Leaside is blessed with a highly capable choir who provide special music on Sundays, such as the prelude and choir anthem. Our four section leads and the music director also provide leadership for our online worship services by recording videos for the hymns, contemporary praise music, and anthems – these videos are shown on-screen during the online services, in place of congregational singing. Learn more about our section leads below!
Music Director: Vacant
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Soprano Section Lead: Jill Walker
I can’t remember a time when I have not sung and played the piano. Coming to Toronto from Scotland in 1980, I have sung with many community groups – oratorio, opera, operetta, Gilbert & Sullivan, musicals. I love church music and have been privileged to sing with the Leaside P.C. choir for 20 years. My other activities include a home office, hospital volunteer, cat rescue and adoption, computer games, reading and cooking for my friends.
Alto Section Lead: Rosemonde Desjardins
Rosemonde Desjardins is a graduate from the University of Toronto Voice Program. Originally from Montreal, she made her way to Toronto where she met the most amazing musicians. This highly contributed to her love for collaboration, whether that be on or off stage. Rosemonde is highly involved in non-profit activist organizations that fight against racism. She is actively working on projects that aim to bring people together through music which is what she hopes to do for the rest of her life.
Listen to Rosemonde singing Laue Sommernacht by Alma Mahler (accompaniment: Marcus Scholtes)
Tenor Section Lead: Tan Vu
A Fulbright Scholar, Tan had performed in musicals, opera, and theatre with Saigon’s leading arts institutions before moving to New York to train at the American Musical & Dramatic Academy under a scholarship. Since relocating to Toronto as Canadian permanent resident in November 2019, he has worked as tenor lead in Leaside Presbyterian Church and performed in Toronto Operetta Theatre’s “H.M.S. Pinafore” right before the COVID shutdown.
Together with mentor Stephanie Graham, Tan received the Toronto Arts Council’s Newcomer Artist Mentorship Grant to continue professional training during the pandemic with musical theatre experts: David Connolly, Kimberley Rampersad, Esther Jun, Chilinia Kennedy, David Leyshon, Ted Witzel, Alexis Gordon, Denise Fergusson, Stephen Woodjetts, among others.
Tan received a 2020 Queer Emerging Artist Award from Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, and was one of 5 artists selected to participate in the 2021 Next Generation Showcase’s “New Faces” Program, sponsored by The Stratford Festival. Tan has worked with Talk Is Free Theatre (as Swimmer in the virtual reading of David Yee’s Carried Away On The Crest Of A Wave – CAEA); Toronto Operetta Theatre (as Mero in the digital production of Emmerich Kalman’s The Csardas Princess – ACTRA); Cahoots Theatre (as Artist in Crossing Gibraltar); Eclipse Theatre Company (as himself in ETC’s Emerging Artist Showcase); No Strings Theatre (as The Devil in Dario et La Diablesse, a new musical); and The Toronto Fringe Festival (as TENT Program participant).
Bass Section Lead: Sebastian Gayowsky
Sebastian Gayowsky is a bass who completed the opera performance undergraduate program in voice at the University of Toronto in 2020. When Sebastian was a boy-soprano, he had the pleasure of performing with Against the Grain Theatre as Miles in The Turn of the Screw. Continuing with Benjamin Britten, Sebastian performed with the Viva Youth Choir as Shem in Noye’s Fludde. In 2017 he performed with LROW in The Consul as Mr. Kofner. In the summer of 2019, he traveled to Graz, Austria and was a member of the American Institute of Musical Studies in Graz and their Opera Studio.
Listen to Sebastian singing Doubt by Mikhail Glinka (accompaniment: Marcus Scholtes)