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A Candid Coda: Reflections on the Life and Music of Winnifred Sim.
by Winnifred Sim




Winnifred Sim never auditioned for a job. And yet, she became a nationally recognized organist, accompanist, adjudicator, teacher, conductor and the musical director of CBC Television’s hit show, “Hymn Sing,” which was broadcast weekly for 30 years.

She persevered through the challenges of being successful in fields dominated by men, at a time when being a working mother of four was not a popular choice. Now approaching the age of 84, Winnifred is able to look back on the joys and struggles of the industry and the enrichment that comes from family, faith and a love of music. A Candid Coda not only glimpses Winnifred’s personal life, but also behind the scenes of one of the longest running shows in Canadian television history.


Octogenarian Winnifred Sim enjoyed a 44-year professional career as a piano and organ soloist and accompanist on CBC radio and television. Referred to as a “trailblazer” by the Winnipeg Free Press, Winnifred has been a performer, adjudicator, examiner, and clinician across Canada. She is a published composer of choral anthems and chaired the committee that founded the National Youth Choir in 1984.

She is a recipient of the YM-YWCA “Woman of Distinction” award and is listed in the Encyclopedia of Music in Canada and the International Who’s Who in Music. She lives in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to the Winnipeg Music Festival.


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