The music offered at St. Augustine’s is rich and diverse and is an essential part of our worship. Our music is a blend of ancient and modern styles which can include rich hymnody, contemporary praise songs, choral anthems, medieval and Taizé chants, world music and more. Over the past 2000 years, the Christian Church has produced the best music ever; after all, as followers of Jesus Christ, we have a lot to sing about!
Led by our music leadership team of Joanne Collier (Music Director) and Mary Lee Voort (Organist), our goal is to create opportunities for all to share their gifts in the worship of God through music.
Our music ministries include:
- St. Augustine’s Senior Choir
This choir leads liturgical music and hymnody and usually sings a choral anthem at our 10:00am Sunday service. The choir practices Thursday’s from 7:30-9:00pm.
- The Confessions (Worship Band)
Featuring guitar, piano, vocals and Trinidadian steel drum, this group leads the music at the Saturday Service (5:00pm), and usually leads a congregational song at the 10:00am Sunday Service.
- The Handbell Choir
This group, led by Barbara Hignell, plays at special occasions throughout the year. The Handbell Choir practices on Wednesdays, from 5:45-7:00pm.
- The Taizé Choir
Coordinated by Judith Robinson, these singers and instrumentalists lead Taizé singing prior to the 10:00am service throughout Lent.
- Special Instrumentalists and Soloists
These folks can be heard throughout the year.
Information about the organ
The present organ was built by the Keates-Geissler Organ Company of Ontario, in March/April 1987. It consists of three sections all housed at the east end of the Chancel. The Choir and Swell sections are immediately behind the Altar; the Great Pedals are in two towers in the north and south corners. The Console is fully electric and placed on a “dolly” allowing it to be moved to various locations at the front of the Nave. In 2010, a multi-user setter board was installed.