27 Aug 2010, Posted by Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver

Rupert Lang

Rupert Lang, Organist and Music Director, Christ Church Cathedral Vancouver

Name:

Rupert Lang

Phone:

604-682-3848 (ext.31)

E-mail:

langrgee@gmail.com

Title:

Organist & Director of Music

Role:

Ensure that appropriate high standards of liturgical music are provided for all services of worship as required, through personal preparation and through the direction of the Cathedral Choir and other musicians as required.

Manage the music program by ensuring that all singers, instrumentalists, music library, organ, piano and related equipment are budgeted, repaired, recruited, replaced or otherwise managed within the Cathedral’s financial controls.

Support the overall ministry of the Cathedral by participating fully as a key member of the staff team, including regularly scheduled staff meetings and other committees as required, bulletin preparation in conjunction with the Dean, working effectively with volunteers, and in all ways sharing in the overview of Cathedral programs and vision.

Contribute to the musical and religious life of Vancouver through the production and promotion of special concerts, recitals, visiting performers, and other artistic events.

Ensure continued personal development through regular study, professional development and other avenues of personal preparation.

My Involvement:

Altar Guild

Cathedral Centre for Arts & Learning

Dean’s Council on Liturgy and Music

Intercessors

Organ Task Force

Restoration and Renewal

Vancouver Children’s Choir

Favourite Links:

Vancouver Children’s Choir

Biographical Information:

Rupert Lang, born Red Deer, Alberta – 1948, took his first degree (B.Mus. Honours in performance) at the University of Manitoba. He went on to England where he studied at The Royal School of Church Music, receiving the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Certificate in Church Music and a diplomas from The Royal College of Music and Royal College of Organists. Lang completed his studies in England at the University of Cambridge, St. John’s College, receiving an MA (Music) studying with George Guest, Gillian Weir and John Scott.

After returning to Canada, Lang became Director of Music at West Vancouver United Church, where he founded the Vancouver Children’s Choir. Since 1986, he has been Organist and Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral, Vancouver.

The Christ Church Cathedral Community takes great pride in the fact that Rupert has spent 20 years of his remarkable career and ministry here and plans are in the works for a major celebration of this milestone November 24-26, 2006.

He has three consecutive times taken the Cathedral choir on to win first prize in the Church Choir Category of the CBC National Amateur Choral Competition (1998,2000,2002) and after sitting out one competition in 2004, Rupert and the choir returned to win first prize again in 2006.

As composer, Lang has written innovative music such as Spirit of the Child and Cantate Domino and more extended works like Magnificat for soprano soloist and men’s choir. His works are often premiered by Christ Church Cathedral Choir and The Vancouver Children’s Choir, but other commissions have come from Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, The Calgary Girl’s Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Vancouver Men’s Chorus, and The World of Children’s Choirs 2001 Symposium.

In August of 2006 Rupert travelled to York in England with a representative group of Vancouver Children’s Choir senior choristers. They participated in the Choral Music Experience 20th anniversary conference and performed a number of Rupert’s compositions.

A number of his works are published by Boosey & Hawkes, New York – for example: Agneau de Dieu, Can You Imagine?, Cantate Domino, How Like an Angel, Kontakion, Mass For Many Nations, Spirit of the Child and Ubi Caritas.

Through conducting, playing and composing, Lang continues to be committed to ministry through music in the church and to the teaching of children.

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