“Since I’ve been given a musical gift and having been blessed with working in many areas of music over the years, I will continue to use my God-given talents as long as there’s a need and desire for the church community to use whatever I can contribute to their ministry.”
Dick Bolks’ work in the music industry covers a wide area of accomplishments. For many years, he was a church choral director, organist, and pianist at several churches in the Los Angeles area and has played on various recordings, TV and radio broadcasts. He also was the accompanist for the legendary Ethel Waters for twelve years. As an arranger, he has published works for choral, organ and piano by several of the leading publishing companies.
He is also a studio singer, choral conductor, and contractor, and works in the field of recordings, films, and television. His credits include working with many well-known artists and arrangers in both the sacred and secular fields including John Williams, Ralph Carmichael, Bob Krogstad, Ray Conniff, Andy Williams, The Lennon Sisters, Sandi Patty and countless others. He was also the choral director for five years on the Hallmark Christmas albums.
He was bitten by the “choral bug” when he first heard Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians, sang their arrangements in high school and in later years was privileged to record with them. Because of that influence, his arranging career has mainly been in the choral area including recording seven albums of his arrangements for the Sixteen Singing Men and also many with his Dick Bolks Singers. He has also arranged projects for countless other artists over his years of writing.
He has also been involved with the Bock Company as a computer music engraver for many years.