Andrea Rebello, cantor and music director at Toronto’s St. Clement parish, has released a new album, Venite Adoremus. She was to play songs from the CD at a Christmas concert at the church Dec. 17. Photo courtesy of Andrea Rebello

Andrea Rebello’s art gives meaning to prayer

  • December 11, 2011

TORONTO - For Andrea Rebello, singing sacred hymns is a way to express her love for God.

“(Singing) is an expression of how I like to pray,” said Rebello, cantor and music director at St. Clement Church. “Through the arts, we can really communicate our prayer and love of God, and our faith and devotion.”

Rebello has been doing plenty of praying lately, as she has just recorded a CD, Venite Adoremus, with some of those songs on the playlist at a Christmas concert she was to perform Dec. 17 at St. Clement Church. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the parish.

The 35-year-old Rebello is a classically trained singer, with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in vocal performance and a Bachelor of Education specializing in vocal music. She performs opera, operetta and musical theatre.

Rebello finds inspiration in the late Blessed John Paul II, who had been an actor in his youth. During his pontificate, John Paul II had invited artists to share their gifts. His message about the arts “gives meaning to what I do.”

She counts a musical performance for Salt + Light TV commemorating Blessed John Paul II’s death as one of her career highlights.

“(It) kind of encompassed how we pray through song,” Rebello said.

The artistic talents run deep in the Rebello family. Her husband, Mark, is the organist at St. Clement and will be playing the organ at the upcoming Christmas concert.

Rebello said singing at Sunday Mass while her husband accompanies the choir on the organ “is a special way to pray” as a married couple.

“Praying music together lets us share one more thing in our lives that we both love deeply and find at the root of who we are,” she added.

Rebello has also performed in a multimedia art show with her brother-in-law, Martin, who is a visual artist.

At last year’s show, she sang sacred music to match Martin’s religious artwork.

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