St. George's Episcopal Church
Laguna Hills, California

Music

Music & the Arts

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"O God, whom saints and angels delight to worship in heaven:   Be ever present with your servants who seek through art and music to perfect the praises offered by your people on earth; and grant to them even now glimpses of your beauty, and make them worthy at length to behold it unveiled for evermore; through Jesus Christ our Lord."

Rich Cook

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Rich is an ASCAP/BMI composer of major works, individual songs and hymns with several major publishing companies, Word Entertainment, Inc.,Lorenz music Ind., Brentwood-Benson music, Manna Music, Integrity, Hosanna Music Inc.,  Yelton-Rhodes Music, Sony Music, Warner Brothers.  His music has been performed by countless churches, choirs and artists around the world.

Rich has been in the music business for oaver three decades.  His background includes serving as Composer-in-Residence, musical director, conductor and producer for television ministries, churches and schools, producing and staging concerts and large musical productions in arena 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.

He has conducted and staged concerts with Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Art Linkletter, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dino Kartsonikis, Andrae Crouch, Little Richard, Vestal Goodman, Tammy Faye (Bakker), Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters and Liza Minnelli.

He has conducted in venues around the world; Singapore, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Atlantic City Convention Center, Fashion Island Christmas Tree Lighting and Entertainment, Newport Beach, CA; Community Christmas Splendor, Anaheim Convention Center; Community Concerts at Long Beach Terrace Theater ^ Center Theater, Long Beach, CA; Buell Theatre, Denver, CO; La Mirada Civic Theater, Plummer Auditorium, Fullerton, CA and Hollywood Bowl.

As choral music clincian at music conferences and churches, Rich has traveled throughout the US and Asia.  He has led several musical group tours to Europe, Israel, Central and South America, Mexico, Canada, Asia and through out the US.  

An alumnus of Evangel University, Springfield, MO.  Rich has also studied choral conducting with Simon Carrington of Yale University, Cyril McClellen, Paul Cope, Brian O-Connell of Boston Conservatory.

In the fall of 2001, Rich founded and is the Artistic Director of Men Alive, the Orange County Gay Men's Chorus.  The 120 voice chorus presents 3 major concerts each year at the Irvine Barclay Theatre (University of California Irvine) and the Orange County Performing Arts Center.

Rich is also presently Composer-in-Residence and Music Director at St. George's Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, CA.

In collaboration with Katherine Cash, Rich composed a 9 movement mass, "Missa Resurrexit". published by Edition Ferrimontana" of Ober Morten, Germany.