Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015

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Overview of Activities

September 27 and October 4, 2014   Gounod's Messe solonnelle de sainte Cécile
October 19, 2014   Stage-Fright Workshop
November 1, 2014   Chamber Music Workshop
early November 2014   Canadian Folksong Workshop
November 15, 22 and 29, 2014   Rehearsals: Come Sing Messiah
December 5, 2014   Performance: Come Sing Messiah
January and February 2015   Annual Concert Rehearsals
February 22, 2015   Annual Concert
March 7, 2015   French Baroque Reading
March 28, 2015   Choral Reading: Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna
April 12, 2015   Chamber Music for Winds
April 25, 2015 (tentative date)   CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau AGM
Spring 2015   Recorder Workshop

Description of Activities

Saturday September 27 and Saturday October 4, 2014 - Gounod's Messe solonnelle de Sainte Cécile

For choir, orchestra and soloistsJames Calkin


Date: Saturdays September 27 and October 4, 2014

Rehearsal: September 27: 10:00 - 12:30 pm - choir, and 2:00 - 4:30 PM orchestra;
Reading: October 4 - 2:00 - 4:30 PM choir and orchestra

Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Ave. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Cost: Admission by donation for all participants. Non-members are encouraged to join CAMMAC.

Rehearsed reading of the Messe solennelle de sainte Cécile, by Charles Gounod, for choir, orchestra and STB soloists.
Note: in the reading we will omit the Offertoire (4th movement) and the final prayers (addendum to the Mass).

All choristers (SATB) are welcome.

INSTRUMENTS NEEDED: oboe, clarinet in A, Bb+C (2 parts), bassoon, trumpets in C+D (2 parts), cornets a pistons in G, A+Bb (2 parts), horns in D, Eb, F+G (2 parts) and Bb, C+D (2 parts), alto, tenor and bass trombones, timpani, cymbals, bass drum, harp, and strings.

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.
Music scores are available; see below for details. 
For further details about playing in a CAMMAC Ottawa/Gatineau Orchestra, please consult this document.Gounod poster

Pre-registration is highly recommended for string players; contact Khalid at or 613-829-7277.
Pre-registration is necessary for all other instrumentalists; contact Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719.
Priority will be given to CAMMAC members up to September 4.

Orchestral music is available in advance; please contact Christiane at

For choristers, pre-registration is not necessary, though recommended.
For information: Pierre at or 613-234-1297.

Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal; they are also available on the choral wiki site. They can be obtained in advance upon request; contact Pierre if you’d like them ( or 613-234-1297). For those interested, there are midi files to learn choral parts on; some can be downloaded from  The Mass is also on YouTube.

A poster advertising the event is here. We would be very grateful if you could post this flyer in a public place such as your church, workplace or local community centre to help us publicise this event.

Born in Nova Scotia, JAMES CALKIN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa. As such he is conductor of the Cathedral’s Girls’ Choir and principal accompanist for the Choir of Men and Boys. Both ensembles maintain a busy schedule of liturgical, concert and recording activities, as well as domestic and international tours. James is also active as organ soloist, conductor and orchestral and chamber musician, throughout Canada and internationally. His activities include numerous recitals in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore, as well as performances on the CBC’s English and French networks. He is also a frequent accompanist and continuo player for ensembles throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

James studied at Dalhousie (B.Mus. with a University Medal) and McGill Universities (M.Mus.) as well as the prestigious Eastman School of Music, under David MacDonald, John Grew and David Higgs. At Eastman he was a graduate assistant to early music legend Paul O’Dette. In 1996-1997 he studied in France with organists Louis Robilliard (Lyon) and Dominique Serve (Aix-en-Provence). He’s also studied conducting with Denise Ham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington and Hugh Floyd. He has also been won prizes in numerous well regarded competitions.

CHARLES GOUNOD was one of France's most well-known composers of the romantic era. He studied at the Paris conservatoire and later took up the position of organist in the same city. Written by a deeply religious man, the Messe solennelle de sainte Cécile (1855) was one of the last masses of that era that was actually used in liturgical settings and was definitely one of the best. One music lover describes it as having "a stirring Credo, a galvanizing Kyrie and a glorious Agnus Dei" (Amazon).

Sunday October 19, 2014 - Stage-Fright Workshop

Calming the Raging Butterflies: Understanding Stage FrightCathy Kerzner

with Cathy Kerzner, psychologist.

Date: Sunday October 19

Time: 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

Registration: Anna Lehn, 613-697-2613 or

Saturday November 1, 2014 - Chamber Music Workshop

with Jenny Regehr

Date: 1 November 2014

Location: at a private home in Old Ottawa South.

Cost: All players pay the workshop fee individually:
Students: $20
CAMMAC members: $25
Everyone else: $30

All participants will receive one hour of coaching as part of a chamber music group. Participants may sit in other coaching sessions at no additional cost.
The fee is payable by cash or cheque at the workshop. If you would like to attend but cannot pay the (full) fee, please contact the organizers. We aim to make the workshop accessible to everyone who is interested.

