the experience of congregational singing

Brief biography


Gordon Adnams has been involved in music education and leadership as well as professional music-making throughout his adult life. He received his early musical training in instrumental and choral music as a member of the Salvation Army and more formally at the Royal Conservatory of Music, achieving an associateship (ARCT) in Euphonium performance. Gordon continued his education at the University of Toronto earning both MusBac (instrumental music education) and MusM (choral music education) degrees and more recently, a PhD from the University of Alberta. After some years as a free-lance performer and teacher, including several years as Adjunct Faculty in the music department of Ontario Bible (now Tyndale University) College, Toronto,  he served full-time as Minister of Music at Forward Baptist Church in Toronto and Ellerslie Road Baptist Church in Edmonton, Alberta. From 2000 to 2006, Dr. Adnams was Associate Professor and co-chair of the Music Department at Taylor University College in Edmonton, directing the choirs and teaching in the area of worship and congregational singing at Taylor Seminary. 

In 2008, Gordon and his wife Louise moved back to southern Ontario. He taught at Redeemer University College for five years and currently conducts The Guelph Male Choir and Hamilton's Strata Vocal Ensemble, coordinates worship at MacNeill Baptist Church in Hamilton, serves on the Board of the Summer Institute of Church Music and leads workshops, seminars and retreats to encourage and enrich churches in their congregational singing.

A move back to Alberta to be with children and grandchildren is planned for summer 2017.