Hillcrest Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) has been blessed for its many years of having such an active Chancel Choir. Each Sunday morning, before, during and after our worship service, we get to enjoy their songs of praise.



It’s easy to join!

Get in touch with Ann Stainton, chair of the worship committee.

New members are always welcomed and will have the full support of fellow section leaders, members, and the Music Director regardless of any previous musical background.



Below are some frequently asked questions, answered by one of our very own choir members, Leslie Barcza.


Does the choir have a lot of rehearsals?

No.  Although some church choirs have mid-week rehearsals, the Hillcrest Chancel Choir rehearses on Sunday mornings at 9:45 a.m. before our 11:00 a.m. service.  We practice the anthem for that Sunday as well as the next week or two as well.

Who is your Music Director?

We’re led by David Warrack, a well-known figure in Canadian jazz & music theatre, conductor of the Canada Pops Orchestra (Toronto) and the Rose Orchestra (Brampton). Composer and lyricist for over 70 professionally-produced musicals, David is an awesome organist and piano player, and a gifted teacher who makes everyone feel welcome regardless of their experience.

What kind of music do you perform?

We have a very broad mix that includes traditional hymns, spirituals, David’s original jazzy compositions, as well as well-known classical pieces.

How much do I have to do as a choir member?

The choir sings what everyone else in the congregation sings, plus at least one anthem each week: a short composition that could be something jazzy, or with a rock beat, or even something from Handel’s Messiah.  In addition we help the congregation sing the hymns throughout the service, although David’s stirring organ playing is what really keeps us together.

Do I need to know how to read music to be in the choir?

No.  It’s probably easier if you do read music, but we practice pieces so that you can learn what your part sounds like.  Your reading will improve from being in the choir.  We have a few professional soloists and a larger group of volunteers.  The soloists help their section find their notes.

Is it fun?

You better believe it.  The acoustics in the Hillcrest Church and David’s playing make us sound really good.  It’s an amazing feeling to be part of it.



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