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Sunday April 23, 2017 – A Mix of Music for Recorders, Viols and Voices

With Gerard Nieuwenhuis.Gerard Nieuwenhuis

An afternoon full of vocal and instrumental music of different kinds. Double choir music and fresh music from the moment.

Intermediate level and up.

There will be a short “music for the moment” part at the end of the afternoon where all types and levels of instruments and voices will be welcome.

Date: Sunday April 23, 2017.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Cost: To be determined.

Registration: Registration to the main part of the afternoon is limited so please register early, preferably by Wednesday April 12th. Contact Elizabeth at

Guided by Gerard Nieuwenhuis, a musician now living in Ottawa who spent most of his life in The Netherlands. As a recorder player he organized numerous festivals in his country and gave workshops in Belgium. He teaches recorder privately in the Ottawa area. He has directed a number of Dutch choirs and currently sings in the Ottawa Bach Choir.

Saturday May 6, 2017 – Chamber music workshop: Voice and instruments – NOW FULL

Wanda ProcyshynThis workshop will allow participants to receive an hour of coaching in a relaxed, supportive setting. Soprano Wanda Procyshyn will help us to understand how singers and instrumentalists can work together effectively. You can register as a pre-formed group, or as an individual singer/player looking to be matched with others.

For this workshop, we will give priority to groups of three or more that contain at least one singer. All-voice groups (e.g., voice quartet) are also welcome. If space permits, we’ll also accept other types of groups. The room contains a beautiful grand piano, so pieces with piano are an option. Each group should prepare about 10 minutes of music.

Date: Saturday May 6, 2017.

Location: A private home in Ottawa South, near St Paul’s University.

Cost: CAMMAC  members $20;  students $10 (free if the student is a Cammac member); all others $30.

This is a chance to explore the repertoire for accompanied voice. If you’re looking for ideas, please check the IMSLP site (, which has thousands of free, legal scores. For example, here are the pieces available for voice, violin, cello, and piano.

You can also check the Bach Cantatas website ( for the many superb arias that Bach wrote for voice and 2-3 instruments.

Some examples

  • John Corigliano: Three Irish Folk Songs for voice and flute.
  • Vivaldi: aria “Domine Deus” from the Gloria, for soprano, oboe (or flute/violin), and continuo.
  • Handel: nine German Arias [Deutsche Arien], set for soprano, continuo, and—depending on the song—either flute, violin, or oboe.
  • Brahms: Two songs for alto voice, viola and piano.
  • Schubert: The Shepherd on the Rock, for soprano, clarinet and piano.
  • Leonard Bernstein: “Dream with me” for voice, cello and piano.


Click here for the registration form for pre-formed groups.

Click here for the registration form for individual players or singers.

Info: Ellen Bobet at


Soprano Wanda Procyshyn is praised for her vocal versatility, her interpretative and dramatic gifts, and her outstanding ensemble work. She has performed at many festivals including the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, and has presented numerous recitals and concerts, enthusiastically seeking out new repertoire. She flourished artistically as a member of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM) and was a soloist on several recordings made by this ensemble.

Wanda’s understanding of vocal technique, her sense of humour, and her determined pursuit of the vocal well-being of her students has placed her in high demand as a voice teacher. She has also given workshops on vocal technique to many choirs in the National Capital Region, including the Ottawa Choral Society and the Canadian Centennial Choir.

Previous activities: 2015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13.