Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015

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Overview of Activities

March 29, 2015   Choral Reading: Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna
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


Sunday March 29, 2015 - Choral Reading: Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna

You may remember the third and fourth movements of Morten Lauridsen’s Lux aeterna which we sang at the annual concert in 2013.  Here’s your chance to go back to this wonderful piece, and try all the movements.

With Lee Carter, conductor, and Scott Richardson, accompanist.Lauridsen poster

Date:  Sunday, March 29, 2015 (note the change from a previously advertised date).

Time: 2:30 to 5:00  p.m.

LocationWoodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue, between Richmond Road and Carling Avenue.

Cost: Payable at the event.
If pre-registered: $10 for members of CAMMAC, $20 non-members.
For those who do not pre-register, $15 for members of CAMMAC, and $25 for non-members.

For registration: Pierre Tourigny 613-234-1297 or

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.

We expect that scores will be available a few weeks prior to the event.  If you’d like to get the score in advance of the event itself, please contact Pierre at 613-234-1297 or

You can listen to the piece on YouTube at (and other addresses).

Practice files can be found on Cyberbass, as well as on (downloadable midi files) or (downloadable MP3 files).

Here’s some information regarding the piece, edited from a text found at

American composer Morten Lauridsen composed Lux Aeterna in 1997, the year his mother died. This work, like Fauré’s Requiem for example, shows a deceptive simplicity, yet a strong capacity to touch the listener through music. Lux Aeterna is known to bring listeners to tears.

The five movements of Lux Aeterna are based on various references to light from sacred Latin texts: perpetual light, light risen in the darkness, Redeemer-born light from light, light of the Holy Spirit, eternal light — all supporting an earthbound spirit seeking not only mercy, understanding, and consolation but also renewal.

Lauridsen uses the beginning and ending of the traditional Requiem Mass to open and close Lux Aeterna. The second movement, “In Te, Domine, Speravi” (Lord, I have hoped in you), opens with a chant from the hymn “Herliebster Jesu” (Dearest Jesus) published in 1677, addressed to the Lord, to whom is directed the gentle plea for mercy. The third movement, “O Nata Lux” (O light born [from light]) is the centerpiece from which all of the other references to light seem to emanate. It is wonderful a cappella choral singing.

In the fourth movement, “Veni, Sancte Spiritus” (Come, Holy Spirit), voices soar to high notes on both the words lucis (light) and fletu (grief).  The final movement, “Agnus Dei – Lux Aeterna” (Lamb of God, Eternal Light), begins with a long, whispered prayer on behalf of the dead, swells into full voice on the phrase lux aeterna, and ends with an optimistic Alleluia.

Lee CarterLee Carter is director of the Castenchel choir in Chelsea, QC.  He is an educator, musician and respected choral director whose passion for music and teaching others to love music can be found in all facets of his career.

Lee currently works at Nepean High School (NHS) conducting the junior and senior choirs, the Chamber Choir, as well as one of the three concert bands. In 2012 Lee was awarded the "Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Music" by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Advisory Committee on the Arts for his creative directorship, resulting in the NHS vocal program's phenomenal growth to more than one hundred singers.

Lee holds a Bachelor's of Music from the University of Ottawa where he studied the tuba with Nick Atkinson and voice with Sandra Graham, as well as a Bachelor's of Education from the same university.

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 1:15 to 2:15 on the day of the workshop.
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 with Laura Hawley, followed by AGM.

Time: In the afternoon.

Details later.

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.