Music

Music at Ascension’s 10 a.m. Sunday church service is a unique blend of a contemporary style with a jazz-blues vibe along with some traditional hymns set in an updated style.

Featured Song

This is the choir’s Easter cantata, a 30-minute spectacular.

More recordings and videos are further down the page.

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Our Music Director

Mark Payne is a multi-faceted pianist, conductor and singer with a career spanning multiple genres. Besides his work at Church of the Ascension, he is the resident Music Director for the Victoria Playhouse in Petrolia, Ontario, where he prepares and directs all the musical productions at the playhouse.

He has starred in and/or led over 20 productions with D2 Entertainment and the Victoria Playhouse over the past several years. His ability to adapt to different styles saw four productions this past season which ranged from Broadway to country to rock to jazz standards.

Mark was the head vocal coach and co-music director for the opera program at the University of Western Ontario for 8 years. He has worked with orchestras and opera companies across Canada, with roles ranging from vocal coach to repetiteur to conductor to chorus master.  For six seasons, he was the chorus master for both the Symphonic choir and the Chamber choir for all the choral productions for Orchestra London.

Mark has performed as soloist with professional orchestras, both as a pianist, conductor and singer, and appeared as piano soloist with the International Symphony this past spring.  He wrote and performed his sold-out one-man-show called Simply Grand to rave reviews at the Imperial Theatre in Sarnia. Ontario.  Mark has recorded multiple CDs, the most recent being a highlight CD for Simply Grand.

Our Musicians

Besides Mark at the piano, the instrumental ensemble includes:

Phil Pentecost, guitarist and keyboard player

Heather Bailey on flute

Chris Pentecost on drums

The Choir

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The choir’s work is condensed and thereby strengthened into preparing for the two main seasons in the church year – Christmas and Easter. These short-term undertakings have allowed a much larger group of church members to make the commitment to deeper music ministry.

The Quartet

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Mark Payne, Phil Pentecost, Russ Braley, and Chris Pentecost do an occasional anthem at special times of the year.