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A native of British Columbia, Mark Toews is Director of Music of Lawrence Park Community Church where he oversees a varied music program and is Artistic Director of the Fridays @ 8 Concert Series. Choirs and musical groups include the Adult Choir (volunteer singers and a professional quartet), a Children’s Chorus, a Youth Music program with Kenny Kirkwood, and a group of Handbell Ringers. New members welcome - speak to Mark to be involved.
Mark holds the ARCT diploma from the Royal Conservatory of Music, Toronto and a B.Mus degree from the University of British Columbia. He was awarded a Canada Council Arts Grant and attended the University of Michigan where he earned the M.Mus and DMA degrees in organ performance. Mark has served in a number of Canadian churches including Shaughnessy Heights United in Vancouver and Dominion-Chalmers United in Ottawa.
He has recorded Variations Plus on the Florence Grand Casavant Organ at Lawrence Park as well as several CDs with the Lawrence Park Choirs available on the church website. As a recitalist he has presented concerts in major centres in Canada, the United States and England. Several of his performances have been broadcast on the CBC. Mark Toews was National President of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (2002-2004) and remains active in the organization. Contact Mark at [email protected]
The ministry of music at Lawrence Park acknowledges the rich history of church music while embracing and exploring a wide variety of contemporary expressions.