Rupert Lang was born in Red Deer, Alberta a few years ago. After an exciting childhood as the son of an Anglican priest and an adolescence where he began studies in the visual arts, 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, and completed his studies 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. He has taken this choir on to win first prize in the Church Choir Category of the CBC National Amateur Choral Competition four consecutive times. In 2006 they also took the prize for Best Performance of a Canadian Choral Work. 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 the Cathedral Choir and VCC, but other commissions have come from Central Bucks West High School in Pennsylvania, Surrey Children’s Choir, Syacuse Children’s Chorus, Vancouver Cantata Singers, Chor Leoni Men’s Choir, Elektra Women’s Choir, Vancouver Chamber Choir and Vancouver Men’s Chorus. A number of works are published by Boosey & Hawkes of New York: such as: Agneau de Dieu, Cantate Domino, Carol of the Child, Earth Teach Me, How Like an Angel, Kontakion, Like a Child, and Sanctus, Agnus Dei ( from Mass For Many Nations).
What I do Here
Most will not know this, but the Dean of a Cathedral is technically the Director of Music. He/she will of course normally “contract out” duties to the organist, but it will always be in total consultation.
So, in consultation with the Dean, the organist will:
– meet regularly with the Dean and other interested clergy to assist in the choosing of hymns; discuss the liturgical calendar and possible special music that coincides with each Sunday.
– serve on the Dean’s Council of Liturgy and Music – meetings as required
– design the choir calendar (starts the Sunday closest to Holy Cross Day in September up to the Cathedral Summer Festival of Sacred Music Sundays in July each season)
– research and plan repertoire for the Cathedral Choir calendar Sunday to Sunday
– set out music for the choir every Thursday and Sunday, and oversee the collection and putting away of music – with the help of a librarian if available
– study and prepare choir scores for rehearsals Thursday and Sunday mornings
– teach good vocal/choral technique alongside rehearsing the Cathedral Choir repertoire every Thursday night and Sunday morning
– prepare, practice and play organ for the hymns, anthems and postludes as required each week
– prepare, practice and conduct the choir for Sunday mornings & other events
– plan and set out music for Compline each Sunday
– responsible for the hiring of all section leaders; overseeing their invoicing every month, for all duties – checking all invoices and signing off on them; communicate info for events where section leaders are requested ie. memorials, weddings etc.
– foster and encourage “in residence” choirs: ie. Gospel Choir and Vancouver Children’s’ Choir and other possible events where all 3 choirs can participate in worship/concerts together
– respond to possible guest choirs to sing from time to time on Sunday mornings at CCC
– respond and co-ordinate requests for Cathedral Choir involvement in tours, films, competitions, recordings, concerts, weddings & memorial services