Music Director - Timothy Piper
Timothy Piper has a Bachelor of Music, an ARCT in Organ Performance and has been directing choirs since he was sixteen years old. He is a versatile composer and singer and also enjoys playing the piano, violin, viola, guitar, and of course the kazoo.
In 2001, he went to work at Christ Church Cathedral in Ottawa where he founded and directed the Cathedral Girls’ Choir. He also served as Music Associate, accompanying the Men and Boys’ choir and sharing organist duties with his colleague Matthew Larkin. Under his tenure, the Girls’ choir grew into a first-rate performing ensemble singing at all manner of Cathedral liturgies as well as concerts throughout the Ottawa region. They sang for many high-profile events including the Induction Ceremonies for our Governor General David Johnston, and in a private performance for Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, upon her visit to Ottawa in 2010. The choir toured to Kingston, Montreal, Quebec City, Washington DC, and in August 2012, they took their music over the pond and sang at Westminster Abbey and Canterbury Cathedral in England as well as at the Menin Gate in Belgium.
In 2012, Tim left the Cathedral to focus on his family. With his four children in mind, he started a choral program for children and youth across the river in Hull. Chorale Lyrica is now a major choral program in the area featuring four different choirs for young people ranging in ages from 5 to 18 years-old. Chorale Lyrica is a bilingual choir and enjoys a steady array of performance opportunities in and around the Ottawa-Gatineau region.
As well as his work at St Barts and Chorale Lyrica, Tim directs choirs at elementary schools in both Ottawa and Hull. He is also Musical Director for the Western Quebec School Board’s MusicMakers event which brings together over 800 students from across the region every spring for a joint musical presentation.