Organist and Choirmaster

John Tuttle is retiring effective July 4, 2016. His final day is July 3, 2016, the Feast of St. Thomas. The parish looks forward to honouring him at a parish luncheon after the service that day.


Former organist and choirmaster John Tuttle retired on 3 July 2016, the Feast of St. Thomas, after serving for 27 years.

John Tuttle 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.

In addition to his many duties in Toronto, John plays concerts and teach master classes in organ playing and choral conducting throughout Canada and the U.S.




Associate organist Elizabeth Anderson is passionate about the music and liturgy of St. Thomas's and has served as organ scholar since 1992. She is a long-time member of the award-winning Exultate Chamber Singers, and she enjoys teaching singing. Elizabeth was an organ major at the University of Western Ontario, in London, studying with John McIntosh for three years. She continued her organ studies with John Tuttle at the University of Toronto, graduating in 1989 with a Bachelor of Music in Performance.