Tyndale University College & Seminary is delighted to bring you the sounds of Christmas! For its 10th year, Christmas in the Chapel presents the Tyndale Community Choir with special guest Mark Masri. 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.
If Mark Masri wasn’t a singer he would be a medical doctor and was in fact studying to become one when he decided to pursue his first love, music. "Music is kind of like medicine, I guess; it heals the body and soothes the soul." This philosophy is what guides Mark to create the haunting lyrics and melodies that have become his trademark.
With his powerful tenor voice, Mark is taking on the songs of love and loss, sorrow and hope. In his 2015 release, by multi-platinum producer Patrick Hamilton of Belgium, Mark showcased his unique theatrical pop style and exceptional writing skills with songs that will make you dance and songs that will make you cry.
Whether he’s performing with The Vivaldi Orchestra in Moscow, headlining his own North American tour, or guesting on David Foster’s, Hitman Returns Television Special; Mark is opening hearts and minds with thought provoking songs, a charismatic stage presence and his sensuous tenor voice.
Mark’s genre bending style and eclectic taste in music is evident in his previous releases. "See My Face" is a collection of covers and originals that lean toward soulful. “La Voce” includes songs in six languages and collaborations with Jon Secada, and Jim Brickman, highlighting Mark’s jaw dropping range and classical training. Mark’s 2011 album “Intimo” is a tribute to the most loved Italian songs set to classical guitar. Duets with international stars Olivia Newton-John and Delta Goodrem have become instant classics on adult contemporary radio.
Regardless of style, Mark delivers emotion that will enchant any listener.
Tyndale Community Choir
Founded in September 2016, the Tyndale Community Choir (TCC), was formed to unite Christian singers of various generations, cultures, and denominations throughout the GTA, including both singers from the Tyndale University community and from the greater Toronto community. This dynamic mass choir continues to serve Toronto's diverse population in music, singing in concerts throughout the GTA, city-wide community events, worship services and university functions. Through a diverse body of music, the choir continues to spread the message of hope to all people.
The TCC Band
Toronto musicians Joy Lee, Juliette Benoit and Wayne Thompson form the TCC Band. Each expressing unique gifting and a wealth of experience in music ministry, this gifted trio unites with TCC for the choir's fourth season.
The String Quartet
Jenny Shin (violin), Sam Choi (viola), and Grace Lee (cello), alumni of the Toronto Symphony Youth Orchestra (TSYO) joined by Joy Eom (violin), unite with TCC in a dynamic string quartet for this festive celebration.
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.
Organist 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 also is the 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 Tyndale’s new BA in Music: Performance, BA in Music: Worship Arts, and the Music and Worship Arts Minor, 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.
These music programs combine 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, and music performance from a Christian perspective, the music minor program welcomed its first students in September 2016, and the music major programs welcomed their first students in September 2018.
Dr. Melissa Davis is an active concert soloist, music professor, choral conductor, worship leader, vocal instructor and clinician. Dedicated to the ministry of the Gospel through music, she has been a worship leader for over fifteen years, and a minister of music for over twenty-five years in the GTA and abroad. Dr. Davis received her Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She has toured internationally as a concert soloist and professional chorister performing in France, the United States, The Caribbean, and North, East and Western Canada. She has played lead and principal roles in various opera productions and has guest soloed with several choirs and orchestras throughout North America and abroad. She currently serves as the Director of the Music and Worship Arts Department at Tyndale University.
More Ways to Get Festive
Add a festive dinner to your day! Join with the Tyndale community for dinner in the Dining Hall between 4:45pm and 6:30pm at $19.50 per person plus HST.
For those attending the evening concert, light refreshments will be served after the concert.