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Joshua Duncan Lee
Friday November 5

C. Franck: Chorale No. 3 in A Minor
F. Correa de Arauxo: Tiento de medio registro de dos tiples de segundo tono
H. Howells: Siciliano for a High Ceremony
L. Vierne: Finale, from Symphony No. 1 Op. 14

Joshua Duncan Lee is Met's Wayne C. Vance Organ Scholar. Previously he was the Junior Organ Scholar at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church. Joshua has played at churches here in Toronto, the UK, and Jamaica.

Cari Astleford
Friday November 19

Buxtehude: Praeludium in F Major, BuxWV 145 
Scheidemann: Choralfantasie “Jesus Christus, unser Heiland”
Pepping: Partita “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig”

Originally a farm girl from northern BC, Cari graduated with a Bachelor of Music in organ performance from Burman University in Lacombe, AB, studying with Dr. Wendy Markosky. She then moved on to Edmonton’s University of Alberta for a Master of Masic in organ performance, where she studied with Dr. Marnie Giesbrecht. Cari was also the organ scholar/assistant organist at Holy Trinity Anglican Church in Edmonton. She was actively involved in the Edmonton RCCO, including being treasurer for four years. Cari is now a student of Dr. Patricia Wright and is a doctoral candidate in the fourth year of the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto. She is a recipient of the Ontario Graduate Scholarship and the Alexander and Carolyn Drummond Faculty of Music Graduate Fellowship in Organ or Piano Performance.

David Simon
Friday December 3: "Advent Alliteration"
Chorale
Herr Christ, der einge Gottessohn, BWV 601, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Chorus
Madrigal by Dezso d'Antalffy (1885-1945)

Cinderella?
Overture to La Cenerentola by Gioachino Rossini (1792-1868)

Chanson
La Nativité from Poèmes Évangéliques Op. 2 by Jean Langlais (1907-1991)

Chant
Rorate Coeli by Jeanne Demessieux (1921-1968)
Divinum Mysterium from Two Studies on Plainchant Melodies by Adolphus Hailstork (b.1941)

 

David Simon is quickly establishing himself as a prominent organ recitalist, improviser, instructor, and liturgical musician. He won First Prize and Audience Prize in the University of Michigan organ improvisation competition in 2018 and has gone on to improvise extensively in concert, liturgy, and for silent films. He has lectured and led a masterclass on improvisation for the national festival of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO). 

David has performed in North America, Europe, the United Kingdom, and Russia to the acclaim of audience members, reviewers, and his colleagues. Organ Canada described his playing as “ravishing”, “brilliantly conceived”, and “gloriously presented.” David won First Prize at the RCCO national organ competition held in Halifax in 2019 and now serves as a member of the RCCO Competitions Committee. 

David first studied music as a chorister at St. Michael's Cathedral-Basilica in Toronto and continues to play organ at its weekly masses. He teaches organ, piano, music theory, and Gregorian Chant at St. Michael's Choir School and beyond. By fully embracing digital media, his private studio extends to students across North America.

David is a doctoral candidate at Yale University in the studios of Thomas Murray and Jeff Brillhart, having previously studied with Patricia Wright at the University of Toronto. He is a Fellow of the RCCO, winning the Willan Scholarship for top national achievement. He can be contacted at david.alexander.simon@gmail.com. 

Dr. Patricia Wright
Friday December 17

Repertoire tba - featuring guest singers from the Metropolitan Choir

Dr. Patricia Wright has been Director of Music and Organist at Metropolitan United since 1986. In September of 2010, she was covenanted as a Congregational Designated Minister of Music, a first in the United Church of Canada.  Dr. Wright has been heard in recital in Canada, the United States, and Europe. She is a past national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and holds an honorary Fellowship from the RCCO. She is also Adjunct Professor of Organ for the University of Toronto Faculty of Music and is cross-appointed to Emmanuel College for the Master of Sacred Music degree program.