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ROBERT J.R. GRANDY - Organist and Composer

Robert J. R. Grandy
Director of Music
Trinity United Church
360 Reid Street
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Home: (905) 885-6869
Office: (905) 885-6948
Church: (705) 743-3301
mail@robertgrandy.com

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ABOUT ME

I have lived in Port Hope for most of my life now. After studying music locally, I attended York University in Toronto to continue my studies in Music and French. At this same time, I became Organist at St. Paul's Presbyterian Church in Port Hope, my first church position. Since then, I have been the Organist at Harmony United Church in Oshawa; Organist-Choirmaster at St. Mark's Anglican Church here in Port Hope from 1981 to 2004; Director of Music at Wexford Heights United Church in Scarborough from February 2004 to June 2005. On July 3rd, 2005 I was appointed Director of Music at Trinity United Church in Peterborough.

I began taking organ lessons once again and received the "Service-Playing Diploma" from the Royal Canadian College of Organists. A few years later I attained the Degree of "Colleague" with the RCCO, winning scholarships on both occassions for the highest marks in Canada in those years. I was honoured to have my degree presented to me at my own church during the National Convention which was held here in Port Hope in 1996. I was one of the founding members of the Northumberland Centre of the RCCO, and served for several years as President of the Centre.

For many years I was a local piano, organ and theory teacher, as well as a free-lance accompanist. I have had an almost thirty-year-long relationship with the Oriana Singers of Cobourg, as a chorister, as Music Director for two years, and currently as Accompanist. I was also the Accompanist for the Upper Canada Boy Choir for two years.

Composition has always been a hobby of mine, and over the last ten years or so, I have turned my attention more seriously to it. Many of my choral works have been sung by various local choirs, such as the Choirs of St. Mark's; by MusicMakers, a local Community Choir; and by the Orianas Singers. My 1997 Cantata, "Music for a Saintly Celebration" was premiered during the 175th Anniversary of St. Mark's.

Another larger project was a set of "Seasonal Prayers" for choir, which was sung throughout 2000 at St. Mark's, as my own special Millennium project.

The Oriana Singers premiered another large work of mine, entitled "The Advent Antiphons", for choir, organ and handbells.

Along with this busy musical career, I hold the full-time position of Information and Privacy Coordinator with the Port Hope Police Service, In addition to this, I am also the Coordinator of the Northumberland Screening Program, a county-wide service , providing Police Information Background checks on individuals to over eighty organizations and agencies in the county, as well as to numerous businesses and larger companies across Canada. In amongst all this, I do indeed find time to spend with my wife, Barb; and Taffy, the family cat. Our son, Matt, works from home as the Lead Developer for an American software development company.


MY CHORAL COMPOSITIONS

ADORAMUS TE, CHRISTE (ancient text) / SAB, a cap
(Premiered March 11th, 2007 by Trinity United Church Choir, Peterborough, Ontario)

ADVENT ANTIPHONS (ancient texts) / SATB div, soloists, organ, handbells
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers)

AMOR PATRIS ET FILII (12th Century / SATB, a cap)

ARBOR AMORIS (Francois Villon / SATB, piano)
(Commissioned by the Oriana Singers for their 2005 Spring Concert)

BLAKE'S CRADLE SONG (William Blake / SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers)

BLESSING AND BENEDICTION (SATB, piano)
(Commissioned by the Oriana Singers for former director Marie Anderson's farewell concert)

BLEST ARE THE PURE IN HEART (SATB, a cap)
(Written for Trinity United Church Choir. Premiered October 2012)

CANTATA: "A Saintly Celebration" (various authors / SATB,Soprano,organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir, Nov 1997)

CANTICLE: "A Song of Praise" (SATB, opt acc)

CAROL OF THE FIELD MICE, THE (arr.) (SATB, piano)
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers)

CHRIST WHOSE GLORY FILLS THE SKIES (Charles Wesley / SATB, a cap)

CHRIST, LET US COME WITH YOU (Shirley Murray / SATB, a cap)

CHRISTMAS INTROIT (SATB, Cantor, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

