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Who We Are

Choir members learn all aspects of singing and musical theatre performance under inspired creative leadership.
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Christine Rabey, Artistic Director

 

Christine Rabey (she/her) is a mezzo-soprano, choral conductor, and secondary school teacher who is excited to be integrating into the Northumberland community. She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario with an Honours Bachelor of Music Education, and completed her Masters of Teaching at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at the University of Toronto. Since completing her studies, she has been working in the Secondary panel at the Peel District School Board, where she has recently been teaching vocal music in the Regional Arts Program at Cawthra Park Secondary School. In this position, alongside teaching a full schedule of vocal music and musical theatre, she directed the Junior Concert Choir and Senior Concert Choir, and vocal directed their fall production of the musical Something Rotten. A lifelong lover and advocate for choral music, Christine was a section lead at Metropolitan United Church in London during her undergraduate studies, and during her masters sung as a section lead for the Modern Sound Collective, while also serving as the Conducting Intern with Young Voices Toronto, and currently, she is the alto section lead in the choir at Royal York Road United Church in Etobicoke. This past year, she also worked as an Associate Conductor with the Oakville Choir for Children and Youth, where she greatly enjoyed working with their Little Voices and Cherub ensembles. Christine is thrilled to be joining the La Jeunesse organization and can't wait to combine her love of choir and musical theatre to work with these young musicians!

Debbie Fingas,

Associate Director /Accompanist

 

Debbie Fingas joined La Jeunesse Choirs in 2007. As an accomplished conductor,
musician and instructor, Debbie brings her wonderful artistic talents to all of our Choir
programs.
 
An experienced organist, pianist, choral director, singer and flautist, Debbie has
performed in concerts and recitals throughout Southern Ontario. As the Minister of
Music for Trinity United Church, Cobourg, she accompanies weekly Church services
and directs Church choirs of all ages.
 
Other notable engagements include:
Founding Artistic Director – Alloy Fusion Handbell Choir
Conductor – Chancel Choir
Conductor – Jubilate Handbell Choir
Conductor – North Lakeshore Chorus, Northumberland Chapter
President – Northumberland Centre of the Royal Canadian College of Organists
Chair – Music United
Music Director & Accompanist – VOS Theatre
Music Director & Accompanist – Capitol Theatre
Accompanist - Northumberland Players
Debbie graduated from the University of Toronto’s Emmanuel College with a Doctor of
Ministry. Her doctoral thesis explored how group participation in Church music nurtures
the participants spiritual life. Debbie holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of
Toronto, a Master of Arts in Church Music from Trinity Lutheran seminary in Columbus,
Ohio, and has received her Associate diploma from the Royal Canadian College of
Organists. 
 
Debbie’s latest pet project was the restoration of a beautiful and historic pipe organ for
Trinity United Church in Cobourg.

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