Board of Directors
- François Bélanger, President
- Simon Cridland, Secretary
- Claude Dufresne, Treasurer
- Lee-Pierre Shirey, Fundraising & Outreach
Joseph P. McEachren, Director
Joseph hails from the East Coast where music is well rooted in its rich and unique history. He began his musical studies at an early age and pursued a professional music education. Joseph holds a Bachelor of Music from Mount Allison University and a Bachelor of Music Education from Memorial University. He has had the distinct pleasure of singing under the direction of many of Canada and the world’s finest choral conductors such as Elmer Isler, Lydia Adams, Laurence Ewashko, and Barbara Clarke. Joseph has directed numerous music ensembles and is still actively singing within the Ottawa area. He is thrilled to be directing Choeur Gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus and to be connecting to the community through the power of music.
Timothy Piper, Accompanist
Timothy has a Bachelor of Music (Carleton University) and an ARCT in Organ Performance. In 2001, he began serving as Music Associate at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa where he founded, and then directed the Cathedral Girls’ Choir for over a decade. Over his tenure, he took the choir on tour to Quebec City, Washington DC, and through Europe. Tim’s latest choral project is Chorale Lyrica, a new choir for youth rehearsing in Hull.
Tim is also a private voice teacher and composer. He has a passion for writing music of all kinds and has enjoyed performances and recordings of both his musical theatre and choral works. He is delighted to be working with the CGOGMC as their accompanist.
Gordon Johnston, Director Emeritus
Founding conductor of the Choeur Gai d’Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, Gordon has an extensive musical background. He was tickling the keys of his parents’ Willis piano at the age of five and has since become an accomplished organist and harpist.
Gordon began conducting choruses even before his studies in music at the University of Calgary and Brigham Young University. While living in Utah, he was guest organist at the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City. The chorus continues to be grateful for the considerable gift of music that Gordon brought to the LGBTQ community in the National Capital Region.