Christopher Jackson (musician)

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Christopher Donald Jackson (27 July 1948 – 25 September 2015) was a Canadian organist, harpsichordist and choral conductor.

Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Jackson was a graduate of the École de musique Vincent-d'Indy and the Conservatoire de musique du Québec à Montréal. He co-founded both the Société des Concerts d'orgue de Montréal and the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 1974. He served as the artistic director of the latter institutions since 1988, notably conducting the ensemble in several recordings. The group's 1998 recording, Heavenly Spheres, was awarded a Félix Award from the ADISQ and the Juno Award for Classical Album of the Year – Vocal or Choral Performance in 2000.[1]

Jackson taught at the music faculties of Concordia University and McGill University. He was Dean of the Faculty of Fine Arts at Concordia University from 1994 to 2005. He also held the post of organist and choirmaster at a variety of churches in Montreal, including St. George's Anglican Church.[1]

Jackson died of lung cancer on September 25, 2015 in Montreal, aged 67.[2][3]

Jackson received an honorary doctorate from the University of Sudbury in 1999 and was inducted as a member of the Royal Society of Canada in 2009.

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