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Gregory Walshaw:

Music Director & Organist

           Since 2003, Greg Walshaw has been the organist of St. Andrew’s United Church in Brantford, Ontario, adding the duties of Director of Music in 2007. In this role, Greg is responsible for the co-ordination and performance of all instrumental, choral, and congregational music within worship services, administering the music budget and music library, as well as the care and maintenance of instruments and equipment.

            A summa cum laude graduate of McMaster University (B. Mus.), he is now pursuing a Master of Sacred Music degree at Emmanuel College, University of Toronto. While at McMaster, he studied organ under Paul Grimwood, and composition under William Renwick. For three seasons, he was the accompanist of the McMaster University Choir, after which he was appointed Apprentice Conductor and then Assistant Conductor. His time at the school also included several concerts where he was the harpsichord player with the McMaster Chamber Orchestra. Greg has two works published by the Royal Canadian College of Organists, through whom he also holds the diploma of Colleague of the RCCO. He currently serves on the RCCO’s National Council.

            Greg began playing the piano at the age of ten, when he also became a chorister at the Anglican Cathedral in Calgary, Alberta. With that choir, he sang several performances with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as being the choir-in-residence at Chester Cathedral, Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral. Apart from keyboard instruments, Greg also plays trumpet and guitar. He began playing trumpet in a jazz band in Junior High school, and is a self-taught guitar player.

            After completing high school, Greg began an apprenticeship with Alberta Theatre Projects, and also worked on stage crews for Theatre Calgary and the Jack Singer Concert Hall. His plays have been workshopped and performed in Calgary and Hamilton, where has was the Artistic Director of the Alchemist Theatre from 1998 to 2005.

            Greg lives in Brantford with his wife Katie, two cats, a rabbit, a large collection of music books, and nine musical instruments.

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