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Saturdays September 26 and October 3, 2015 – Rehearsed Reading of Mozart’s Coronation Mass

To celebrate Queen Elizabeth’s new once-in-a-lifetime record as longest-reigning British monarch (as of September 9) as well as the birth of Princess Charlotte (on May 2), and to open CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau’s 2015-16 season, we invite you to join us to sing and play Mozart’s glorious Coronation Mass!

Coronation poster_eWith Thomas Annand.

Date: Saturdays September 26 and October 3, 2015.

Rehearsals: September 26: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. for the choir, and 2:00 – 4:30 p.m. for the orchestra.
Reading: Saturday October 3:  2:00 – 5:00 p.m. choir and orchestra.

Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Ave. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Cost:  Donations from participants. Suggested amounts to help us cover costs for 2-day event:
Students: free for CAMMAC members; $5 for non-members.
Others: CAMMAC Members: $20; non-members: $30.
Non-members are strongly encouraged to join CAMMAC.


Choir and Vocal Soloists

Interested vocal soloists (SATB) 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 who have not sung a solo with us before.

All choristers are welcome; pre-registration is not necessary, though recommended.  For information please contact Pierre at or 613-234-1297.

Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal; they are also available on the IMSLP site or the choral wiki site.  For those interested, there are MIDI files to learn choral parts on MP3 and MIDI learning files can be downloaded from The Mass is also on YouTube.


The Coronation Mass requires the following instruments: violins, cellos, double basses (sorry, no violas), 2 oboes, 2 bassoons, 2 horns (in C), 2 trumpets (in C), trombones (ATB), and timpani.

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.

Orchestral parts are available on the IMSLP web site. Please print your part and bring it along.

Pre-registration is necessary for winds and timpani: please contact Elizabeth at or 613-724-3719. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members up to August 20.

Though not necessary, pre-registration is highly recommended for string players; please contact Khalid at or 613-829-7277. Please bring a copy of your part even if you have not pre-registered.

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.


Born in Salzburg, Austria, on January 27, 1756, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart showed prodigious ability from early childhood. From the age of five until his death in Vienna on December 5, 1791 at the age of 35, he composed over 600 works, including many that are acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, chamber, operatic and choral music.

The Mass in C Major (KV 317) was completed on March 23, 1779 in Salzburg when Mozart was 23. It appears to have acquired the nickname “Coronation” at the Imperial court in Vienna in the early 19th century, after becoming the preferred music for royal and imperial coronations as well as services of Thanksgiving.  Like the majority of Mozart’s mass settings, it is a Missa brevis, or short mass. (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 some 30 years. More recently, he has also attracted attention as a composer of choral and organ music. His 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, Ottawa and 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 of the organ.

He was the conductor of Capital Brassworks for six seasons, and has appeared as a guest conductor with Thirteen Strings Chamber 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.

Saturday October 24, 2015 – Chamber Music for All (with a string coach)

Do you enjoy chamber music, or would you like to get started? Do you regularly play with friends, or are you seeking to make chamber music connections? This workshop is for amateur musicians who want to share the love of music, meet other players, and get supportive coaching and advice. You can register individually or as a group. All instruments are welcome, including pianists (the house contains a beautiful Steinway grand) and recorders.

With Joan Harrison, cellist.

Date: Saturday October 24, 2015.

Time: 9:30-5:00.

Location: A private home near St Paul’s University.

Workshop participants: CAMMAC members $20; students $20 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.
People who want to attend the “Tutti Event” portion only: CAMMAC members $5; others $10.

Workshop participants will receive one hour of coaching as part of a chamber music group. They may also sit in on the other coaching sessions, and take part in the “Tutti Event” at no additional cost. The fee is payable by cash or cheque at the workshop.

Pre-formed groups (of two to eight players) should prepare between one and three movements of a piece for the coaching session.

Individual players who are not yet part of a group, please indicate your instrument, level, and interests on the registration form. We will help you form a group and suggest repertoire.

Optional Tutti Event: Handel’s Water Music
WHAT: A just-for-fun sight-reading with Joan Harrison, cellist, of selected movements from Handel’s Water Music (the selection depends on the combination of players who register). This is a chance to try this lovely piece, and to play with some of the people from the other groups. We will double or triple people on parts as necessary.
The piece was originally written for the following instruments: flute, oboes 1-2, bassoon, horn 1-2 (in F, C), trumpets 1-2 (in C), violins, violas, cellos/basses, and keyboard, but we’re happy to see substitutions and doubling (C clarinet on the trumpet part, flutes playing violin parts, etc.).
Free parts are available at,_HWV_348-350_%28Handel,_George_Frideric%29.
WHO: Open to all workshop participants.
Also open to outside players if space permits, but workshop participants have priority.
WHEN: Saturday October 24, afternoon (probably 2-3 pm, depending on the overall workshop schedule).
WHERE: A private home near St Paul’s University.
COST: CAMMAC members $5; others $10.
TO PLAY IN THE READING: Workshop participants, please tick the relevant box on the registration form, so we know how many people to expect and can assign parts.
Outside players, please register, and we’ll confirm with you closer to the date.

