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John Renke, Concert Organist

Aug 14, 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM (America/Los_Angeles / UTC-700)
The Cathedral of Christ the Light

Come and enjoy the melodious sounds of the magnificant Conroy Memorial Organ played by the Cathedral's in-house organist, John Renke. Free-will offering.


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John Renke, a native San Franciscan, has been thoroughly involved in the musical and liturgical life of the San Francisco Bay Area for most of his life.  He has held positions in some of the Bay Area’s most prestigious churches, including Grace Cathedral, St. Mary’s Cathedral, St. Ignatius Church at the University of San Francisco, St. Dominic’s Church and the National Shrine of Saint Francis of Assisi, all in San Francisco, as well as St. Patrick’s Seminary in Menlo Park. 

At Grace Cathedral he helped shape musical and liturgical practices that are in place to this day.  The Archbishop of San Francisco called him to serve as the Director of Music and Liturgy at the National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi to establish a musical and liturgical style at the newly-designated national shrine.  In that capacity he founded the twelve-voice Schola Cantorum San Francisco (ScholaSF) the Shrine’s resident, professional choir.  ScholaSF soon enjoyed international acclaim through weekly Mass and Vespers, recordings, and performances throughout the Bay Area. 

John was appointed Organist and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu in 2007 and returned to the Bay Area in February of 2017 to assume his new position as Pastoral Associate for Divine Worship and Operations at the Cathedral of Christ the Light in Oakland.  In addition to his largely-administrative duties, he works closely with the Director of Music, Rudy de Vos, as an organist and occasional conductor.  John is passionate in his various roles as an organist, conductor, composer, liturgist and teacher.  In addition to his work as a church musician, John is a popular recitalist and a frequent performer with many of the chamber and symphonic ensembles in the Bay Area.