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A transformative and exciting professional development conference for church musicians, worship leaders, clergy and choristers.

New! We’ve updated our program. Read more about what’s changed here.

NEW! 2022 Revised Schedule

A Lifeline Amidst Stormy Weather

On May 20, the Board of Directors faced some difficult decisions, and voted to modify its previously announced in-person programs in Whitby and Edmonton. Faced with the usual venue and rising hospitality costs, news of ever rising gas and travel prices, and ongoing COVID19 realities; the Board voted to offer a revised online program in 2022, as well as the popular (onsite/in-person and online) evening chorister programs in Whitby and Edmonton. A revised program and schedule has been posted.

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What is the Summer Institute of Church Music?

For more than 50 years, the Summer Institute of Church Music has offered a unique professional development, study, and retreat program for church musicians, worship leaders and choristers. Participants have the opportunity to be mentored, coached and taught by the ‘who’s who’ of Canada’s performers, professors, and thinkers in the church music field. Musicians and leaders of all levels and denominations are warmly welcomed. Since the very beginning, the program has been held at the beautiful campus of Trafalgar Castle School in Whitby, Ontario, as well as churches in the immediate area. Dr. Stanley L. Osborne, the SICM’s founder, was a former Principal at the school, and a dedicated and passionate church musician himself. The SICM is widely recognized for its one of a kind and first class program. Many participants return year after year to rejoice, study, renew their skills, re-energize, play and sing. The SICM is a non-profit organization that is governed by a volunteer board of directors. Sponsorships and donations are gratefully received.


Our Faculty

Mark Sirett

Choral Faculty (East)

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Sarah Svendsen

Organ Faculty (East)

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Rev. Dr. Kristine O’Brien

Chaplain (East)

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John Hooper

Choral Faculty (West)

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Joachim Segger + Marnie

Organ Faculty (West)

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Rev. Elly McHan

Chaplain (West)

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Elizabeth Lepock

Vocal Health Specialist

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Kristina Twilt

Music Therapist

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Corey Haberstock

Audio Recording Engineer

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James Hendricksen

Minister – Live Streaming and Tech Expert 

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Kevin Parks

Pastoral Musician – Time Management Clinician

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Tammy-Jo Mortensen

Arts Administrator and Editor – Time Management Clinician

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Lifelines for the Storms

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Where are you now?

The COVID-19 pandemic may have transformed your church’s musical ministry, temporarily or perhaps permanently. Together, we will uncover the changes that have occurred in our ministries and our lives.

Faculty: Rev. Dr. Kristine O’Brien

  • Monday, July 4
  • ET 1:30pm – 3:00 pm / MT 11:30am – 1:00pm


The Medium is the Multitude

Computers, mobile devices, digital licensing, digital only hymnals, and remote worship. These new dimensions have changed us, our parishioners, our experience of worship. What are the implications for the future of church music?

Faculty: Christopher Dawes

  • Monday, July 4
  • ET 3:30pm – 5:00 / MT 1:30pm – 3:00


Time Management for Busy Church Musicians

The demands on a church musician, trying to juggle professional, family, and personal obligations can easily become overwhelming. This discussion will offer tips for staying organized as we share our mutual experiences in managing our time.

Faculty: Tammy-Jo Mortensen, Kevin Parks

  • Tuesday, July 5
  • ET 1:30pm – 3:00 / MT 11:30am – 1:00pm

Microphones, Mixers, MIDI and Microprocessors – A Tech Primer

Online services have become common, and church musicians now need to think beyond the keyboard and choir loft to electronics; what, where, how and why? Led by experts in sound technology and recording, this workshop/demonstration will show us the tools available and how to best use them.

Faculty: Rev. James Hendricksen, Corey Haberstock

  • Wednesday, July 6
  • ET 1:30pm – 5:00 /
    MT 11:30am – 3:00pm

Health and Self-Care amid Uncertainty

Led by a panel of health care professionals we will address the risk of injury, sickness, burnout, and other obstacles too common in our profession and consider how to move towards physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being.

Panel: Sarah Svendsen, Kristina Twilt, Dr. Elizabeth Lepock, Rev. Dr. Kristine O’Brien

  • Thursday, July 7

  • ET 1:30pm – 3:00pm – 5:00 /
    MT 11:30am – 3:00pm

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All Saints Anglican Church

Organ masterclasses and the Osborne Organ Competition are held at All Saints Anglican Church in Whitby, ON. The church is a short walk or drive from Trafalgar Castle School.

  • 300 Dundas St W, Whitby, ON L1N 2M5

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Edmonton’s First Baptist Church

The SICM’s Chorale West dress rehearsal and Gala Concert will be held at Edmonton’s First Baptist Church. All are welcome, freewill offering.

  • 10031 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 1M1

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Registration Packages

Online Program

via Zoom


  • Theme presentations and masterclasses
  • Organ and choral
  • Osborne Organ Scholarship Celebration Concert

  • Gala concert

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Evening Chorister Program

Onsite East and West


  • Four rehearsals

  • A dress rehearsal and gala concert
  • Music scores
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“SICM is a welcoming community of church leaders — musicians, clergy, lay people — who inspire each other by willingly sharing ideas in an environment that successfully balances professional and spiritual issues. You will be changed for the better by getting involved in this wonderful organization.”

Dr. Hilary Apfelstadt

2021 SICM Faculty

“Over the years I have observed that being a church musician can be both a fulfilling vocation, as well as a sometimes frustrating and lonely existence. But, as I witnessed when I was invited to lecture at SICM in 2019, people clearly enjoyed meeting with others, sharing experience, gaining insights and being nourished as, rather than lead music, they are led. I highly commend this experience to all who, part or full time, are responsible for music in worship.”

Rev. John L. Bell

2019 SICM Faculty