Accomplished professional with 25+ years experience as a music and worship arts director. Record of success creating quality, creative and musically diverse worship experiences. As a music director and conductor, Ray has assisted musicians of all levels in becoming better musicians, artists and worship leaders. As a creative producer, Ray focuses on building a strong, creative leadership team and worship arts department; focusing on unity, creativity, transparency, artistic expression and spiritual integrity.
Director of Music, First Presbyterian Church; Bethlehem, PA - 2016-Present
Responsible for the oversight of the modern and classic worship services, which included: the programming of all music, the programming of all worship elements along with the senior pastor and creative team, the conducting of the chancel choir, the hiring of paid instrumentalists, the musical arranging of various instrumental ensembles, the development of modern worship leaders and musicians, the supervision and leadership development of the paid technical producer (who coordinated the worship production team), and along with the technical producer, the development, creation and management of our new worship streaming project.
Media Music Composer, Raymond Schnurr Music, L.A., CA - 1998-Present
Composer, orchestrator, arranger, conductor and music preparation specialist for film and television. Please see imdb.com to view specific projects. In addition, Ray has orchestrated and arranged music for many choirs and professional orchestras in the united states and around the world.
Artistic Director, Torrance Civic Chorale/Torrance, CA - 2014-2016
Responsible for the musical, artistic and administrative direction of the 50 year chorale. The choir performed a variety of musical styles including classical, spirituals, musical theater and more, along with a a full orchestra. The Torrance Civic Chorale is an auditioned choir of over 100 singers. Artistic Director duties included: music selection, rehearsal, auditioning chorale singers and soloists, orchestral contracting, seasonal creative direction and working with the James Armstrong Theatre technical staff to ensure the best possible concert experience.
Director of Worship, United Methodist Church; Thousand Oaks, CA - 2012-2014
Responsible for leading worship in weekly modern and traditional worship services. Directed the UMCTO traditional choir, orchestra and contemporary worship band. Composed and arranged music for the UMCTO music department as needed. Managed a small music staff including a volunteer assistant, paid organist and handbell director. Transitioned the worship committee into a strong, vision-oriented leadership team, a primary reason for the successful growth of the Sunday morning worship experiences. Worked with the church leadership to unify the traditional and contemporary music departments, resulting in a more spirit-filled and effective worship environment.
Executive Worship Producer, Bel Air Presbyterian Church, Bel Air, CA - 2006-2010
Responsible for all aspects of the BAPC worship arts program, including management of a $600K annual Worship Arts budget and the oversight of the Music and Worship Production Staff (director of drama, Technical Director and staff, two contemporary worship leaders (main and satellite campuses), an organist/accompanist and two full time assistants). Also responsible for maintaining a strong traditional choral program, which used choir, organ, handbells and orchestra on a regular basis. Further responsibilities included hiring, conducting, orchestrating and composing for weekly services as well as holiday concerts, including Christmas at Bel Air and Easter at the Bowl.
Easter at the Bowl, Hollywood Bowl; Hollywood, CA - 2004-2010
Held three positions over the years, including Executive producer (directed and managed all creative aspects of the event, including staff management, schedules, etc.), Music Director (music selection, rehearsing and conducting musicians) and Arranger/Orchestrator (arranged all charts for a the band, orchestra and large choir in varying musical styles).
Composer-in-Residence, Bel Air Presbyterian Church; Bel Air, CA - 2004-2011
Composed, orchestrated and arranged music for weekly traditional (orchestra/choir) and contemporary (band/orchestra/choir) worship services as needed. Also assisted the traditional worship director managing the Chancel Choir.
Worship Arts Director, Good Shepherd Lutheran; Torrance, CA - 1999-2002
Worked with senior pastor to develop creative and experiential worship services, both modern and traditional. Responsible for developing and maintaining a versatile choir and coordinating worship elements.
Music Pastor, Palm Beach Community Church; Palm Beach, FL - 1997-1999
Responsible for leading worship in all weekend services. Arranged music charts, rehearsed and pastored worship teams. Worked with the Pastor to program worship.
PBAU, West Palm Beach, Florida - BA Music Theory and Composition, 1995
UCLA, Los Angeles, California - Certificate in Film Scoring, 2004