Chœur de lÉglise St. Andrew and St. Paul
Jean-Sébastien Vallée, conductor
Jonathan Oldengarm, organ
The Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul presents Lux, (Latin for light) a collection of sacred songs associated with the Nativity. Selections include some well-known carols such as O Come, All Ye Faithful and Once in Royal David's City in arrangements by Sir David Willcocks, as well as pieces by such British composers as Herbert Howells (A Spotless Rose) and Will Todd (My Lord Has Come), and by American composers Morten Lauridsen (O Magnum Mysterium) and Eric Withacre (Lux aurumque), among others.
The Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is a 45-voice ensemble that includes professional singers and auditioned members from the church and Montreal communities. In addition to providing music for the church's regular worship services, it also presents concerts and choral services throughout the year, including the annual CBC Christmas Sing-In, a benefit concert for Maison du Parc in collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Players' Association.
Jonathan Oldengarm has been Organist and Director of Music at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul since 2008. He holds degrees in organ and harpsichord from Wilfrid Laurier and McGill Universities, and also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany. Winner of several national and international competitions, he appears regularly as a soloist, accompanist and chamber musician throughout North America and Europe. In addition to his duties at the church, he teaches Liturgical Improvisation at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University.
Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée is a rapidly rising conductor on today's concert music stage and an internationally recognized scholar, and pedagogue. Dr. Vallée conducts the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul, and is also Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, he served as Director of Choral Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands.
The organ of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul was built in the Anglo-American Romantic style in 1931 by Casavant Frères of St. Hyacinthe, Quebec. With almost 7000 pipes, it is one of the largest instruments on the island of Montreal. Every summer, the organ is featured by a roster of Canadian and international soloists at the church's annual Organ Intermezzi series.
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