Speakers & Faculty

Keynote Speaker

Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director – ICEL

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Choir Directors

Alexander McCune, Schola Master – Sts Joachim & Ann Parish


Alex McCune is active as a conductor, director, teacher, vocal coach and performer in the Fraser Valley and Vancouver area. A native of Edmonton, Alex began conducting and accompanying in the Sacred Music program while studying at Our Lady Seat of Wisdom Academy in Barry’s Bay, Ontario. He completed his BA in Music at Trinity Western University.

Alex keeps busy with many musical projects in BC’s Lower Mainland. He directs the Gloria Dei Chorale in New Westminster, the Bakerview Music Academy in Abbotsford, and trains many young voices at the Fraser Valley Academy of Dance in Mission in the musical theatre program. He maintains a small private studio for voice, and piano in the Abbotsford area. Alex loves to sing in many languages and is a big fan of pipe organs, Gregorian chant and early music.

Alex’s experience in the area of liturgical music is extensive. He has a lifetime of experience in congregational singing, including hymnnody and liturgical parts, chanted or metrical. Choral music is his passion, from Renaissance motets to modern arrangements. Whether a mass is celebrated in the Ordinary or Extraordinary Form, Alex is intimately familiar with the liturgical chant and leads his schola and choir in its singing every week.

While his musical career has included performing difficult music with highly-trained choirs, Alex has focused for years on training beginning singers. He teaches with humour and patience, focusing on the proper use of the voice, understanding notation, and correct style for chanted and polyphonic music. At the organ, he enjoys improvising a majestic processional or gently accompanying chant. His great hope is to bring many more musicians to a deeper encounter with the beauty of Catholic liturgy.


Fr. Lawrence Donnelly, Pastor -Sts Joachim & Ann Parish

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Fr. William Ashley, Pastor – St. James Parish, Abbotsford

Psallite Sapienter: The Teaching of Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Liturgy

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Ariana Hurt, University of Montreal -Musicology

“A Musical Treasure of Inestimable Value?”: An Overview of the Perception and Liturgical Use of Gregorian Chant in the Last Two Centuries

Originally from Surrey, BC, Ariana holds a BA in music from Trinity Western University, and is completing an MA in Musicology at the University of Montréal (slated to finish in the spring of 2019). During her time at the University of Montréal, Ariana has presented her original work at conferences in both English and French, and completed several contracts as a research assistant at the OICRM. She was awarded the Bourse de Maîtrise l’ÉMF for her research in French music.

Although her prior scholarship centers around the more esoteric musical aesthetics in 1930s Paris, Ariana is deeply interested in Early music as well as liturgical music. Equally passionate about music performance as music research, she has participated in Chant workshops with Marcel Pérès and the Ensemble Scholastica in Québec, as well as the Canadian Renaissance Music Summer School in Ontario.


Ilona Payne, Epiphany Sacred Arts Guild

The Role of Liturgical Vesture in our Relationship with God


Ilona Payne is a skilled craftswoman whose practice centres on church sewing. An expert on liturgical vesture, her talk will center on the nature of vestments and paraments, the history of their liturgical use and their analogies to sacred music.

Ilona is a mother of three. Her background in psychology and business administration. She is also retired shepherdess!


Ryan J. Bjorgaard, Executive Director –
BC Sacred Music Symposium

Now that we have come to the setting of the sun: Theology & Praxis of Vespers East & West


Ryan J. Bjorgaard holds degrees in philosophy (BA), and theology (BTh, MDiv) from the Seminary of Christ the King at Westminster Abbey, Mission BC. Ryan’s passion is working for the evangelization of the culture, through founding Catholic educational and cultural programmes. He is the founder of the Society of St. Gregory the Great,a Catholic young adults discussion group, as well as one of the founding members and first executive director of the BC Sacred Music Symposium.

Ryan has taught classes and lectured publicly on subjects such as Liturgy, Church History, and Sacred Music. In his day job, Ryan works as a consultant, running business technology transformation projects for a Burnaby based consultancy. He is currently completing his doctoral work in theology at Pontifex University. He lives with his wife and three children in Aldergrove BC.

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