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Dear St. Anne's

I’m excited to be joining you as your next Director of Music Ministry! I have already begun to feel the welcoming spirit and the spark of exciting works happening at St. Anne’s, and I’m looking forward to adding my own contribution to this blossoming church.

I come to you as a lifelong church musician, from my childhood in an Anglican boy’s choir, to my undergraduate in organ, to my graduate studies, where I’ve focused on studying liturgical music. I plan to bring this experience and passion with me as we work together to continue to grow the music programs and works at St. Anne’s. 

 

I’d like to thank everyone involved in the search, including Mother Jess, Kurt and the other members of the Search Committee, and Katherine and Sophia, who I had the great pleasure of working with. Everyone involved was incredibly kind, helpful, and professional, and proved to me that St. Anne’s was the right destination for the next chapter of my life. You can read more about me in my bio below.

Many blessings, and see you in church!

Rob Hamilton

About Rob Hamilton

Rob Hamilton is an organist, choral conductor, and academic with a passion for the great Anglican music tradition.

He holds a bachelor's in organ performance from McGill University, a master’s in music theory from the Eastman School of Music, and he is currently writing the dissertation that will complete his PhD in music theory from Eastman. Rob has served as a music director and/or organist at various churches, including at Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal.

Originally from Toronto, Rob grew up in the Episcopal Church’s sister denomination—the Anglican Church of Canada—where he sang in a boy’s choir from as early as he could read, and where he quickly fell in love with the musical tradition of the Church. As an organist, Rob has played concerts in Toronto and Montréal, including at St. Joseph’s Oratory and L’Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste. He has placed in multiple organ competitions.

At Eastman, Rob was an award-winning teacher of music theory and skills classes, which he taught to both undergraduate and graduate students. As an academic, he has presented at national and regional conferences on church music by Herbert Howells and Olivier Messiaen.

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