Music & Creative Arts

Music at collier

Senior Choir

“Why do people sing in choirs?

People sing to touch the hearts of those that listen. They
sing to express their emotions. They sing because music is not just about the words or the harmonies and melodies, its about the meaning and how people interpret all of those things put together. It is inspiring and heart-warming. Its therapy!”

virtual cantata

December 20, 2020

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These are thoughts expressed by one of the longstanding members of the Collier Street United Church senior choir. This is a choir made up of vibrant, dedicated individuals who love singing and who care for and support each other, the congregation, and the greater community through the ministry of music. Their intrepid spirit is exemplified by the way they adapted to the COVID-19 restrictions on singing by embracing zoom rehearsals and producing virtual choir performances to enhance online services.

The first line of a song by Paul B. Svenson reads “Oh a song must rise for the spirit to descend….” This is a choir with commitment and energy to raise that song. If you would like to join your voice with ours, please contact Music Director Sandra Lisa Ruttan at

Our Senior Choir meets weekly Thursday nights @ 7:00 pm, presently via our Zoom. We prepare musical numbers for presentation in regular Sunday worship as well as special music for Good Friday and Easter. We prepare a Cantata for the Christmas season, and on Christmas Eve we present a glorious service of lessons and carols.  We warmly welcome new members.

Come sing with us!

concert, crowd, audience

Music for children & youth

Collier Street United Church has a long history of children’s ministry and music. With the resolution of COVID-19 restrictions, Collier United will be co-sponsoring and providing a home for a new community children’s choir and low-cost educational choral music program. Stay tuned for more information on this exciting new initiative or contact Sandra Lisa Ruttan at

New!  Collier’s own Grand Family Flash Choir will be starting with a zoom sing-along on Friday, January 29, 2021 at 7:00 p.m.  This is a fun opportunity for Grandparents, grandchildren, and everyone in between, to spend 45 minutes to an hour socializing and singing – just for fun – with Music Director, Sandra Lisa Ruttan. 

We’ll learn a little about how to “warm up” our voices with fun exercises, and then explore rounds, call and response (that would actually work quite well on zoom!!), partner songs and straight up sing together for fun songs.  This is a great chance to spend time safely with people you love, doing something we all love, and meet new people too! 

Our feature song for January, 2021 will be “Somewhere Over the Rainbow!”  After all… “When all the world is a hopeless jumble and the raindrops tumble all around, Heaven opens a magic lane….”  so, let’s find that magic lane and sing! 

If you would like to participate, please email Sandra Lisa at to be put on the mailing list for the zoom link.

concert venue

Many musical artists and groups have benefitted from performing in the beautiful and acoustically exquisite sanctuary at Collier Street United Church. And we all benefit from the music that these artists and groups bring to our Collier and larger community. We continue to cultivate a relationship with the musical community in Barrie and beyond and welcome interest in this venue, as well as musical collaboration. Contact Sandra Lisa Ruttan at for more information.