Director & Organist
from the U.K., Darrell studied at Keele
University (U.K.) and York University
(Canada), specializing in vocal performance,
conducting, and music education.
studies, Darrell was the recipient of the
Mervin Taylor Prize, the Keele University
Choral Conducting Scholarship, the Royal
Dolton Scholarship, and most notably, Student
of the Year (2010) for outstanding academic
achievement and contribution to music
education. He has had the opportunity to
perform and teach in the U.K., France, and
Australia, and currently resides in Ontario,
Darrell was the
conductor of two mixed voice childrens'
choirs, as well as guest conductor at Keele
University's Bach Chorale and Philharmonic
Orchestra & Choir for their 2010 Summer
teaching has taken him to Australia, where he
taught music at the Scots School, Albury, as
part of an international exchange initiative
providing vocal coaching and musical direction
for instrumental ensembles and chamber choirs.
excited to be with Cooke's-Portsmouth United
Church and is pleased to be sharing the joy of
music with the church and Kingston community.
For more about Darrell, please visit his web
Kate Van Allen
A graduate of
Queen's University (B.Mus, B.Ed.), Kate was a
school teacher and pianist in Kingston before
moving to Ottawa in 1984. After 14 years of
teaching piano and raising three daughters,
she and her family returned to Kingston in
1998. Since that time, she has been keeping
busy as a piano teacher, accompanist, and was
previously the conductor of the Parr Christie
Singers. She has also been involved in a
number of musical theatre productions.
she has been substitute pianist at
Cooke's-Portsmouth United Church for a few
years, and is happy to be working in
collaboration with the Music Director,
Darrell, Rev. Nadene, and the many members of
the CPUC Worship team.
In late 2009,
our new Worship Choir was formed. The Worship
Choir is made up of approximately fifteen
sopranos, altos, tenors, and basses. The Choir
sings sacred music in a variety of styles,
from classics by Handel to new pieces composed
last week. The Choir participates in worship
services at least twice a month.
are always welcome!
congregation is blessed with many wonderfully
gifted musicians. A harpist, violinist, tuba
player, bag piper, pianists, and oboist
regularly participate in worship. If you would
be willing to share your musical gifts in
worship, please let Darrell Bryan know.