We are very pleased to welcome Damien Macedo as our new Director of Music. Damien is an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and an accomplished countertenor. He has been the recipient of two national organ scholarships: the Lilian Forsyth Scholarship for the study of liturgical music (2017) and the Walter MacNutt Scholarship for the study of improvisation and chant accompaniment (2019). He studies organ with John Tuttle and improvisation with David Simon in pursuit of his FRCCO degree.
Damien began his musical training at St. Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, where he was taught piano, music theory, and voice. While still in high school, he was hired as a cantor at St. Michael’s Cathedral. He began his organ studies with John Tuttle while singing as a choral scholar in the Trinity College Chapel Choir. Upon graduating in 2015, he sang and toured with the world-renowned Wells Cathedral Choir in Somerset, UK as a Choral Scholar, and also served as Assistant Organist at St. Cuthbert’s Anglican Church, Wells. In 2018 Damien served as the Organist and Cantor at Dormition Abbey, Jerusalem, Israel, where he sang daily with the German Benedictine monks. His most recent position was as the Organist and Choir Director at St. Paul’s Anglican Church in Sydenham, Ontario, where he was responsible for programming liturgical music and was the curator of the church’s summer concert series.
As a singer, Damien has been a part of many concerts and productions. Notably, Damien sang the title role of Aeneas in the Queen’s University Opera Ensemble’s production of Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, performed the Canadian debut of Alessandro Stradella’s countertenor cantata O vos omnes, and recently performed Handel’s Messiah as the alto soloist.
In addition to receiving scholarships and awards recognizing him as a singer and organist, Damien has earned an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in English literature, Classics, and Music (history and theory) from the University of Toronto, and he is a recent graduate of Queen’s University Law School. While in Jerusalem, he was as an intern in the legal department of NGO Monitor, an international organization that tracks human rights abuses by non-governmental organizations. He is an articling student in a Toronto law firm and works in the areas of personal and corporate immigration.