Music Director: Garth MacPhee
Garth is a native Nova Scotian and a graduate of Church Music at McGill University (M. Mus, 2006), where he studied organ with John Grew and Dr William Porter. He brings over 25 years of experience as a professional church musician. Among his several appointments, he served as Music Director here at St. George’s from 1997-2000; at St. John the Divine in Victoria, British Columbia; and from 2004-2011 at St. John the Evangelist in Montreal, as well as Temple Emanu-El Beth Shalom from 2007-2011. While in Montreal, he studied choral conducting with Michael Zaugg and voice with the late Jan Simons.
In addition to his liturgical work at St George’s, including the training of the adult and children’s choirs, Garth is the music coordinator for St George’s YouthNet, which offers after school programmes to innercity youth.
Garth is the musician in residence for the Anglican Formation Programme at the Atlantic School of Theology, playing for the weekly Eucharist and giving private voice lessons to Anglican postulants.
He is an experienced pianist and harpsichord player, and is in demand as a accompanist and choral tenor.
Here are some selections of Garth playing from the 10th Anniversary Gala Organ Concert in April 2013.
Prelude and Fugue (the Wedge) in e minor