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Organist & Music Director – Senan Whelan
In January 2005, Senan Whelan joined St. Jude’s as our Organist and Music Director. Senan began his career in 1969 as an Organist in Dublin, Ireland and has been a church Organist since his teenage years.
Before his move to Canada in 1998, he was Director of Music at St. Michael’s, Vaucluse, NSW, Australia. It was in that parish where, from 1992, he worked in conjunction with the then incumbent and noted Australian composer and liturgist, Lawrence F. Bartlett.
He was Organist and Choirmaster at the church of the Epiphany and St. Mark, Parkdale, Toronto from 1998 to 2004.
In addition to giving Organ recitals in Ireland and Australia, Senan is also an accomplished Viola player winning awards in Ireland and playing in Symphony Orchestras in Ireland and Australia.
Besides the M.T.S. (Master of Theological Studies) degree from the University of Toronto, (Trinity College,) he holds a B.Sc. (Honours) degree from the National University of Ireland (U.C.D.), both Fellowship (F.T.C.L.) and Licentiate (L.T.C.L.) diplomas in Organ performance from Trinity College of Music London and the Licentiate (L.R.S.M.) diploma of the Royal Schools of Music, London in Organ teaching. He has also worked extensively as a Computer Systems Analyst / Programmer in Ireland, the U.S.A., Australia and Canada.
Our parish is blessed with a congregation of good singers. Those members of our congregation who love to sing use that gift to support the celebrations of Holy Eucharist each week, and for other festivals throughout the Church year.
Under the leadership of Senan Whelan, our Organist & Music Director, we rehearse on Thursday afternoons from 2:30pm until 4:00pm.
If you love to sing and wish to make a joyful noise, the choir is happy to welcome new members. No experience necessary, just a desire to make the finest music possible.
Mr. Lennex (1950’s)
Mary R. Somerville (1950’s and 1960’s)
Mary Deack (mid-1960’s)
William Findlay (1960’s and 1970’s)
David Meanwell (early to mid 1970’s)
Robert Phillips (mid to late 1970’s)
Keith Scott (1979 – 1989)
Michael Leach (1989 – 2003)
Keith Muller (2003 – 2004)
Senan Whelan (January 2005 – present)