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Starting January 7, 2017 – Annual Concert Rehearsals

Stabat Mater by Antonín DvořákStabat mater

With Marg Stubington.

This year’s Cammac annual concert will be Antonín Dvořák’s moving Stabat Mater for soloists, choir and orchestra.

Born on September 8, 1841, Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer — one of the first to achieve international recognition.

Dvořák began working on his Stabat Mater in 1875 soon after the death of his infant daughter. His remaining two young children died a month apart two years later. Childless, Dvořák, completed the Stabat Mater in 1877 and it was first published in 1881. The universal, emotionally charged theme of parental grief makes this beautiful symphonic music appealing to people of any faith or of none.

In 1892 Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. In 1895 he returned to the Czech Republic, where he died on May 1, 1904.  He was survived by his wife and six children, all born after the loss of his first three.

Cost:

Singers:
Members $45, students $25. Non-members $65, students $45. Plus $20 refundable deposit for music.

Orchestra:
Members $30, students free. Non-members $40, students $20.

Rehearsals:

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

Choir:
Saturdays, 1-4 pm (except January 14: 1-3 pm for sopranos and altos, and 2-4 pm for tenors and basses):
January 7, 14, 21 (NO rehearsal Jan. 28); and February 4, 11 (with orchestra), and 18.

Rehearsal accompanist is Theresa Clarke.

Bar numbers for Kalmus edition of the vocal score of the Stabat Mater.

To learn choral parts:
There are MIDI files  on Cyberbass.com; other MIDI files can be downloaded from LearnChoralMusic.co.uk. Also, http://www.choralia.net/dk02mp3/ is a helpful learning tool because it separates the voices. The piece is also on YouTube.

Orchestra:
Fridays, 7-9:30 pm:
Jan. 13, 20 (strings only), and 27; and February 3, 11 (1-4pm with choir), and 17.

Dress rehearsal:

Saturday, Feb. 25, 1-4 pm.

All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 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.

Please note that the CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting will take place on Feb. 25 at 4:15 following the dress rehearsal for the Annual Concert.

Concert:

Sunday Feb. 26, 2017.

All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Registration:

Singers:
Registration is recommended (though we can take registrations at the first rehearsals). Contact Margaret at margret.cook@sympatico.caThe registration form is here.
Vocal scores will be available in the fall. Please inquire at registration. Some are available on the IMSLP site or the choral wiki site.

Orchestra:
The CAMMAC Ottawa/Gatineau Orchestra is not a permanent group. We do a variety of projects and you are very welcome to join us for any or all of them. We have prepared a short list of specific suggestions for playing with this group to help to make the rehearsal process smoother. Please consult this document.
Instrumentation: all strings, 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (in A, C, and Bb), 2 bassoons, trumpets (in D, E, F), horns (1 and 2 in F, E; 3 and 4 in D, Bb, E), 3 trombones (alto, tenor and bass), and timpani.
Section leaders need to be able to attend all rehearsals. Other instrumentalists may miss one rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is mandatory.
All players need to register and get their part in advance. We expect you to be familiar with your part at the first rehearsal.
Strings: Please contact Khalid Ahmad at kmad@rogers.com to register and get your part.
Winds and timpani: Please contact Christiane Wilke at christianewilke@gmail.com to register and get your part.

Biography:

Margaret StubingtonMarg-Stubington is the Music Director of the Canadian Centennial Choir and at First United Church, Ottawa. A native of Montreal, Margaret Stubington received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (1984) where she studied piano performance with Tom Plaunt, choral arranging with Donald Patriquin, song interpretation with Jan Simons, and conducting. She held several church positions in Montreal as organist and choir director, taught piano, worked as accompanist, led a 100‐voice children’s school choir, and taught music theory and choir at the Suzuki Summer Institute.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa in 1991, she spent several years teaching English As A Second Language, Workplace Education, and Adult Literacy.  In 1995 Marg founded Vox Femina, a 40‐voice woman’s choir that she led for ten years.  She has been the Artistic Director of Tone Cluster and the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, and an instructor of music history and choir at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Marg was Music Director at Glebe‐St.James United Church from 2001 to 2007.

