St. Mary’s Anglican Church
Crousetown, Nova Scotia

Crousetown Baroque Concerts
Celebrating 51 years of concerts of baroque music in Crousetown
In memoriam Dr. Robert Crouse (1930-2011)



The historic organ in St. Mary’s Church, Crousetown, Nova Scotia,
built by James Wilson, London, England, 1826.
The organ is the oldest in use in Nova Scotia.

Judith Burdett
Judith Burdett is a native of P.E.I. and a long time resident of Lunenburg County. She holds a B. Mus. and B. Ed. from Mount Allison University and a Kodaly Diploma from Acadia University. She has been a chorister and soloist with numerous Chamber Choirs including Novus, incantatus, and Eventide, and is a current member of the Halifax Camerata Singers and the Symphony Nova Scotia Chorus. She has performed with the N.S. Youth Orchestra, Chebucto Symphony Orchestra and Symphony Nova Scotia, and has been guest soloist with choirs throughout the province.

Edmund Brownless
Edmund Brownless was born in Norwich, England and sang as a chorister in the choir of Hereford Cathedral. After emigrating to Nova Scotia he studied voice with Prof. Marie McCarthy at Acadia University and Prof. Jan Simons at McGill University in Montréal, where he received the B. Mus. and M. Mus. degrees in vocal performance. He also participated in masterclasses with Alfred Deller, Emma Kirkby, Nigel Rogers, and Andrea von Ramm. Later he studied at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland and had lessons with Cornelius L. Reid in New York. As a soloist he has performed throughout Europe and North America and sings on many recordings, notably with Le Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal, L'Ensemble Claude-Gervaise, The Boston Camerata,  Capilla Flamenca, The Bach Ensemble, Sequentia, Ensemble Gilles Binchois, and the Clemencic Consort. He taught voice and Early Music at the Hoch Conservatory and voice at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Frankfurt, Germany.

Garth MacPhee

Garth MacPhee began his career in Church Music at the age of twelve. A native Nova Scotian, Garth is a graduate of the Schulich School of Music at McGill University (M. Mus '06) where he studied organ and liturgical improvisation with distinguished organists John Grew and William Porter. During his years in Montreal, Garth was Director of Music at Saint John the Evangelist Church, Canada's oldest Anglo Catholic parish. He returned to Halifax last summer to begin his appointment as Director of Music at Saint George's Round Church. Garth is active as a choral conductor, organist and choral tenor. No stranger to Crousetown Baroque Concerts, Garth is honoured to return to St Mary's for this 50th concert celebration.

Crousetown Baroque Concerts
The founder


Rev. Dr. Robert Crouse

Dr. Robert Crouse started the Crousetown Baroque Concerts in 1962 as an informal way to share music with the community and to make good use of a recently acquired pipe organ. In addition to being a scholar and a priest, Father Crouse was also a talented musician, whose influence was felt both in Chapel worship, in his assistance as organist in the parishes of Petite Riviere and New Dublin and in his Crousetown special choral services.


St. Mary’s Church, Crousetown, Nova Scotia