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 a professional musician on staff who leads our music ministry.
DIRECTOR OF MUSIC MINISTRY
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 and Director of Music Ministry in 2018.