DONALDSON, Andrew James. b. Matheson, Ontario, Canada, July 22, 1951. He was educated in French and English studies at Glendon College, York University (BA, 1974), and studied classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music (ARCT, Classical Guitar Performance, 1979). During the 1980s, besides writing songs for educational publishers and giving French-language concerts in schools, he directed music at Beaches Presbyterian Church, Toronto (1982-2003).
A World Council of Churches workshop held at the Crieff Hills retreat centre near Guelph, Ontario in 1988, introduced him to music of churches in the Caribbean, Africa, and South America, and deeply influenced his approach to congregational...
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