Ministry of Music

“Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord.”
- Ephesians 5:19

Music speaks to parts of the soul that words cannot reach. On festive Sunday mornings, meditative Good Fridays and joyous Christmas events, music at St. Andrew and St. Paul speaks the Word of God in song, complementing preaching and scripture reading. Every Sunday, our award-winning choir leads the congregation in the singing of hymns, and presents choral introits and anthems a cappella or with organ accompaniment.

The Choir also presents special concerts and services throughout the season, often accompanied by an instrumental ensemble. The Church’s monumental pipe organ can be heard in preludes, postludes, hymns and choral accompaniments during church services. Outstanding local and international musicians also perform recitals here throughout the year.

Some of the highlights of the Church’s musical season include the annual CBC Christmas Sing-In, a national radio broadcast recorded at The Church early each December; an annual benefit concert for the Maison du Parc, held each November in collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Players’ Association; the major choral service on Good Friday (in the recent past this has included Bach’s St. Matthew and St. John Passions, Handel’s Messiah, and Mozart, Fauré and Duruflé’s Requiems); and the Organ Intermezzi solo organ recital series.

The choir and organ are also featured on the CD “A New Heaven”, issued in 2016 and available through the church office. A Christmas CD, “LUX”, will be released under the label ATMA Classique in the autumn of 2017.

Upcoming Events

21oct7:00 pm9:00 pmHommage to Luther: October 21, 20177:00 pm - 9:00 pm

31oct7:30 pm9:00 pmReformation - Reconciliation 2017: Solemn Vespers7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST Event Organized By: Music Department Presiding Minister: Rev. Dr. Glenn Chestnutt; and guest clergy

21nov7:30 pm9:00 pmArvo Part Concert7:30 pm - 9:00 pm EST Event Organized By: Music Department

24nov7:30 pm11:00 pmMaison du Parc Benefit Concert7:30 pm - 11:00 pm

Music in Worship: Welcome Back Sunday to Reign of Christ, Fall 2017
The Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul

Welcome Back Sunday, and Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 10, 2017
Prelude: Sonata V in C major, BWV 529 (Bach)
Introit: Jubilate Deo in C major (Britten)
Anthem: Te Deum in G (Vaughan Williams)
Postlude: Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV 541 (Bach)

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 17, 2017
Prelude: Pastorale, from Sonata no. 1; Cantilène Pastorale, op. 15 no. 3 (Guilmant)
Introit: I will sing unto to the Lord, from Israel in Egypt (Handel)
Anthem: Lord, Thou hast been our refuge (Vaughan Williams)
Postlude: Marche sur un thème de Haendel, op. 15 no. 2 (Guilmant)

Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 24, 2017
Prelude: Two Sketches (Sowerby)
Introit: Exultate Deo (Scarlatti)
Anthem: Lord, when the sense of thy sweet grace (Berkeley)
Postlude: Comes Autumn Time (Sowerby)

World Communion Sunday, and Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 1, 2017
Prelude: Allein Gott in der Höh sei Ehr, BWV 662 & 664 (Bach)
Setting: Communion Service in A minor (Darke)
Anthem: O clap your hands (Vaughan Williams)
Motets: Jesus, the very thought of thee is sweet (Wood); Sing, my soul, his wondrous love (Rorem)
Postlude: Fugue in E minor, BWV 548/2 – Hommage à Marcel Dupré (Bach)

Thanksgiving Sunday, and Eighteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 8, 2017
Prelude: Allegro & Largo, from Trio Sonata V in C major, BWV 529 (Bach)
Introit: Let their celestial concerts all unite (Handel)
Anthem: Die Himmel erzahlen die Ehre Gottes (Schütz)
Postlude: Praeludium in E (Lübeck)

Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost
October 15, 2017
Prelude: Menuet & Romance, from Symphonie IV, op. 32 (Vierne)
Introit: My soul’s been anchored in the Lord (Spiritual, arr. Hogan)
Anthem: Aquam Refectionis (Burge)
Postlude: Allegro maestoso, from Symphonie III, op. 28 (Vierne)

Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost
October 22, 2017
Prelude: Pastorale, op. 19 (Franck)
Introit: Chantez à Dieu (Sweelinck)
Anthem: Os justi (Bruckner)
Postlude: Introduction et Allegro, from Sonata no. 1 (Guilmant)

