Music at ESG
Music at ESG is both an offering to God and a ministry to God’s people; it seeks both to enrich worship and to delight. Hymns, anthems, and service music are chosen to complement the church year, scripture readings and sermons. Our music strives to be both excellent and eclectic, representing the best of every period and style - and, increasingly, from many parts of the globe. Services featuring Celtic, Gospel, Jazz, African-American, Latin-American and contemporary global music punctuate the church year.
ESG's Director of Music
Conductor, Pianist and Organist Shawn Grenke is our newly appointed Director of Music at ESG. His credentials include: Accompanist for the Amadeus Choir of Toronto under the direction of Lydia Adam, Accompanist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, Conductor of the 90 member Burlington Seniors’ Centre Choir and newly appointed Artistic Director to the Woodstock Fanshawe Singers of Woodstock Ontario.
Shawn began his musical training as a chorister and pianist with the Hastings County Board of Education Concert Choir under the Direction of Rudolf Heijdens in his hometown of Belleville. Holding a Bachelor of Music degree (2000) from Mount Allison University (New Brunswick), and a Master of Music degree (2002) from the University of Toronto, Shawn has served as organist and Music Director at various churches throughout Ontario and the Maritimes for almost 20 years, and is a member of the Royal College of Church Organists, the Royal School of Church Music, and a fellow of the Honorary Company of Organists.
In concert, Shawn has made appearances in Poland, at the ‘Let the Future Sing’ Choral Festival in Sweden, the ‘Le Mondial Choral Loto-Québec World Choral Competition’ in Laval, Québec, ‘Xinghai Choral Competition’ in China, Roy Thomson Hall, and at various festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada the United States and Europe.
In February of 2014, Shawn accompanied the Elmer Iseler Singers on a North Canadian tour of Yellowknife, Banff and Edmonton. This August, Shawn also travelled to Seoul, Korea with the Hamilton Children’s Choir where they participated in the 10th Annual World symposium of Choral music.
In 2014 Shawn recorded with the Elmer Iseler Singers as pianist on, "Greatest Hits Vol.1" and as well, the Amadeus "Celtic Celebrations" CD.