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2009 Music (Archived)

The Aurora Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will feature special musical presentation from the following artists:

Joe LikuskiJoe Likuski

Joe Likuski is a dramatic tenor who has performed on many stages in concerts, opera and musical theatre. He has performed leading roles such as Fagin in Oliver, Jesus in Godspell, Petruchio in Kiss Me Kate,Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music amongst many others. This season Joe will be reprising his role of Archibald in The Secret Garden as well as portraying Grandfather Lawrence in Little Women at Newmarket Theatre. Joe is a familiar face in Aurora as one of the adjudicators of the Aurora Idol Competition. He has performed across Ontario as a soloist and recitalist. When not on stage Joe is a Lead Architect for Royal Bank. He lives in Aurora with his wife Patty and two children, Heather and Ian.

Photo credit: Caileigh Kyle Photography

Sarah KyleSarah Kyle

Sarah Kyle is the Founder and General Director of the Aurora Performing Arts Group and Aurora Opera Company. She has led a successful international opera career, performing leading roles in opera houses in Rome, Trieste, Florence, Italy, Graz, Salzburg, and Vienna. She has been an invited guest soloist at the Vatican in Rome, and a soloist for the Billy Graham mission. She graduated with Distinction with her Masters of Operatic Performance from U of Toronto where she was on scholarship from the Canadian Opera Company. She has won numerous vocal awards including both the International Lieder Competition in New York, and she was the Grand Prize Winner for the Meistersinger Competition in Austria. She has two solo inspirational recordings.

Back home in Canada Sarah Kyle has been a two time winner of the Johnson’s Cultural Achievement Award from the Town of Aurora. One of her companies, the Aurora Opera Company has also been the recipient of the Town of Aurora's Community Organization of the Year. Sarah is also the recipient of the Classical Performing Arts award from IN CELEBRATION OF WOMEN for her valuable contributions to the York Region Arts Community, and a Civic Appreciation Award from the Town of Aurora. The Aurora Performing Arts Group /Aurora Opera Company, which she is the Founder and General Director of, is celebrating its 15th season this year.

Sarah lives in Aurora with her husband David, and her two daughters, Caileigh and Rhiannon.

Photo credit: Caileigh Kyle Photography

Rick TheriaultRick Theriault

Rick started playing guitar and singing at eleven years of age. By the time he was seventeen he was a professional musician playing country, blue grass, R&B and rock music. He traveled with his own secular bands for years until his conversion to Christ changed his spiritual and musical direction. Rick became passionate about using his musical gifts and abilities to worship the Lord. The Lord’s call on Rick’s life as a worship leader took him to several churches over the years. During this time he started his recording career, which has lead to a number of Christian contemporary CD recordings of original music, culminating in a live worship CD – God Save Canada – that Rick wrote, arranged, mixed and produced.

Rick is currently a minister of music with Eagle Worldwide Ministries, Canada. His children, all gifted musicians, are part of the worship team, sharing the platform with him. They are recording a live worship CD and thru them the Lord has birthed Heart of Worship Ministries. It is through Heart of Worship Ministries that the Lord is calling other worshippers to rise up in Spirit and in Truth to praise the Lord. Rick, his wife Lorraine and their family attend The Gathering Place of Aurora. As well, through Eagle Worldwide (EWW), Rick and his family lead worship at His Glory House (Dufferin St. and Rogers Rd, Toronto). They also minister with The Kingsway Blessing Center in Hamilton, a ministry that feeds and clothes hundreds of people weekly.

Tom Doherty

Tom Doherty, tenor serves as Executive Director for InterChurch Health Ministries. He has served as pastor to three Lutheran congregations in Hamilton, Richmond Hill and Brampton, Ontario. For three years, he went “on leave from Call” to study vocal music. His study leave took him to Graz, Austria and Montreal, Canada. In the United States, Tom had the opportunity to participate in the young artist programs of the Tanglewood Music Festival in Lennox Massachusetts, the Pittsburgh Opera Company, the Indianapolis Opera Company and Opera North in Vermont. He has had the opportunity to sing the national anthem at Maple Leaf games at the Air Canada Centre and enjoys the opportunity to continue to use his gift in order to enable parish nursing ministry.

Rick Humphrey

Rick Humphrey has been a Music Educator for the former Scarborough Board of Education and the TDSB for the past 33 years. He recently retired as a Vice-Principal at Dr. Norman Bethune C. I. where, in addition to his Vice-Principal duties, he coached the Bethune Stage Band, a group that has received invitations to the Nationals of MusicFest Canada consistently. He continues to coach that ensemble in his retirement. His career has been a varied one as a Teacher teaching band, vocal, and strings in the classroom, as a Curriculum Consultant for the Scarborough Board, and as Curriculum Co-ordinator for the Toronto District School Board, East Division. He recently retired as organist and choir director of Guildwood Community Presbyterian Church and continues to be heavily involved with English Handbells as a Conductor and Clinician at both a national and an international level.