Noon Hour Concerts at St. Stephen's

Summer 2017 series

Ton Beau String Quartet at St Stephens, 24 July 2013Ton Beau String Quartet at St Stephens, 24 July 2013Wednesdays at 12:35 pm from 7 June

We are opening our doors and bringing music to the community and are pleased to have a wonderful series of noon hour concerts at St. Stephen’s which feature musicians from around the city. The historic Ryder organ will be the focus of this series along with singers and instrumentalists so please come along and enjoy. These free concerts are presented by Music at St. Stephen’s. If you are interested in supporting or participating please contact John Gardham at

Supported by:
Paul Hahn and Co. U of T Faculty of Music The Whole Note

Wed, June 7 2017, 12:35 pm
Clement Carelse, organ

Clement CarelseClement CarelseClement Carelse was born in Cape Town, South Africa. His organ studies commenced at age 11, after studying The piano at Trinity College, London. Early organ teachers included Dr. Claude Brown, Dr. Charles Peaker, Douglas Webb, John Sidgwick and Dr. Melville Cook. Clement has played recitals at the Cathedrals in Ripon, Exeter, Salisbury, Wells and Christ Church in Dublin, as well as the University of Toronto, McMaster University, and the noon-hour series of recitals in Toronto at St. Paul’s, St. James Cathedral and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church. He holds a degree in Music and Religious Studies from McMaster, as well as an ARCT in organ performance, and an Associateship and CHM from the RCCO.

Wed, June 14 2017, 12:35 pm
Christopher Dawes, organ

Christopher DawesChristopher DawesChristopher Dawes is a freelance musician, minister and metatheorist based in the Toronto area and living in Georgetown, Ontario. A prominent choral musician and performer at both the piano and organ he appears frequently in Toronto’s finest venues and with Toronto’s finest ensembles across genre lines. Chris is in his twelfth year as Director of Canada’s Summer Institute of Church Music, is currently Interim Director of Music to Rosedale Presbyterian Church, Conductor of the Marion Singers of Greater Toronto, a staff accompanist to the University of Toronto Faculty of Music’s conducting programs and the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and Worship Co-ordinator to the Georgetown Christian Reformed Church

Wed, June 21 2017, 12:35 pm
Vladimir Soloviev, piano

Vladimir SolovievVladimir SolovievVladimir Soloviev is a Toronto-based pianist, accompanist and educator. Having completed his studies at Western University and the Eastman School of Music, Vlad is now active as a soloist and chamber musician in Canada and the US. Described as a pianist with a “masterful command of Chopin and Liszt,” Vlad has made a study of 19th century music, as well contemporary Canadian repertoire.

Wed, June 28 2017, 12:35 pm
Sarah Forestieri, soprano

Sarah ForestieriSarah ForestieriSarah Forestieri is a recipient of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music Robert William Bygrave Bursary, where she is currently completing her third year of the Voice Performance program. She studies with her teacher, Elizabeth McDonald, and her coach, Helen Becqué. Her recent performances include Il Destino in La Calisto in Italy, as well as in Alabama as a company member of the Druid City Opera Workshop.

Wed, July 5 2017, 12:35 pm
Matthew Whitfield, organ

Matthew WhitfieldMatthew Whitfield Matthew Whitfield received his musical training from York University, where he earned his BFA studying with Stephanie Martin, and the University of Toronto, where he received his MMus and worked with John Tuttle. He is currently organist and Director of Music at St. John the Baptist (Norway) Anglican Church in Toronto.

Wed, July 12 2017, 12:35 pm
Judith Soo, soprano

Judith SooJudith SooJudith Soo holds a specialized honours BFA in voice from York University, where she studied under coloratura soprano Norma Burrowes. She has performed as a soloist and choral singer with groups such as York University Chamber Choir & Women’s Chorus, Cantabile Chamber Singers and Pax Christi Chorale, and made her operatic debut with Summer Opera Lyric Theatre as Second Spirit in The Magic Flute and as Clara in Vanessa.