COME, HOLY GHOST, OUR SOULS INSPIRE (arr. of Cabezon) (SATB, a cap)

COME, MY WAY, MY TRUTH, MY LIFE (George Herbert) (SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers)

CREATE IN ME A CLEAN HEART (from Psalm 51)
(Short introit for SATB a cap)
(Premiered by Trinity Unitred Church Chancel Choir Lent 2007)

CRUX FIDELIS (SATB, a cap, opt soli)
(Premiered by MusicMakers)

DROP, DROP, SLOW TEARS (Phineas Fletcher) (SATB a cap)

EIGHT SEASONAL PRAYERS (various) (SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir, Jan-Dec 2000)

EPIPHANY SENTENCE (SATB, Cantor, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

EVERY STONE SHALL CRY (Wilbur Held / SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by MusicMakers)

FIVE LENTEN SCRIPTURE SENTENCES (various voices, a cap)
(Premiered by Trinity United Church Chancel Choir, Peteroborugh during Lent 2008)

FOUR POEMS OF MARJORIE PICKTHALL
1. The Lamp of Poor Souls
(SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers, Nov 2002)
2. Vision (SATB, piano)
3. Song (SATB, a cap)
4. Exile (SATB, piano)

GARLAND OF FLOWERS, A (Frank McGhee)
1. The Iris (SATB, a cap)
2. The Rose (S/A, piano)
3. The Lily (Solo voice, piano)
4. The Poppy (SATB, a cap)
(#1 & #4 premiered by the Oriana Singers, June 2003)

GOD IS OUR SONG (Fred Pratt Green / SATB, organ)
(Premiered by a Massed Choir for the 70th Birthday Celebration Concert for Ruth Watson Henderson in 2003)

HARVEST SONG> (SATB, a cap)
(Written for Trinity United Church Choir. Premiered October 2011)

HE WAS DESPISED (arr. fm Messiah) (SAB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

HOW FAR IS IT TO BETHLEHEM (arr. English Carol) (Frances Chesterton / SATB a cap)

HOW GREAT THE MYSTERY OF FAITH (Brian Wren / SATB, a cap)

HOW SWEET THE NAME OF JESUS SOUNDS (SATB, a cap) (Short Introit, premiered October 2007 by Trinity United Chancel Choir)

HURON CAROL, THE (arr.) (Unison, organ, flute)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Youth Choir)

I CRY TO THEE (Dietrich Bonhoeffer) / SATB, piano and organ)
(Premiered at the October 2003 Northumberland Hospice Concert)

I LIFT UP MY EYES TO THE HILLS (SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir / written for the funeral service of chorister Paul Duchesne)

I'LL PRAISE MY MAKER (arr.) (John Wesley; Isaac Watts / SATB organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

IF WE WALK IN THE LIGHT (SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir / written for the Induction service of the Rev. Tom Little)

INFANT KING, THE (arr.) (Rev. S. Baring-Gould / SATB, a cap)

INTROIT: "Dum medium silentium"(SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

JESUS, THE VERY THOUGHT OF THEE (St. Bernard of Clarvaux / SAB a cap)

JESUS, THE VERY THOUGHT OF THEE (St. Bernard of Clairvaux / SATB a cap - different from above)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

LAMB OF GOD, PURE AND HOLY (arr. ) (SATB, a cap)

(Premiered by Trinity United Church)

LET ALL MORTAL FLESH KEEP SILENCE (arr.) (Liturgy of St. James / SATB div, a cap)
(Premiered by MusicMakers)

LO, HOW A ROSE E'ER BLOOMING (arr.) (SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

LORD, WHO SHALL ABIDE IN THY TABERNACLE? (Psalm 15 / SATB, a cap)

LOVE IS COME AGAIN (arr.) (J.M.C. Crum / SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's)

LOVE OF THE FATHER(12th Cent. / SATB, a cap)

MARIA MAGDALENA (SATB, a cap)

MASS FOR ADVENT (SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

MASS FOR PENTECOST (SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

MASS FOR THREE VOICES (SAB, a cap)
(Premiered Oct 5th, 2003 at St.Mark's)

