The Choirs

Music is an essential part of the celebrations at St. Thomas's Church, which is one of a very few parishes (or cathedrals) that make use of the hundreds of settings of the mass and the canticles as a regular and integral part of the liturgy. St. Thomas's choristers sing a broad repertoire at three liturgies each Sunday, and at special celebrations for feast days and other events throughout the year.

 

There are, in fact, three choirs at St. Thomas's: a small ensemble sings at the 9.30 a.m. Sung Eucharist; a larger choir sings the 11 a.m. Solemn Eucharist, weekday masses on feast days, and the liturgies of Holy Week; and a third group sings Solemn Evensong and Devotions each Sunday evening at 7 p.m. Rehearsals take place Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 6:45 for the 9:30 a.m. liturgy, and from 7:00 to 8:45 for the 11 a.m. liturgy and special services. Evensong rehearsal is Sunday at 5:30 p.m. until about 15 minutes before the service begins.

 

The 11 a.m. Solemn Eucharist has competed in the Church Choir category of the CBC National Radio Competition for Amateur Choirs, winning first prize in 2004 and second prize in 2008. St. Thomas's choristers travelled to the U.K. on three tours under John Tuttle's direction, serving as choir-in-residence at York Minster and Gloucester Cathedral in 2005; at Salisbury Cathedral and St. Paul's Cathedral in 2010; and at Canterbury Cathedral, St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, and Westminster Abbey in 2013.

 

St. Thomas's offers a large and diverse music repertoire to enhance the worship. Participating as a chorister is immensely rewarding. For further information or to arrange an audition, contact Matthew Larkin, Organist and Director of Music, by calling the church office at (416) 979-2323.