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Overview of Activities
September 24 and October 1, 2016 Choral and orchestral reading with Tom Annand
October 2016 Winds & Friends: Chamber Music Workshop
November 12, 19 and 26, 2016 Rehearsals: Come Sing Messiah
November 19, 2016 Concerto Sampler
December 2, 2016 Performance: Come Sing Messiah
March 2017 Around the Piano: Chamber Music Workshop
April 2017 Recorder and More
May 6, 2017 Chamber music workshop: Voice and instruments

Full information about our activities will be available later.

Description of Activities

Saturdays November 12, 19 and 26, 2016 – Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals

Led by Alan Thomas.Alan-Thomas

For those who wish to improve their reading and knowledge of the Messiah choruses in preparation for the December “Come Sing Messiah” performance, we offer three Saturday morning rehearsals.

Organist and choir master Alan Thomas leads the rehearsals. Rehearsing with Alan is always fun — his piano accompaniment will jazz up any chorus in a surprising way! He will go over all the choruses to be sung on December 2. Usually, we look at about half-a-dozen choruses every week, rehearsing some of the more difficult ones more than once.

Date: Saturdays November 12, 19 and 26.

Time: 10 am to 12:15.

Location: Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale at Gladstone (directions are here).

Come to 1, 2 or 3 sessions to prepare for Come Sing Messiah!

Cost: $5 per  session for members, $10 per session for non-members.


Click the image for a video of the 2011 rehearsal of the Hallelujah chorus (4 minutes – best viewed using Internet Explorer).

In contrast to some other years, there is no longer a requirement for participants to register on-line for CSM rehearsals. Rehearsal tickets will be sold at the door, with people indicating the date or dates they wish to attend (1, 2, or 3 rehearsals) and purchasing the required tickets at the price in question.

Non-members, i.e., people who are not on CAMMAC’s current list of members, will have the choice of:

  • updating their membership, which would allow them to save by paying the member price, or
  • joining CAMMAC: in this case too they will pay the member price, or
  • not joining CAMMAC but optionally provide us with their email address to allow us to send them CAMMAC notifications by email.

A video of the 2011 rehearsal of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes – best viewed using Internet Explorer).

Also see our “Frequently Asked Questions” about CAMMAC’s Come Sing Messiah.

BYOM: We ask that you bring your own music; however, a few copies will be available for sale at a reasonable price.

Messiah t-shirts and DVDs of the 2012 Messiah performance will be available for purchase!

Saturday November 19, 2016 – Concerto Sampler

New! A chance for Cammac members to be the soloists in a concerto, accompanied by orchestra. Over the course of the afternoon, we will play extracts from four different concerti, each with different soloists. We’ll devote 45 minutes to each concerto. The plan is to spend some time working on the music, then run through the entire movement at the end.

With Pace Sturdevant.Pace Sturdevant

Date: Saturday November 19, 2016.
Dress rehearsal for soloists only: Saturday November 12.

Time: 1:00 – 4:30.

Location: Memorial Hall in Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale avenue at Gladstone (directions are here).

Orchestra players: CAMMAC members: $10, free for students. Non-members: $20, $10 for full-time students.
Concerto soloists: $30, students $20 (all soloists must be CAMMAC  members).

To play in the orchestra, please contact Patrick Kline at (strings) or Ellen Bobet at (all other instruments).

To be a soloist:

To allow as many people as possible to participate, we’ll give priority to groups playing pieces that require more than one soloist (e.g., Beethoven Triple Concerto for violin, cello, and piano, Op. 56; Telemann concerto for two flutes, TWV 52:e2). Registration for these multi-soloist groups will open on September 6, 2016, on a first-come-first-served basis. Registration for concerti with just one soloist will open on September 20, if there are spaces left. Soloists should prepare about eight minutes worth of music (probably one movement, or two short movements).

To be a soloist,

  • You must be a current Cammac member.
  • You/your group must be able to attend a free one-hour dress rehearsal with Scott Richardson, pianist, on Saturday November 12. The exact time will be arranged with Scott closer to the date. (Cammac will pay Scott directly.)
  • You must organize the music, which means:
    • Providing a score for the conductor and copies of the individual parts (or a link to a free, legible source) to Christiane Wilke by October 22. Christiane will make sure there are enough copies for everyone in the orchestra.
    • Providing a piano reduction for Scott to use during the dress rehearsal.

Soloists are welcome to play in the orchestra for the remaining groups, at no extra charge.

Tips for finding music

 Use one of the thousands of free, legal scores available on sites such as the International Music Score Library Project. Or take advantage of the extensive sheet music collections at the University of Ottawa and at Carleton University. In each catalogue you can limit the results of your search to musical scores only.
The University of Ottawa library catalogue is here.
The Carleton University library catalogue is here.
Alumni have full borrowing privileges. If you are a cardholder at the Ottawa Public Library, you can get a free “SmartLibrary” card at any OPL branch that will allow you to borrow material from either University library.

Looking for a multi-soloist concerto? Vivaldi and Telemann wrote dozens of them. Or try searching IMSLP for “triple concerto” or for “concerto for two” or for “concerto AND [first instrument in your group] AND [2nd instrument].”


Douglas Payson (“Pace”) Sturdevant was Principal Trumpet at the NAC Orchestra for 23 years. He was also for many years the brass and wind coach of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. A noted pedagogue, he has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and as a guest at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has appeared as guest conductor with l’Orchestre de la francophonie, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa Orchestra.

Mr. Sturdevant has recently retired from his position of Manager of Artist Training and Outreach at the National Arts Centre, where among other things he managed the Rising Stars recital series and the Music for a Sunday Afternoon chamber music series.

Friday December 2, 2016 – Come Sing Messiah: Performance

Louis LavigueurCome 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 conducts, with Kevin James, concertmaster of the chamber orchestra, and organist Alan Thomas.

Date: Friday, December 2

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.

Click the image for a video of the 2011 performance of the Hallelujah chorus (4 minutes).

A video of the 2011 performance of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes).

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

Singer tickets also available at optional chorus rehearsals.

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. If space permits, we’ll also accept other types of groups. Each group should prepare about 10 minutes of music.

Date: Saturday May 6, 2017.

Location: TBD.

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.

Ellen Bobet at
Alternate contact Patrick Kline 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.