MISSA ANTIQUA(SATB, a cap)
(Premierd by St. Mark's Choir, 1997 / Written for the 175th annivversary of St. Mark's)

MISSA "Rex Gloriosum Martyrum" (SAAB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

NEW EVERY MORNING IS THE LOVE (SATB a cap)
(Short Introit premiered Sept 17th 2006 by Trinity United Church Choir)

NOW TO YOUR TABLE SPREAD (Shirley Murray / SATB a cap)

NUNC DIMITTIS (SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir, 2000 / written for a special Millennium Evensong)

O BREAD OF LIFE(Timothy Lew / SATB, a cap)

O COME AND MOURN(F. W. Faber / SATB, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

O GOD OF LOVE, O KING OF PEACE (H.W. Baker / SATB div, a cap)

PALM SUNDAY SENTENCE (SATB a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

PARADISE OF GOD, THE (Revelations / SATB div, a cap)
(Commissioned by the Oriana Singers for their Spring 2005 Concert)

PRAYER FOR PEACE, A (George Appleton / SATB a cap)
(Premiered by the Oriana Singers, November 2001)

PSALMS (various) (Cantor, Choir and Congregation)
(Sung by St. Mark's Choir)

REPROACHES, THE (SATB, soloists, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

ROCKING (arr.) (Percy Dearmer / SATB, a cap)

SING A HAPPY HALLELUJAH (Unison with Desc, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Youth Choir)

SONG OF PRAISE (Song of the Three 29-34 / SATB opt org)

SOULS OF THE RIGHTEOUS, THE (SATB, a cap)
(Short Introit premiered November 10th, 2007 by Trinity United Chancel Choir)

SOUND THE TRUMPET IN SION (arr. of Palestrina) (SATB with div, a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

TURN BACK , O MAN (arr. of Bourgeois tune) (Clifford Bax / SAB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

VAISSEAU D'OR, Le (SATB div, a cap)
(Written for the Oriana Singers of Northumberland for their entry into the CBC Choral Competition)

VARIATIONS ON "WONDROUS LOVE" (SATB div, with concert band)
(Commissioned by the Oriana Singers of Northumberland and the Concert Band of Cobourg)

VESPER RESPONSARY (Cantor, SATB a cap)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

VINE, THE (Mert Hershberger / SATB, piano)
Commissioned by The Oriana Singers for their Spring 2005 Convert)

WHAT IS THE CRYING AT JORDAN? (Carol Drake / Unison with Descant, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)

WHERE CAN I GO FROM YOUR SPIRIT (from Psalm 139 / SAB, piano)
(Premiered on June 27, 2004 for the Retirement Service of the Rev. John Gertridge from Wexford Heights United Church)

WHERE YOU GO, I WILL GO (Ruth 1:16 / SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir, Nov 2001 / written for the Induction Service of the Rev. Marg Tandy)

WONDROUS CROSS, THE (SATB, organ)
(Premiered by St. Mark's Choir)


ORGAN COMPOSITIONS

-Berceuse (Lullaby for Hannah)
-Chorale Prelude on "Ermuntre Dich"
-Chorale Prelude on "Islington"
-Four Canonic Chorale Preludes
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-Fughetta on "Ascension"
-Fugue on Croft's Tune "St. Matthew"
-Homage to A.C. (Aaron Copland)
-Meditation on "Birchview"
-Partita on "Glenfinlas"
-Pastorale on "Liebster Jesu, Wir Sind Hier" (2014)
-Postlude on "Michael"
-Prelude on "Harris"
-Prelude on "King's Weston"
-Prelude on "St. Basil"

OTHER INSTRUMENTS

A Bell Fughetta (for handbells)

Chorale and Variations on "Praise My Soul" (for piano and solo handbell performer)

Night Song (Lullaby for Michelle) (for clarinet and piano)

Reflection on "Slane" (for handbells)

Variations on "O Filii et Filiae" (for handbells)

Variations on an Old Cornish Carol (for handbells)


SOLO SONGS

-Let Us Break Bread Together On Our Knees (arr.) (soprano and piano)
-Welcome, Happy Little Child (Soprano, clarinet and piano)