Gordon Johnston has been the Organist and Choirmaster of St John's since 1986. Gordon has many facets to his music-making: organist, conductor, harpist and composer. He holds the degree of Doctor of Sacred Music summa cum laude from the Graduate Theological Foundation. He is a Fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists, and is currently the Chairman of the Board of Examiners of the RCCO.
As well as conducting the choir and handbell ensemble at St John's, Gordon conducts our resident orchestra, the Strings of St John's. He is also Director of Music in the Anglican Studies Program at Saint Paul University, where he teaches music and liturgy to people preparing for ordination in the Anglican Church of Canada. His settings of traditional psalm texts for the Revised Common Lectionary are published by the Anglican Book Centre, and his four-volume set of NRSV psalms for the Roman Catholic lectionary are published by Novalis. Each week he composes a new setting of the psalm for our Sunday Eucharist, using the text from Nan C. Merrill's Psalms for Praying; these psalms are now available on Gordon's website, PsalmsForPraying.com.
Our Artist-in-Residence, soprano Cara Gilbertson, is an accomplished performer and teacher. Cara was a choral scholar at St John’s during her masters degree studies at the University of Ottawa, and when she graduated, she was invited to be an “Artist-in-Residence” at St John’s. Cara and her students give frequent recitals here, and Cara’s annual Summer Vocal Academy is based at St John’s. In the 2007-2008 concert season, Cara made her debut with The National Arts Centre Orchestra.
Joshua Zentner-Barrett was the organ scholar at St John's from January-August 2011. He now studies the organ with Marlin Nagetgal at Wilfrid Laurier University in Kitchener, working toward a bachelor's degree in organ performance. He is much loved by our choir and we consider him an "emeritus" part of our music family at St John's.