Forthcoming Activities for 2014-2015

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Overview of Activities

Sept. 27 and Oct. 4, 2014   Gounod's Messe solonnelle de sainte Cécile
Nov. 15, 22 and 29, 2014   Rehearsals: Come Sing Messiah
Dec. 5, 2014   Performance: Come Sing Messiah

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.

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.

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).

Come Sing Messiah

Rehearsals: 15, 22 and 29 November at Parkdale United Church.
Performance: 5 December at Dominion Chalmers United Church.

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