Brad Barbeau studied organ performance at Queen’s University under Patricia Wright at Metropolitan United Church in Toronto. He has also studied with Edward Norman at St George’s and Keith Rasmussen at Bridge Street United Church in Belleville. For three years he was an assistant with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston and studied conducting with Mark Sirett. Mr Barbeau spent eight years as Assistant Organist at St George’s and acted as Interim Director of Music in 2009-10 and again in 2020. Mr Barbeau has performed with the Cantabile Choirs of Kingston and the Kingston Symphony.
In 2009, he founded a new children’s choir at the Cathedral restoring a part of the choral tradition that had been missing for a number of years. After leaving St George's in 2010, he moved to St Paul's Anglican Church, Sydenham where a thriving music program was built. During this period it became a yearly tradition to offer a special Good Friday community choral concert at St Paul's which was often combined with another performance at a different location to make the performance as accessible to as many as possible.
Since 2019, Brad has been a full time professor at St Lawrence College and he greatly enjoys working with his students of all ages there. Not content to limit his interactions to just one sphere of life, Brad has also served a term as a municipal councillor in the Township of South Frontenac where he continues to serve on the Heritage Committee.
Mr Barbeau also serves as St George's Surveyor of the Fabric, where he advises the Cathedral Executive on the upkeep and maintenance of the Cathedral and its buildings.