Twenty-First Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints & Reformation, observed)
October 29, 2017
Prelude: Vater unser im Himmlreich (Sweelinck); Vater unser im Himmlreich, BWV 682 (Bach)
Introit: Selig sind die Toten (Schütz)
Anthem: Ein feste Burg, BWV 80/1 (Bach)
Postlude: Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, op. 65 no. 47 (Karg-Elert)

Remembrance Sunday, and Twenty-Second Sunday after Pentecost
November 5, 2017
Prelude: Elegiac Romance (Ireland)
Introit: They are at Rest (Elgar)
Anthem: Domine Jesu, from Requiem (Duruflé)
Postlude: Paean (Harwood)

Twenty-Third Sunday after Pentecost
November 12, 2017
Prelude: Excerpts from Schübler Chorales (Bach)
Introit: Blessed are the men who fear him, from Elijah (Mendelssohn)
Anthem: Sing joyfully (Mundy)
Postlude: Overture to St. Paul (Mendelssohn/Best)

Twenty-Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
November 19, 2017
Prelude: Grand Organ Piece (Adams)
Introit: Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace (Wesley)
Anthem: Beatus vir (Carissimi)
Postlude: Choral Song and Fugue (Wesley)

Reign of Christ, Twenty-Fifth Sunday after Pentecost, and Sacrament of Holy Communion
November 26, 2017
Prelude: Psalm Preludes, Set 2 nos. 1 & 2 (Howells)
Setting: Communion Service Collegium Regale (Howells)
Anthem: Let all mortal flesh keep silence (Bairstow)
Motets: Worthy art thou, O Lord (Willan); O Jesus, King most wonderful (Tye)
Postlude: Psalm Prelude, Set 2 no. 3 (Howells)

The Choir

The renowned Choir of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul is a 45-voice ensemble that includes professional singers and auditioned members from the church and Montreal communities. In addition to providing music for the church’s regular worship services, it presents concerts and choral services throughout the year, including the annual CBC Christmas Sing-In, a benefit concert for Maison du Parc in collaboration with the Montreal Symphony Players’ Association, and the presentation of a major choral work on Good Friday.

Photo by Tam Lan Truong

  • Auditions

    Auditions for the Choir of the Church of St. Andrew & St. Paul are held in May for the professional choristers and in August for the volunteer singers. For more information regarding the requirements and specific dates, please email the choir manager.

  • Choir Schedule

    Please click here to download the 2017-18 Schedule of Choir Rehearsals and Services.


The Organ

The organ of the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul was built in 1931 by the renowned Casavant Frères of Ste. Hyacinthe, as that firm’s opus #1457. It is one of the largest instruments on the island of Montreal, containing nearly 7,000 pipes. About 70% of the pipes are located in the chancel; the other pipes speak from the rear gallery. Only the Trompette en chamade (installed in 1992) is visible, mounted prominently below the Black Watch window.

The instrument was cleaned and overhauled by Casavant in 1976-77, and several stops and a new console were added by Caron, Gagnon, Baumgarten in 1992. The tonal work of these rebuilds lent the instrument a neo-baroque flavour, but was unfortunately of uneven technical and musical quality. The console was rebuilt by Casavant in 2001. A gradual tonal renovation of the organ has been ongoing since 2010, whose goal is to replace the 1970s and 1990s-era neo-classical stops with pipework of the early 20th century, of superior material and tonal quality. Like all of the Casavant instruments built between ca. 1890 and 1960, op. 1457 was conceived in the late-Romantic Anglo-American style, and remains a monumental essay in the genre.

The tonal design of the instrument was conceived for the playing of orchestral transcriptions and orchestrally-inspired solo repertoire and accompaniments; the Wagnerian orchestra, with its kaleidoscopic yet seamless colour changes, was the aesthetic ideal for many organists of the period.

