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Dr. Chris Teeuwsen
Organist and Director of Music


The Reverend Mary Ryback

Honorary Assistant


Donna Ellis
Licensed Lay Worker
Director of Children & Youth Ministry


The Reverend Olive Shepherd

Honorary Assistant

The Reverend Canon Joseph Asselin
Priest and Rector


The Right Rev'd Michael Bird
Bishop of Niagara

Dr. Christiaan Teeuwsen
D.M.A. (1987), Organ Performance, University of Iowa, Solo Diploma (1985), Organ, Sweelinck Conservatory, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
M.F.A. (1983), Organ Performance, University of Iowa, B.A. (1980), Dordt College

Organist and Director of Music, June, 2016


When Dr. Chris Teeuwsen came to St. John's as Organist and Director of Music, commencing June of 2016,
he was no stranger to St. John's, as a valued member of the musical community in Ancaster and a professor at Redeemer for many years.

A native of St. Catharines Ontario, Christiaan Teeuwsen was formerly the Director of Music at MacNab Street Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, and is Associate Professor of music, Organ Performance and Choral Music at Redeemer University College in Ancaster.

Dr. Teeuwsen received his BA from Dordt College (1980) where he studied organ with Dr. Joan Ringerwole. He received a Master of Fine Arts (1983), and Doctor of Musical Arts (1994) at the University of Iowa, completing studies with Dr. Delores Bruch and Dr. Delbert Disselhorst. He was awarded the Uitvoerend Musicus - Orgel (Solo Diploma - Organ/1984) for Organ Performance from the Sweelinck Conservatory in Amsterdam. During studies in The Netherlands he was assistant organist to Klaas Bolt at the Sint Bavo Kerk in Haarlem (1983-85). He also studied with Harold Vogel at the North German Organ Academy, and Ton Koopman (Utrecht) in organ. He has recorded on historic instruments in The Netherlands; North German Organ works (Schnitger Orgel – 1702), Bach meets Buxtehude on the Bader Organ (1641) in Zutphen; Baroque Dances and The Complete Works Of Georg Böhm for the Naxos Label on the Reil organ (1999) and most recently a compact disc on the Dordt College Chapel Organ in Sioux Center, Iowa. He has given recitals and workshops throughout The United Sates, Canada, The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea.


St. John's Anglican Church
272 Wilson Street East (at Halson)
Ancaster, Ontario, Canada. L9G 2B9
905-648-2353