Music at KUC

Kitchissippi Choir

Music is an integral part of the worship experience at Kitchissippi United and plays an important role within our church community.  At the heart of Kitchissippi’s music program is our talented and dedicated choir, led by our music director Gavan Quinn.   In addition to singing hymns, anthems and other choral offerings at Sunday services, our choir presents music at special events throughout the year, including contemplative evening services, Christmas concerts, fundraising events and carol singing within the local community.

Many of our choir members are soloists and instrumentalists whose talents further enrich the musical life of our church with guitar, flute, piano and vocal solos, as well as vocal duets and small vocal ensembles.


Joining the Choir

Choir rehearses every Thursday from 7:30 pm – 9:15 pm in the sanctuary and on Sunday morning at 9:15 am.  New members are always welcome.  If you are interested in singing in the choir, please speak with Gavan.


Gavan Quinn, Music Director

Gavan brings a wealth of experience and versatility as a musician to his role as music director at Kitchissippi United.  An Ottawa native, Gavan received his A.R.C.T. diploma in piano performance before pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in music composition at the University of Toronto., followed by a Master’s degree in voice performance at the University of Ottawa.

Gavan has sung professionally with the Elora Festival Singers, as a soloist in operas, oratorios and recitals, and his compositions have been performed at music festivals and on CBC Radio.  A devoted teacher, Gavan has also completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa, is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and maintains a studio of piano, voice and theory students at his home in Ottawa. Gavan joined KUC in July 2014 and is thrilled to be a part of the team and church community.   For more information or to listen to some of Gavan’s musical performances, please visit



For a sample of our choir’s music-making, please enjoy listening to some of our recent recordings made at weekly rehearsals and Sunday services.  We are continuously adding new recordings to the website as well as updates on coming musical presentations and events, so please check back regularly.

(New) Kitchissippi Choir sound clips –  Enjoy!

When the Wind of Winter Blows – Lori True

A Thanksgiving Garden – Joseph M. Martin

O Praise The Lord – Haydn

Upcoming Musical Presentations & Events

Our next big project will take place during the season of Advent, and features a presentation of Canadian composer Donald Patriquin’s Christmas choral music.  Last Easter, our choir performed Donald Patriquin’s Caribbean Mass, featuring solo flute and the composer himself joining in on steel drums.  It was an inspiring and joyous experience, so we are very much looking forward to sharing more of Donald’s music with the local community this December.  Don’t miss it!