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 Greater Toronto Area (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. She has played lead and principal roles in various opera productions and has performed as a guest soloist with several choirs and orchestras throughout North America and abroad. She currently serves as the Director of the Music and Worship Arts Program at Tyndale University.
Joy Lee is a collaborative pianist, teacher, soloist and scholar. She holds an MMus in Solo Piano (University of Toronto) and an MMus in Collaborative Piano (University of Michigan). She is currently enrolled in the Doctor of Musical Arts program at the University of Toronto. Joy is a piano faculty member 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. As an award-winning pianist, she has participated in various festivals at the Banff Centre, Centre d'arts Orford and Doamine Forget International Music and Dance Academy, among others.
Saj McKenley is a local recording artist and vocalist born and raised in Toronto. His love for music was influenced by his father, a former downtown record store owner. This exposure to various styles of music eventually developed his talent for singing and song writing.
In 2002, Saj recorded and released his first independent project, a gospel album titled Life, written and produced by 3:16 Productions. He released a Christmas album in 2011 titled Seasons of Love produced by the Elysha Music Group. He has lead worship at his home church and other local churches in the Toronto area.
As a musician, singer, songwriter, arranger and musical director, Jacqueline Benford has collaborated with some of the most talented artists in Toronto and abroad. As a graduate of the Humber Jazz Program, she moved on to be a principal keyboardist and soloist, travelling with the Toronto Mass Choir (TMC). She received a Juno Award for best gospel album of 2002 for TMC’s album Instrument of Praise. She has served in worship arts for over 28 years and as a Music and Worship Arts Director for over 17 years in the GTA. Jacqueline 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.
An active worship leader, music minister and concert soloist, Alvin Esguerra has been dedicated to music ministry and music performance for over 30 years in the GTA and abroad. As a music minister, he has led and inspired diverse congregations, both large and small, in music. A passionate concert soloist, Alvin has appeared as a guest artist with various choirs and ensembles, singing throughout the United States, Canada and Southeast Asia.
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 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, citywide 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.
Toronto musicians Joy Lee, Chris Raaber and Wayne Thompson form the Tyndale Community Choir Band. Each expressing unique talents and a wealth of experience in music ministry and performance, this gifted trio unites with TCC for its third season.