Speakers & Faculty

Keynote Speaker

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

The Church Musician as Exegete

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.

Workshop Faculty

Alex McCune
Director, Music & Programming

Program Director

Alex bio here.


David Poon
Description

Advanced Workshop Director

Dave bio here.


Michael Perry
St. Anthony of Padua School, Vancouver

Intermediate Workshop Director

Mike bio here…


Fr. Lawrence Donnelly
Sts. Joachim & Ann Parish, Aldergrove

Beginner Workshop Director

Fr D bio here….


Sessional Presenters

Fr. William Ashley
St James Parish, Abbotsford

Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Liturgy

Fr. Ashley bio here.


Ryan J. Bjorgaard
Executive Director, BC Sacred Music Symposium

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

Ryan J. Bjorgaard holds degrees in philosophy (BA) and theology (BTh and MDiv) from the Seminary of Christ the King at Westminster Abbey in Mission. He is one of the founding members and the first executive director of the BC Sacred Music Symposium. Ryan has taught classes and lectured publicly on the history and theology of the liturgy, sacred music, church history and the church fathers. He is currently completing his doctoral work through Pontifex University where his research focuses on liturgical development in the thought of St. John Henry Newman. Ryan lives with his wife and four children in Aldergrove.

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