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Organist and Choirmaster

Wesley R. Warren

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Wesley R. Warren was raised in Ottawa, where he began organ studies with Fred K. Graham in high school. An honours graduate in organ performance of the University of Toronto (B. Mus) and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA (M. Mus), where his teachers were Douglas Bodle and Robert Glasgow, he has undertaken shorter periods of study with Dame Gillian Weir, Marie-Claire Alain, Harald Vogel and Daniel Roth. Mr. Warren was winner of the National Playing Competition, sponsored by the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), in 1981. He has performed at several RCCO National Conventions, and has recently been a Travelling Clinician (2015) and the National Examiner (2017) for the RCCO.

While studying at the Royal School of Church of Church Music, London, UK, he was awarded the coveted Limpus, Shinn and Durrant prizes for highest marks in organ playing for the exams (ARCO and FRCO) of the Royal College of Organists (RCO). Mr. Warren has been broadcast frequently on CBC/Radio Canada. Much in demand as a recitalist and clinician, Wesley Warren has performed extensively on concert series throughout Canada, in the United States, Britain and Europe, including such prestigious venues as Winchester Cathedral, and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, New York City. He has been Organist and Choirmaster at St. Barnabas Anglican Church, Ottawa since 1987, and his choir there won First Prize in their category in the National Choral Competition, co-sponsored by CBC/Radio Canada and the Association of Canadian Choral Communities (ACCC) in 2010. They released their second CD, “Exsultate Deo”, in 2012. Mr. Warren has taught at Carleton University, St. Paul University and Augustine College. He performs organ continuo with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, where he has worked with Trevor Pinnock and Pinchas Zuckerman. In September, 2017, he returned to London, UK, to perform recitals in several concert series.