Konstantin Ruslanov Bozhinov, PhD, performs on the lute, guitar, accordion, piano, and organ. A specialist in improvisation and composition, he lives in Vancouver, Canada and enjoys a busy schedule as musician, researcher, writer, and educator. Konstantin holds a Performance Diploma from Douglas College, a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Music degree from McGill University, and a PhD in historical musicology from the University of Victoria. Konstantin is an active researcher of Baroque performance practice, the psychology of music, and the philosophy of aesthetics.
As multi-instrumentalist Konstantin has performed with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the Kensington Sinfonia, the Sidney Classical Orchestra, the Vancouver Bach Choir, and has recorded soundtracks for movies and video games.
He is currently preparing a solo lute recording of his compositions and improvisations, as well as several recordings on the organ and piano.
Our Director of Music currently offers lessons in piano, guitar, organ, voice, accordion, theory, and music history.
Volunteer Certificates are now offered to vocalists and instrumentalists for participation in our choir and instrumental ensemble.
For more information contact the Office of St. Christopher’s
Following is an article published in the November Topic, written by Hilary Clark
Around the Diocese: St. Christopher’s West Vancouver
“Some Enchanted Evening- Mozart, Musicals and More”
Late St. Christopher’s choir member, Ruth Whitelaw, couldn’t have been more pleased with the tribute in her memory, given on Sunday evening, September 14. Music Director, Annabelle Paetsch, arranged a concert in the sanctuary consisting of music excerpts that were her favorites, by composers as varied as Mozart and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Paetsch acted not only as impresario, but also as accompanist, solo performer, and M.C.
Soloists were chosen who have performed before in St. Christopher’s, likely while Ruth Whitelaw was still singing in the choir. The theme, “Mozart, Musicals and More“ gave the audience a hint of the range of music they were to enjoy.
The evening began with baritone, Jason Cook, entering the sanctuary from the narthex, wearing a top hat and singing “Some Enchanted Evening” accompanied by Annabelle Paetsch on the grand piano. He was then joined by soprano Alexandra Hill to have a marital spat as the Count and Countess from Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro”. Both singers have powerful well-controlled voices that blended well together, and were supported by their acting skills.
Three instrumentalists then grouped to perform Telemann’s Trio Sonata, Douglas Hagerman on oboe, Edgar Bridwell, violin, and Anne Duranceau on viol da gamba.
One of Ruth Whitelaw’s favorite composers was Rachmaninov. To honour her interest, Paetsch interpreted the second movement of his Second Concerto performed as a solo work. It was riveting.
The evening proceeded with works by Lerner and Loewe, Tesori, Schumann, and dipped into popular recent musicals by Kretzmer/Schonberg and Lloyd Webber. From the last’s, “Phantom of the Opera”, Cook and Hill romanced each other with “All I Ask of You” while accompanied by the four instrumentalists.
The evening concluded with refreshments in the church hall, and a gratitude speech from Ian Whitelaw. The proceeds will go toward the Church’s music program.