Ryerson News


Vancouver Chamber Choir 2


Ryerson United Church
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
8:00 p.m. Saturday, 24th January 2015
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Stephen Smith, piano
Five guest conductors
Jon Washburn, conductor
The annual National Conductors’ Symposium concert is a favourite with our regular concert-goers and first-timers, too, as five talented young conductors from all over the continent get their first chance to pilot the professional choir. Their Master Conductor for the week, Jon Washburn, conducts as well and Stephen Smith is the pianist. The music this year is all-Canadian, ranging from the old masters to the latest young stars.
Healey Willan – I beheld her, beautiful as a dove
Jon Washburn – Silver
Harry Somers – Feller from Fortune
Lionel Daunais – Le pont Mirabeau
Derek Healey – The Banks of Loch Erin
R. Murray Schafer – Miniwanka – The Moments of Water
Matthew Emery – Unto Young Eternity
John Beckwith – Farewell to Nova Scotia
Imant Raminsh – Ave verum corpus
Louis Applebaum – The Morning Dew
Leon Dubinsky – We Rise Again
Andrew Zinck – Agnus Dei
Stephen Chatman – Voices of Earth
Rob Teehan – There will come soft rains
Don Macdonald – Winter Sun
Scott Macmillan – The Beagle and the Beluga and the Eagle’s Fine Times


Salish Sea
Early Music Festival

Wednesday, January 28th at 7:30 pm


Seasons Greetings to lovers of period instrument renditions of familiar and rare early music in Vancouver!
Internationally renowned Berlin soprano Lydia Brotherton, lutenist Stephen Stubbs and baroque flutist Jeffrey Cohan opened the 2015 Salish Sea Early Music Festival on Sunday, January 11 at 4:00 PM in the afternoon at Ryerson United Church in Vancouver. It will be an exciting season indeed, with two musicians from Germany and others from Montreal, Vancouver and around the United States performing seven programs of early chamber music on period instruments in Vancouver.

We are committed to providing an opportunity for everyone to experience this music. The concerts are all open to the public regardless of contribution (truly a suggested donation) at the door. All those 18 and under are free and we encourage university students to attend for a $5 donation. Fifty-four concerts comprise the Festival in 2015 alone, from Vancouver to Tacoma.

Sing, O my soul and My soul hears through seeing how, in exalting the creator, everything rejoices: these Handel aria texts from our opening program with Lydia, Stephen and Jeffrey express what we are all about. These musicians are all passionate explorers of expressive realms of great variety, and we are so excited that you share our enthusiasm.

Wednesday, January 28 at 7:30 PM
• 1700: Baroque Winds •
Anna Marsh ~ baroque bassoon,
Jeffrey Cohan ~ baroque flute, Jonathan Oddie ~ harpsichord


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THE LOVER’S ART Valentine’s Eve Concert
Ryerson United Church
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
8:00 p.m. Friday, 13th February 2015
Vancouver Chamber Choir
Terence Dawson, piano
Linda Lee Thomas, piano
Jon Washburn, conductor
Start your Valentine celebrations the night before – bring your sweetheart and all your friends to our Valentine’s Eve concert! The music is calculated to give you a lift, with lovesongs and some lifesongs, as well, to balance things out. Certainly some wonderful poetry – from Edna St. Vincent Millay to Stephen Sondheim. Featured guest artists are duo-pianists Terence Dawson and Linda Lee Thomas.
Johannes Brahms – Neue Liebesliederwalzer
Alice Parker – Songstream
Leonard Bernstein – West Side Story Suite
Carl Orff – Lovers’ Excerpts from Carmina Burana


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The Lord's Table 2

May the Love of the Lord / Wei yuan Shen di ai         MV218

On Sunday, Sept 21st we learned a new response song for the end of the service. We will continue singing the song over the next few weeks.  We will sing it twice, once in English and once in Mandarin.

To help us learn our new response song in Mandarin here is Anna Chen’s pronunciation and recitation audio files.

Recitation Audio File:

Pronounciation File:


Way-yoo-enn shen dee eye
Foo-way nee dee ling.

May shi-kuh tah dee eye
Joo zaigh nee shin lee.

Tah dee rong guang jaow yaow nee
Tsih eye bann sway nee.

Woo loo-en huh choo tah dee ling doe
Yong yoo-enn ban sway nee.

May the love of our God rest upon your soul.
May God’s love dwell in you, throughout every day.
May God’s countenance shine upon you and be gracious to you.
May God’s Spirit be upon you as you leave this place.


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A Ryerson Wedding

Magee Wind Ensemble

Magee Wind Ensemble