Console of the 7,000-pipe Casavant organ, built in 1931.
Fast Facts
  • Built in 1932 by Casavant Fréres Ltée, Opus 1457
  • Rebuilt in 1977 (Casavant) and 1992 (Caron-Gagnon-Baumgarten Inc.)
  • New Main Console, and addition of a 3-manual Tower Console in 2001 (Casavant)
  • Ongoing restoration with vintage pipework, 2009-present
  • Main Organ: 4 manuals, 87 stops, 80 ranks
  • Tower Organ 2 manual, 26 stops, 30 ranks
  • Total: 113 stops, 110 ranks
Main Great (C-c””) (18 stops, 17 ranks)
Double Open Diapason 16’
Open Diapason 8’ (1992)
Violin Diapason 8’
Spitz Principal 8’
Rohrflute 8’
Octave 4’
Spitz Principal 4’
Harmonic Flute 4′ (1921 Casavant)
Twelfth 2 2/3’
Fifteenth 2’
Seventeenth 1 3/5’ (ca. 1920 Kilgen)
Fourniture IV 1 1/3’ (1992)
Trumpet 8’
Clarion 4’
Chimes (Ch)
Celesta (Ch)
Zimbelstern (1992)
Trompette-en-Chamade 8 (Solo) (1992)

Main Choir (C-c””) (17 stops, 19 ranks)
Contra Gamba 16’
Violin Diapason 8’ (1921 Casavant)
Melodia 8’
Cor de Nuit 8’
Dulciana 8’
Unda Maris 8’
Violina 4’ (ca. 1890 Warren)
Flûte d’Amour 4’
Nazard 2 2/3’
Flageolet 2’
Tierce 1 3/5’
Plein Jeu IV 1’ (1992)
Clarinet 8’
Cor Anglais 8’ (ca. 1920 Gottfried)
Trompette-en-Chamade 8’ (Solo) (1992)

Main Swell (C-c””) (21 stops, 23 ranks)
Bourdon 16’
Open Diapason 8’ (1992)
Hohlflute 8’
Gedeckt 8’
Quintadena 8’ (TC) (ca. 1940 Casavant)
Viola da Gamba 8’
Voix Celeste 8’
Aeoline 8’
Octave 4’ (1992)
Flauto Traverso 4’
Gambette 4’
Piccolo 2’
Sesquialtera II 2 2/3’ (1992)
Mixture IV 2’ (1992)
Double Trumpet 16’
Trumpet 8’
Oboe 8’
Vox Humana 8’
Clarion 4’
Chimes (Ch)
Celesta (Ch)

Main Solo (C-c””) (11 stops, 11 ranks)
Stentorphone 8’
Flauto Mirabilis 8’
Viole d’Orchestre 8’
Viole Celeste 8’
Fugara 4’
Tuba Magna 16’
Tuba Mirabilis 8’
French Horn 8’
Orchestral Oboe 8’
Tuba Clarion 4’
Trompette-en-chamade 8’ (1992)

Main Pedal (C-g”’) (21 stops, 10 ranks)
Double Open Diapason 32’ (wood; 1-12 resultant, with dedicated Quint 10 2/3’)
Contra Bourdon 32’ (Sw, resultant)
Open Diapason 16’ (ext)
Principal 16’ (1992)
Bourdon 16’
Open Metal 16’ (Gt)
Gedeckt 16’ (Sw)
Gamba 16’ (Ch)
Principal 8’ (ext) (1992/2002)
Flute 8’ (ext Open Diapason 16)
Stopped Flute 8’ (ext)
Choral Bass 4’ (1932/1992)
Flute 4’ (ext)
Mixture IV 2 2/3’ (1992)
Contra Trombone 32’
Trombone 16’ (ext)
Basson 16’ (1980s Laukhuff)
Trumpet 8’ (ext)
Clarion 4’ (ext)
Trompette-en-chamade 8’ (1992)
Clairon-en-chamade 4’ (1992)

Tower Great (C-c””) (8 stops, 10 ranks)
Open Diapason 8’
Doppelflute 8’ (wood)
Salicional 8’
Principal 4’
Waldflute 4’ (wood)
Fifteenth 2’
Plein Jeu III 1 1/3’ (1992)
Trumpet 8’

Tower Swell (C-c””) (12 stops, 16 ranks)
Violin Diapason 8’
Stopped Flute 8’
Viola da Gamba 8’
Voix Celeste 8’
Violina 4’
Harmonic Flute 4’
Piccolo 2’
Sesquialtera II 2 2/3’
Mixture IV 1 1/3’ (1992)
Oboe 8’
French Horn 8’ (ca. 1915 Gottfried)
Vox Humana 8 (1921 Casavant)

