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Edith Troup has a Bachelor of Music from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, where she achieved Grade 10 Conservatory on piano and clarinet. She specialized in Music History. She pursued further training in England on clarinet, and in Santa Rosa, California on piano.
Experience as a Church Musician
Edith worked as a church musician for 3 years at St Andrew’s Anglican Church, Pender Harbour, BC. For many years, she worked as a substitute musician and accompanist for United and Anglican churches, on the Sunshine Coast (BC), in Kingston, and in Ottawa.
Currently, she is Director of Music at All Saints’ Westboro (Anglican) in Ottawa, where she plays piano or organ for all church services, and directs and accompanies the adult choir.
Experience as Accompanist
Edith has accompanied singers, instrumentalists, and dancers (modern and ballet) in festivals, exams, and concerts.
For 6 years, Edith accompanied all Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) ballet exams at The Coast Academy of Dance in Sechelt, BC.
She accompanied acclaimed modern dancer Sylvain Brochu in the first annual “Spring into Dance” revue at The Heritage Playhouse in Gibsons, BC. Sylvain performed an improvised interpretation of 3 pieces by Debussy.
Edith’s favourite activity is accompanying community and church choirs. She accompanied The Renfrew Community Choir (Renfrew, ON) and The Museum Singers (The Natural History Museum) in London, England. On the Sunshine Coast (BC), she accompanied the Soundwaves Choir and Suncoast Singers.
Currently, she is the accompanist for the Evensingers (All Saints’ Westboro’s Evensong Choir).
Playing the role of “Janet” is Driftwood Players’ 2006 production of John Murrell’s “Waiting for the Parade” (directed by Bob Hunt), she accompanied her solos on piano, and the cast in choral numbers. The play featured the songs of World War II, including Now is the Hour, Lily Marlene, and The White Cliffs of Dover.
She accompanied 2 Missoula Children’s Theatre productions at Roberts Creek Elementary School (Robert Creek, BC).
Experience as Clarinettist
Edith performed incidental clarinet music, in a Klezmer style, in an original theatrical production at All Saints’ Westboro.
She performed 2 of her own arrangements of Advent music (clarinet solo with piano accompaniment) at All Saints’ Westboro.
The photo above was taken while performing the clarinet obbligato in Stan Rogers’ The Field Behind the Plow with The Suncoast Singers at St Bartholomew’s Anglican Church in Gibsons, BC (June 5 & 7, 2009).