Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015

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Overview of Activities

Oct. 25, 2014   CAMMAC benefit Concert
November 1, 2014   Chamber Music Workshop
early November 2014   Canadian Folksong Workshop (postponed indefinitely)
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

Previous activities this year are here.

Description of Activities


Saturday October 25, 2014 - CAMMAC benefit Concert

with Ray Sealey and Isabelle Vadeboncoeur.

Date: Saturday Oct. 25Ray Sealey

Time: 8:00 pm

Location: at a private home in Ottawa south.

Cost: Admission is by donation. The suggested donation amount is $20. For donations exceeding $20, a charitable tax receipt can be issued for the amount exceeding $20.

There will be a benefit concert on Saturday evening, October 25, 2014, 8pm, in support of CAMMAC.

The featured musician will be a long-time friend of CAMMAC, Ray Sealey, guitarist, songwriter, and singer. The concert, which is entitled “Waltzing in the Road”, is a collection of ballads, song stories, some blues and a touch of country, punctuated by a few guitar solos and some interesting background anecdotes. Ray will be joined by Isabelle Vadeboncoeur, who also has a long-standing association with CAMMAC.

Reservations: To attend this concert please contact John Royle, or 613-233-6345, including your contact information and the number of seats you would like to be reserved. Seats are reserved on a first-come first-served basis, so reserve sooner rather than later.

“Ray Sealey’s songs are a delightful combination of poetic lyrics, inventive music and guitar accompaniments, no doubt influenced by his years as a classical guitarist.”

Born in England, Ray Sealey emigrated to Canada, earned a degree in English Literature from the University of Western Ontario. He was always active in the folk music scene in those years and toured Europe in the late 60’s with a Canadian folk group.

However, classical music finally took the more important place in his life while studying classical guitar at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto. This culminated in studies with Alexandre Lagoya in both Canada and France, the latter with support from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Ray taught music at the University of Western Ontario and subsequently at the University of Ottawa. He also worked as a host and documentary maker for the CBC in Ottawa. It was during this period that he became increasingly active in production and arts management.

In 1997, Ray moved to Montreal and later to the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal in Québec to become Executive Director of CAMMAC (Canadian Amateur Musicians/Musiciens amateurs du Canada).  He retired from that organization in 2007 following the completion of a major rebuilding project at the CAMMAC Music Centre in the Laurentians.

Ray has now returned from the classical world to his early roots in folk music. His love of poetry and the folk songs that led him to the guitar are now combined in new musical directions and discoveries. He spends summer in the Laurentians and winter in a camper in any part of Florida that looks interesting. His venues include folk festivals, folk clubs, house concerts and the occasional café.

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

Postponed indefinitely.

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.

No pre-registration is necessary, but we recommend that participants use our on-line registration form to speed up the registration process at the rehearsal.

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 Kevin James, concertmaster of the chamber orchestra, and 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 12, 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.