St. John's, Ancaster, Tribute: Bill Murphy

Mr. William Murphy

Organist and Director of Music, Retired

Bill served as Organist and Director of Music at St. John's from 2001 until 2012. But, upon his retirement in 2012, St. John's had the important responsibility of celebrating the way he has served the wider church with distinction since his teenage years. His work to build up the musical progam at St. John's is much celebrated and Bill continues to be a valued part of the St. John's community.

Following an undergraduate degree in music from the University of Western Ontario, Bill spent two years at the Washington Cathedral where he studied organ and choral music, theory and composition, and Anglican liturgical practice. There followed an opportunity to teach at St. Paulís School in London, England, which provided many enriching opportunities for a church musician. On returning to Canada and following further studies in music education Bill settled in Brantford. For thirty years he was director of music at the W. Ross Macdonald School for the Blind, during which time he also served as organist and choir director at several Brantford churches. During a four-month leave of absence Bill made a study of the music departments of ten schools for the blind in Britain, and took a six-week residential course at the Royal School of Church Music in Croydon, England. After his retirement from teaching Bill sang for seven seasons with the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Bill was made a member of the Order of Niagara in 2006 in celebration of his contribution to music in the Canadian church.

Bill was proud to be the Director of Music at St. Johnís,
but this is only exceeded by the esteem with which he was held in that time. It was an honour to have him serve at St. John's with such skill and dedication.

Bill Murphy at the great organ at Washington National Cathedral, 2006.

Mr. William Murphy, retired Director of Music, 2001-2012
Mr. Ian Sadler, Director of Music, 2012-2016
Mr. Murray Rathbone, interim organist and Organist Emeritus

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