Primary contact for registration and info: Ellen Bobet,
Alternate contact: Christiane Wilke,

Joan-HarrisonJoan Harrison, PhD, is a cellist, educator, and entrepreneur. She has performed as principal cellist on modern and baroque instruments in numerous ensembles including the New York City Opera, Aradia Ensemble, and the Toronto Chamber Orchestra. Her quest to merge her passions inspired PhD studies under the supervision of Dr. Joel Westheimer at the University of Ottawa where, supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, she studied links between citizenship and music education.  She also developed several products that connect learning music with cognition, physical wellness, and fun ( In the summer of 2013 Joan founded the Capital Strings Collective (CSC) community orchestra, which along with the I Cellisti cello choir, is in residence at a long-term care centre. These multigenerational ensembles participate in research practice in music education, democratic citizenship, empathy, and well-being.  Joan looks forward to upcoming recordings with Dragon’s Tea Trio and the fall release of her third CD (Marquis) with pianist Elaine Keillor. Their first, When Music Sounds: Canadian works for cello and piano (NAXOS) has been cited in reviews as “brilliant” and Wholenotes Magazine lauded their second CD, A Little Knight Music: Selected works of General Sir Maurice Grove Taylor, as “fascinating, delightful, and exemplary throughout.”

Saturday November 7, 2015 – That’s all Folk!: A Choral Workshop

What is a folksong? Has its criteria changed? Come meet new and old “folksongs” and the Canadian arrangers who pass them on.

Barbara-ClarkWith Barbara Clark.

Date: Saturday November 7.

Time: 2:00 to 5:00.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

Cost: members $10; students $5 (free if student is a member); others $20.

Note: Enrollment is limited due to music availability. Pre-registration is required.

Registration: Elizabeth at

BARBARA CLARK C.M., LLD (honoris causa)
Barbara Clark has been active in the Ottawa-Carleton music scene for more than 50 years. Recognized as a teacher, music consultant, singer and choral conductor, Barbara was involved with the Ottawa Board of Education Central Choir from 1965 to 2002, first as assistant and from 1979 on, as conductor. She founded the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir in 1982 as a way to encourage young people to continue their singing experiences into adult choirs. She was its conductor until her retirement in 2007.

Throughout her career she has presented workshops and music camps for singers of all ages across Canada as well as in the United States, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland.

Barbara is the recipient of several prestigious awards including the Order of Canada, the country’s highest civilian honour, bestowed in recognition of her commitment to choral music throughout Canada.

Saturdays November 14, 21 and 28, 2015 – Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals

Led by 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 4. Usually, we look at about half-a-dozen choruses every week, rehearsing some of the more difficult ones more than once.

Alan-ThomasDate: Saturdays November 14, 21 and 28.

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.

In contrast to last year, there is no longer a requirement for participants to register on-line for CSM rehearsals. Rather, 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.

Messiah-rehearsal-videoA 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!

Info: Mary at 613-260-2250.

Friday December 4, 2015 – Come Sing Messiah: Performance

Come 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-Thomas Louis LavigueurLouis Lavigueur conducts, with Kevin James, concertmaster of the chamber orchestra, and organist Alan Thomas.

Date: Friday, December 4

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.

Messiah.movA 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).

Tickets go on sale November 7. Seating is limited. Get your tickets early.

Tickets are available at:
– Book Bazaar, 417 Bank at Frank
– The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone
– Granata Music, 1568 Merivale near Meadowlands

Singer tickets also available at optional chorus rehearsals.

Scores are available from Book Bazaar, The Leading Note and Granata Music.

Info: Pauline, 819-459-1803.

Available for Purchase!

Used Music

Our ever-popular sale of used music will take place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Woodside Hall (at the back of the church). All proceeds go to CAMMAC to support our activities.

Saturdays January 9 to February 27, 2016 – Annual Concert Rehearsals

This year the CAMMAC choir and orchestra will perform two pieces: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert. The Schicksalslied, begun in 1868 and completed in 1871, is a choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Hölderlin and is considered to be one of Brahms’s best choral works. The Mass No. 5 in A Flat is regarded as one of Schubert’s late masses and is distinguished from his four early masses by its musically interpretive stance to the words. (from

Choristers can practise both pieces with the help of Cyberbass web site at

Once again James Calkin will direct the CAMMAC choir and orchestra. James conducted the Beethoven Mass in C in 2008, and we are delighted to have him back.

