John Paul Farahat fosters a diverse career as organist, accompanist, and conductor. He holds the post of Director of Music and Principal Organist of Saint Basil’s Church, the collegiate church of the University of Saint Michael’s College in the University of Toronto.
Active as an international concert organist, Mr. Farahat’s notable past engagements include Notre-Dame Cathedral and St-Eustache in Paris, the International Organ Festival Toulouse Les Orgues, Saint Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Abbey in London, UK, the Church of Saint Mary the Virgin, Saint Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, and Saint Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington DC, Saint Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral in Buffalo, Grace Cathedral in San Francisco, as well as the ORGANIX festival, Saint Michael’s Cathedral Basilica, and the Cathedral Church of Saint James in Toronto, and the Cathedral of Saint Hyacinthe in Québec.
John Paul Farahat is a candidate for the Doctor of Musical Arts in Performance degree at the University of Toronto. He is researching the life and improvisations of Victor Togni (1935 – 1965) in the organ studio of Kevin Komisaruk, with whom he has also studied harpsichord and improvisation. He has received direct masterclass instruction from Peter Williams, Olivier Latry, Thomas Murray, Noam Sivan, and Martin Haselböck. Mr. Farahat is an alumnus of Saint Michael’s Choir School, Toronto, and a former chorister of Saint Michael’s Cathedral Basilica.