Former Organists and Choirmasters

 

Elizabeth Anderson

Interim Organist and Choirmaster, 
 July 2016 to July 2017

Elizabeth Anderson is passionate about the music and liturgy of St. Thomas's Anglican Church, where she happily assisted John Tuttle as organist and conductor for 25 years. In July 2016 Elizabeth was appointed Interim Organist and Choirmaster of St Thomas's.

Elizabeth studied organ and conducting at the University of Western Ontario, and later studied organ with John Tuttle at the University of Toronto, graduating with a Bachelor of Music degree in Performance. Elizabeth has sung professionally with Soundstreams' Choir 21, the Elora Festival Singers and the award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers, and has collaborated as conductor with Cantores Fabularum, a project choir that raised funds for charity through concerts and recordings. For the past three seasons, Elizabeth has joined the Toronto Chamber Choir as guest conductor.

 


John Tuttle

Organist and Choirmaster, 
1989 to 2016

John Tuttle was Organist and Choirmaster of St. Thomas's from 1989 to 3 July 2016. John graduated from the Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where he studied organ with Alexander McCurdy. Following graduation, he served in the United States Army as organist and choirmaster of the Post Chapel at the United States Military Academy, West Point, N.Y., and then returned to Philadelphia in 1971 to serve as Dr. McCurdy's successor at the First Presbyterian Church.

In 1975, he left the United States for Toronto to become organist and choirmaster of St. Paul's Anglican Church, where he remained until accepting the post at St. Thomas's Anglican Church in 1989.

In 1979, John was appointed organist to the University of Toronto and adjunct associate professor of organ at the University's Faculty of Music. From 1981 to 2005, he conducted the Hart House Chorus at U of T, and from 1981 to 2011 he was the founding conductor of the Exultate Chamber Singers, a 20-voice ensemble that gained a national reputation for superb choral singing. From 1985 to 2000, he was music director of the Canadian Children's Opera Chorus, which commissioned numerous operas for children, and toured throughout Canada and the U.S.A. In 2006, John was appointed organist and director of music at Trinity College, University of Toronto.

John holds the Fellowship Diploma of the American Guild of Organists, and holds honorary Fellowship diplomas from the Royal College of Organists (U.K.) and the Royal Canadian College of Organists, of which he was national president from 1986 to 1988.

John has presented concerts and taught master classes in organ playing and choral conducting throughout Canada and the U.S.

 


 

Previous Organists and Choirmasters

Researched by David Harrison for the parish history, Household of God (David A. Kent, general editor; Hugh Anson-Cartwright & Patricia Kennedy, editors, 1993)

 

1977-1989

Gerald K. Webster  

 

 1954-1977 

Walter L. MacNutt  

 

 1926-1953

Alfred E. Clarke

 

1900-1925

George Derby    J. Persse Smith    George Wilson

Robert S. Pigott    Richard Tattersall    George Phelps

Gerald Moore     Carl Hunter     Francis H. Coombs

 

1890s

Fr Lenox I. Smith   Charles J. H. Mockridge   James H. Plummer

 Lewis J. Richardson    Fr Frederick G. Plummer    Thomas A. Reed

 

1880s

Elizabeth L. McCollum   George Furnival    G. T. Timms