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.
Alex bio here.
Advanced Workshop Director
Dave bio here.
Intermediate Workshop Director
Mike bio here…
Beginner Workshop Director
Fr D bio here….
Pope Benedict XVI on the Sacred Liturgy
Fr. Ashley bio here.
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.