Choral Scholars

Christ Church Cathedral awards Choral Scholarships to talented young singers to assist them financially with their musical studies and training. The scholarships are awarded annually, with the possibility of renewal. The candidates are auditioned by the Director of Music in the spring or early fall of each year. The Cathedral Music Endowment Fund sponsors four candidates each year, and additional scholarships are made possible through the generosity of various choristers and parishioners. 

Choral Scholars (Cathedral Choir) 2016/7

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From left:
  • Heidi Worrall is pursuing Music Education studies at UVic. In addition to singing alto in our choir, Heidi is also a talented trombonist, studying with Scott MacInnes.
  • Baritone Thomas Nicholson is studying composition with Christopher Butterfield at UVic. In addition to his Choral Scholarship, Thomas has received an Organ Scholarship and will be studying organ with Canon Michael Gormley this year.
  • Bass Daniel MacRae is a third-year electrical engineering student at UVic and returning to the Cathedral for the second year. He studied with Winston Noren in Calgary and continues to pursue singing in choirs and other musical groups.
  • We are pleased to welcome back soprano Margaret Lingas for another year. Margaret hails from England, and is in the fourth year of a Performance degree with Benjamin Butterfield at UVic.
  • Joé Lampron-Dandonneau is a young tenor who comes to us from Montreal, where he was previously a Choral Scholar at the Church of St. Andrew and St. Paul. He is completing his Master’s degree at UVic with Benjamin Butterfield.
  • Tenor Kaden Forsberg is in his second year as Choral Scholar. He is currently studying with Benjamin Butterfield at the University of Victoria. 
  • Bass William Constable returns to us for a second year. He is presently studying with Gary Relyea.
  • Missing from the photo above is returning Tenor, Adam Schmidt. Adam is presently studying with Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.



Choral Scholars (Cathedral Choir) 2015/6 

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Choral Scholars (Cathedral Choir)  2014/2015

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From left: Nick Allen, Margaret Lingas, Josh Lovell, Merryn Ross and Adam Schmidt. Missing from photo: Kassandra Schantz

Nick Allen

Nick studied under Ben Butterfield and completed his Bachelor of Music this past spring, and is completing a teacher’s certificate this year at UVic. He will be moving to Burnaby in January to be a student teacher for the rest of the school year.
Margaret Lingas
Margaret is a second year performance major in voice and a student of Benjamin Butterfield at UVic. This is Margaret’s second year with us as Choral Scholar.
Josh Lovell
This is Josh’s fifth and final year at the Cathedral as Choral Scholar. Josh is in his final semester at the University of Victoria. He studies with Benjamin Butterfield and is preparing to audition for a Master's Program in the United States.
Merryn Ross
Merryn has just moved from Toronto to study with Nancy Argenta at the Victoria Conservatory of Music.
Kassandra Schantz
Kassandra Schantz is a 3rd year performance major in voice at the University of Victoria. She is currently studying with Benjamin Butterfield.
Adam Schmidt
Adam is currently a 2nd year software engineering student at UVic. He sings as much as he possibly can to maintain his sanity and equilibrium.

The choral scholars at Christ Church Cathedral for the year 2013/2014

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Above from left: Nick Allen, Margaret Lingas, Kassandra Schantz, Esme Liddicoat and Adam Schmidt. Missing from photo: Josh Lovell 

Choral Scholar Bios from 2013/2014

Nicholas Allenis a 22 year old Baritone.  He sang with the Calgary Boys Choir for nine years, and also toured around the world with the prestigious Vienna Boys Choir for two years, under the direction of Gerald Wirth.  After his return, He studied four years of voice under Winston Noren.  He participated in the Mount RoyalVocalAcademy for two years.  He sang with VoiceScapes in their performance of Dido and Aeneas in 2008, and the Sing Along Messiah at Christmas in 2009.  He played the snare drum in the Calgary Stampede Showband in 2010. He was the bass soloist for the Victoria Chamber Orchestra performance of Mozart’s Requiem in 2011, and for Christ Church Cathedral’s performance of Handel’s Messiah in 2012. He is currently in his third year of Voice in the music program at the University of Victoria focusing on music education, studying with Ben Butterfield. In his free time, Nicholas likes to sing and play piano, play snare drum, and relax with friends.

Esme Liddicoatfirst began private voice lessons at age seven when her mother discovered she could not stop her from singing along with her brother’s vocal performances in the local festival.  Esme has currently entered 3rdyear at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and loves every minute of it.  Besides music though, she also loves tap dancing and is studying to attain her teacher’s certificate.  She is very excited to be one of the ChristChurch choral scholars and is looking forward to a wonderful year of music. 

Josh Lovell:Since he could remember, Josh has made noise. Very Loud noise! Thankfully, Josh’s parents decided to turn his annoying habits into musical ones instead. Since making his solo debut in 2009 at the Victoria Symphony “Splash” under Tania Miller, Tenor, Josh Lovell has been a familiar performer throughout Victoria and the GulfIslands. Concert highlights have included Handel’s Messiahwith the Victoria Philharmonic Choir and Civic Orchestra, Respighi’sLauda per la Natività del Signorewith the Victoria Choral Society under Giuseppe Pietraroia, and Gounod’sMesse Solennelle de Ste. Cécilewith Simon Leung and the Victoria Summer Choir.Recently, Josh performed Haydn’sCreationwith the Salt Spring Chamber Orchestra, Bach’sCantata 184with the Victoria Baroque PlayersandCantata 128with the Victoria Bach Ensemble. He also performed in Mozart’sRequiemwith Prima Choir and the Vancouver Island Chamber Orchestra under Yariv Aloni. Josh is in his third year of undergraduate voice studies at the University of Victoria with Benjamin Butterfield.

Kassandra Schantzis a mezzo soprano from WestlockAB. She has been taking voice lessons for seven years and is now attending her second year of school at the University of Victoria, where she is studying music as a voice student. Her dream is to one day sing opera at Teatro alla Scala. Besides singing Kassandra enjoys painting and hiking. She loves Victoria and goes to the beach every chance she gets.

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Five of the Choral Scholars performed after the Epiphany Service on January 5. From top left, clockwise: Josh Lovell, Kassandra Schanz, Adam Schmidt, Nick Allen, Margaret Lingas and Josh Lovell



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