Director, 2004 – Present
Numbered among Canada’s leading church musicians, concert organists and choral accompanists, Christopher Dawes is a freelance musician and at Timothy Eaton Memorial Church in Toronto is Principal Organist. Mr. Dawes currently divides his professional time between freelance performing across a wide spectrum of the Toronto music scene and the Directorship of Canada’s Summer Institute of Church Music in Whitby (which he has directed since fall 2004), and the Organ Concerts and Academy at Stratford Summer Music, where he is an Artistic Associate and has served since its inception in 2000.
Mr. Dawes 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 has been showcased in Canada’s greatest concert stages and organ lofts. He is Faculty Accompanist and coach to the graduate and undergraduate choral-conducting programs at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, accompanist to that school’s MacMillan Singers and Bach Festival Singers, a staff accompanist to the Toronto Children’s Chorus, and a resident musician for various productions of Theatre Erindale, the professional performance wing of the Theatre and Drama Studies program offered jointly by the Sheridan Institute of Applied Arts and Technology and the University of Toronto at the latter’s Mississauga campus.
A passionate advocate for the organ, sacred music and his country’s cultural life, Chris is known for a musicianship that freely crosses classical and popular styles and eras; for his imaginative, informed and approachable presentation of both the familiar and the obscure, and for his love of history, places, people, and all that is unusual and inspirational in music.
A native of Kingston, Ontario, Chris lives with his wife, Marcia, and their children, Nathaniel, Simon, and Charlotte in Georgetown, northwest of Toronto.
More about Chris and his professional activity can be found at OrgAlt.com.