|Albert Greer, Tenor|
It is especially in the role of Evangelist in the Passions of J.S. Bach, however, that Mr. Greer has received his greatest acclaim - "No singer in Canada does this better than Greer" - Pederson, The Halifax Chronicle Herald, and - "He was the perfect narrator, concerned, but not involved, anxious to make his story clear to all who would listen, but never overstating his case" - Siskind, The Citizen (Ottawa). No wonder that Brian Law invited him to perform this role in Bach's St. John Passion in New Zealand in 1993! Over the years Mr. Greer has performed the role of Evangelist in Bach's St. John Passion close to one hundred times, sometimes in English and sometimes in German, including a broadcast coast to coast on the C.B.C. as well as a number of performances with the London Fanshawe Chorus. His most recent renditions of this role have been in Good Friday presentations at Knox Presbyterian Church in Ottawa, and at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto.
The wide range of Mr. Greer's vocal talent is documented on his two CDs, Songs and Arias (1985) and My Life's Delight (1996). Both recordings show his versatility in art songs from the baroque to the contemporary, as well as in oratorio and operatic arias.
Mr. Greer's musical achievements have also been demonstrated in musical fields other than singing. Just recently Mr. Greer retired after twenty-four years at York University where he has been Vocal Instructor, Choral Director, and lecturer in Conducting and Advanced Musicianship. He continues as Organist and Choir Director at St. James' Anglican Church, Orillia, and as Conductor of the Cellar Singers, a regional choir of 80 voices. Another facet of Mr. Greer's musicianship is exhibited on the latest CD issued by The Cellar Singers, where two of his recent original compositions are featured.
In recognition of his outstanding contributions as a conductor, singer and music educator, Mr. Greer was awarded the President's Leadership Award, given by Choirs Ontario in 2002.