Thomas Barrett Armstrong

ARMSTRONG, Thomas Barrett. b. Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, November, 1929; d. Toronto, 14 November 2009. Arriving as a student at St Michael’s Choir School in 1942, Barrett Armstrong went on to study philosophy and theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary in Toronto, was ordained in 1955, and completed licentiate degrees in Gregorian chant and sacred music at the Pontifical Institute of Sacred Music in Rome. He returned to St Michael’s, where he taught from 1958 until his retirement in 2004, succeeding Monsignor John Edward Ronan as director of music in 1962. He was known for his sense of humour, and for his exceptional ability to teach music. During the early 1960s Armstrong and Stephen...

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