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Church Organist and Choir Director

Forthcoming Concerts

  • Since August 2007: Choir Master

Christie Gardens Retirement Community
Toronto, Ontario

Responsibilities

  1. Accompanist and Choir Director
  2. Choose all music: hymns, popular songs, classical music
  3. Consult regularly with the committee
  4. Conduct and train the choir

 

  • Since February 2005: Organist and Choir Master (English Choir)

St Clare's Roman Catholic Church
Toronto, Ontario

Responsibilities

  1. Organist and Choir Director for Sunday services and Holy Days
  2. Accompany hymns, anthems, and solos
  3. Choose all music: hymns, propers, anthems, solos, and voluntaries
  4. Consult regularly with the priest for the services
  5. Conduct and train the choir
  6. Librarian
  7. Minor organ repairs

 

 

Responsibilities

  1. Conduct and train two choirs: Mixed (40 voices); Women's (20 voices)
  2. Choose the repertoire
  3. Arrange for soloists and accompanists
  4. Consult regularly with the Department Chair
  5. Conduct five concerts at Brock
  6. Arrange one concert in Toronto
  7. Audition all prospective choir students (60)
  8. Conduct mid-term and end-of-term individual chorister tests

Productions

  1. Ceremony of Carols - Benjamin Britten
  2. Folk Songs of the Four Seasons - Ralph Vaughan Williams
  3. Liebeslieder Valzer, Op. 52 - Johannes Brahms
  4. Requiem (selections) - Peter Landey

 

  • Since November 1999: Music Director

St Matthew's United Church
Toronto, Ontario

Responsibilities

  1. Organist and pianist for Sunday services
  2. Accompany hymns, anthems, and solos
  3. Consult regularly with the minister for the services
  4. Conduct and train the choir
  5. Audition and hire six soloists
  6. Librarian
  7. Found and Direct a Community Children's Choir
  8. Found and Direct the Church School Choir
  9. Choose hymns, anthems, solos, and voluntaries
  10. Administer several concert series
  11. Care of the musical instruments including minor organ repairs and tuning

Productions:

  1. Cabaret -- various show tunes (January 2007)
  2. Requiem - Gabriel Fauré & Hosianna dem Sohnne Gottes - Franz Tunder (Palm Sunday, 2004) with orchestra
  3. Holy Week Choral Concert (April 2003)
  4. Holy Week Choral Concert (March 2002)
  5. Music, Arts, and Flower Festival (every May or June since 2001)
  6. Stabat Mater - Antonio Caldara (April 2001)
  7. The Crucifixion - John Stainer (March 2000)
  8. Stabat Mater - Giovanni Pergolesi (April 2000)
  9. Ceremony of Carols - Benjamin Britten (December 2000)

 

·         1999: Organist

St Gilbert Roman Catholic Church
St Léonard, Québec

Responsibilities:

  1. Organist for services (French language)
  2. Work with the cantor
  3. Rehearse the choir with the cantor
  4. Consult with the Rector
  5. Play the beautiful Létourneau two manual Rococo organ

 

·         1998 - 2000: Honorary Assistant Director of Music

Trinity Memorial Anglican Church
Montréal, Québec

Responsibilities:

  1. Consult with the Rector on musical matters
  2. Organist and pianist for occasional services
  3. Obtain quotes for restoring the four manual Casavant organ
  4. Sit on the 75th Anniversary Festival Committee

 

  • 1997 - 2000: Founding Choir Director

New Exodus Singers
Montréal, Québec

Productions:

1.      Koi Koi Concert, June, 1998

St Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Chuch, Montréal
Programme:

    1. How Lovely are the Messengers (from St Paul Oratorio) - Mendelssohn
    2. The Bells of St Mary -
    3. Oh What a Lovely Mornin' - Rodgers & Hammerstein
    4. The Silver Lining - Jerome Kern
  1. Christmas Concert and recording 1998 & 1999
  2. Festal Choral Evensong for the visit of the Archbishop of the West Indies
  3. Mystical Song No 5 by Ralph Vaughan Williams
  4. Te Deum in Bb by C.V.Stanford
  5. Jubilate in Bb by C.V.Stanford
  6. Ave Maria by Jacob Arcadelt
  7. Evensong once a month at Trinity Memorial Anglican Church, Montréal.

 

  • 1991 - 1999: Director of Music

Summerlea United Church
Lachine, Québec

Productions:

  1. Organist, pianist, and choir director for Sunday services
  2. Special musical Christmas services
  3. Organ, piano, and choir concerts
  4. Posters and programmes
  5. Purchased a grand piano

 

  • 1989 - 1999: Sing bass

The Cathedral Singers at Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral
Montréal, Québec

Productions:

  1. Weekly Evensong
  2. Special music during Advent, Lent and Easter
  3. Organ, and choral concerts
  4. The Messiah (George Frederick Handel), Carmina Burana (Carl Orff), Requiem (Gabriel Fauré), St John Passion (J.S.Bach), Chichester Psalms (Leornard Bernstein), and various cantatas by J.S.Bach and Dietrich Buxtehude.

 

  • 1989 - 1990: Assistant Organist

Christ Church (Anglican) Cathedral
Montréal, Québec

Productions:

  1. Organist and assistant choir director for Sunday services
  2. Special music during Advent, Lent and Easter
  3. Many organ, choir, and chamber music concerts
  4. The Messiah (George Frederick Handel), Coronation Mass (W.A.Mozart)

 

  • 1989: Assistant choir director

Bremen Gymnasium
Bremen, Germany

Responsibilities:

  1. Choose repertoire with the director
  2. Train the choir in English works

 

  • 1985-1987: Co choir director

Waikanae Singers
Waikanae, New Zealand

Responsibilities:

  1. Choose repertoire with the co-director
  2. Play for rehearsals
  3. Train the choir
  4. Conduct unaccompanied repertoire

 

  • 1980-1987: Associate Organist

First Church of Christ, Scientist
Wellington, New Zealand

Responsibilities:

  1. Organist for services
  2. Rehearse with the soloists

 

  • 1982 - 1984: Organist

St George's (Anglican) Church
Wellington, New Zealand

Responsibilities:

  1. Organist for services
  2. Rehearse with the choir and their director

 

  • 1976 - 1982: Organist and Choirmaster

St Barnabas (Anglo-catholic) Church
Wellington, New Zealand

Responsibilities:

  1. Organist and choir director for High Mass and various funerals and weddings
  2. Prepare special music for Advent, Christmas, Lent and Easter
  3. Train the choir and cantors
  4. Consult regularly with the priest

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Last Updated October 23, 2007 by Dr Paul Jessen