Tower Pedal (C-g”’) (6 stops, 4 ranks)
Contra Bourdon 32’ (Main)
Open Diapason 16’ (wood)
Bourdon 16’
Stopped Flute 8’ (ext)
Cello 8’
Trombone 16’

Choir, Main Swell, Tower Swell and Solo expression pedals
Main Full Organ
Tower Full Organ
Pedal Divide
Wind Indicators
128 memory levels
SSL List System (registration sequencer)
Crescendo Pedal (A, B & C settings)
8 general pistons (thumb & toe)
6 divisional pistons each to Solo and Pedal
8 divisional pistons each to Swell, Great and Choir;

Music Staff

Director of Music

Dr. Jonathan Oldengarm

Jonathan holds degrees in organ and harpsichord performance from Wilfrid Laurier (BMus, 1998) and McGill Universities (MMus, 2000; DMus, 2005), and also studied at the Hochschule für Musik in Stuttgart, Germany from 2003-2005. His principal teachers include Douglas Haas, Barrie Cabena, Colin Tilney, Hank Knox, John Grew and Ludger Lohmann. In 1996 he earned the Fellowship diploma of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), winning the Porter and Peaker prizes. He is a laureate of the RCCO National Competition, as well as the International Organ Competitions of Calgary, Dublin and Montreal. He has held major scholarships from the Sir Ernest MacMillan Memorial Foundation, the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada and the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD). Recent performance highlights include the Crystal Cathedral's Hour of Power broadcast; St. Thomas Church, New York; the Houston Bach Society's Organ Vespers; the Winnipeg Symphony; Himmerod Abbey, Germany; the Christuskirche, Mannheim, Germany; the Grote Kerk, Vlissingen, the Netherlands; St. James Cathedral, Toronto; and the 2008, 2009 and 2014 RCCO National Conventions.


Dr. Jean-Sébastien Vallée

Maestro Jean-Sébastien Vallée is a rapidly rising conductor on today’s concert music stage and an internationally recognized scholar, and pedagogue. Dr. Vallée is Director of Choral Studies and Chair of the Conducting Area at the Schulich School of Music of McGill University in Montréal. Prior to his appointment at McGill University, he served as Director of Choral Studies at California State University in Los Angeles, and was on the choral faculty of the University of Redlands. Ensembles under his direction have sung for the American Choral Directors Association and California Music Educators Conferences, and were awarded first and second places at the San Luis Obispo International Choral Competition in 2011. In 2015, Maestro Vallée was the runner-up for the American Prize in Choral Conducting. Jean-Sébastien Vallée holds degrees from Laval University, Sherbrooke University, the University of California, Santa Cruz, and a doctorate in conducting from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Assistant Conductor

Floydd Ricketts

Organ Scholar

Matthew Johnson

Head Chorister

Stephanie Manias

Choir Manager

William Duffy

Director of Music Emeritus

Wayne K. Riddell CM

Wayne Riddell has been described by music critics as "a choral trainer of genius". The founder and former director of the Tudor Singers of Montreal, Mr. Riddell has established a reputation as one of Canada's distinguished musicians who instills in those who sing under his direction a consistent sense of ensemble and musicality which have been hailed by the most demanding of audiences and charmed the most difficult critics. His drive, personal discipline and sense of humour are reflected in the respect and devotion of all who have worked with him, whether artist or support staff. Mr. Riddell and the Tudor Singers have toured from coast to coast in Canada many times, as well as concertizing extensively in Europe and the United States. The choir has been frequently broadcast on the C.B.C. and has several recordings to its credit. Mr. Riddell is a graduate of McGill University where he also served for a number of years as Director of Choral Music Activities. He also studied in West Germany as a guest of that country's government. In 1980 the choir was awarded the first Healey Willan Prize by the Canada Council. He was chorus master of the Montreal Symphony and has been invited as guest conductor of that and other orchestras. Mr. Riddell is in constant demand as an adjudicator, workshop leader and guest conductor with many of Canada's leading choirs and orchestras. In addition, Mr. Riddell maintains an active performing and conducting career abroad. In July 1988, Wayne Riddell was named a member of the "Order of Canada" in recognition of this outstanding contribution to choral music. In May 1992 he was honoured with the "Distinguished Service Award" from the Association of Canadian Choral Conductors.