Click here for a one-page printable sheet listing all rehearsals.

CAMMAC member, $45
Non-member, $60
Plus a refundable deposit for the scores, $10

To be determined


Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Avenue (directions are here).

Date  09:30 – 12:00 1:30 – 4:00
Saturday, January 9 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 16 Choir
Saturday, January 23 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 30 Choir
Saturday, February 6 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, February 13
Please note that this is NOT a combined choir and orchestra rehearsal as previously indicated.
Choir Orchestra
Saturday, February 20 Choir and orchestra

Please note that the CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting will take place on Feb. 20 at 12:15 prior to the rehearsal.

Dress rehearsal and concert

Location: All Saints’ Westboro/First United Church, 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.

Saturday, February 27 – 1:00 pm Dress rehearsal
Sunday, February 28 – 3:00 pm Concert


Choristers, contact Dawn Conway at 613-724-2954. The registration form is here.
String players, contact Khalid at
Wind players and percussionists, contact Christiane at

James Calkin Biography

James-CalkinA native of Nova Scotia, JAMES CALKIN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa where he conducts the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and is principal accompanist to the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Both ensembles maintain a busy schedule of liturgical, concert and recording activities as well as domestic and international tours. James also pursues an active career as organ soloist, conductor, orchestral and chamber musician throughout Canada and internationally.

Mr. Calkin studied at Dalhousie (B.Mus. with a University Medal) and McGill Universities (M.Mus.) as well as the prestigious Eastman School of Music where his teachers were David MacDonald, John Grew, and David Higgs. While at Eastman he served as a graduate assistant to early music legend Paul O’Dette. In 1996-1997 a Canada Council for the Arts grant enabled studies in France with the organists Louis Robilliard (Lyon) and Dominique Serve (Aix-en-Provence). James has also studied conducting with Denise Ham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington, and Hugh Floyd and participated in masterclasses hosted by Chorus America and the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Mr. Calkin has been the recipient of peer-adjudicated grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as well as numerous academic awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the National Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition (Montréal).

His concert activities include numerous recitals on distinguished instruments in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as performances on the English and French networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition he is a frequent accompanist and continuo player for ensembles throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

Saturday February 20, 2016 – CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016.
The meeting is being held earlier this year to‎ comply with the new CAMMAC By-laws.

Time: 12:15 pm.
The meeting is planned to last 45 minutes or less, prior to the joint choral/instrumental rehearsal for the Annual Concert.
We will provide pizza for attendees‎ at 12:00 noon.

Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Avenue (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

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

Sunday February 28, 2016 – Annual Concert

Annual-concert-posterUnder the direction of James Calkin, the CAMMAC choir and orchestra will perform two pieces: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert. The Schicksalslied, begun in 1868 and completed in 1871, is a choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Hölderlin and is considered to be one of Brahms’s best choral works. The Mass No. 5 in A Flat is regarded as one of Schubert’s late masses and is distinguished from his four early masses by its musically interpretive stance to the words.

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Time: 3 pm.

Location: All Saints’ Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Tickets: $20; students $10.

After the concert we are pleased to offer a reception with refreshments, as well as our used music sale.

A poster advertising the event is available (PDF or JPG). 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.

Info: Dawn Conway, 613-724-2954

Saturday March 5, 2016 – Recorder Afternoon

Recorder Afternoon: Music for a While, with Matthias Maute.

This participatory gathering will be a whirlwind of recorder repertoire from different centuries, including Matthias’s own pieces. Expect surprises! And fun!

For intermediate and advanced players. Auditors welcome.

Matthias-MauteDate: Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Time: 1:30- 4:30.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

members $20; students $10 (free if student is a member); others $30.
auditors: free for members and students, $10 for non-members.

Info: Elizabeth at

If you plan to attend, please email Elizabeth at so we have some idea how many scores will be needed. But you can also just show up on the day.

Matthias Maute has achieved an international reputation as conductor, recorder and flute player and as a composer. Mr. Maute is esteemed for his artistic direction of Ensemble Caprice, for whom he produces ingenious and fascinating programs. With this ensemble he regularly appears at major festivals worldwide. In Canada he has performed at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, Festival international du Domaine Forget and Elora Festival among others.

Matthias Maute’s compositions hold an important place in the world of contemporary recorder music and are published by Breitkopf & Härtel, Amadeus, Moeck and Carus. Mr. Maute has made some twenty recordings on the Analekta, Vanguard Classics, Bella Musica, Dorian, Bridge and Atma Classique labels. He teaches at Université de Montréal and McGill University in Montreal.

