Musical Notes from the Choir
St Andrew’s Ministry of Music continues to serve our Congregation and Community through musical celebration of the gospels, community outreach programs and fundraising events for the Church. Please save these dates to enjoy a year of music, worship and fellowship in 2020.
A CALL TO WORSHIP
Our Senior Choir is an integral part of Sunday worship services, Communion, as well as our Christmas and Easter celebrations. If you have a desire to serve, you can or cannot read music but enjoy singing, please drop by for a visit during choir practice Sunday mornings at 8:30 AM.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH PROGRAMS
St Andrew’s Choral Scholarships provide qualified music students with financial support for attending college or university. In addition to funding their studies, these vocal music students gain valuable real world experience working with Mathias, Judy and our Choir.
This year we welcome back Tricia Wrigglesworth (Gr 12, Soprano). Thanks to the generous financial support of the Congregation we are pleased to add to the Choir, vocal students Giovanni Rabbito (Gr. 11, Tenor), Emma Yee (Gr. 12, Alto) and Rahul Viveuanandan (Gr. 11, Baritone). We are truly blessed to have these gifted young singers share their God given talents with the Choir and the Congregation.
St Andrew’s and Temple Kol Ami Joint Choirs
The St Andrew’s and Kol Ami Choirs will come together once again to celebrate Shabbat Shirah. This concert is the “Sabbath of Singing” – a very musical moment in Jewish biblical history. Many congregations highlight this Shabbat by creating services brimming with extraordinary music to celebrate Moses and Miriam leading the Israelites across the Red Sea and out of Egypt.
Friday, February 7th Shabbat Shirah Service: 7:30pm-8:15pm Performance: 8:15pm-8:45pm
At Temple Kol Ami: 36 Atkinson Ave, Thornhill, (South of Hwy 407 and just East of Bathurst)
Sunday, April 19th at 1:00 PM (after Let’s Do Lunch)
At St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church. Look for concert details in your Sunday Bulletin.
FUNDRAISING FOR ST ANDREW’S CHORAL SCHOLARSHIPS
We are planning another year full of exciting fundraising events as we attract new visitors to our Church. Concert proceeds support St Andrew’s Ministry of Music and our Choral Scholars.
Saturday, March 28, 2020 at 7:30 PM Toronto Welsh Male Voice Choir (TWMVC)
Back by popular demand, the TWMVC will return to St Andrew’s this spring with another exciting program of Welsh hymns, operatic arias, North American folk songs, and Broadway show tunes – a perfect blend of traditional, spiritual and contemporary music. Our own Ivan McCreight Choral Scholars will round out an evening of fun and fellowship with several outstanding solo performances. Ticket are $25 and may be purchased starting February 23rd.
May (TBC), 2020: Open Mic at the Coffee House
St Andrew’s and the Markham Community are blessed with an abundance of musical talent. To honour our “Scottish Nights” of the past, we hope to bring local talent to the stage with an evening of music, fellowship, coffee and treats.
Saturday, October 24, 2020: The Pirates of Penzance
St Andrew’s Ministry of Music is please to present this highly acclaimed comic opera by Gilbert and Sullivan, performed by the University of Toronto based Centre for Opera Studies in Italy.
The story concerns Frederic, who, having completed his 21st year, is released from his apprenticeship to a band of tender-hearted pirates. He meets Mabel and the two young people fall instantly in love. Frederic soon learns, however, that he was born on the 29th of February, and so, technically, he has a birthday only once each leap year, meaning that he must serve for another 63 years. Musical hilarity ensues!
On behalf of Mathis, Judy and the Senior Choir, thank you for your generous and continued support of St Andrew’s Ministry of Music.
Chair, St Andrew’s Ministry of Music