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Overview of Activities
September 24 and October 1, 2016 Rehearsed reading of Handel’s Coronation Anthems
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 September 24 and October 1, 2016 – Rehearsed Reading – Coronation Anthems by G.F. Handel

To launch CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau’s 2016-17 season and to mark World Music Day (October 1), we invite you to join us to sing and play Handel’s glorious Coronation Anthems!

With Thomas Annand.Handel Coronation Anthems

Date: Saturdays September 24 and October 1, 2016.

Rehearsals: Saturday, September 24: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the choir, and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. for the orchestra.
Reading: Saturday, October 1:  2:00 – 5:00 p.m. for choir and orchestra.

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

Cost: Admission by donation from all participants.  We suggest that CAMMAC members pay a fee (covering both dates) of $20 (free for students) and non-members pay $30 ($20 for students). Non-members are strongly encouraged to join CAMMAC.


Choir and Vocal Soloists

All choristers (SATB) are welcome; pre-registration is not necessary, though recommended.  For information please contact Colleen at

Interested vocal soloists (SATB) for the fourth anthem (My Heart is inditing) must contact Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719 to register and obtain scores (which are also on the Web; see below).  Priority will be given to CAMMAC members.  These solos are rather short – this is therefore a great opportunity for first-time soloists!

Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal; they are also available on the IMSLP site  (follow the links under General Information) or the choral wiki site (follow the links.  Note: My Heart is Inditing is available at this different address.)   For those interested, there are midi files to learn choral parts on; other MIDI files can be downloaded from  The Anthems are also on YouTube.


Instrumentation: 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 3 D- and C-trumpets, timpani, and all 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. If you are new to playing with the CAMMAC orchestra, you can find out more about how we approach readings by following this link.

Pre-registration is necessary for timpani and wind instruments, and highly recommended for strings.

Parts for these two Anthems are available on the Web: Zadok the Priest (CPDL #10787) and My Heart is Inditing (CPDL #15077).

Non-string instrumentalists: please contact Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719 to register and obtain the parts. To obtain a copy in advance, please let us know when you register. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members up to September 6.

String players: please contact Patrick at to register and obtain the parts. To obtain a copy in advance, please let us know when you register.


George Frideric (or Frederick) Handel, born Georg Friedrich Händel on 23 February 1685, lived till 14 April 1759.  He was a German, later British, baroque composer who spent the bulk of his career in London, becoming well known for his operas, oratorios, anthems, and organ concertos. Handel settled in London in 1712 and became a naturalised British subject in 1727.

Right from their composition, the four Coronation Anthems have been popular and have been regularly played in concerts and festivals, even during Handel’s own lifetime, in addition to actual coronations. Their success perhaps contributed to the popular image of Handel as a composer whose music requires a huge number of singers and musicians (the more, the better). In modern coronations the order is Zadok the priest, Let thy hand be strengthened, The King shall rejoice and My heart is inditing, with the order of Let thy hand and The King sometimes reversed. (Source: Wikipedia).


Thomas AnnandThomas Annand has delighted audiences, critics and musicians with his multi-faceted talents as conductor (choral and orchestral) and keyboard player (organ, harpsichord and piano) for about 30 years. More recently, he has also attracted attention as a composer of choral and organ music. Thomas’s repertoire covers a wide spectrum of 500 years of music, with emphasis on the works of J.S. Bach.

After completing his M. Music at McGill University, Thomas went to Paris to further his studies and conduct research. In 1992 he was appointed Director of Music at St. Andrew’s Church in Ottawa, and he became the organist and harpsichordist for the National Arts Centre Orchestra. In addition to conducting the choir and playing at the regular Sunday services, Thomas has also overseen the complete restoration and revoicing of the organ.

He was the conductor of Capital Brassworks for six seasons, and has appeared as a guest conductor with Thirteen Strings Baroque Orchestra, as well as being one of its members. Thomas is also a frequent collaborator with Les Violons du Roy. He has also performed at several prominent festivals, both national and international.  In 2004, Thomas was named a fellow of the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

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.