It's Bello With a "B"...

A Cabbello – is comprised of 16 uniquely talented singers that have auditioned and been selected for their exceptional voices and their performance qualities. Take a few minutes and enjoy getting to know these beautiful men, our BelloGents, who volunteer to share their time and talents with you and our desert oasis community.
As well, meet our dynamic leadership team that serves them. Linda Moran’s path crossed with Rich Cook (our founding Artistic Director) and these phenomenal men in 2019. She began as our staging director and is thrilled and honored to accept the position of Artistic Director in 2022. Partnering with Kurt Kelley, an incredibly brilliant and dynamic music director, who is an accomplished baritone who sang in our group for several seasons before stepping into this new role.
To be a visionary artist, one must be open to the journey and allow oneself to grow, change, adapt, and find inspiration when different influences and life circumstances are presented. A Cabbello strives to creatively challenge our men and take you, our audience on a fun and entertaining journey with every performance each season. Enjoy!

...Not Pella With a "P"

The A Cabbello Story

A full history of the group is being currated by founding, and still current, member Darryl Kozak. Keep watching this page for additional updates soon.

A Cabbello was founded in 2016 by Artistic Director Rich Cook.

Rich Cook

​Rich Cook, Founding Artistic Director (2016-2021) – Rich is an ASCAP/BMI composer of major works, individual songs and hymns with several major publishing companies. His background includes serving as Composer in Residence, musical director, conductor, TV Show host, and producer of concerts and musical productions in arenas and theaters in the US, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. As well as working with Disney in creating “Night of Joy” at Disneyland, he has also served on the Gospel Music Association Board of Directors in producing the Dove Awards. He has conducted and staged concerts with Liza Minnelli, Michael Feinstein, Bernadette Peters, Pat Boone, Debbie Boone, Art Linkletter, Thurl Ravenscroft, Dino Kartsonikis, Andrae Crouch, Little Richard, Vestal Goodman, and Tammy Faye Bakker. An alumnus of Evangel University, Springfield, MO, Rich has also studied choral conducting with Simon Carrington of Yale University, Cyril McClellen, Paul Cope, Brian O’Connell of Boston Conservatory. Before founding A Cabbello, Rich founded and was Artistic Director of Men Alive, the Orange County Gay Men’s Chorus. In collaboration with Katherine Cash, he composed a 9 movement mass, “Missa Resurrexit”, published by “Edition Ferrimontana” of Ober-Mörlen, Germany, which has been performed at the San Juan Capistrano Basilica in Southern California and in various concert halls and churches in Europe.

Past Performance Posters

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Former Members

Jay Baumgartner (Tenor 1) *
Andrew Bird (Tenor 2)
Mitchell Canfield (Tenor 1)
Juan Carranza (Baritone) *
Jon De Freitas (Tenor 2) *
Steve Earley (Baritone)
Justin Farrell Marsh (Tenor 2)
James Flaherty (Tenor 1)
Thomas Grexa Phillips (Tenor 2)
Eddie Griego (Tenor 1) *
Kim Halter (Baritone)
Gary Hawthorne (Bass)
Paul Hietter (Baritone)
Deryl Jon Bair (Tenor 1)

Dwight Joyner (Baritone) *
Sonelius Kendrick-Smith (Tenor 2)
Paul Kowal (Bass)
Jason Mannino (Baritone)
Jessé Martin (Tenor 1)
Kevin McKelvie (Tenor 1)
Phillip Merlino (Tenor 1)
Cameron Merrihew (Tenor 2)
Dave Sanchez (Tenor 1)
Mark Schroepher (Tenor 2) *
Thomas Soule (Tenor 2) *
Bruce Stout (Baritone)
Raul Valenzuela (Baritone)
Douglas Wong (Bass)

* indicates founding member

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