Artistic Leadership

150917-080724Linda Crawford, Artistic Director

Born in Quebec City, Linda studied at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec and Université de Laval, earning degrees in Vocal Performance and Music Education. Additional studies included conducting and Baroque choral literature at Westminster Choir College and the University of Toronto. She continues to study choral conducting at master classes, most recently with Jean-Sebastien Vallée (Montréal) and Jon Washburn (Vancouver).

Linda is a retired Music and French educator. Her school concert bands attained regional and national gold standings at many festivals, over her 30-year career. She founded the OCDSB Intermediate Music Council, a teacher-based group to support music teachers and to organize music enrichment events for students. In 2004, Linda received the OCDSB Arts Recognition Award for Excellence in Music Education and the promotion of the Arts in Ottawa.

Linda has directed numerous community and church ensembles. She is often invited to offer choral and instrumental music workshops in Ontario and Quebec. In addition to her choral work, she teaches private Music (piano and voice) and French lessons. She is also part of the ELL teaching team for refugee families currently being welcomed to Vankleek Hill.

Linda is passionate about the excellent family of choirs in the GJS organization. She loves sharing the joy of choral singing with the three groups! She is very proud of the dedication and hard work of her Singers, and of the high level of quality they attain, in such a varied repertoire.

Josh Zentner-Barrett, Accompanist

Josh Zentner-Barrett holds degrees in Organ Performance and sacred music from Wilfrid Laurier University (BMus) and Southern Methodist University (MSMus), where he studied with Debbie Lou Ludolph, C. Michael Hawn, and Stefan Engels.  Appointed in 2017, Josh serves as accompanist for the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers, in addition to musical leadership as Organist & Director of Music at Kanata United Church.  As a church musician, Josh seeks to enliven the song of the congregation, with a particular commitment to global music in the context of the church community.  He has worked for churches and seminaries in the United States and Canada, where his leadership fuses ancient and modern hymnody with innovative performance techniques.  At the core of Josh’s teaching is a response to the call to witness, where music engages the congregation in a full experience of the sacred and bridges the gap between diverse expressions of faith.