St. Mark's Ottawa is proud of its music tradition. Since the beginning of the Parish, music has played an important part in our worship. The 1999 musical history link below takes you through St. Mark's first 50 years, and the start of a musical tradition in the church, with many talented organists, choir directors and choristers who have passed through St. Mark's.
Choir director and organist Ariane Dind, joined us in late 1999, after publication of the Church’s 50th anniversary book.
The year 2005-2006 marked the 50th anniversary of St Mark’s Senior choir. The Senior Choir was joined by the Junior Choirs in presenting an evening called "A Walk Down Memory Lane". An evening of its history, in memory and song, that even included the various choir 'robes' through the ages. Many former choristers came for the event, and three choir directors and the widow of the founding director were also present. The Choir produced a DVD and CD of the concert.
That same year the choir recognized three senior choristers, John Kirby, Bobbi Cain and Ray Davidson for their dedicated service to St Mark’s choral ministry. In 2013, Ray became the longest serving chorister and was recognized as such along with two other long-serving members Jenny Morphew and Bruce Lodge. They have served for over 130 years between them.
In 2015-16, St. Mark's Choir celebrates 60 years of service, with a membership of 23 choristers ... and 4-part harmony. The choir provides musical leadership for our regular and special services. It has nine members, each with over 30 years of service.
A new junior choir was formed in the fall of 2015, with 5 members.
Listed below are links to three items produced for the Church’s Jubilee year in 1999:
Both of the above compositions are copyrighted. Permission is given to print and copy the sheets for use in a single church, provided that it is not sold as a product. Each request to reproduce the material for inclusion in a book, for sale, or for multiple church use requires written permission from St. Mark's Anglican Church, Ottawa.