Accompanist Chris Dawes

Christopher Dawes is a freelance choral and church musician, organist, pianist and répétiteur serving many of Toronto’s top ensembles and institutions, including a nearly 30-year occasional history with the Orpheus Choir of Toronto. He has given solo recitals and accompanied choral tours across North America and Europe, and been broadcast repeatedly on domestic and international radio services. His work appears on over two dozen commercial CDs to date and been showcased in Canada’s greatest concert halls and organ lofts.

Currently he divides his professional time between freelance performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and also in several musical leadership positions. He is Director of Music to Rosedale Presbyterian Church in Toronto, Music Director and Conductor of the 18-voice a cappella Marion Singers of Greater Toronto, accompanist and coach to graduate and undergraduate choral and orchestral conducting programs of the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and Acting Artistic Director to his hometown choir, the 90-voice Georgetown Choral Society. He has served as Director of Canada’s Summer Institute of Church Music since its 2005 Session, and continues into its 50th session as Director for Planning and Mission.

Following upon graduate level work in the area of Musical Genre at McMaster University in the mid-2000s he gives papers, lectures and pre-concert chats on topics he finds, and that find him. In 2013 he founded Chroì, a Celtic crossover band that finds its audience in churches, pubs and concert halls across southern Ontario. Originally from near Kingston, Ontario, Chris lives with his wife, Marcia, and their three children in Georgetown.


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