Music at Christ Church
Sharing God’s gift of music and harmony gives glory to God in our worship and enriches the lives of all who visit Christ Church. Our choir, building upon a long-standing tradition of musical excellence, is central to the on-going life of the parish.
For over a century, music has been an essential component the weekly worship at Christ Church. Christ Church's choristers have a broad repertoire that extends from traditional hymms, to 20th century anthems, motets and spirituals. Our exceptional choir is an integral element of our holiday celebrations, feast days and other special events throughout the year.
Special performances, performed by one, some or all of our choirs members are a regular feature and we are sometimes joined by professionally trained voice soloists, musicians and performance artists.
The members of our choir are all active residents in the Stouffville area and love sharing their enthusiasm for music with our parish, this includes: singing, piano, guitar, violin and a variety of other instruments on special occasions.
The full choir regularly sings at our 10am Sunday morning Eucharist service, September through June.
In addition to our volunteer choir, Christ Church is fortunate to have two professional musicians on staff who lead our extensive musical program.
Choral Conductor & Music Director
Professional pianist and music educator, Oksana Vignan, is a native of the Ukraine. Oksana received her primary musical training at the Ukrainian State College of Music and the Performing Arts. Since an early age Oksana has been vigorously participating in numerous music festivals, competitions and concert performances throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Canada and The United States.
After immigrating to Canada in 1996, Oksana entered Bachelor of Music Piano Performance Degree program at the University of Windsor. During her studies in Windsor, Oksana won many distinguished competitions and awards.
Upon successful completion of the Bachelor Degree Oksana was invited to pursue her Master of Music in Piano Performance Degree at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where she was awarded a full tuition scholarship and a Young Artist Fellowship Award for outstanding performance. Oksana was also invited to study at The Cleveland Institute of Music. She received her second Master of Music Degree in Collaborative Piano and began her choral conducting studies as a graduate. She was appointed opera and vocal coach at The University of Akron School of Music.
Oksana has been serving as a Choral Conductor and Music Director at Christ Church since 2011.
Professional Pianist, Valentin Bogolubov was born in Latvia, where he studied piano, violin, voice and choral conducting. At 24 years old he was awarded First Prize at the Latvian Piano Competition and the Panbaltic Piano Competition.
After completing his studies at the Moscow Conservatory, he returned to Riga at Latvian Conservatory to teach piano. In this time he was invited as opera conductor at Latvian States Opera Theater, where he directed several opera productions. Following this, he became assistant conductor in Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. As a pianist he has collaborated with the greatest Russian singers and has both played piano and conducted at the Kremlin. He appeared as a soloist with orchestras from Moscow, Latvia and Lithuania, he played piano recitals in Russia, France and Germany, several performances of which were recorded and broadcast. Returning to Latvia Valentin took up the duties of Artistic Director at the Riga Chamber Opera and the Riga Salon for Music and the Arts.
A Canadian citizen since 1995, Valentin Bogolubov has given several piano recitals in Montreal, Quebec, Toronto, Monkton, New York, for CBC etc., and recorded several CDs. Currently he teaches piano, vocal art and gives master classes throughout Canada.
Valentin became became the Head Organist at Christ Church in 2015.
Stouffville Men of Note at Christ Church
O Holy Night featuring soloist Susan Ryman (Dec 2015)