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Rich Cook has been in the music business for over 35 years. His background includes serving as musical director and producer for several large 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.

As producer and director, he has staged concerts productions or events with celebrities Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Art Linkletter, Dino Kartsonikis, Andrae Crouch, Little Richard, Vestal Goodman, Graham Kerr, Tammy Faye (Bakker), Michael Feinstein, and 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 Holdings 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.

As a choral music clinician 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 throughout the US.

In the fall of 2001, Rich founded and is the Artistic Director of Men Alive, the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus. 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.

Currently, as well as being Artistic director for Men Alive, Rich is Choir Master/Organist at St. George’s Episcopal Church in Laguna Hills, CA.

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 Aliso Viejo with his life partner, Chris Macaluso.

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