Music is central to our worship of God at St Clements, and our 9am and 11am Sunday services are enriched with a huge variety of choral and congregational singing and instrumental playing. Three choirs offer praise through song, and the Director of Music is supported by five professional singers as well as by regular and occasional instrumentalists. The stylistic range our musicians explore is enormous and, while music at 11am celebrates the glorious tradition of a thousand years of Anglican choral and organ works, our 9am choirs offer music in a more contemporary idiom to create a more informal atmosphere through the best modern hymns and worship songs accompanied by piano and Celtic violin.
At 9am, music is led by our wonderful violinist, Jenna Gallagher and our 9am Choir, a “pick-up” group that rehearses immediately before the service, usually at 8:30am. They support a programme of lively contemporary songs as well as more contemplative offerings from Taizé and other traditions.
Our Youth Choir rehearses on Thursdays from 5pm to 6pm and participates in worship once a month. It is a rambunctious and energetic group that loves to sing and have fun together. Youth Choir Leader Kaili Kinnon explains: “Our goals are to sing well, enjoy ourselves, glorify God and learn to be better musicians week by week.”
At 11am, a dedicated team of volunteers, assisted by six professionals, explores motets, masses and canticles from across the rich tradition of Anglican choral music, as well as leading hymns and psalms. Recent repertoire has included Purcell’s Hear my prayer, Schütz’s Jauchzett dem Herren and Britten’s Jubilate in C. The choir rehearses from 7:30-9:30pm on Thursdays and from 10:15 on Sunday mornings. Our rehearsals are fast-paced and exacting but also a lot of fun, with plenty of laughs along the way. There are no auditions: all you need is a love of sacred choral music, the ability to sing in tune and blend with others, and the capacity to attend rehearsals regularly. If you would like to join us, or find out more, please contact Daniel at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Director of Music
Daniel read Music at Magdalene College, Cambridge, where he was Organ Scholar and the John Stewart of Rannoch Scholar in Sacred Music. He is a Royal Conservatory Examiner and a Member of the Tafelmusik Chamber Choir, as well as teaching piano at the Toronto School for Strings and Piano.
Jenna Gallagher picked up the violin at a very young age (though she learned piano first). She quickly developed a wide repertoire of music styles, specializing in Celtic fiddling. She has played with worship bands across Ontario. Jenna holds a BMus from Wilfrid Laurier University, where she studied with the Penderecki String Quartet. When not playing at St Clement’s, she teaches violin, writes folk music, and plays gypsy jazz.
The Section Leads
Ashley Boychuk is originally from the Manitoba Prairies. She received a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota and brings a variety of solo and choral experience to St Clement’s.
Maureen Ferguson from Toronto, completed her Masters of Vocal Performance at the University of Michigan and was an Emerging Artist at Calgary Opera. Her credits include Meg in Verdi’s Falstaff and Dorabella in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte. She has also performed as a soloist in Mozart’s Requiem and Vespers, Duruflé’s Requiem, Bach’s Magnificat in D and St Matthew Passion and Handel’s Messiah.
Monica is enjoying her 5th year at St. Clements. She is an alumna of the Bach Children’s Chorus and Bach Chamber Youth Choir. A graduate of the Dance Performance program at Ryerson University, Monica also holds a BEd from the University of Toronto. She currently works as a chef at The Stop Community Food Centre.
Valdis Jevtejevs has a degree in music and choral conducting from Latvia’s renowned Riga Dom choir school. He sang in many award-winning choirs in Europe and Asia. Since he moved to North America in 2010, Valdis has shared his world-wide choral experience with choirs in Toronto and New York.
Eric Shaw is a graduate of the University of Toronto with a Masters in Opera Performance. After twenty-five years of singing opera and concerts throughout Europe and North America, he now teaches music privately and with the Toronto District School Board.
St Clements possesses a magnificent three-manual organ, built by Casavant Frères in 1928. Improvements and refurbishments have taken place at various times over the past fifty years, most notably the installation in 1988 of a new Trompette-en-chamade in the back gallery, a gift from Don and Lillian Wright. The organ now has 46 stops and 3,155 pipes.
There is also a small chamber organ in the gallery.
For a history and technical specifications of the organs, a leaflet written by the Organist Emeritus, Tom Fitches is available to download at St Clements Organs.
In August 2016, we took delivery of a magnificent new Yamaha C7XPE grand piano. This wonderful instrument was dedicated at our Patronal Festival in November 2016 and is bringing great joy in its performing, accompanying and teaching roles.