Music is critical to our life here at St. Stephen’s. So we were not only saddened by the departure of our former music director, Jeff Jones, we were devastated. But it appears God likes us making music, so we have been sent a dynamic duo as our new music team: Ondrea Mann and Liz Tremblay.
Ondrea has played music all her life, earning a BMus in organ performance and choral conducting from U of A. Having “played her way through school,” she has served Anglican, Lutheran and United churches in Alberta and Saskatchewan. When she is not unwinding in the great outdoors, Ondrea teaches music to students from kindergarten to grade three for the CBE.
Originally from Great Britain, Liz has been in Calgary for the past six years where she has become a busy musician, playing with a variety of groups and running a music studio where she teaches piano and cello. She trained at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London and, prior to moving to Calgary, was music director for Christ Church (Anglican), Cataraqui, in Ontario, as well as cellist with the Kingston Symphony. She recently walked the Portuguese Coastal Camino—”290 km of will power, resilience and blisters!“
These two gifted musicians bring much skill and artistry to this crucial part of our church life. For the next six months Ondrea will take the lead in our music program and Liz will assist. We welcome them and look forward to the exciting journey ahead.