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Wes Elias

Wes’ musical journeys have taken him from his Mennonite roots in rural Saskatchewan, through educational experiences at Canadian Mennonite Bible College (now Canadian Mennonite University) and the University of Toronto, where he studied organ with Douglas Bodle. Other organ teachers include Winnifred Sim, Peter Letkeman and Lawrence Ritchey. He has held organist and music director positions in churches in Toronto (Bellefair United, now Beach United), Port Hope, Ontario (St. Paul’s Presbyterian) and Winnipeg (Broadway First Baptist, Crestview United) before coming to St. Andrew’s as organist in 2009. He is active as a private music teacher, Royal Conservatory of Music Examiner and as an accompanist and performer on both organ and piano. Wes is married to Bertha Hoeppner Elias, also a music teacher. They are the parents of two grown sons, Evan and Graham.

Derek Morphy

Born in England, educated in Wales and at St. John’s College, Cambridge, where he was a choral scholar, Derek Morphy came to Canada in 1967. Derek retired in 2000, after a 37 year teaching career conducting choral music and history in Brandon and at Kelvin High School in Winnipeg. As a singer, he has continued to perform, most recently as the Deacon in a Winnipeg Singers performance of Rachmaninoff’s St. John Chryostom Liturgy, and in Camerata Nova’s Monteverdi “Marian Vespers of 1610”. He has maintained a long association with the Winnipeg Singers since first becoming a member in 1983. As well as directing the music at St Andrew’s, Derek sings with the Chamber Ensemble, Renaissance Voices, leads choral workshops, and serves as an adjudicator at Festivals in Manitoba and beyond. Derek is married to Martha Graham, also a member of St Andrew’s Choir. He has two children and four grandchildren.