Matthew Otto is an innovative leader, educator, and collaborator. Passionate about music’s role in liturgy, Matthew has served as a pastoral musician since the age of 12. He has worked as music director at a number of Toronto churches and, in December 2014, was appointed Director of Music at Christ Church Deer Park.

Committed to music education and choral excellence, Matthew is the Associate Artistic Director of the award-winning Toronto Children’s Chorus, where he conducts the Toronto Youth Choir (TYC), Chorealis, Chorale, and Training Choir III. He has directed their Chamber Choir on many international tours, including to Russia, Poland, Latvia, Lithuania, USA, Spain, New Zealand and Australia. In April 2018, Matthew led the TYC on its first international tour, travelling to New York City to sing with The King’s Singers in Carnegie Hall. In June 2019, the TYC made their debut with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra.

Matthew is founder/artistic director of Incontra Vocal Ensemble, a choral-arts collective of likeminded conductors, composers, vocal pedagogues, professional-level singers, and emerging artists. He has guest conducted the Elora Singers, the University of Auckland Chamber Choir, and the Toronto Cantata Chorus, and was the Assistant Conductor of Pax Christi Chorale. From 2011-2013, he served as the Associate Conductor of the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir.

Currently, Matthew is pursuing a Ph.D. in Music Education at the University of Toronto, where his research interests include belonging, collaboration, agency, and the role of vocal pedagogy in choral music education. He is in demand as a guest conductor, clinician and performer.

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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.