Stephen Candow holds a MMus from the University of Toronto (2001), and the conjoint BMus/BMusEd (1998) from Memorial University. Further abroad, he has studied choral conducting and organ in Dublin, Ireland; at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London, England; and at the International Summer Academy in Göteborg, Sweden.

In Ottawa, Stephen was the Director of Music and conductor for the prestigious Choir of Gentlemen & Boys at St. Matthew’s Church, and the Choral Instructor at Ashbury College. Other previous posts include Guinness Organ Scholar at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, Ireland; and Assistant Director of Music in Canada’s “Methodist Cathedral,” Metropolitan United, Toronto.

A well-known choral accompanist, Stephen has been the accompanist for the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa, the Toronto Mendelssohn Youth Choir, the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir (Shallaway), Toronto’s Voices, and Ottawa’s Seventeen Voyces. Stephen enjoys working with singers both as a vocal coach and accompanist and has worked with various choirs in Ireland, England and Canada.

In 2011, Stephen returned to Newfoundland, where he now serves as the Artistic Director of the St. John’s Choir, the Philharmonic Choir of the Newfoundland Symphony Orchestra, the Director of Music & Organist at St. Michael and All Angels Church, and as a member of the Artistic Faculty for Atlantic BoyChoir.