Donald Hunt is our full-time Director of Music, with oversight of all aspects of the Cathedral’s extensive music program.
You will find him at the cathedral early on weekday mornings rehearsing and teaching our young Cathedral School choristers; and often well into the evening, rehearsing two of our three adult choirs, attending Music Committee meetings, or liaising with visiting choral and instrumental groups come to concertize. He also manages to nab a few hours here and there to prepare organ voluntaries and recital repertoire.
Each month, Donald selects hymns and anthems to correspond with the Sunday readings and the season of the church year, and is responsible for balancing such variables as familiarity, stylistic variety, musical excellence, theological substance, singability, nudging the community to expand its repertoire, and the limitations of our cathedral space. These factors come into play week by week. Donald is also part of the conceptual team who plan special services such as Christmas Lessons and Carols or the Duruflé Requiem.
Sundays are but a fraction of Donald’s role. The Cathedral hosts and/or co-produces approximately three dozen non-liturgical concerts a year. These have gained the Cathedral a reputation on the Island both for excellence, and for our support of young and emerging musicians – something we believe will serve both society and the Church well in the future.
In addition, Donald has designed and implemented our new Cathedral Chorister program, a dream which has taken shape under his leadership. We are providing world-class music and choral education to children from Grades 4 to 8: ours is the only such Anglican program in Canada.
Perhaps above all, Donald cares deeply about the Church, and the gospel, and these concerns inform his decisions and music-making. He is a valued member of our staff team, and contributes helpful insights about everything from the Sunday announcements, to the way we welcome people.