Melvin J Hurst
A Bit About Mel Hurst
Melvin James Hurst was formerly a Music specialist for the Peel Board of Education, and was for 23 years, Director of Music and Organist for Kingsway Baptist Church, Toronto. He is currently the Director of Music and Organist for Humbercrest United Church, Toronto, where he conducts a semi-professional choir. He has been adjudicating festivals throughout Canada for over 20 years. In 2004 he adjudicated the National Festival of Trinidad and Tobago, and was invited to return again for the 2008 Festival.
Mr. Hurst holds an ARCT (Piano) from the RCM, Toronto, a Bachelor of Education (Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan, and a Master of Music Degree in Choral Literature from the University of Oregon. He studied piano with Jean Swan and Lyell Gustin in Saskatchewan, and attended the International Centre for Music Education in Germany. He has taught at the University of Saskatchewan and Queen’s University.
Mr. Hurst accompanies and coaches singers who are auditioning and performing in oratorio, opera and music theatre. He is highly regarded for his keen sense of pedagogy and wide knowledge of repertoire. His students consistently receive high marks in festivals and examinations.
As the National President for the Canadian Music Festival Adjudicator’s Association, Mr. Hurst is developing a Training Program for new and aspiring adjudicators. He is Chair of the Board, and a Program Advisor, for Prologue to the Performing Arts, an agency that provides cultural and educational programs for the Ontario school system. Mr. Hurst is the Coordinator and a member of the jury, for the Barwell Scholarship offered by the Royal Canadian College of Organists, Toronto Centre. He is Past President of the Southern Ontario Chapter of the Hymn Society in the United States and Canada. Mr. Hurst is a member of the American Choral Directors Association.