Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015

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Overview of Activities

April 18, 2015   Chamber Music for Winds and Friends - FULL
May 2, 2015   CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau AGM and Reading
    Recorder Workshop (postponed until next season)

Previous activities this year are here.

Description of Activities

Saturday April 18, 2015 - Chamber Music for Winds and Friends

This event is now full.

Do you enjoy chamber music, or would you like to get started? Do you regularly play with friends, or are you seeking to make chamber music connections? This workshop is for amateur musicians who want to share the love of music, meet other players, and get supportive coaching and advice. You can register individually or as a group.

With Jo Ann Simpson.

Date: Saturday April 18, 2015.

Time: 9:30 a.m. to 6 pm.

Location: A private home in Ottawa South.

Workshop participants: Students $20, Cammac members $20, All others $30.
Outside persons who want to attend the “Group Sight-Reading” only: Cammac members $5, All others $10.

Workshop participants will receive one hour of coaching as part of a chamber music group. They may also sit in on the other coaching sessions, and take part in the Group Sight-Reading at no additional cost.

The fee is payable by cash or cheque at the workshop. If you cannot afford the (full) fee, please contact the organizers; we aim to make the workshop accessible to all.

Pre-formed groups (of two to eight players) should prepare between one and three movements of a piece for the coaching session.

Individual players who are not yet part of a group, please indicate your instrument, level, and interests on the registration form. We will help you form a group and suggest repertoire.

Optional Group Sight-Reading: Gounod’s Petite symphonie for wind instruments
WHAT: A just-for-fun sight-reading of Gounod’s Petite symphonie, movements 1 and 3. This is a chance to try this charming piece, and to meet some of the players from the other groups. We’ll assign parts on a first-come-first-served basis, and double or triple people on parts as necessary.
The piece is set for one flute, two oboes, 2 B-flat clarinets, 2 B-flat horns, and two bassoons. Free scores and recordings are available at,_Charles).
WHO: Open to all workshop participants.
Also open to outside players if space permits, but workshop participants have priority.
WHEN: From 2:30 to 3:30 on the day of the workshop (please note change from previously advertised time).
TO PLAY IN THE READING: Workshop participants, please tick the relevant box on the registration form, so we know how many people to expect and can assign parts.
Outside players, please register, and we’ll confirm with you closer to the date.


Primary contact for registration and info: Christiane Wilke,
Alternate contact: Ellen Bobet,

Joann SimpsonBassoonist Jo Ann Simpson received her Bachelor of Music Performance degree from the University of Ottawa, where she studied with Gerald Corey. After a year of post-graduate studies with William Waterhouse in London, she was principal bassoon of the Municipal Symphony Orchestra of Caracas, Venezuela, from 1979-1986. Since returning to Ottawa, Jo Ann has worked as a free-lance player with the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Montreal Symphony, the Quebec Symphony, the Kingston Symphony, the Ottawa Symphony and the Orchestra of Northern New York. She has appeared as soloist with orchestras in Venezuela, Uruguay and Canada, regularly performs in recitals and chamber music groups, and has been recorded on numerous occasions by CBC Radio and Radio Canada. She is presently principal bassoon of l’Orchestre Symphonique de Gatineau.

Jo Ann is professor of bassoon at the Conservatoire de Musique de Gatineau, and at Carleton University. She teaches the bassoonists at Canterbury High School and the Centre d’Excellence Artistique De Lasalle, and runs the Beginner Bassoon Program for the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. She has taught bassoon at SUNY’s Crane School of Music, and is the founder of the only bassoon camp in Canada – Brooke Valley Bassoon Days.

Saturday May 2, 2015 - CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau AGM and Reading

Reading of Mass no. 2 in G by Franz Schubert, with Laura Hawley, followed by Annual General Meeting of CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau.

Date: Saturday May 2, 2015.

2:00-4:30 reading
4:45-6:00 AGM
followed by reception

Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Ave. (directions are here).

Cost:  By donation.  Non-members of CAMMAC are encouraged to join our organization.

Reading of Franz Schubert’s Mass  no. 2 in G major, for choir, orchestra and STB soloists

with Laura Hawley

The Mass No. 2 in G major by Franz Schubert was composed in 1815.  Commonly referred to as "Schubert's Mass in G," it was composed in less than a week (March 2 to 7, 1815).  This mass was originally modestly scored, requiring only a string orchestra and organ in addition to the soloists and choir. However, in the 1980s, parts for the mass, which are dated later than Schubert's score, were discovered at Klosterneuburg, Austria. They include not only minor changes throughout the work, but also trumpet and timpani parts. Furthermore, Schubert's brother Ferdinand also wrote parts for woodwinds, brass and timpani in response to the work's great popularity.  (Source: Wikipedia)

You can hear the Mass on Youtube at

Instruments: Strings, 2 trumpets, timpani; 2 oboes (or clarinets) and 2 bassoons.
Scores for instruments are available; please ask at registration.  Scores for strings are also available on the IMSLP site.

Voices: All choristers (SATB) are welcome. For solos, priority will be given to CAMMAC members and specifically those who have never sung for us before. To register as soloist, please contact Elizabeth at
Vocal scores will be available at the reading. They are also available on the IMSLP site or on the Choral Wiki site.
Practice files for voices are available on Cyberbass.
There are also downloadable files at

As this is a reading, you are not expected to know the music perfectly beforehand. We do ask, however, that instrumentalists be ready to play through the piece.

Pre-registration is necessary for soloists (STB) and the orchestra. 
Strings: Khalid, at or 613-829-7277.
Other instrumentalists: Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719.
Soloists: Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719.

Laura HawleyLaura Hawley is an Ottawa-based music educator, accompanist, composer, and church musician.  She holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Master’s in music theory at University of Ottawa and has presented her research both in Canada and internationally.  Laura is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and maintains a private teaching studio where she teaches piano, theory, harmony and history. She is an Associate Performance Faculty Member (classical piano) and Contract Instructor (conducting, theory) at Carleton University, School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music).  Laura was a founding teacher of the Ottawa Summer Piano Camp, has taught for several years at the Deep River Summer Music Camp, and has enjoyed working as a guest clinician with groups including the Suzuki piano school, Harmonia Choir, and Ontario Youth Choir.

Ms. Hawley is Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church in Kanata.  In 2014 she was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting” through Choirs Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council.

Laura is the accompanist, associate director, and composer-in-residence for the Cantiamo Girls Choir and Training Choir and accompanied the Ottawa Children’s Chamber Choir from 2008-2011.  One of her commissioned works, “Au champ d’honneur,” is performed annually on national broadcast at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial and was arranged for carillon in 2011 and performed on Remembrance Day on the Peace Tower Carillon.  Laura’s compositions have been performed by choirs across the country, including the Ontario Youth Choir, Les Choristes (Western University), Prairie Voices, and the Larkin Singers; and are available from Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing.

CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Regional AGM and Reception

The Annual General Meeting will follow the reading, and is an opportunity for members to review the progress of our organization, voice their concerns and suggestions, and elect Regional Management Committee members for the next year. And of course there will be refreshments after the AGM. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Rosalind Bell at

Recorder Workshop - postponed until next season

Previous activities: 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12, 2010/11.