Mr. Rasaan H. Bourke
Rasaan Bourke was born in the Eastchester section of The Bronx on May 27, 1982. Rasaan was raised in Mount Vernon, NY in a Catholic home with his family of music lovers (Jazz, in particular). His mother, the late Carol Bourke, played violin in her youth. His father, the late Frank Bourke, played Drums, Flute, and Dbl Bass. Rasaan is one of four siblings Bernard, Corinne and Terrance. While studying at the Westminster Choir College, Rasaan encouraged a magnificent passion and career in music making. In 2007, Rasaan was appointed assistant conductor of the New York City Master Chorale, and also prepared and executed five successful seasons alongside Dr. Thea Kano, the chorale's artistic director. In 2013, Rasaan founded The Renaissance Chamber Collaborative, LLC (RCCnyc). Over three successful seasons, the RCCnyc engaged urban communities from across the NY/NJ/CT tri-state area in fine music, art, and dance performances. This past year 2016, As one of eight African American pipe organists to perform in the City of Baltimore's Organscape to Artscape performance at the Historic City Temple Baptist Church . In the fall, he was Organ solo Recitalist in The 2016 Colour of Music Festival. In February of this year, Rasaan was asked to be the Director of Music by the Office of Black Ministry of the Archdiocese of New York for the Annual African American Heritage Mass. The mass held at the renowned Cathedral of Saint Patrick’s in New York City. This the 4th time serving in this role. Rasaan is grateful for the opportunity he know has serving us as Director of Music Ministries. Managing regular maintenance and upkeep of our third Pipe Organs, and developing and building our four parish choirs. These are among a few of his principal responsibilities here at the parish, as he comes with a wild array of talents.