Excellence in Music
Under the expert leadership of Clive Dunstan, Mus. Bac., A.R.C.T., C.R.C.C.O. and accompanist Pat Dunstan, A.R.C.T., Artist & Licentiate Diplomas St. James offers a program of award winning choral music by soloists, The Chancel Choir, and the Senior Choir. The soloists are Peter La Flair (Tenor), Bill Price (Baritone), Martha Spence (alto) and Kathleen Wells (Soprano).
Further, under the direction of Anne Tipler, B. Mus. Ed., Orff., Cert. we offer an excellent program of choral music for young people aged 5 – 10 in the Junior Choir.
The Adult Senior Choir has over 40 choristers who gather to rehearse Thursday evenings from 8:30 – 9:45 p.m. and sing an anthem each Sunday. Christmas and Easter bring worship services with special music that attracts a packed sanctuary. No auditions or music reading skills are required, simply a love of singing and a willingness to make a commitment to the church and each other. A very commendable standard of musicianship is achieved thanks to the dedication of all and the musical leadership of our talented section leaders.
The Chancel Choir has 25 teen and adult members by invitation of our Choir Director, Clive Dunstan. They rehearse Thursdays from 7:45 – 8:30 p.m. and Sundays after church from 12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Most members have studied music in school or privately, and a number are themselves music teachers. Led by section leaders, the choir sings a great variety of challenging repertoire every Sunday. This choir produced an inspiring C.D. entitled “In His Love”, and has won many awards over the years at music festivals. They have also performed at weddings, concerts outside St. James, and take a lead role in all of the musical shows that have become a popular community event.
Recently, the Soloists and Chancel Choir made a CD “In His Love” featuring many songs in the choir repertoire. Copies are available by contacting the St. James office. You can listen to three samples from this CD through the link at the bottom right of this page.
The Junior Choir members range in age from 5 (SK) to 10 (Grade 5) and rehearse on Thursdays from 6:45pm-7:30pm. Choristers learn to sing together in a group situation by playing singing games and learning simple anthems to sing once or twice a month during Sunday worship. Membership is free and the choir runs from October to May.
Music Memorials. Would you like to honour the memory of someone, commemorate a loved one, a special event or occasion or simply show your appreciation of someone? Why not purchase a music anthem for the St. James music library? Whenever the anthem is sung, perhaps once every year or two, the bulletin will contain a line of remembrance and acknowledgement. It is almost like putting flowers in the church on special occasions, except the music is a lasting, living memorial and does save the choir the expense of purchasing some new music.
The cost of purchasing one new anthem is $100 and Clive would be happy to make suggestions, choose an appropriate text and music and supply the music. Contact Clive Dunstan 905 625-8605
Click on the link below to learn about and hear the choir’s Christmas CD:
Love Came Down at Christmas
Music From Worship
(The poorer sound quality is due to the live nature of the recording.)
April 15, 2012
Youth Choir with John Barber, soloist.
May 24, 2011
The Heaven’s Are Telling
Solists: Kathleen Wells, Martha Spence, Leander Mendoza, Bill Price