Wed, July 19 2017, 12:35 pm
Edward Moroney, organ

Ted MoroneyTed MoroneyEdward Moroney continues his eclectic career as an organist-choirmaster, accompanist and music educator in Toronto. A graduate of the University of Toronto in Composition and vocal music education, he studied with John Beckwith, Derek Holman, Oskar Morawetz and Lloyd Bradshaw. When a chorister at St. Michael’s Cathedral, Moroney studied organ with Victor Togni, and at the university with Charles Peaker and Douglas Bodle. Mr. Moroney is a former organ-scholar of St. Chad’s College, Durham Univeristy (UK), and is a fellow of several learned societies and British music colleges.

Wed, July 26 2017, 12:35 pm
The SMSS Ensemble

Trinity College chapelMusician/Conductor Peter Drobac conducts the Sacred Music for a Sacred Space Ensemble in a mix of chorale gems through the centuries.

Wed, August 2 2017, 12:35 pm
Duo Sonora, flute and guitar

Duo Sonora (Ping Deters and Norbert Deters)Duo Sonora (Ping Deters & Norbert Deters)Duo Sonora, a flute and guitar duo based in Toronto, Canada and Kiel, Germany, has been performing classical and popular music for flute and guitar since 2007. Their name was inspired by a sojourn in the Sonoran Desert in Arizona, where they began work on their first CD, Sonoran Lights. Norbert Deters (guitar) is a graduate of the Cologne University of Music, specializing in Classical Guitar Performance and Early Childhood Music Education. Norbert is currently performing in several chamber ensembles, and runs a private music school in Kiel, where he teaches guitar, piano and early childhood music education. Ping Deters (flute) learned to play several musical instruments in her childhood, but was most enamoured by the flute and its beautiful tone. From 2010 to 2014, Ping studied with Peg Albrecht, former professor in the Faculty of Music at the University of Toronto, and is presently studying with Kaili Maimets.

Wed, August 9 2017, 12:35 pm
John Gardham, organ

John GardhamJohn GardhamBorn in Toronto, John Gardham began his musical career as a boy soprano and became interested in the organ at a young age. He studied voice and theories at the Royal Conservatory of Music. Organ teachers include Dr. Melville Cook and Gerald Webster. John has sung with Tafelmusik and the Exultate Chamber Singers under the direction of John Tuttle. He was director of music at St. Stephen’s from 1980 to 1996 and recently returned to the position. As a trained pipe organ technician John spends many hours keeping the 1888 Ryder organ at St. Stephen’s in playing condition.

Wed, August 16 2017, 12:35 pm
Louis Lawlor, guitar

Louis LawlorLouis Lawlor Louis Lawlor studied at the Royal Conservatory of Music and graduated from York University in Toronto. He later furthered his guitar studies in the U.K., Spain and Greece and has performed on television and radio and has extensive teaching experience. His CD recordings will be available at the concert.

Wed, August 23 2017, 12:35 pm
Simon Walker, organ

Simon WalkerSimon WalkerSimon Walker is from the United Kingdom and started his musical training as a chorister at Durham Cathedral. From September 2005 he studied music at the University of Edinburgh, graduating in 2009. During this time he spent three years as Organ Scholar of St. Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral and also as Accompanist to Edinburgh University Music Society Chorus. From September 2009 he spent a year as Organ Scholar of Chester Cathedral. Simon moved to Toronto in 2010 and has previously served as Assistant Organist at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene before taking up the position of Director of music at St. Jude’s Church Oakville. Simon holds the Associate diploma of the Royal College of Organists and can frequently be heard in recital in Toronto at venues including St. James Cathedral and Yorkminster Park Baptist Church.

Wed, August 30 2017, 12:35 pm
Daniella Theresia, mezzo-soprano

Daniella TheresiaDaniella TheresiaOriginally from northern Wisconsin, Daniella Theresia completed her formal training at Lawrence University (Appleton, WI) in 2009. In 2013, she emigrated to Israel to study with Professor Tamar Rachum-Roth. She has participated in opera programs in the United States and Europe and has appeared as a soloist and in solo recitals in the U.S., Germany, Italy, and Israel.