Music at Christ Church

Music has been an important ministry at Christ Church since its founding in 1967.Choir Organ.jp4

 

Distinguished musicians from the community and the universities have served as directors of music, instrumental and vocal soloists, accompanists, cantors, and singers in the Christ Church Choir.

 

The congregation is a singing congregation, embracing the church's new hymn and liturgical resources with enthusiasm and ease, while keeping the old alive in memory.

 

The sanctuary boasts a live acoustic, which lends energy to congregational and choral song.

 

The Choir

The Christ Church Choir is a mixed-voice, adult choir of about 12 members. It leads the congregational song and offers up psalms and anthems in worship every week from the beginning of September to the end of May. The choir meets for rehearsal on Thursday evenings from 7.30 to 9 p.m. and Sunday mornings from 9.30 to 9.45 a.m., before the 10 a.m. service.

All persons of high-school age and older are invited to become members.

 

The Instruments

 

The pipe organ is an Edward Lye tracker organ (1920), brought to Christ Church and restored by Ross Dodington and Paul Meier in 1994. The crucifix on the organ case was designed and made by Paul Meier in 1994.

 

The sanctuary piano is a 4-foot William Knabe grand piano (1937).

 

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Director of Music

 

Sheryl Loeffler has served as Christ Church's Director of Music since September 2006.

 

She has served four other congregations in the community in a similar capacity. In addition, she has served as Director of the Conrad Grebel College Chapel Choir and Artistic Advisor to the Renaissance Singers. She has commissioned and premiered a number of Canadian sacred choral works and produced a compact disc of Canadian choral music for Christmas.

 

Sheryl Loeffler received her musical education in the United States, Canada, England, and Germany. Her organ teachers have included the late Nicholas Danby (United Kingdom) and Douglas Haas (Canada), who is her husband.

 

She has degrees from Wittenberg University and the University of Waterloo. She did doctoral studies at the University of Toronto, where she served as teaching assistant to Northrop Frye.