We had a fantastic time on our Canada 150 - Historic Churches Tour!
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St. Thomas Cemetery Benefit Concert
Last Friday night, on our way back from our tour, we learned of the vandalism at the St. Thomas Cemetery. The kids in the choir decided they wanted to do something. We will be hosting a benefit concert at Old St. Thomas Church on Sunday, July 23 at 7 PM. Hope you can join us!
St. Thomas Youth Choir
The St. Thomas Youth Choir (STYC) is comprised of youths aged 12 to 19 from the St. Thomas, Ontario and surrounding area. The choir was formed in 1990, and under the direction of Hugh Van Pelt grew to become one of the foremost choirs in the area. The choir is now under the direction of Rob Cairns. STYC performs its own concert program regularly in the fall and spring of each year as well as appearing as guests for various other concerts.
During the summer every two years STYC has had the opportunity to tour abroad. Their first in 1991 was to Ireland, and since that time they’ve been to England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, The Neatherlands, Germany, France, Italy and Canada’s East Coast. As well, the choir has been proud to host visiting choirs to the south western Ontario area. STYC has hosted choirs from Nepean, Maine, Stratford, Germany, The Netherlands and most recently from England.
The choir pictures below are scrolling through shots from our last three tours. You can also go to our Styc picture website to see more!
St. Thomas Children's Choir
The children's choir was started as a feeder choir for the youth choir. We rehearse every week before the youth choir on Tuesday nights at 6:00pm. The rehearsal lasts until 7:15 with a short break in the middle. We have a major concert in December and in June, both on the second Sunday of the month. Occasionally we are also asked to do performances around the St. Thomas area. The children learn proper singing technique and how to read music, as well as just having a lot of fun! Parents are welcome to stay at any or all of the rehearsals. We are always looking for new members. Come out and give it a try, if you like it, tell your friends!
Rob Cairns - Choir Director
Mr. Cairns comes to the St. Thomas Youth Choir with over thirty years of choral and solo singing experience. As a youth he sang in both the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir and the Ontario Youth Choir, and at University he sang for four years with the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Music Singers. At present he is a member of the Gerald Fagan Singers in London. As a soloist he has performed with the London Fanshawe Symphonic Chorus, the Norfolk Singer, Parnasus Baroque Orchestra, and Arcady. Past awards include the Albert Whitlow Award in Choral Conducting from U.W.O., and the Don Wright Scholarship in Vocal Music from Althouse College. At present Mr. Cairns is a teacher at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts in London, Ontario where he specializes in Vocal Music and Drama. At Pearson he conducts four choirs: the Grade 7 Choir; the Grade 8 Choir; the Pearson Singers, which is an auditioned choir of grade 4 to 8 students; and Twelve, a group of twelve students selected from the grade 7 and 8 choirs. All of these choirs are gold winners in Kiwanis and have received awards of outstanding performance level both nationally and at international competitions. As well, Mr. Cairns is director of the handbell choirs at Metropolitan United Church in London, Ontario.
Graham Adams - Choir Accompanist
Graham Adams has been with STYC since 2001. He is an accomplished accompanist, church organist and teacher. He received his A. Mus. for piano from the Western Ontario Conservatory of Music. Graham studied Piano Performance at the University of Western Ontario where he received his Bachelor of Music with Honours. Past accompanying experiences have included: the Kettle Creek Choir, the U.W.O. Choir and six years at Lester B. Pearson School for the Arts. He also sang with the Gerald Fagan Singers for 12 years. Graham teaches kindergarten at Centennial Central Public School in Arva, Ontario, where he also directs the Centennial Broadway Singers. This choir is made up of students from grades 5 to 8. Graham has been music director at Westmount Presbyterian Church for six years where he directs the Westmount Sanctuary Singers.