Christmas Carol Celebration
Hampton United Church
was held on
Sunday December 9th, 2018 @ 7:00 p.m.
Nothing puts one in the mood for Christmas more than a wonderful evening of Christmas Carols for our listening and singalong enjoyment followed by refreshments downstairs in the C.E. Wing.
Below is a short video from the evening as the congregation joined in singing “O come, O Come Emmanuel.”
Below is a list of who performed.
From our own church . . . .
Hampton United Church Choir
Led by our choir director Jennifer Pearce-Chambers. Jennifer can be seen accompanying Jonathan Garaedian in the video, from another occassion, seen below.
Bells of Blessing
Hampton United Church Bells of Blessing directed by Janet Ward.
. . . .and our Special Guests for the evening were:
Northminster United Church Choir
Ashton McMaster, Organist/ Choir Director, Ashton is well known in Oshawa through managing Walter’s Music Store in the mall. He has also been an organist at many churches in and around Oshawa.
Westminster United Church Sr. Choir
Led by choir director Margaret Motum. Margaret is a retired high school music teacher and active Montessori music teacher. A sought after accompanist, she plays the piano, organ, leads the choir, and yes writes music. She has had hymns chosen for the United Church hymn book. Margaret leads SALT, their worship praise team, the Sr. Choir and is involved with youth and children’s music events.
3rd Violinist in Winnipeg Symphony
North York, Ontario
Below is a video of Jonathan being accompanied by our choir director Jennifer Pearce-Chambers. Under that is Jonathan’s bio.
Born in Los Angeles and raised in Toronto, Jonathan began to play the violin at the age of seven. Having a love to perform from a young age, he gave his first solo recital at the age of eleven. Jonathan credits his artistic influences to the following teachers: Raisa Magarshak, Jeewon Kim, Paul Zafer, and Ilya Kaler. He has also participated in master classes for Joseph Silverstein, Martin Beaver, David Zafer, Berent Korfker, Claude Richard, Elizabeth Wallfisch, as well as the Vermeer, Tokyo, Turtle Island, and Avalon String Quartets. He has performed with orchestras and chamber ensembles throughout Canada, USA, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Hungary, Ukraine, and Serbia. He has also been a member of the Civic Orchestra of Chicago, the only program of its kind affiliated with a major American orchestra, as well as the North Bay Symphony, National Academy Orchestra of Canada, Orchestra London Canada, Toronto Concert Orchestra, and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra. Jonathan has had the privilege of collaborating with conductors and musicians such as Yo-Yo Ma, Ricardo Muti, Jaap van Zweden, Carlos Miguel Prieto, John Nelson, and Alain Trudel, to name a few.
Jonathan earned a masters degree in violin performance from DePaul University School of Music in Chicago and also received a bachelors degree in violin performance from the Wheaton College Conservatory of Music. During the summers he has participated in the Brott Music Festival, Orchestre de la Francophonie, and Camp Musical des Laurentides. Jonathan is passionate to share his love of music with people of all ages and backgrounds and has performed solo recitals in Toronto, Montreal, Chicago, and Los Angeles. He is also an enthusiastic teacher and has been on faculty at the JVL Summer School for Performing Arts as well as teaching in his private studio and preparing students for the Royal Conservatory of Music exams.