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.

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The Story behind our

Tracking Organ

Our magnificent three manual, tracker-action organ was installed in the chancel of the church in the spring of 1982 and dedicated to the Glory of God and in memory of those who died in the First World War and the Second World War.

The organ, built by the Karl Wilhelm Company of Mont St. Hilaire, Quebec, has a classical continental design. The case is made of white oak and the pipe shades are of carved butternut. Voiced in the classic French style, its 36 stops and 50 ranks are capable of interpreting a wide variety of organ literature.

Installation required considerable changes to the chancel including moving the altar forward and arranging choir seating to either side. These renovations prompted the design and production of our award-winning Benedicite Kneelers, done in needlepoint by a dedicated group of church members.