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  • Writer's pictureDarryl Edwards

Sharing Today’s Stories of Humankind, Through… the Age-Old Stories of Humankind.

The cycle of birth, joy, living fully, struggle, death and rebirth were illumined in an oratorio fashion by the pianist Mia Bach and students of the University of Toronto Oratorio Ensembles Class, at St. Basil’s Catholic Church on Tuesday, April 5th, as part of the St. Basil’s Parish Concert Series, with John Paul Farahat, Director of Music and Principal Organist. The class now enjoys being a regular part of the church’s Family Concert Series, and performs each term during the academic year.

Second row, from left: Christina Haldane – Graduate Teaching Assistant, Julie Ekker, Clarisse Tonigussi, Nevalea Tkachuk, Andrew Lieflander, Siobhan Donovan, Daniel Robinson, Andrew Adridge, Mia Bach – Course Pianist, Emma Johnson, Gordon Burnett. Front row from left: Madison Angus, Sarah Bissonnett, Sonya Harper Nyby, Conor Murphy, Emily D’Angelo, Mary Christidis, Alison Muir, Matthias Memmel, Prof. Darryl Edwards, Not in photo: Rebecca Townsend.

The Graduate Students of the Oratorio Ensemble Class, after their Christmas Performance, December 1st, at St. Basil’s Church. Second row, from left: John Paul Farahat – Director of Music and Principal Organist, St. Basil’s Catholic Church, Christina Haldane, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Mia Bach – Course Pianist, Gordon Burnett, Prof. Darryl Edwards. Front row, from left: Julie Ekker, Clarisse Tonigussi, Sonya Harper Nyby, Madison Angus.

A “run out” recital with my UofT students, and a master class with singers of St. Elizabeth’s Catholic School, Thornhill: Sydney Baedke, Charis Wong, Saige Carlson, St. Elizabeth C.S. Music Teacher Romina DiGasbarro, Sarah Bissonnette, Prof. Darryl Edwards

Sonya Harper Nyby, soprano, Helen Becqué, pianist perform Felix Mendelssohn’s “Hear Ye, Israel” for the vocal music students of North Toronto Collegiate Institute during their vocal retreat at Jackson’s Point. Since 2010, this is part of an annual concert field trip day we have done with NTCI on the first Thursday that classes resume each January, thanks to the kind invitation of vocal music teacher Carol Ratzlaff.

A concert performance of Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Yeomen of the Guard,” in London, ON, at First-St. Andrew’s United Church. Rerse Clockwise from front, right: Kristina Agur, Alyssa DiMarco, Charlotte Burrage, Clarence Frazer, Darryl Edwards, James Sandau, Suzy Smith, Mathew Dalen, Bradley Christensen, Matthew Cairns, Sydney Baedke.

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