Organ Recital
April 21, 2024 at 3:00 pm
With Organist Angus Sinclair and  Mezzo-Soprano Autumn Debassige
Angus Sinclair

Angus is a well-known freelance organist and pianist in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He was accompanist of the Three Cantors from 1997 to 2016; together they raised well over $1million in aid of the Huron Hunger Fund/PWRDF and produced several CD recordings and performed over 250 concerts. Together they received Honorary Senior Fellowships from Renison College, and Honorary DD degrees from Huron University College.

He holds an Honours B.Mus. in organ performance from Wilfrid Laurier University (1981). As an organist and music director, his appointments included St. Paul's Cathedral London Ontario, Knox Presbyterian Church Stratford, and the Blyth Festival Singers. Angus has written a number of compositions, in several different genres.

Autumn Debassige
Bio — Autumn Debassige

A versatile freelance soloist, Autumn has been featured by 4th Wall Music, Guelph Chamber Choir, The Cellar Singers, Spiritus Ensemble and by the Elora Festival in the inaugural roster of their Summer Vocal Program in Ensemble and Solo Singing.  She has appeared on stage at Niagara’s former Oh Canada Eh Dinner Theatre in their Broadway Showstoppers production and performed in Windsor Symphony Orchestra’s Wild,Wild West and Fiddlin’ Around concerts. In March 2023, Autumn made her operatic debut as Conversa II in Puccini’s Suor Angelica with Grand River Opera, though most recently she has been alto soloist for the premiere of Justin Lapierre’s Stabat Mater, under the direction of Ben Wallace, and for Symphony in the Barn’s signature Messiah Amongst the Cows.

Autumn is an active recitalist with a ‘rich and expressive’ voice, whose performances have been described as ‘lovely and stylish…wonderful, varied and consistently engaging.’   In the past year she has sung in concert series at Symphony in the Barn (Hanover), St. Andrew’s (Kitchener), First United Church (Waterloo), St. Paul’s Cathedral (London), St. James’ (Orillia), Yorkminster Park (Toronto), St. John’s (Kitchener), and St. James Cathedral (Toronto).

Solo work aside, Autumn is an alto in the professional Parish Choir, under the direction of Dr. Patrick Murray, at St. John’s Anglican Church in Elora, ON. Autumn is a graduate of Wilfrid Laurier University’s Faculty of Music (BMus, Hons. Theory 2016) where she studied voice with Leslie Fagan and piano with Dr. Joe Ferretti. She also holds an Advanced Diploma in Music Theatre Performance from St. Clair College (2019).

A proud alumna of The Ontario Youth Choir (2017) and the award-winning Maureen Forrester Singers, formerly out of WLU, Autumn currently studies voice with Dr. Elizabeth Lepock.