Artistic Staff

Lynn Janes

Artistic director & conductor

As a conductor, teacher, and soloist, Lynn Janes’ work spans a wide variety of ages, abilities, and musical styles. For 18 years, Ms. Janes held various appointments with the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, including conductor and voice coach. In addition, Ms. Janes served as the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir. In September of 2009, Ms. Janes established and conducted the newly formed Pax Christi Youth Choir in a unique and exciting partnership with Stephanie Martin and the Pax Christi Chorale. Currently, Ms. Janes leads the Junior Division of the Canadian Children’s Opera Company and is the Intermediate Chorus Conductor.

As a Music Educator, Ms. Janes established the vocal program at Victoria Park Secondary School. She then built a vibrant High School Vocal Program at Earl Haig Secondary School, Claude Watson Arts Program; a program that provided the foundation for many young people to continue to pursue music as a profession. In 2007, Ms. Janes accepted the Headship of Music at Havergal College, a girls’ preparatory school with a long-standing reputation for excellence in music education. Over the course of her teaching career, her choirs toured Europe and received many awards including invitations to Musicfest Canada and Kiwanis scholarships. In June 2017, Ms.Janes retired from 31-year teaching career.

Ms. Janes musicianship extends to her illustrious performance portfolio as a chorister and soprano soloist. For twenty-four years Ms. Janes sang in the Exultate Chamber Singers. Her performances as a soloist are featured on all four of their recordings. Ms. Janes has also performed as a chorister and soloist for several seasons in the Elora Festival Singers.

Ms. Janes has been recognized for her accomplishments as a conductor and music educator and was awarded the prestigious Leslie Bell Conducting Prize and the Don Wright Conducting Scholarship from Western University.


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Robert Grandy - Accompanist

Robert Grandy

Accompanist

Robert studied piano and organ locally and later attended York University where he studied Contemporary Music and French. A long time member of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Robert received the Service Playing Diploma and later the degree of Colleague with the RCCO, attaining the highest marks in Canada on both occasions.

Since 1976, he has been the organist and choir director in Port Hope, Oshawa, Toronto and Peterborough. Robert currently serves as Minister of Music at Trinity United Church, Peterborough, where he leads a varied and busy music program with his Chancel Choir, Handbell Choir and the Trinity Instrumental Ensemble.

Robert’s compositions have been sung by local church choirs and in Peterborough, Toronto, Woodstock and Germany. The Oriana Singers have commissioned many works from him over the years.

For almost 4 decades Robert has been involved with the Oriana Singers – as a singer, guest soloist, director, accompanist, and composer. His excellent ear and skillful technique continue to be a gift to the choir.


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