Musical Staff & Choir

Federico Andreoni

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Federico Andreoni is Director of Music and Organist at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal and representative of the parish to the Quartier des Spectacles. He is also a doctoral student in musicology/music theory at the University of Toronto, where he is studying under the supervision of Don McLean. He teaches courses at an undergraduate level at the University of Toronto.

Originally from Milan, Federico began his concert career as an organist at the age of seventeen. Since then he has performed in concert seasons and festivals throughout Europe, the United States, and Canada, and has recorded for Canadian, French, Italian, and Swiss radio broadcasts.

At the age of twenty-five, he performed the complete organ works of J. S. Bach; he will perform this programme again in 2013, 2014, and 2015, on the magnificent Wolff organ op. 27 at the Church of St. John the Evangelist in Montreal. In 2004 and 2011 he also performed the complete organ works of D. Buxtehude, and in 2005 those of J. Alain.

Federico earned diplomas in organ and piano from the International Music Academy in Milan, and the Premier Prix de Virtuosité and the Prix Spécial Otto Barblan in the organ class of Lionel Rogg at the Conservatoire National Supérieur de Musique in Geneva.

More recently, he completed two Masters degrees at the Schulich School of Music at McGill University in Montreal: an M.Mus. in Organ Performance, in the class of William Porter, and an M.A. in Music Theory, under the supervision of Christoph Neidhoefer and Jonathan Wild. While at McGill, he was awarded prizes for, among others, Outstanding Achievement and High Distinction, as well as the Salsinger Tani Gold Medal in Organ Performance, the Olympia Garibaldi-Galavaris Prize for excellence in research on early music, and three Schulich Scholarships.

The University of Toronto awarded him a University of Toronto Fellowship and the Jeanne Anson-Cartwright Memorial Graduate Fellowship in Music History/Music Theory. He is the recipient of two prestigious research grants: the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Master’s, and the Joseph-Armand Bombardier CGS – Doctoral, which are awarded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of the Government of Canada.

As a researcher, he has presented at conferences and colloquia at the Eastman School of Music (University of Rochester, USA), California State University at Long Beach, and the Faculty of Music of the University of Toronto. Moreover, he is preparing a publication on the relationship between improvisation and large-scale formal designs in North German Baroque keyboard repertoire.

Federico is also active as a composer: his compositions have been performed in concert series, festivals, and conventions in France, Germany, Switzerland, and the United States.

www.federicoandreoni.com


Helen Tucker

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Helen Tucker is currently studying organ with Hans-Ola Ericsson at McGill University, where she holds a Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship from SSHRC. Originally from Sackville, New Brunswick, she completed a Bachelor’s degree at Mount Allison University in 2013, where she studied organ with Dr. Gayle H. Martin, as well as composition and musicology. Before beginning organ study at age 18, Helen had extensive training on both piano and violin, and was a member of both the New Brunswick Youth Orchestra and the New Brunswick Youth Choir.

As an undergraduate, Helen held several research grants in musicology from Mount Allison, and her recent work on Benjamin Britten’s CurlewRiver was published in the Nota Bene Canadian Undergraduate Journal of Musicology. She has participated in organ masterclasses at the McGill Summer Organ Academy and the Haarlem International Organ Academy, working with Olivier Latry, Ton Koopman, Harald Vogel, Jean-Claude Zehnder, and James David Christie. In June 2013, she also participated in the Britten 100 celebrations at the Aldeburgh Festival in Suffolk, England.

A keen choral singer, Helen is currently a member of the Montreal-based vocal ensemble One Equall Musick. In addition to serving as organ scholar at the Church of St. John the Evangelist, she is chapel organist at the Presbyterian College in Montreal.

 

The Choir

choir2aSince its founding in 1861, the parish of St. John the Evangelist has been faithful to the Catholic Tradition of the Anglican Church, as expressed in the Prayer Book and the English Use arising from the Medieval Sarum Liturgy. Music is an important part of this tradition.

St. John’s prides itself with on a long-standing tradition of great choral music. Its choir, which was originally composed of men and boys, is currently an adult mixed ensemble of professional musicians and talented undergraduate and graduate students in music and other disciplines.

The choir is responsible for the music at over 85 Services throughout the year, including monthly Evensongs and festal weekday Masses. It specializes in 16th and 17th Century sacred polyphony, 19th and 20th Century Anglican repertoire, and plainsong.

Auditions for the choir can be arranged through the year by contacting the Music Director, Federico Andreoni, at music@redroof.ca.

 


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