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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. 

Our Music Director is Mervin Fick, 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 oarts 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. 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.


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. Visit the MADS website for more information and for tickets.

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 24, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, January 25, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, January 26, 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursday, January 30, 7:30 p.m.
  • Friday, January 31, 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 1, 2:00 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 2, 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 the fully-equipped theatre at 651 Dufferin Street. We regret that the theatre is not wheelchair accessible.

Tickets will be available beginning in autumn 2019 online. For more information, and to purchase tickets, please visit stannesmads.com.

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