Keynote Speaker

Dr. Aaron James
Director of Music, The Toronto Oratory of St. Philip Neri

The Church Musician as Exegete

Organ Accompaniment in the Liturgy

Organist and musicologist Aaron James is the Director of Music at the Toronto Oratory of St Philip Neri, where he directs the Oratory Children’s Choir, Gregorian chant schola, and the professional Toronto Oratory Choir. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music, he graduated in 2016 with both a PhD degree in musicology and a DMA degree in organ, along with the Performer’s Certificate in organ.

Aaron’s research has been presented at conferences in Canada, the United States, Belgium and the United Kingdom; his published work appears in Antiphon, Early Music, Journal of the Alamire Foundation, and Sacred Music, in addition to articles in Grove Music Online and Oxford Bibliographies Online. He currently serves as a sessional lecturer in organ at the University of Toronto, having previously taught at Eastman and at the University of Rochester.

Dr. James will present two sessions at this years symposium – a keynote address entitled “The Church Musician as Exegete” as well as a breakout session for organists.

Breakout Session Presenters

Fr. William Ashley
St James Parish, Abbotsford

The Teaching of Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Liturgy

Ryan J. Bjorgaard
Executive Director, BC Sacred Music Symposium

Orientale Lumen: An Introduction to the Christian East for Western Christians

Alex McCune

David Poon

How to Start a Choir or Music Program in your Parish

Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild

Session Title TBA

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