Speakers & Faculty

Keynote Speaker

Msgr. Andrew Wadsworth, Executive Director – ICEL


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Choir Directors

Alexander McCune, Schola Master – Sts Joachim & Ann Parish


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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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