Planned Activities for 2015-2016

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Click here for a one-page printable calendar.



Overview of Activities

Please note that some of the dates may change.
December 4, 2015   Performance: Come Sing Messiah
Starting January 9, 2016   Annual Concert rehearsals
February 28, 2016   Annual Concert performance
March 5, 2016 (to be confirmed)   Recorder afternoon
March 12, 2016   Annual Regional Meeting
April 16, 2016   Orchestra reading: Brahm's Serenade #1
May 7, 2016   Chamber music workshop: Pianos and friends

Previous activities this year are here.


Description of Activities

Specific details about the rest of the season's activities will available later.

Friday December 4, 2015 - 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 4

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: $10 per ticket for Singers tickets (Sanctuary seating) and $25 for Audience tickets (Balcony seating).

Tickets go on sale November 7. 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

Singer tickets also available at optional chorus rehearsals.

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

Info: Pauline, 819-459-1803.

Available for Purchase!

Messiah T-Shirts

Messiah t-shirts

2012 Messiah DVDs

Messiah DVD

Used Music

Our ever-popular sale of used music will take place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Woodside Hall (at the back of the church). All proceeds go to CAMMAC to support our activities.

Saturdays January 9 to February 27, 2016 - Annual Concert Rehearsals

This year the CAMMAC choir and orchestra will perform two pieces: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert. The Schicksalslied, begun in 1868 and completed in 1871, is a choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Hölderlin and is considered to be one of Brahms’s best choral works. The Mass No. 5 in A Flat is regarded as one of Schubert’s late masses and is distinguished from his four early masses by its musically interpretive stance to the words. (from

Choristers can practise both pieces with the help of Cyberbass web site at

Once again James Calkin will direct the CAMMAC choir and orchestra. James conducted the Beethoven Mass in C in 2008, and we are delighted to have him back.

Click here for a one-page printable sheet listing all rehearsals.

CAMMAC member, $45
Non-member, $60
Plus a refundable deposit for the scores, $10

To be determined


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

Date  09:30 – 12:00 1:30 – 4:00
Saturday, January 9 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 16 Choir  
Saturday, January 23 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 30 Choir  
Saturday, February 6 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, February 13   Choir and orchestra
Saturday, February 20   Choir and orchestra

Dress rehearsal and concert

Location: All Saints’ Westboro/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).
Parking is limited to a few spaces at the back of the church on Madison Street. Street parking is also available. Car pooling is suggested.

Attendance is mandatory at the dress rehearsal in order to sing and play in the concert.

Saturday, February 27 - 1:00 pm Dress rehearsal
Sunday, February 28 - 3:00 pm Concert


Choristers, contact Dawn Conway at 613-724-2954. The registration form is here
String players, contact Khalid at
Wind players and percussionists, contact Christiane at

James Calkin Biography

James CalkinA native of Nova Scotia, JAMES CALKIN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa where he conducts the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and is principal accompanist to the Cathedral 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 also pursues an active career as organ soloist, conductor, orchestral and chamber musician throughout Canada and internationally.

Mr. Calkin studied at Dalhousie (B.Mus. with a University Medal) and McGill Universities (M.Mus.) as well as the prestigious Eastman School of Music where his teachers were David MacDonald, John Grew, and David Higgs. While at Eastman he served as a graduate assistant to early music legend Paul O’Dette. In 1996-1997 a Canada Council for the Arts grant enabled studies in France with the organists Louis Robilliard (Lyon) and Dominique Serve (Aix-en-Provence). James has also studied conducting with Denise Ham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington, and Hugh Floyd and participated in masterclasses hosted by Chorus America and the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Mr. Calkin has been the recipient of peer-adjudicated grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as well as numerous academic awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the National Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition (Montréal).

His concert activities include numerous recitals on distinguished instruments in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as performances on the English and French networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition he is a frequent accompanist and continuo player for ensembles throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

Sunday February 28, 2016 - Annual Concert

Schicksalslied by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert, under the direction of James Calkin.

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016

Time: 3 pm

Location: All Saints’ Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Tickets: (Cost yet to be determined)

After the concert we are pleased to offer a reception with refreshments, as well as our used music sale.

Info: Dawn Conway, 613-724-2954

Saturday April 16, 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 16, 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 30 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.