Canterbury Singers, USA


  Photo taken by Charles E. Lever III 2008 York Minster Cathedral. All copyrights reserved.    

 About the Canterbury Singers

Incorporated by a small group of Toledo choral musicians interested in the musical traditions of the Anglican/Episcopal Church, the Canterbury Singers USA, under the direction of James R. Metzler, is one of the most popular American choral organizations singing in residence at English Cathedrals.


With 17 choral tours during the last 20+ years, it has served as the professional choir-in-residence at the cathedrals of Norwich, Guildford, Salisbury, Canterbury, Durham, York Minster, Ely, Christ Church (Oxford), St. Paul's (London), and on several occasions at Westminster Abbey in London.  Also, most recently, the choir sang for multiple services at St. George's Chapel at Windsor Castle.  In August 1995, the ensemble was the only American choir invited to sing for one of the many VJ Day 50th Anniversary Commemoration Services held throughout England (The Chaplain for the British Armed Forces requested that the choir provide the music for the service at York Minster Cathedral in the Royal Presence of the Duke and Duchess of Kent).


Comprised of choral musicians residing in six states, it gathers for rehearsals at the English site after individually learning all the choral music in advance, and then sings all choral services for the period of time it is invited to be in residence.


Canterbury Singers USA

James R. Metzler, music director

Michael Gartz, organist


About the Artists

James R. Metzler, M.Mus., (Hon) F.N.C.M., Ch.M., held the position of Organist & Choirmaster at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Toledo from 1972 until 1996.  He recently retired from the music faculty at Grand Valley State University near Grand Rapids, Michigan.  As an organist, he has given concerts in well-known venues such as Notre Dame Cathedral (Paris), St. Paul's Cathedral (London), Westminster Abbey (London), King's College Chapel (Cambridge University), Westminster Cathedral (London), Ely Cathedral, Worcester Cathedral, Norwich Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue (NYC) and the Cathedral of St. John the Divine (NYC).

Michael Gartz serves as the Organist at St. Timothy's.  More information can be found on the church staff page.