Spring in the Chapel
Saturday, April 1
3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
3377 Bayview Ave
Toronto, ON, M2M 3S4
Tyndale University College & Seminary is excited to showcase our talented students and special guests at Spring in the Chapel to support student scholarships and bursaries, and the Tyndale Music Fund.
Join Dr. Melissa Davis, Assistant Professor of Music & Worship Arts, as she directs the Tyndale Community Choir, joined by the Tyndale Jazz Combo and special guests in this special Easter concert.
The Tyndale Community Choir
With Special Guests
Saj McKenley is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Toronto. The son of a downtown record store owner, he fell in love with music at an early age. His influences include Gospel, Motown, R&B, hip-hop, pop and jazz.
In high school, Saj joined his first band, which performed around the G.T.A. When the group disbanded, he decided to take a break from music. In 2002, he released his first solo album, Life—24 songs full of spiritual challenges, questions, love and inspiration. In 2011, Saj released his second independent album, Seasons of Love, a Christmas compilation of traditional carols and original songs.
Today, Saj collaborates with fellow musicians in and around Toronto, performs at private and corporate events, and is committed to developing a style all his own.
The Quartet is a young string ensemble of talented Toronto musicians Jenny Shin (violin), Diane Kim (violin), David Kim (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.
As a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and musical director, Jacqueline Benford has collaborated with some of the most talented artists in Toronto and abroad. A graduate of the Humber College Jazz Program, she became a principal keyboardist and soloist with the Toronto Mass Choir. Her time with the choir included writing the title track of their 2002 Juno Award-winning album Instrument of Praise. She has served in worship arts for over 28 years, including as Music and Worship Arts Director of a local church for over 16 years.
Originally from Edmonton, Tim Lemke is quickly becoming one of Toronto’s most in-demand guitarists and music instructors. Tim received both a Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Jazz Performance from the University of Toronto. He holds a Certificate in Jazz Guitar Performance from New York University and a Diploma in Music Performance from Grant MacEwan University. Tim has performed with Juno Award-winning musicians and countless jazz, rock and pop artists. He is a dedicated educator, teaching hundreds of students in private settings, master classes and clinics. This semester he directed the first-ever Tyndale Jazz Combo.
Join with the Tyndale community in Student Commons immediately following the concert for light refreshments.
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, Tyndale Band, and Tyndale Jazz Combo), 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, 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 in response to a void in Toronto with regard to training in worship music leadership, the program welcomed its first students in September 2016. “A lot of churches are struggling with their music programs, and I felt strongly that there needed to be a place where musicians can train to be strong in music and then take that back to their churches and communities. I read about Tyndale’s history with music, and I thought, we need that again.”