Welcome to the Men of Praise
Interdenominational Christian Male Choir
Woodstock, Ontario

Recent choir news


Summer 2017

After 6 years, Randall Rehkopf has resigned as our director and a new director search was undertaken. Kitty Babcock was selected to be our new director, and we welcome her into this challenge! We also changed our weekly practice time to 7:30-9:30 PM.

June 16, 2011

Once again the season has come and gone. We had an absolutely amazing Festival of Praise this year, in the new Maranatha CRC facilities in Woodstock, with a sold-out house. With sadness we say good bye to our director Henry Bruines, who felt the need to step down. Through much searching, we welcome Randall Rehkopf as our new director starting in September 2011. The choir is now on summer break.

Nov 16, 2010

The season is progressing well, and we have some Christmas Concerts coming up. The Schedule page has been updated with the new dates. Also, I've set up a Facebook page for those that like to be more interactive and comment on things.

July 13, 2010

Summer break has been on for some time already, and once again I am negligent in performing my site updates.

We completed another good year, especially with the final Festival concert evening in Goderich. This time, unlike 5 years ago, there was no snow to slow us down and we had a good audience and an excellent guest solo pianist. The concert was enjoyed by all.

Once again, we look forward to our BBQ on August 25, 2010 at the pavilion in Hickson, time should be 6:30 PM.

Dec 26, 2009

The first half of the choir season has already come and gone, as well as another Christmas season. The choir had several large and well received concerts this season. The first was our annual combined concert with Musica Sacra back in October. The last two concerts were paired up with the St. Thomas Male Choir 'Crescendo' on Dec 5 and 13. It was a joy to work and perform with both of these professional choirs, and hope to do so again in the future.

The season started out a little rough as we were once again in the search for another organist after the resignation and relocation to Alberta for John Lobbezoo. Lois Goodall agreed to help us out.

The choir is now on our Christmas break, and will reconvene on Jan 6, 2010.

June 8, 2009

We've come to the end of another successful season, with good concerts, wonderful praise and good memories. The Festival Of Praise concert was the highlight of the end fo the season where 9 combined choirs (west and east) sang all mass numbers, and a large audience was in attendance to bring our praise to God.

Our organist John Lobbezoo tendered his resignation from the choir. His family is moving to Alberta for his new job. We wish him God's blessings as he settles into his job and new province. Now our search commences for a new organist.

We look forward to another season, starting with our BBQ at the Hickson Pavilion on Aug 26, 2009.

Jan 6, 2009

Oh my! I've not updated this page for some time, since Dec 2007.

The most important event was the passing away of our founding directory John Oosterink in September 2008. It was a heartbreaking shock, one that will be felt for years to come as John meant much to the choir.

The annual fall concert with Musica Sacra went well, with a good turnout and wonderful music. Another Christmas season is also behind us, with a concert in St Pauls Presbyterian Church in Ingersoll.

We have been active under the direction of Henry Bruines since January of 2007. Things are going well, and we look forward to the second half of our 2008-2009 season, especially to the fully combined Festival of Praise concert coming up on May 23, 2009 at Centennial Hall in London. All the southern Ontario Christian male choirs will be there.


View the news archives of previous seasons: 2004-2005 * 2005-2006 * 2006-2007 * 2007-2008


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This page last updated on Sep 27, 2017