Our talented choir consists of volunteers wishing to express themselves each week in a way that brings joy to the many. The lead singers add beauty in their rhythm and beat to not only traditional hymns but a mix of more modern music. We are fortunate to be able to offer periodical instrumental selections blended with these talented voices or stand-alone presentations. Special Cantatas and special music is performed throughout our year and is open to all to come and enjoy.

The Music Ministry extends an open invitation to anyone who would like to be a part of this vital ministry. The Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 8:30 am in the Choir Room. Those interested are welcome join the Choir any Sunday morning at 8:30. The choir takes a recess during the summer months.

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Renee Rulon Cortez

Director of Music

Renee Cortez, MM, MT-BC is an active educator, singer/music therapist. She recently joined the faculty of El Sol Academy. one of the nation’s foremost dual-language-immersion schools. Renee as a Teaching Artist was selected for the launch of the Pacific Chorale Academy. Her singing credits include international competition accolades, national television, orchestral solos, recitals, and featured roles in some of Los Angeles’ larger venues. Renee counts effectiveness in serving God and humanity through music as her greatest professional satisfaction to date. As a music therapist, her internship focused primarily on serving those in rehabilitative, palliative, and hospice care. Her work with those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder came to national attention through NBC Nightly News: Making a Difference.

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Zoran Duke Rausavljevich

Tenor Soloist

Duke entered Chapman University with his studies centered on Opera. He wasn’t certain of the direction he wanted his profession to lead him so he decided to study at the New England Conservatory. After his Master’s degree, he spent four years in the “World of Warcraft.” His life really reached a new beginning when he was offered a contract to perform Opera on board the luxury cruise line, Silversea. He hates Motown, but loves ABBA. Duke now regularly performs improv comedy with the Upright Citizen’s Brigade in Hollywood. In April he sang “If With All Your Hearts Ye Truly Seek Me” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah. Another accomplishment, Duke speaks ten languages.

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Marcy Brooks

Alto Soloist

Marcy Brooks is a seasoned performer on stage, screen, and in commercials. She joins Leisure World Community Church after returning to Los Angeles from singing opera around the world.

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Sterling Liṧka

Bass Soloist

Sterling is a 26 year old high lyric baritone from Scottsdale, Arizona. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Vocal Performance Magna Cum Laude from the Hartt School of Music at the University of Hartford. In 2015 he moved to Irvine, California and now sings for the Pacific Chorale and Leisure World Community Church. An avid performer of both musical theatre and opera, his recent performances include “The Medium at Yale Cabaret,” and is the Baritone Soloist in “Carmina Burana” at the University of Connecticut. Sterling also served as the Assistant Director to the Tony Nominated Director, Leigh Silverman, at the Yale Institute of Music Theatre, which develops and performs new works for the stage. He is currently seeking representation.

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Stella Kim

Soprano Soloist

Stella’s love for singing began in the church, where she joined the worship band at age 12. She has had the great pleasure of singing all over the world – from Italy to South Korea and all across the United States. She has been singing with a wedding band for the last seven years. Her biggest passion lies in musical theatre, in the live performance of acting and singing. She is so grateful to be on this Earth with her family and especially her God-sent nephews.

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Eric Nelson

Organist/Piano

Eric Nelson comes to us from Whittier where he graduated from Whttier College. He received his Master of Music degree from CSUF. Eric taught at St Paul HS for 30 years and was the choir director, then organist at First Christian Church in Whittier for 32 years.l He has twos sons and two grandsons and is now married to Sandy Nelson. They met in Leisure World two years ago and recently married.

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