In 2005 Marg was invited to be one of six guest conductors with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, under director Jon Washburn.  She conducted the Festival Women’s Chorus for GALA Chorus Festivals in Montreal (2004), Vancouver (2006) and Winnipeg (2008).  In January 2008 she was Assistant Conductor for The Ewashko Singers for “A Cole Porter Valentine: NAC Pops Concert”.

Marg developed the KidSingers program, now a thriving children’s choir which is part of the Leading Note Foundation’s Orkidstra program.  She was Director from June of 2007 to May 2010. She was introduced to CAMMAC (Lake MacDonald) at age 11 and was greatly influenced by her experiences there.  As an enthusiastic and life-long supporter of CAMMAC she is always pleased to lead the choir and orchestra’s annual concert.

Saturday February 25, 2017 – CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 25, 2017.

Time: 4:15 pm.
The meeting will take place shortly after the dress rehearsal for the Annual Concert.
We will provide coffee, juice and cake for attendees‎ at 4:00 p.m.

Location: All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

The Annual Regional Meeting is an opportunity for members to review the progress of our organization, voice their concerns and suggestions, and elect Regional Management Committee members for the next year. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Rosalind Bell at rosalindbell@sympatico.ca.

The reports which will be on the agenda for the meeting will be sent to the members prior to the meeting.

Info: Regional President David Stitt at davidstitt@sympatico.ca.

Sunday February 26, 2017 – Annual Concert

Stabat materThis year’s Cammac annual concert will be Antonín Dvořák’s moving Stabat Mater for soloists, choir and orchestra, conducted by Marg Stubington.

Soloists: Stephanie Beames, soprano; Carole Portelance, alto; Iain Macpherson, tenor; Gary Dahl, bass.

Date: Sunday February 26, 2017.

Time: 3 pm. 

Location: All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 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.

Stabat mater posterTickets: $20 general and $10 students. Available at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone, or at the door.

Info: Irenka at irenka@rogers.com.

Rehearsals: Details are here.

A poster advertising the event is here. We would be very grateful if you could post this flyer in a public place such as your church, workplace or local community centre to help us publicise this event.

Description:

Born on September 8, 1841, Antonín Leopold Dvořák was a Czech composer — one of the first to achieve international recognition.

Dvořák began working on his Stabat Mater in 1875 soon after the death of his infant daughter. His remaining two young children died a month apart two years later. Childless, Dvořák, completed the Stabat Mater in 1877 and it was first published in 1881. The universal, emotionally charged theme of parental grief makes this beautiful symphonic music appealing to people of any faith or of none.

In 1892 Dvořák moved to the United States and became the director of the National Conservatory of Music of America in New York City. In 1895 he returned to the Czech Republic, where he died on May 1, 1904.  He was survived by his wife and six children, all born after the loss of his first three.

Saturday March 25, 2017 – Stories & Songs to Celebrate Canada 150: Choral Workshop

With Scott Richardson.Scott Richardson

“Stories and Songs” will focus on the rich history of folk music from Canada’s East Coast. Long before he was directing choirs, Scott Richardson was a performer in various folk bands, and he has always had a deep interest in traditional ballads and their history. Scott will lead workshop participants through a number of choral arrangements of folksongs. We will sing some wonderful traditional melodies, both wistful and rousing, and hear their stories, learn about their traditional roots, and consider the challenges of arranging a choral setting. Come to sing or just to listen.

Date: Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Time: 2:00 – 5:00 p.m.

Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave. between Richmond Road and Carling.

Cost:  Payable at the event.
Students: Free for members, $5 for non-members.
Others: Register in advance:  $10 for members, $20 for non-members. Register at the door:  $15 for members, $25 for non-members.

Registration:  Please register in advance to reserve your scores.  The online registration form is here.

Info:  Colleen at colleen.b.clark@sympatico.ca.

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

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 (www.imslp.org), 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 (www.bach-cantatas.com) 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.

Registration

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 Ellenbobet@sympatico.ca

Biography:

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.