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MUSIC MINISTRY REPORT TO VESTRY 2019

 

During Holy Week 2018, the Festival Choir presented a Good Friday Cantata "Who Is This King?" By Lloyd Larson and Joseph Martin. The performance was a combined effort of both St. Jude's and St. Alban's choir members and was a successful collaboration with promise for future singing together. We took our cantata to Mount Hope's long term care facility on the afternoon of Palm Sunday. Thank you to Victoria Siu for accompanying us and to Dennis and Joanne Johns for narrating.
Another highlight of this year's Holy Week was the choir's continued participation in the Tenebrae service on Wednesday evening; it was a beautifully meditative and reflective service and we plan to continue this tradition into the future.
In April, we said goodbye to Amanda Weatherall as she concluded her Master of Music programme at Western University. She had been a Choral Scholar with us for four years, singing both Soprano and Alto during her time with us. We have missed her contribution to the musical life here at St. Jude's since. Alex Mathews, a student in the Master of Music program at Western, is our new bass choral scholar since October 2018. Angela Gibbon, now in her second year as a Masters student at UWO, joined us again as soprano choral scholar, and we are pleased to be blessed by her talent for another year.
On December 16, 2018 the St. Jude and St. Alban's Festival Choir presented the St. Jude premiere of John Purifoy's cantata “A New Birth, A New Beginning”. The service was well-attended, and I feel good that the choir was well-prepared as we'd had a performance at Mount Hope the Sunday before (December 9th ). We also performed the cantata in the afternoon of December 16 at Kensington Village Long-Term Care Facility. We were accompanied on all occasions by our excellent accompanist Victoria Siu and narrators Mike and Faye Geoghegan. I'm so thankful for her, for our choral scholars and weekly choir members for their hard work and dedication, without which these kinds of performances would not be possible. I feel blessed to work with such a talented group of people.
I would like to thank our choral scholars from 2018, soprano Angela Gibbon, alto Amanda Weatherall, and bass Alex Mathews, for their continued leadership in St. Jude's weekly and festival choirs. I would also like to thank Victoria Siu for accompanying the festival choir in 2018, for sharing her musical talent with the weekly 8:30 services, and for organizing a performance of Handel's Messiah by the Fanshawe Chorus in December. I would like to thank our youth musicians, Julia Davis and Kayla Robak, for sharing their gifts with us through preludes and postludes and playing for congregational singing.
I would like to thank Bryan Smith and Chris Chalmers for their musical leadership at the Church Barbeque in June (held at the church), and Stephan Davis for his continued work on the sound system and his musicianship. I would like to thank Glenda Hayward for continuing the weekly PowerPoint announcements and for her help in overseeing the projector for weekly services. Thank you to Rosalie for keeping us all organized, and thank you to Father Bill and Father Matt for their continued guidance.
Finally, I am very thankful for the many dedicated volunteers who join the choir and sing on a weekly basis and at festival time. Everyone involved plays an important roll in enhancing the music and worship life here at St. Jude's, and I am thankful to have such a great group of people to work with every week.