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Music at St. Anne's

Music at St. Anne’s brings people together. It supports and focuses the whole community as we join our voices to worship God. 

St. Anne’s has a long history of presenting major choral works, annual musical theatre productions, and concerts. We also have a history of partners who share with us in presenting music to the wider community. Music is part of the DNA at St. Anne’s. 

We are delighted to introduce our new Music Director, Mervin Fick. Mervin is the founding director of the Toronto Beach Chorale, the Artistic Director of the MCS Chorus of Mississauga, and conductor of the PCS Singers of Brampton and the National Award-winning Esprit Chamber Choir. Mervin is a strong proponent of arts education, Mervin presents an innovative and successful interactive arts education program for elementary school students in the Peel School Board. Integrating Canadian visual art, poetry, and music, the program showcases a song cycle inspired by Group of Seven paintings and poetry written by young people. A graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music (MUS BAC), he has diplomas in vocal performance and vocal pedagogy from the Royal Conservatory of Music, as well as a Colleague diploma and a Certificate in Service Playing from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. Mervin is a wonderful vocal coach who inspires joyful singing. 

Music in Worship Services

There aren't many places in our culture anymore where people sing together. Worship is one of the best. The hymns we sing each Sunday at St. Anne's express the themes of the weekly scripture readings and bring our voices together in an experience of community. In addition to hymns where the choir enhances the singing of the whole community, the choir offers special music - anthems and motets in a wide range of styles - that make worship an experience of the "beauty of holiness."

St. Anne's Choir - Now welcoming new Members!

CALL FOR SINGERS! St. Anne's Anglican Church, with its beautiful setting of Group of Seven art and Byzantine architecture, is one of the most attractive visual and auditory experiences to sing in. The semi-professional chancel choir, made up of approximately 30 voices, is quickly becoming one of the finest and most versatile choral ensembles in the city, as we perform mixed repertoire from Renaissance music to modern anthems. 

You are welcome to audition for the St. Anne's Choir. Rehearsals every Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Rehearsal 1.5 hours. Preparation includes the Sunday hymns, liturgical music, choral anthems, as well as special concert material noted in the events above. The Sunday worship service is generally 1.25 hours duration. There is a rehearsal immediately before the service at 9:45 a.m.

Please contact Director of Music, Mervin Fick:  music@saintanne.ca.


Welcome to the 2018-2019 Music Season

This year's music season includes two special events, two regular concert series, and week by week music for Sunday worship.

Special Events
  • Concert: "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat". St. Anne's presents the concert version of Joseph for one performance on Sunday, March 24, 3:300 p.m.
    $15/person; $
  • TICKETS HERE!

JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT is presented by arrangement with The Musical Company, LP, 229 West 28th Street, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10001.  www.themusicalcompany.com Phone: (212) 598-2204, Email: info@themusicalcompany.com 


Regular Concert Series:
  • "Come & Sing": An opportunity to gather with others in an informal setting around the piano in the inspiring acoustic of the St. Anne's sanctuary. Share in the joy of singing a wide range of songs drawn from many sources. Audience requests will make the experience even more meaningful and fun. Please email your requests in advance so that we copies of songs in print for everyone to share!
    • September 30, 4:00 p.m. Wonder and wonder?
    • December 16, 4:00 p.m. 'tis the Season
    • February 10, 4:00 p.m. About Love
    • April 28, 4:00 p.m. The Earth and Our World

  • Music@4 p.m. A series of four one-hour concerts including choral, solo, and solo ensemble performances accompanied by piano and organ.
    • May 12, 4:00 Mozart / Hayden Organ Mass - CANCELLED
    • June 2, 1:30 Music for Pride

Gilbert & Sullivan's Comic Operas

St. Anne’s Music & Drama Society presents one of the works of Gilbert & Sullivan each year for several performances in January/February. Fresh from this year's amazing season of The Pirates of Penzance, MADS 57th year features Patience - to be presented in January/February 2020.

A scene from Patience, as last performed at St. Anne's in 2008

What is PATIENCE?  It is a musically delicious satire on the aesthetic movement characterized by Oscar Wilde and the painter Whistler, along with the overblown conceit and bravado of the British military in the 1880s.  The leading lady, Patience, is a milkmaid with a beautiful voice and a strange obsession that true love must be sacrificial.  Two aesthetic poets, Bunthorne and Grosvenor, vie for her love while being adored by the ladies of the chorus and the somewhat overpowering Lady Jane.  One of the funniest scenes in all of G&S takes place when the Dragoon Guards decide that the only way to recapture the formerly devoted hearts of the ladies is to copy the outlandish poets.  
 
There will be seven performances:
  • Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, February 6, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, February 7, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 8, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 9, 2:00 p.m.

MADS performances are professionally costumed, skillfully staged with a large chorus, and musically enhanced by an 18-piece orchestra. Performances take place in the St. Anne's Parish Hall in fully equipped theatre at 651 Dufferin Street. 

Tickets will be available beginning in autumn 2019 online as well as by phone at 416.922.4415. For further information, please email royschatz@bell.netYou may also view or download an order form, which gives information about prices and timing, by visiting our downloads page (scroll down to the Music at St. Anne's section).

Partners in Music

St. Anne's welcomes partnership in music and the arts, and we are delighted to introduce our community music partners.

The Junction Trio

The St. Anne’s Ensemble-in-Residence is a versatile and accomplished trio, founded in the spirit of a shared love of music-making. The music is always accessible, and you can expect to be surprised.  Join musicians Jamie Thompson, flute, Ivana Popovic, violin, Janusz Borowiec, cello, and their special guests for innovative and engaging musical events. 

Concerts by the Junction Trio present a range of styles of music from Bach, Scriabin and Vivaldi through to contemporary composers and a wide range of instrumental accompaniment, such as pots and pans, theramin, and found objects. The Junction Trio seeks to de-mystify classical music through humour and juxtaposition. 

The Junction Trio join us for occasional Sunday services. Concerts at St. Anne’s are supported by donation (PWYC – “Pay What You Can” – suggested amount $20/person). 

Concerts and Recordings

St. Anne's is delighted to partner with choirs and musical groups for concerts. The church has wonderful acoustics for professional recordings. 

Please contact us to discuss availability and rates: admin@saintanne.ca