Music / Choirs

DIRECTOR OF MUSIC

Roseanne K

Music has been a dominant feature in Roseanne’s life from an early age. Roseanne has accompanied elementary school choirs, Sunday Schools and church services in many places including Winnipeg where she grew up. During university she accompanied a women’s choir under the highly esteemed British conductor, Filmer Hubble. In Saskatoon Roseanne lead a select group of singers from her 30-voice church choir to produce weekly TV broadcasts where she was featured as a soloist. In Peterborough Roseanne set up a post-secondary music program at a Bible College with a mass choir of 500, a 60-voice choir, and 4 to 6 smaller groups that travelled in music ministry.

In Trinity United Church, Cobourg, Roseanne was employed as Minister of Music for 6 years where in addition to a 20-voice choir there were 2 children’s choirs and a youth drama group. Roseanne’s 5-year stay at St. Phillip’s Anglican Church in Markham included establishing 3 children’s music groups and leading the adult choir.

Roseanne is a member of the Toronto Diocesan Doctrine and Worship Committee and serves on the Wycliffe College board of directors.

Roseanne’s education includes a BA from the University of Manitoba; MMus in piano performance from McGill; MA in music criticism, McMaster, with a thesis in Feminist Music Criticism; PhD in musicology, York University, with a focus on linguistic analysis in selected musicological writings.

Roseanne is married to Ron, honorary assistant priest at St. Peter’s. They have four children and seven grandchildren.

Senior Choir – under the direction of Dr. Roseanne Kydd

The senior choir leads the music at the 10:30am service every Sunday. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sheppard Auditorium. Occasionally extra rehearsals help us to prepare for the Festival Seasons of the church year. On most Sunday mornings the Senior Choir sings an anthem.

Membership in the choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. Reading music is helpful, but not essential.  Rehearsals involve warm-ups and instruction for improving vocal technique. You do not have to phone ahead or audition. Arrive a few minutes early on a Thursday evening so that a music packet can be put together for you.

Instruments of Worship

ORGAN

The organ began as a Warren and was rebuilt by Casavant.  The quality of the service is enhanced by the excellent acoustics and one of the finest pipe organs in this part of Ontario.

CHIMES

The bell-tower chimes have been an important feature of St. Peter’s since the early days of the last century.  They were installed in 1905 to celebrate the Jubilee of the present building and to serve as a memorial to several past members.

Other

We have adult handbells, an excellent piano, and a lovely harpsichord for playing music.

Choirs

Senior Choir

The senior choir leads the music at the 10:30am service every Sunday. Rehearsals are held Thursday evenings from 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm in the Sheppard Auditorium. Occasionally extra rehearsals help us to prepare for the Festival Seasons of the church year. On most Sunday mornings the Senior Choir sings an anthem.

Membership in the choir is open to anyone who likes to sing. Reading music is helpful, but not essential.  Rehearsals involve warm-ups and instruction for improving vocal technique. You do not have to phone ahead or audition. Arrive a few minutes early on a Thursday evening so that a music packet can be put together for you.

Junior Choir

The Junior Choir is open to children from the age of 8 and up. Every attempt is made to choose music that embraces the diverse range of ability in the children, from simple unison anthems to 2-part music and occasionally music with handbells or handchimes included. The Junior Choir meets on Thursday after school from 4:30 until about 5:15. Rehearsal is held either in the Sheppard Auditorium or in the Main Sanctuary. After 5:15 the younger members remain for instruction in music rudiments and sight-singing, building upon the basics learned in Sing-N-Ring.  Membership is open to any child who likes to sing and has begun to read (grade 2 or higher suggested).

Sing-N-Ring

Sing-N-Ring is a music group of children 3 to 7 years old. Sunday School songs are sung and the children are taught to ring hand chimes. All children are welcome; Wednesdays 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm in the sanctuary of St. Peter’s Anglican Church.