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 28 2017, 12:35 pm
Sarah Forestieri, soprano

Sarah ForestieriSarah ForestieriSarah Forestieri is a recent graduate of the University of Toronto Faculty of Music, where she studied under Elizabeth McDonald and coach Helen Becqué. She has also studied the Poetry and Performance of German Lied at the Franz-Schubert Institute where she worked with Elly Ameling, Julius Drake, Robert Holl, and Roger Vignoles, among others. Sarah’s recent performances include Rosaura in the Canadian premiere of Los Gavilanes (Toronto Operetta Theatre), and Il Destino in La Calisto (Centre for Opera Studies in Italy).
For this performance, Sarah will be accompanied by Helen Becqué on piano.

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
Hanné Becker, organ

Hanné BeckerHanné Becker is an organist, soprano and composer with a particular passion for sacred music. Hanné commenced her organ studies with John Tuttle in Toronto and graduated from the University of Toronto in the Bachelor of Music (Organ Performance) program with Honors. Recently she completed a Master’s Degree in Organ Performance specializing in Early Music with prof. Wolfgang Zerer at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Basel, Switzerland. In September 2017, she will commence her DMA in Organ Performance in the studio of Kevin Komisaruk at the University of Toronto.

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

Ted MoroneyTed MoroneyEdward Moroney is an organist, accompanist and composer; the accompanist for the Orpheus Choir of Toronto; and Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Anglican Church. He is a tutor and accompanist for three choirs at York University (Faculty of Fine Arts). He has been associated with the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, St. Michael’s Cathedral Choir School, the Ontario Youth Choir (2007, 2016), the U of T Women’s Chorus and the Opera in Concert Chorus in concerts, broadcasts, tours and CD recordings.

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
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, 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.