2018 Spring in the Chapel with Tyndale Community Choir, Saturday, March 24 3pm to 4:30pm

Spring in the Chapel: Tyndale’s annual Easter concert

Event Date(s): Sat, 2018/03/24 - 3:00pm to 4:30pm
Event Type: Public Event

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 and special guests in this special Easter concert.

Saturday, March 24, 2018
3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Doors open at 2:15 p.m.
Tyndale University College & Seminary
3377 Bayview Avenue, Toronto
Phone: 416.218.6721
Email: events [at] tyndale [dot] ca
General: $20
Student: $10

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The Tyndale Community Choir

A panoramic shot of the Tyndale Community Choir in front of the mosaic in the Tyndale Chapel, dressed in brightly-coloured shirts of many different colours

Founded in September 2016, the Tyndale Community Choir (TCC), was formed as a ministry team meant to unite Christian singers of various generations, cultures, and denominations throughout the GTA, including both members from the Tyndale University community and members from the greater Toronto community. This dynamic group of singers seeks to serve Toronto's diverse population, singing in concerts throughout the city, worship services, and university events. Through its diverse repertoire of powerful worship anthems, dynamic classical choral works, riveting gospel ballads, and spirituals, the choir’s mandate has been to bring the Gospel message in song to all people.

The TCC Band

A woman seated at a grand piano, a man seated in front of the piano with drumsticks, and a man standing on the right in front of the piano with a bass guitar. All are dressed in formal black clothes.

Toronto musicians Joy Lee, Chris Raaber and Wayne Thompson form the Tyndale Community Choir Band. Each expressing unique gifting and a wealth of experience in music ministry, this gifted trio unites with TCC for its second season.


A number of Toronto’s professional orchestral musicians from both the Tyndale University community and the greater Toronto community join forces with the Tyndale Community Choir for this Easter celebration concert.

Dr. Melissa Davis

Dr. Melissa Davis

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.

Saj McKenley

Saj McKenley

Saj McKenley is a local recording artist and vocalist born and raised in Toronto. As the son of a downtown record store owner on Bloor Street (the former Music Land Records), he fell in love with music and singing at an early age. His musical influences include gospel, Motown and rhythm & blues.

In 2002, Saj released his first independent project, Life, a gospel album of spiritual love and inspiration. In 2011, he recorded his second solo project, Seasons Of Love, a Christmas album of traditional carols and original songs.

Today, Saj continues to collaborate with fellow musicians performing at private and corporate events in and around Toronto.

Jacqueline Benford

Jacqueline Benford

As a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and musical director, Jacqueline Benford has collaborated with some of the most talented artists in Canada and abroad. After graduating from the Humber Jazz Program, she became a principal keyboardist and soloist travelling with the Toronto Mass Choir. She has written many songs, including the title track of TMC's album "Instrument of Praise”, which was named best gospel album of the year in 2002 by the Juno Awards.

Jacqueline has served in worship arts for over 28 years and in full-time capacity as Music and Worship Arts Director for over 17 years in the GTA. She is currently serving as full-time Director of Worship & Creative Arts at Evangel Temple in Toronto. She has a passion to help foster diversity and creativity in the overall worship experience.

Joy Lee

Joy Lee

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 were 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.

Coming Soon for Tyndale Music!

New for Fall 2018, four-year BAs in Music will be offered in two exciting streams:

The BA in Music: Performance stream offers an exceptional program for students pursuing careers as solo performers, music teachers and recording artists. This stream offers 3 concentrations for students to choose from: Vocal Performance, Piano Performance, and Guitar Performance.

The BA in Music: Worship Arts stream offers a holistic program for students pursuing careers in music ministry to serve both the church and society, training to expertly lead in worship music with self-assurance and theological awareness.

With a diverse faculty of professional musicians, students receive world-class music education at Tyndale, providing a supportive community where musicians can explore their gifting while refining their craft.

Read more about these new degree programs, or the Music and Worship Arts Minor

Post-Concert Reception

Join with the Tyndale community in the Student Commons immediately following the concert for light refreshments.

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