Music at St. Luke's
Music Leadership Team
Our current Music Ministry team includes:
- Music Director Susanne Reul-Zastre
- Assistant Music Director Rachel Mitten
- Evensong Organist David Berry
- Evensong Cantor Bre Levere Bonneau
- Choral Scholar Matthew Robertson
Music Director Susanne Reul-Zastre has been at St. Luke Cedar Hill Anglican Church since May 2003. As head of the Music Minstry Team, she is actively involved in preparing the musical component for weekly Sunday and special worship services, conducts the choir and oversees the Choral Scholar and Soloists programme. She is also happy to volunteer her time to co-ordinate the annual music ministry fundraising concert at St. Luke's. Susanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music History from UVic, a Master’s degree in Organ Performance from Western University, an Associateship with the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO), a Diploma in Sacred Church Music from the Catholic College for Church Music and Music Paedagogy in Regensburg (Germany) and is a registered Music Teacher in BC. For many years she maintained a very busy private music studio teaching piano, organ and theory to children and adults (beginners to ARCT level) and accompanied community and school choirs as well as vocalists and instrumentalists. Susanne was a member of the executive of the Victoria Chapter of the RCCO in various capacities (President, Past President, Newsletter Editor, Secretary and Member-at-Large), venue and workshop convenor at the 2010 National RCCO convention, and on the committee for the 2012 Victoria International Organ Festival. In addition, she has adjudicated organ exams for the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and the RCCO.
Assistant Music Director Rachel Mitten was the 2008 recipient of the Rose Bowl Trophy at the Greater Victoria Performing Arts Festival and runner-up at the BC National Classical Voice Festival. She was also the National Musical Theater Representative for Victoria in 2013 where she was awarded runner-up. She completed studies in the Music, Opera and Voice Program at the University of British Columbia in 2010. Rachel had the opportunity to tour internationally with the UBC Opera Ensemble to Asia and the United Kingdom. Past performances include chorus soloist in the musical Les Miserables (directors: Heather Burns and Matthew Howe); the role of Fiordiligi in Mozart’s Opera Cosi fan tutte (conductor: Timothy Vernon); soprano soloist in Handel’s Messiah and Mozart’s Requiem(conductor: Nicholas Fairbank); and the role of Clara in Pasatieri`s Opera Signor Deluso (conductor: Giuseppe Pietraroia). Rachel is currently the Capital Regional Director for the British Columbia Choral Federation Board of Directors. She is also looking forward to performing with Victoria’s Vox Humana ensemble in the upcoming 2017-18 season under Director Brian Wismath.
Evensong Organist David Berry studied organ with David Ouchterlony, principal of the Royal Conservatory of Music, and David Cameron, a national president of the Royal Canadian College of Organists (RCCO). A graduate of the University of Toronto with an honours BA in English Language and Literature, he has served as organist for congregations in Toronto and Victoria, on the executive of the RCCO Victoria Centre, and on the committee for the 2010 RCCO National Convention and the 2012 Victoria International Organ Festival, in addition to a 35-year career as an editor and writer. Over the same period he also worked as in interim or occasional organist at about two-dozen churches in the Victoria area. Currently he is the Organ Steward for the Pemberton Memorial Chapel at the Royal Jubilee Hospital, and can be heard year-round at St. Mark's Traditional Anglican Church and on Sunday evenings accompanying Evensong at St. Luke’s.
Evensong Cantor Bre Bonneau is a native of Victoria and holds a Bachelor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music in Boston. She performs regularly in venues around town and is the leadsinger of the Victoria blues band, Shoestring Bourbon. Bre has performed internationally, including in New York City, Boston, Nashville, and Austin and is recognized by the National Federation of Musicians, ASCAP and BMI as an accompished songwriter and artist. Her voice has been featured on television commercials as well as radio jingles in the US.
Choral Scholar Matthew Robertson enjoys a wide range of genres and loves to perform them all! He has played bassoon with the Greater Victoria Youth Orchestra, the UVic Orchestra, the Victoria Baroque Players, and the Pacific Baroque Orchestra. His favourite concert experience was performing Mussorgsky’s Pictures at an Exhibition with the Victoria Symphony. Matthew began singing when he joined the Victoria Children’s Choir and went on to sing at Esquimalt High School and with the St. Christopher Singers at Christ Church Cathedral. Matthew is honoured to be a choral scholar at St. Luke’s Church as it offers a unique opportunity to continue growing his knowledge and love of music!