2022 CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Concert

Submitted by Rosalind Spencer, Co-Chair, CAMMAC Ottawa Valley and President, CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau

CAMMAC Ottawa Valley’s concert, Peace And Joy In Uncertain Times, took place on September 11th 2022, featuring a beautiful program of sacred music consisting of Mozart’s Solemn Vespers, Vivaldi’s Psalm 147: Lauda Jerusalem, Palstrina’s Sicut Cervus, Rachmaninoff’s Ave Maria and Susan Labarr’s Grace Before Sleep. The beautiful venue of St John Chrysostom Church in Arnprior is perfect with respect to acoustics for music and large audience capacity.

From left to right: Ian Guenette, Lisa Webber (alto soloist), Marg Stubington, Rosalind Spencer, Michael Hoffman

We were very pleased to welcome back Marg Stubington as the Artistic Director, and for his first time with CAMMAC, Ian Guenette as our accompanist and concert organist. For many of the 40 choristers it was a time to rediscover their voices and adjust to singing with masks.

The concert included a professional 12-piece orchestra and five soloists, most of whom live or were raised, in the Ottawa Valley.

This was a challenging event to organize. Uncertainty with respect to Covid and related restrictions required detailed plans for several alternative scenarios. The smaller choir led to a reduction in one of the main revenue sources requiring constant adjustments to the budget. Despite these challenges, there was a real team spirit amongst choristers who sold many tickets to help make the concert a big success. We also had many donations including a very generous concert sponsor, David Stitt.  The concert was dedicated to the late Rosalind Bell, wife of David Stitt, acknowledging her long-time support of CAMMAC, especially the creation of the Ottawa Valley sub-branch.

Feedback from audience and choristers has been very positive.

This event would not have been possible without the dedicated help of Helena Ingr (Treasurer), Pierre Tourigny (Treasurer & Translation) and Diana Winninger (Website).

Putting on a concert of this size and calibre requires a large budget and even with trimmed-down expenses approximately $14,000 was required, but thanks to the huge generosity of donors, enthusiasm of ticket-sellers, and general team spirit, we were delighted to break even with a small surplus which will be put towards the 2023 concert.

To watch an excerpt of the concert: CLICK HERE.

For information on upcoming activities and events including a seasonal workshop for choristers and instrumentalists intitled A CHRISTMAS FANTASIA!: CLICK HERE.