Chamber Music Workshop: Announcement & Call for Registrations

Do you enjoy playing chamber music, or would you like to get started? Do you regularly play with friends, are you becoming more ambitious in your goals, or would you simply like to make chamber music connections?
This workshop is for amateur musicians who would like to share the love of music, meet other players, and get supportive coaching and advice.

You can register for the workshop individually or as a group.

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

Individual players who are not yet playing in a chamber music group will indicate their instrument, level, and interests on the registration form. We will help you form a group and make suggestions about repertoire ahead of time.

Registration is required and essential. Spots are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Registration deadlines:
Individual players: October 1st, 2014 
Pre-formed groups: October 10th, 2014
To register, please use the online registration form for individual players or the form for pre-formed groups.

Jenny RegehrJenny Regehr is well known across the country for her solo recitals, duo and chamber music performances and Lieder collaborations. For many years she was the harpsichordist and pianist of the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra and has been featured in concerto performances with both the MCO and the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra.

As a faculty member of the Glenn Gould School of the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Ms. Regehr was a senior piano and pedagogy instructor for fifteen years and remains a senior examiner for RCM Examinations. As a versatile teacher, her studio has included those embarking on performance careers, gifted young pianists and teachers wishing to further their training, along with professionals in other fields who are passionate about the piano. Since moving to Ottawa, she has established a thriving studio and has become a pedagogical resource to the musical community.

She is frequently invited to give master classes and workshops and to adjudicate festivals and competitions, both in Canada and overseas.  She has taught and adjudicated extensively at the Conservatories of Beijing and Shanghai as well as in Hong Kong.

Organizers: Christiane Wilke and Bill Singleton

We look forward to hearing from you! Questions? Please email Bill Singleton (

early November - Canadian Folksong Workshop

Details later.

Saturdays November 15, 22 and 29, 2014 - Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals

Led by Alan Thomas.

For those who wish to improve their reading and knowledge of the Messiah choruses in preparation for the December "Come Sing Messiah" performance, we offer three Saturday morning rehearsals.

Date: Saturdays November 15, 22 and 29Alan Thomas

Time: 10 am to 12:15

Location: Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale at Gladstone (directions are here).

Come to 1,2 or 3 sessions to prepare for Come Sing Messiah!

Cost: $5 per session for members, $10 per session for non-members.

Organist and choir master Alan Thomas leads the rehearsals. Rehearsing with Alan is always fun -- his piano accompaniment will jazz up any chorus in a surprising way! He will go over all the choruses to be sung on December 5. Usually, we look at about half-a-dozen choruses every week, rehearsing some of the more difficult ones more than once.

Messiah videoA video of the 2011 rehearsal of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes).

Also see our "Frequently Asked Questions" about CAMMAC's Come Sing Messiah.

BYOM: We ask that you bring your own music; however, a few copies will be available for sale at a reasonable price.

Info: Mary at 613-260-2250.

Friday December 5, 2014 - Come Sing Messiah: Performance

Come Sing Messiah is a very special event, dear to the hearts of a large number of singers throughout the National Capital Region. It is an opportunity to sing Handel’s great masterpiece with hundreds of other vocalists, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, as well as four talented soloists.Alan ThomasLouis Lavigueur

Louis Lavigueur conducts, with organist Alan Thomas.

Date: Friday, December 5

Time: 6:00-9:30 pm.
Doors open at 5:30 pm; Rehearsal at 6:00 pm; Performance at 8:00 pm.

Location: Dominion-Chalmers United Church, O'Connor at Cooper (directions are here)

Full information is in our "Frequently Asked Questions" about CAMMAC's Come Sing Messiah.

A video of the 2011 performance of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes).Messiah video

Cost: Singers $10; Audience $25.

Tickets go on sale November 8. Seating is limited. Get your tickets early.

Tickets are available at:

  • Book Bazaar, 417 Bank at Frank
  • The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone
  • Granata Music, 1568 Merivale near Meadowlands
  • Ottawa Folklore Centre, 1111 Bank near Sunnyside

Singer tickets also available at optional rehearsals.

Scores are available from Book Bazaar, The Leading Note and Granata Music.

Info: Pauline, 819-459-1803.

January and February 2015 - Annual Concert Rehearsals

With Marg Stubington.

Dates: Saturdays January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 14, 21, 2015.

Details later.

February 22, 2015 - Annual Concert

With Marg Stubington.

Time: in the afternoon

Location: All Saints Anglican Church, 347 Richmond Rd. just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Details later.

Saturday March 7, 2015 - French Baroque Reading

Details later.

Saturday March 28, 2015 - Choral Reading: Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna

Details later.

Sunday April 121, 2015 - Chamber Music for Winds

With Jo Ann Simpson.

Date: April 12th, 2015.

Location: A private home in Old Ottawa South.

Info: Christiane Wilke at or Ellen Bobet at

More details later.

Saturday April 25, 2015 (tentative date) - CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau AGM

Details later.

Spring 2015 - Recorder Workshop

Location:  At a private home.

More details later.

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