Introducing our new Director of Music

 

Gary Forbes at the organWe are delighted to announce the appointment of Gary Forbes as our new Director of Music. Gary was selected from an impressive short-list of candidates. He had the opportunity to lead the choir in a brief rehearsal on one of the hottest evenings in July, and received their enthusiastic support.  He began with St. Cuthbert’s on August 23.

Gary holds a Bachelors of Music from Brock University and an A.R.C.T. from the Royal Conservatory of Music, having studied Piano with Dr. Karin DiBella, Dr. Christopher Foley, and Mr. Peter Longworth, and Pipe Organ with Prof. Lesley Kingham. Gary is presently pursuing a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano under the direction of Prof. Stephen Philcox at the University of Toronto.

Gary works as a private piano teacher in Toronto and Oakville. Most recently he served as Staff Accompanist at Brock University, accompanying the choral music program on the piano and organ, while actively working as a freelance collaborative pianist at Brock and McMaster Universities, and throughout Southern Ontario. Gary previously worked as Music Director for a number of amateur and professional theatre companies in the Niagara Region, and performed as an accompanist with The Niagara Men’s Chorus, Choralis Camerata, The Niagara Children’s Chorus, The Shaw Festival Theatre, and Niagara Symphony.

From Gary – “I have been made most welcome by everyone I have met at St. Cuthbert’s and am thrilled to join such a dedicated and musical congregation. I look forward to meeting everyone. I feel uniquely blessed by the opportunities I have had to be exposed to and participate in worship music, and I am very passionate about continuing and growing with this wonderful ministry.”

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