Planned Activities for 2015-2016

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Overview of Activities

Please note that some of the dates may change.
September 26 and October 3, 2015   Reading for choir and orchestra
October 24, 2015   Chamber music workshop: strings and friends
October 31, 2015   Recorder day
November 7, 2015   Canadian folk song workshop
November 14, 21 and 28, 2015   Come Sing Messiah rehearsals
December 4, 2015   Performance: Come Sing Messiah
Starting January 9, 2016   Annual Concert rehearsals
February 21 (tentative), 2016   Annual Concert performance
March 12, 2016   Annual General Meeting
April 9, 2016   Orchestra reading: Brahm's Serenade #1
May 7, 2016   Chamber music workshop: Pianos and friends


Description of Activities

Specific details about the rest of the season's activities will available at the end of the summer.

Saturday October 24, 2015 - Chamber Music for Strings and Friends

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 Joan Harrison.

Date: Saturday October 24, 2015.

Time: 9:30-5:00.

Location: A private home near St Paul’s University.

Workshop participants: CAMMAC members $20; students $20 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.
People who want to attend the “Tutti Event” portion only: CAMMAC members $5; 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 “Tutti Event” at no additional cost. The fee is payable by cash or cheque at the workshop.

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 Tutti Event: Handel’s Water Music
WHAT: A just-for-fun sight-reading of selected movements from Handel’s Water Music (the selection depends on the combination of players who register). This is a chance to try this lovely piece, and to play with some of the people from the other groups. We will double or triple people on parts as necessary.
The piece was originally written for the following instruments: flute, oboes 1-2, bassoon, horn 1-2 (in F, C), trumpets 1-2 (in C), violins, violas, cellos/basses, and keyboard, but we’re happy to see substitutions and doubling (C clarinet on the trumpet part, flutes playing violin parts, etc.).
Free scores and recordings are available at,_HWV_348-350_%28Handel,_George_Frideric%29.
WHO: Open to all workshop participants.
Also open to outside players if space permits, but workshop participants have priority.
WHEN: Afternoon (probably 2-3 pm, depending on the overall workshop schedule).
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.

Registration is required and essential. Spots are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
Registration deadlines:
Individuals: Friday September 18th, 2015.
Pre-formed groups: Friday September 25th, 2015.
To play in the “Tutti event” only: Friday October 9th, 2015.
To register, please use one of the following online registration forms:
individual players
pre-formed groups
"Tutti event" only

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

Joan HarrisonJoan Harrison, PhD, is a cellist, educator, and entrepreneur. She has performed as principal cellist on modern and baroque instruments in numerous ensembles including the New York City Opera, Aradia Ensemble, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Her quest to merge her passions inspired PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. Joel Westheimer at the University of Ottawa where, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, she studied links between citizenship and music education.  She also developed several products that connect learning music with cognition, physical wellness, and fun ( In the summer of 2013 Joan founded the Capital Strings Collective (CSC) community orchestra, which along with the I Cellisti cello choir, is in residence at a long-term care centre. These multigenerational ensembles participate in research practice in music education, democratic citizenship, empathy, and well-being.  Joan looks forward to upcoming recordings with Dragon’s Tea Trio and the fall release of her third CD (Marquis) with pianist Elaine Keillor. Their first, When Music Sounds: Canadian works for cello and piano (NAXOS) has been cited in reviews as “brilliant” and Wholenotes Magazine lauded their second CD, A Little Knight Music: Selected works of General Sir Maurice Grove Taylor, as “fascinating, delightful, and exemplary throughout.”

Saturday April 9, 2016 - Reading for orchestra of Brahms' Serenade #1

A come-one-come-all reading of movements 1, 3, 5, and (if time permits) 6 of Brahms’ dramatic Serenade no.1 in D. We will double people on parts or do whatever it takes so that as many people as possible can play. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members.

With Laura Hawley.

Date: April 9, 2016.

Time: 2:00-4:30.

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

Cost: CAMMAC members $10; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $20.

Know other people who might want to play? Please download the poster for this event.

Instrumentation: Flute 1-2, oboe 1-2, clarinet 1-2, horn 1-4, trumpet 1-2, timpani, violin 1-2, violas, cellos, basses.

Please download your part from,_Op.11_%28Brahms,_Johannes%29 (choose the Breitkopf edition).
IMSLP version in the wrong key? Horn, trumpet, and clarinet players can contact Ellen at for a transposed version of their parts.

If you’re new to Cammac events, these guidelines explain our approach to orchestra readings.

Info: Ellen at

Please pre-register by Wednesday March 23 so that we know how many people to expect and can make sure all parts are covered.
Strings: Khalid at or 613-829-7277.
Winds: Ellen at

About the piece:
Brahms stood in such awe of the Beethoven symphonies that it took him until age 42 to publish his own first symphony. In the interim, the two Serenades were his first major orchestral works. Serenade no.1 began as a score for winds and string octet, but Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim urged Brahms to rework it for a larger ensemble. The resulting piece, published in 1859, has been described as “a symphony in all but name.” Ever the perfectionist, Brahms felt that the first performance of the Serenade “did not go very well,” even though the audience shouted approval of every movement and continued to applaud at the end until the composer came onstage.

We will be playing up to four of the Serenade’s six movements:
Movement 1 — Allegro molto
Movement 3 — an Adagio that has been described as “transcendent” and “the heart of the serenade”
Movement 5 — a short Scherzo
Movement 6 — Rondo allegro

Laura HawleyOur conductor:

Laura 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 conductor and clinician with groups including the Suzuki piano school, Harmonia Choir, Ontario Youth Choir, CAMMAC, and the Music and Beyond Festival. 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.

Previous activities: 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12.