cinco de Mayo parties.
‘Fr. Norm and Friends’ quartet perform at our
Jazz Mass & Jazz Vespers
Fr. Norm is a Grammy Award-winning percussionist who has traveled the world performing with megastars such as Barbra Streisand. He is a Juilliard-trained percussionist and jazz musician whose talents and gifts translate easily into liturgy and ritual. His Sunday messages are word and music; he interprets Scripture through vibraphone.
The Fr. Norm & Friends quartet delights with periodic Jazz Masses and vespers, an ancient musical service transformed into our modern times.
The choir leads our principal Sunday worship service, blending a tradition of excellence with challenging and diverse musical selections to the praise and glory of God. Under the direction of David Clemensen on organ and piano, they also offer special Evensong and other events.
The choir leads the congregation in music at every 10:00 a.m. Sunday service and at other services as required, including special occasions and Holy Days.
They meet regularly each Wednesday night during the year.
Choir Director Rich Cook
Rich Cook has been in the music business for over 30 years. His background includes serving as musical director and producer for several large Evangelical television ministries, churches and schools, producing and staging large musical productions in arenas and theaters in the US and Asia. As well as working with Disney in creating “Night of Joy” at Disneyland, he has also served on the Gospel Music Association Board of Directors in producing the Dove Awards.
Rich has worked with Trinity Broadcasting Network as song writer, music director, program host, and musical guest. He has been music director for Pat Robertson, Melodyland in Anaheim, CA, First Assembly of God, Phoenix, AZ and St. George’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, CA.
Rich has produced concerts or events with Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Art Linkletter, Dino Kartsonikis, Andrae Crouch, Little Richard, Vestal Goodman, Graham Kerr, Tammy Faye (Bakker) Messner, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters.
Some of the staged shows he has produced are, “Christmas on Ice”, Singapore Indoor Stadium, Singapore, Fashion Island Christmas Tree Lighting Shows and Entertainment, Newport Beach, CA, City of Orange 4th of July Spectacular, Kelley Stadium, Orange, CA, Community Christmas Splendor, Anaheim Convention Center, Caruso Affiliated Entertainment Events, Thousand Oaks and Los Angeles, CA, Community Musical Productions at Long Beach Terrace Theater, La Mirada Civic Theater, Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton, CA.
Besides being a skilled music director and conductor, Rich is an accomplished arranger and ASCAP/BMI composer published by the Brentwood/Benson Music Group, Integrity’s Hosanna, Word Music, Lorenz Publishing, Sony Music, Warner Brothers, and Manna Music.
In the fall of 2001, Rich founded Men Alive, the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus, and was their Artistic Director until his retirement June, 2014. The chorus has grown to over 120 singers, presenting 3 major concerts each year to a quickly growing audience at the Irvine Barclay Theatre and the Orange County Performing Arts Center. The chorus performs a wide variety of choral literature from sacred, classical to pop.
Orange County has long been Rich’s home. He has three daughters, Jodi, Jeni and Julianne and three grandsons (Gabriel, Benjamin and Preston). He resides in Palm Springs with his husband, Chris Macaluso.