Tyndale University College & Seminary is delighted to bring you the sounds of Christmas! For its 8th year, Christmas in the Chapel presents the Tyndale Community Choir with special guest Ben Heppner. Directed by Dr. Melissa Davis, this year’s concert will help you start the Christmas season with traditional favourites and a blend of genres to stir your heart.
This annual benefit concert supports Tyndale’s scholarships and bursaries. With your help, we are preparing students to shine in a world that needs hope. All proceeds from this event’s ticket sales and your gifts will assist Tyndale students.
For almost 3 decades, Mr. Heppner has been among the most sought-after musical talents in the operatic world. His command of Wagner, Strauss and Verdi, among others, is second to none. He is widely appreciated for the depth and intelligence of his interpretations and the expressive character he brings to his roles.
Ben was raised in Dawson Creek, BC, and studied music at the University of British Columbia. He first came to the attention of the Canadian public as the winner of the CBC Talent Festival in 1979, and won the Metropolitan Opera auditions in 1988. His career has taken him to the most prestigious opera and concert stages of the world. In addition to performing internationally, he has taken his artistry to smaller communities in remote Western and Northern Canada.
Ben has featured in numerous recordings, DVDs, and the Metropolitan Opera’s HD series in cinemas. His many awards include three Junos and three Grammys, nine honorary doctorates, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, Companion of the Order of Canada, and a lifetime achievement award from the Governor General Performing Arts Award.
Heppner has retired from the stage, but continues to teach and pursue arts and charitable work. He hosts CBC Radio 2’s Saturday Afternoon at the Opera and Backstage with Ben Heppner, offering insights and stories from a lifetime as an interpreter and performer.
Tyndale Community Choir
Directed by Dr. Melissa Davis, Assistant Professor of Music and Worship Arts, the Tyndale Community Choir is a multi-generational, multi-cultural, multi-denominational choir, made up of Christian singers throughout the GTA, including Tyndale University's students, staff and faculty.
The Quartet is a young string ensemble of talented Toronto musicians Jenny Shin (violin), Diane Kim (violin), Samuel Choi (viola) and Grace Lee (cello) who met through the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra. Awarded at competitions and festivals for their solo work, they have come together to reach even greater musical heights.
Canadian pianist Joy Lee is a collaborative pianist, teacher, soloist, and scholar. She holds a MMus in solo piano and has worked with many leading pianists. She is currently in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto, studying with Steven Philcox, Head of the Collaborative Piano Program.
Joy is piano faculty at Tyndale University College and Claude Watson School for the Arts, a pianist for Toronto Children’s Chorus, and a vocal coach at the University of Toronto. She has participated in such festivals as Banff, Orford, and Doamine Forget. As a voice-piano duo, she and soprano Maeve Palmer are the second-prize winners of the 2017 Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition.
Joy is thrilled to be joining the Tyndale Community Choir for its second season, and looks forward to reaching out to the community and sharing beautiful music in ministry.
William Jones is a graduate of Tyndale University College & Seminary (BA English, minor Psychology 2017). During his studies he served as a worship intern and chapel coordinator at Tyndale. William currently serves as Worship & Ministry Director at Zion Christian Reformed Church in Oshawa, ON and Worship Team Instructor at Durham Christian High School in Bowmanville, ON. An accomplished pianist for over 18 years and organist for over a decade, William has accompanied worship gatherings and events in several multi-denominational settings across the GTA. William loves to use his musical gifts to serve the Kingdom and to lead God’s people in worship.
Music at Tyndale
Music is an essential part of Tyndale culture. In addition to participating in Tyndale’s various music ensembles (the Tyndale Community Choir, Tyndale Singers, and Tyndale Band), undergraduate students have the opportunity to add a Music and Worship Arts Minor to their studies. Through this program, students explore their gifting and refine their craft in music performance and leadership, through innovative courses, both individual and group training, mentorship, and performance and ministry opportunities.
The program combines practical studio training with theoretical knowledge in music while integrating the studies of music’s role in worship arts.
Developed by Dr. Melissa Davis, Assistant Professor, Music & Worship Arts, in response to a void in Toronto with regard to training in worship music leadership, the program welcomed its first students in September 2016.
Join with the Tyndale community in Alumni Hall immediately following the concert for light refreshments.
Special thank you to our generous reception sponsor National Bank Financial Wealth Management.