An inviting haven in a hurried world. Constructed in 1862, the building is a landmark in historic downtown Kingston. Rebranded as "The Spire" , it is home to a number of not-for profit community organizations as well as the congregation
The first joint worship service of Chalmers United Church and Sydenham Street United Church, with combined choirs, took place on January 7, 2018 at Chalmers United Church
Sydenham Street United Church has a long history of excellence in Church music. The SSUC Choir, a vital part of our worship service, sings an eclectic repertoire spanning five centuries of sacred music. It rehearses on Thursday evenings from 7:15 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and sings for 10:30 a.m. worship services each Sunday from September through late June. New members are always welcome.
The congregation has identified music as an important part of our worship; they wish to have a diversity of musical expressions from classical to more contemporary.
Our award-winning art/poetry/music presentation, The Easter Road, brightens the walls of our sanctuary.
Our Choir Director : David Melhorn-Boe, Minister of Music
David Melhorn-Boe grew up in Kingston, where he attended Winston Churchill and Rideau Public Schools, and well as KCVI. He studied music at Queen’s University, followed by a master’s degree in folklore studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Returning to Ontario, he pursued a doctoral programme in ethnomusicology at the University of Toronto, focussing on contemporary music of the First Nations community in that city. After obtaining a teaching degree, David moved with his family to North Bay, where he lived and worked until his return to Kingston in 2010.
David has performed internationally in a wide range of musical styles, and has taught music in elementary and secondary schools and universities in Toronto, North Bay and Sudbury. He has taught both children and adults privately in voice, piano, pipe organ, theory and composition, with special interests in improvisation and music as therapy. He is in demand as a guest artist, teacher, festival adjudicator, and clinician for workshops in performance, composition and music education. He was founding artistic director of the Rapport Singers of North Bay, conducted the Sudbury Chamber Singers for six years, and served as Minister of Music at Trinity United Church in North Bay. He also served the national church as Chair of Music United and as a member of the United Church’s Worship and Music Advisory Committee.
David is passionate about music and worship, and about exploring ways in which creativity can deepen our relationships in community. He enjoys making music for and with others.
Our Thanks to Damien Macedo
Damien Macedo joined us as our Organist/Choir Master for this year’s Advent/Christmas season.
Damien is currently the Organ Scholar at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, Kingston, Ontario, and is studying organ with Michael Capon and music history with Dr. David Cameron in pursuit of his ARCCO diploma. Damien is the current holder of the RCCO’s national Lillian Forsyth Scholarship for the study of liturgical music.
Damien helped us by stepping in to fill the gap before the joint services start in January.