A Choral Convocation

Presented by the Canadian Staff Songsters

Saturday, April 6, 2024 at 7:00 p.m.  |  Yorkminster Park Baptist Church, 1585 Yonge Street, Toronto

All tickets to the in-person event have now been claimed.
Please join us via livestream here at Salvationist.ca/ChoralConvocation

Mark your calendars now for a magnificent night of song and music on April 6, 2024 at 7 p.m. with A Choral Convocation, Presented by the Canadian Staff Songsters.

Hosted at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church in Toronto by the Canadian Staff Songsters, the night’s special guests include the International Staff Songsters and all four U.S.A. Staff Songster brigades.

The International Staff Songsters were established in 1980 as a means of sharing God’s message of joy, hope and peace around the world. The group has recorded more than 50 albums, performing everywhere from London’s Royal Albert Hall to schools, shelters and prison chapels.

Representing each of the U.S.A.’s four territories, the Central Territory Staff Songsters, Eastern Territory Staff Songsters, Western Territory Staff Songsters and Southern Territory Staff Songsters also have a beautiful history of spreading God’s Word through song, sharing hope and encouragement for all.

And our own Canadian Staff Songsters, under the leadership of Cathie Koehnen, have blessed the territory in worship, evangelism and integrated mission through music since their formation in 2016.

This musical event is a rare chance to witness some of the Army’s most gifted singers join their voices in an incredible evening of music and hearts raised in praise―don’t miss out!



Canadian Staff Songsters

Executive Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel John Murray

Songster Leader: Cathie Koehnen


Canadian Staff Band

Executive Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Les Marshall

Bandmaster: John Lam


International Staff Songsters

Executive Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Jayne Roberts

Songster Leader: Dorothy Nancekievill



U.S.A. Central Territory Staff Songsters

Executive Officer: Major Carla Voeller

Songster Leader: Matthew Woods



U.S.A. Eastern Territory Staff Songsters

Territorial Music Secretary: Derek Lance

Executive Officer: Colonel Christine Rock

Songster Leader: Erik Jones


U.S.A. Southern Territory Staff Songsters

Territorial Music Secretary: Nick Simmons-Smith

Executive Officer: Lieutenant-Colonel Mark Israel

Songster Leader: Robert Snelson


U.S.A. Western Territory Staff Songsters

Territorial Music Secretary: Neil Smith

Executive Officer: Commissioner Colleen Riley

Songster Leader: Barbara Allen




Friday, April 5, 2024 – Staff Songster Reception (by invite only)
Saturday, April 6, 2024 –

7:00pm (Doors open at 6:15 pm): A Choral Convocation, presented by the Canadian Staff Songsters

Find Parking
  • Please note that there is no parking available onsite at Yorkminster Park Baptist Church (1585 Yonge Street)
  • Attendees will have to make use of one of the neighbourhood pay lots within short walking distance
Sunday, April 7, 2024 –

All Staff Songster brigades spread out across GTA for regular Sunday Worship services

ISS/CSS @ Yorkminster Citadel, Toronto – 10:00am
The Salvation Army Yorkminster Citadel 

US East @ Meadowlands Community Church, Hamilton – 10:30am
The Salvation Army Meadowlands Community Church 

US West @ Northridge Community Church, Aurora – 10:30am
The Salvation Army Northridge Community Church 

US Central @ Guelph Citadel, Guelph – 10:30am
The Salvation Army Guelph Citadel 

US South @ Mississauga Community Church (Cawthra Road), Mississauga – 10:30am
The Salvation Army Mississauga Community Church (Cawthra Road)