Elaine began with private piano lessons during elementary and secondary school, graduating Grade 10 Piano examinations with the Royal Conservatory of Music.
During Teachers’ College Elaine continued advanced piano repertoire at Aeolian Hall in London. Receiving a Music proficiency award at London Teachers’ College allowing her to attend two Summer School Music sessions in Toronto, where participating teachers learned skills required to teach vocal music, in her case at the elementary school level, and useful as itinerant music teacher for Brantford Township School Board.
Elaine’s first organ experience, during High School, was at Norwich United Church playing their Cassavant Organ as summer supply. While teaching for the Hamilton Board of Education, she briefly was able to take private organ lessons at Christ Church Cathedral.
For three years in Brantford Elaine played piano accompaniment for rehearsals and concerts for Brantford Community Concert Choir under the direction of George Fox.
Elaine was Organist/Choir Director at Fairview United Church in Brantford for approximately five years for a Choir of about 20 voices.
Later in Brantford she was choir member at Brant Avenue United Church. Elaine was also a choir member with the Wiarton Community Concert Choir for a number of years.
David was born and raised on a farm just outside of Lion’s Head, taking private piano lessons during his childhood to complete Grade 9 piano through the Royal Conservatory of Music before leaving home to study Mathematics and Accounting at the University of Waterloo.
He has been involved in church music his entire life, singing with the Sunday School; then the Junior Choir; then playing for church services starting in 1978. David had an ecumenical upbringing. Most of his musical leadership has been in the United and Anglican churches in Lion’s Head but, at one time or another, he has played in almost every church on the Peninsula; often at multiple churches in a single day.
Before coming to St. John’s, David served as the Organist for Christ Church in Lion’s Head for over 15 years. During this time, he was involved with introducing the Common Praise hymn book to the congregation, starting a church choir which grew from 6 people to 17 at its peak, and working with mass choirs for special services in the wider Parish. David also participated in and/or assisted with leading several music workshops in the Diocese. He received the Bishops’ Award for Excellence in Ministry and was invited to be a worship leader/music teacher at the Diocesan Synod in London, Ontario.
In 2013, David became the Director of the Community Christmas Cantata Choir. This choir’s repertoire has expanded to Easter Cantatas and they now travel to perform these Cantatas around the Peninsula. Working with this group is some of the hardest work David does, but it also brings him some of the greatest joys.
David has sung with the Wiarton Community/Concert Choir for most sessions since 1991 and participates in a music program at the Golden Dawn Nursing Home twice a month since 2012.
Besides music, David is a Chartered Professional Accountant and a school bus driver. In his spare time he enjoy participating in local amateur theatre, fundraising, and working in his yard and gardens.