Rev. Eric Hillier, Minister Emeritus
Eric Hillier was born at Main Point, NL and attended the United Church there until age 16. In 1960 he became a candidate for United Church Ministry and was appointed Student Minister of the Petites Pastoral Charge.
In 1962 Eric and Marion (Williams) were married and continued to serve the church. Following Petites he served several other Pastoral Charges. After attending Memorial University he took leave from Ministry and taught school.
In 1978 he returned to ministry and attended Atlantic School of Theology, graduating in 1981, was ordained at Cochrane Street United Church and appointed to the Green's Harbour Pastoral Charge.
In 1982 he was called to Humber United Church, Corner Brook and from there to Cochrane Street United Church in 1986. Leaving Cochrane Street in 1993, he went to Burin, Grand Bank, and Pouch Cove before retiring in 2001.
Following retirement Eric served as Intentional Interim Minister in PEI and Newfoundland as well as several short term, part-time appointments. Eric holds BA, B.Ed. and B.Th degrees. Even though they have been absent from Cochrane Street United Church quite often since retirement, Eric and Marion have always considered Cochrane Street their home church. They have two children, Rev. Scott (Wendy) and Kelly and two grandsons.
Originally from Stephenville, Evan now calls St. John's home having built a reputation here as a well-respected and sought-after musician. He holds a B.Mus in Voice from Memorial University and was accepted to the Masters in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy program.
Believing functional piano is crucial in a pianists life, he has subsequently worked as an accompanist with the Philharmonic Choir (PCNSO) and the Quintessential Vocal Ensemble (QVE) with whom he travelled to New York in the Spring of 2014 to perform as a guest at Carnegie Hall. He has also accompanied thousands of singers across the province in festivals, recitals and concerts.
From 2008 to 2013 Evan worked extensively with the Stephenville Theatre Festival, returning annually (2010-2013) as Musical Director, keyboard player, vocal coach, and performer. There he directed, composed and performed in more than 25 shows encompassing rock, pop, country and musical theatre.
He has musical directed and served as vocalist/pianist for various productions in the city including I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Spirit of Newfoundland), British Invasion (Theatre St.John’s), and Grease (Theatre St.John’s) to name just a few.
Last Fall he co-produced and starred in Pianomen: The Music of Elton John and Billy Joel at the St.John’s Arts and Culture Centre performing to a sold out audience.
In September (2016), Evan accepted the position as Music Director at Cochrane Street United Church, Registrar/Treasurer with the NLRMTA, while at the same time he and his wife began ‘Unison Music Studio’, a music school in their home providing quality instruction to piano and vocal students.
In the Spring and Summer of 2017, Evan looks forward to adjudicating piano in the Southcoast Music Festival and Musical Directing Theatre St.John’s “Mamma Mia”.
Patricia Young, Minister of Music
Patricia Young was an Organ Scholar at Royal College of Music, London, where she earned G.R.S.M., A.R.C.O., L.R.A.M., and A.R.C.M. for organ performance and teaching. She was assistant organist at St. Martin in the Fields in London, then moved to Oxford to head the music program in Greycotes School. She married and moved to Labrador for 11 years where there was no pipe organ to play, but lots of good choral singers! Since moving to St. John's in 1968 she has been organist at several churches including the Anglican Cathedral, St. Thomas' and Cochrane Street United.
She served as chair of the Avalon Centre of the R.C.C.O., for eight years and was the Newfoundland representative for the United Church of Canada Association of Musicians, and founded and chaired for 2 years the Newfoundland and Labrador Choral Federation.