Ralph Hooper is a San Francisco composer, choral director and organist. He has been music director of Choral Artists since its inception in 1984. As composer he has been the recipient of several major commissions resulting in such works as the critically acclaimed “Festival Mass for Chorus, Orchestra and Antiphonal Organ” (1983) and the “Interludes for Organ” (1984), commissioned by Robert Shaw and the Atlanta Symphony.
As organist, he has appeared as soloist on numerous occasions with the San Francisco Symphony and in duet recitals with some of the Bay Area’s leading instrumental musicians.
Hooper has held a variety of prestigious church music positions, including a nine-year tenure as Music Director of San Francisco’s St. Mary’s Cathedral. Under his leadership, the Cathedral became a major center for the performance of sacred music and an innovator in the use of new music in the liturgy.
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