Dr. Christina Labriola took up the position of Music Director at Christ Church Deep Park in September 2020. An accomplished and versatile liturgical musician and scholar, Christina is ever interested in the interplay of music, beauty, and spirituality. She combines musical praxis as a choral conductor, mezzo soprano, pianist, and organist with theological scholarship in the area of Christian spirituality and music.
As a piano major, Christina earned a Bachelor of Music degree with honours from the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Music, and A.R.C.T. certificate from the Royal Conservatory of Music. Following this, she undertook a Master’s degree in Sacred Music from Emmanuel College with a choral conducting specialization, supported by a prestigious SSHRC scholarship. Most recently, she earned a doctoral degree in Pastoral Theology from Regis College, with a thesis on music’s sacramental potential through the lens of theological aesthetics, from a Roman Catholic perspective.
Christina is often in demand as a musician and educator in a variety of church, academy, and community settings. She has served the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Toronto as music director, cantor, and pianist/organist, lectured on sacred music and theology at the University of Toronto, and published and presented papers on theological engagements with music and the arts.