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Andre Rakus

Andre Rakus began his musical studies with the violin at the age of five. At eight years of age, he attended St. Michael’s Choir School in Toronto, Canada adding voice and piano to his studies. During high school at St. Michael’s College School in Toronto, he studied trumpet. While attending St. Paschal Baylon Roman Catholic Church in Thornhill, Ontario he met the late British concert organist, Stanley Arthur King, under whom he studied organ from the age of twelve. Soon after, he became Assistant Organist at St. Paschal’s. At seventeen, he began directing a variety of choral groups for both worship and concerts. In addition, he is adding flute to his musical studies. He holds the Associate and Licentiate Diplomas in organ, both With Distinction, from Trinity College, London, U.K. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts, a Bachelor of Education, and a Registered Nurse Diploma. Prior to accepting a full time Music Director/Organist position in the USA, Andre was studying towards a Master of Sacred Music at Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto, where he was awarded the Billes Theological Support Entrance Scholarship. He plans to continue his studies in the future.

A Fellow of three learned societies for musicians, Andre was awarded the Barwell Piano Student Scholarship from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. In addition, Mr. Rakus was awarded the 2008 Lillian Forsyth National Organ Scholarship from Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa. He has also studied under the late William F. Turnbull, and William C. Maddox. He is the Full Time Director of Music and Liturgy at the Roman Catholic Diocese of Charleston, South Carolina, currently serving at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church in Pawley’s Island, South Carolina. Andre feels honored to return to perform at ORGANIX. He has also performed at Washington National Cathedral (Washington DC), St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral (Buffalo, NY), Metropolitan United Church – the largest organ in Canada (Toronto, ON), and at Roy Thomson Hall for the Big Sing (Toronto, ON) to name a few of many appearances.

In February 2020, Andre was a Guest Soloist on piano, performing George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue with the Lowcountry Wind Symphony in Beaufort, South Carolina. With this same Symphony, Andre along with his wife Bobbi and their son William performed in the percussion section. Andre continues to perform regularly in both Canada and the USA. In addition, he gives dedicatory and anniversary recitals on new and restored instruments and performs with other soloists. He has a fan page on Facebook which lists his upcoming concerts.