Sandra Ruttan, a university educated musician and certified Ontario teacher, was hired as Grace’s music director in the spring of 2016. Sandra was already known to the congregation as the founder and director of Rhythm & Pitch, a free music lessons program for children based at Grace.
Sandra is a professional singer and musician who has performed, over the years, with the Barrie Opera Company, the New Tecumseth singers, the Apollo Chamber Orchestra, the Huronia Symphony Orchestra, the York Chamber Ensemble and the Amity Piano Trio.
She is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario faculty of music. She teaches in local public schools and also in her own studio.
Concerned about shrinking opportunities for children to learn music, Sandra founded a program in collaboration with Grace to provide free after school music lessons for children between the ages of 6 and 13. The program is based at Grace and supported by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Kiwanis Club of Barrie and the Lions Club.