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Toronto Catholic District School Board

 

Director - St. Michael's Choir School

 

 

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Drawing from over seventy-five years of rich choral tradition and excellence in both music and academics, St. Michael’s Choir School is an organization known for its distinctive music education program, whether our boys are raising their voices in praise of God at weekly Masses, singing out the joys of Christmas at Massey Hall, leading the national anthem at a sporting event, or bringing the gift of music to parishes across Toronto and beyond.
 
At St. Michael’s Choir School, our commitment to sacred music provides a deep sense of the beauty and joy of the Catholic spiritual tradition, which helps each student realize his calling and vocation as he matures in his faith. Each boy is supported and mentored as he devotes all that he is for the glory of God through the study and service of sacred music in St. Michael’s Cathedral, and through academic achievement.
 
It has been my pleasure to serve as the Director of St. Michael’s Choir School since 2012, and in that time, I have learned to expect the unexpected from our students. They are high achievers, gifted musicians and, to my constant delight, truly men for others. Over and over, I am impressed with the integrity, initiative and community spirit of St. Michael’s Choir School students. Watching them grow as musicians and as brothers is one of the greatest pleasures of working here at the Choir School, and I take great pride in knowing that we are preparing these young men to be the Catholic leaders of the future. The Choir School strives to unite excellence in musical education with academic goals and the development of men of character who will contribute to the common good. Whenever I see them supporting each other, taking action for social good in our community, and joining together to sing for the glory of God, I know that we are succeeding in our pursuit of musical, academic, spiritual, and personal excellence.
 
As St. Michael’s Choir School develops its vision for the future, I know that our grounded respect for tradition, active alumni community, and our engaged and motivated students, staff and parents ensure that the Choir School remains an integral part of the Catholic landscape in Toronto, and the sacred music conversation worldwide. The mission entrusted to us by Choir School founder Monsignor John Edward Ronan remains valid today: the formation of Catholic men through the service of sacred music and the pursuit of knowledge. I invite you to join our community by attending Mass at St. Michael’s Cathedral (or at St. Paul’s Basilica, September 2015-March 2016) or any of our annual concerts, or by exploring the Ronan Music Collection, which contains the compositions of Monsignor Ronan, which have been digitized and made available online
 
Stephen Handrigan
Director