Saturday April 16, 2016 – Reading for orchestra of Brahms’ Serenade #1

A come-one-come-all reading of movements 1, 3, 5, and (if time permits) 6 of Brahms’ dramatic Serenade no.1 in D. We will double people on parts or do whatever it takes so that as many people as possible can play. All strings are welcome, and there are multiple parts for horn and trumpet. We’ll also take up to 5 flutes, 5 oboes, and 5 clarinets. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members, especially those who haven’t had a chance to play in recent readings.

With Marg Stubington.

Date: April 16, 2016.

Time: 2:00-4:30.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

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

Instrumentation: Flute 1-2, oboe 1-2, clarinet 1-2, bassoon 1-2, horn 1-4, trumpet 1-2, timpani, violin 1-2, violas, cellos, basses.

Please download your part from,_Op.11_%28Brahms,_Johannes%29 (choose the Breitkopf edition).
IMSLP version in the wrong key? Horn, trumpet, and clarinet players can contact Ellen at for a transposed version of their parts.

If you’re new to Cammac events, these guidelines explain our approach to orchestra readings.

Info: Ellen at

Please pre-register by Wednesday March 30 so that we know how many people to expect and can make sure all parts are covered.
Strings: Khalid at or 613-829-7277.
Winds: Ellen at

About the piece:
Brahms stood in such awe of the Beethoven symphonies that it took him until age 42 to publish his own first symphony. In the interim, the two Serenades were his first major orchestral works. Serenade no.1 began as a score for winds and string octet, but Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim urged Brahms to rework it for a larger ensemble. The resulting piece, published in 1859, has been described as “a symphony in all but name.” Ever the perfectionist, Brahms felt that the first performance of the Serenade “did not go very well,” even though the audience shouted approval of every movement and continued to applaud at the end until the composer came onstage.

We will be playing up to four of the Serenade’s six movements:
Movement 1 — Allegro molto
Movement 3 — an Adagio that has been described as “transcendent” and “the heart of the serenade”
Movement 5 — a short Scherzo
Movement 6 — Rondo allegro

Our conductor:

Marg-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.


Sunday April 17, 2016 – Choral reading: A Nighttime Walk with the Modern Masters

Modern-poster-eWith Lee Carter.

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Time: 1:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave., between Richmond Road and Carling Ave. (directions are here).

Cost: Payable at the event.
Students: Free for CAMMAC members, $5 for non-members.
Others: If pre-registered $10 for CAMMAC members, $20 for non-members. $5 extra is not pre-registered.

Registration: Pierre Tourigny at 613-234-1297 or

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.

Leader Lee Carter has put together a programme of four wonderful modern pieces by four contemporary masters:
Morten LauridsenSure on this Shining Night
Ola GjeiloNorthern Lights
Eric WhitacreSeal Lullaby
Ēriks EšenvaldsStars


Lee Carter is an educator, musician and respected choral director whose passion for music and teaching others to love music can be found in all facets of his career.

Now in his second year as Artistic Director for Castenchel Choir in Chelsea QC, Lee holds a full-time position at Nepean High School conducting the junior and senior choirs, the Chamber Choir, as well as one of the three concert bands. In 2007 Lee was nominated for the Premier’s Award for Best New Teacher and, in 2012, he was awarded the “Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Music” by the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board Advisory Committee on the Arts for his creative directorship, resulting in the Nepean High School vocal program’s phenomenal growth to more than one hundred singers.

His choirs have been showcased at community events across Ottawa. In addition to regularly scheduled performances, the Nepean High School choirs have been invited to perform with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Dame Emma Kirkby and were a part of Craig Cardiff’s 2012 Juno-nominated album “Floods and Fires.”

Lee holds a Bachelor’s of Education and a Bachelor’s of Music from the University of Ottawa where he studied tuba with Nick Atkinson and voice with Sandra Graham.

Saturday May 7, 2016 – Chamber Music Workshop: Piano Spotlight

This workshop is now full and we are no longer taking registrations.

This workshop allows instrumentalists to work on a piece of chamber music in a comfortable group setting, get an hour of coaching, and be part of a chamber music community. You can register as a pre-formed group or as an individual player looking to be matched with others.

Pianist Myriam Bernard is the coach for this workshop, and our goal is to shine the spotlight on the piano by forming the groups early around the pianists. We ask you to register very early in order to give everyone (and especially the pianists, who end up playing more notes than other players) lots of lead time to prepare the piece.

Date: Sat. May 7th, 2016.

Location: A private home near St. Paul’s University.

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

For this workshop, we give preference to groups of three or more that work on chamber music with piano, not just piano accompaniment.

This is your chance to explore rarely performed pieces for piano and winds and/or strings; we will help you find players to fill your group. If you’re looking for ideas, please check the IMSLP website ( or contact the organizers. For example, these pieces for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass are available on the website:,_viola,_cello,_double_bass,_piano. This is the list of pieces for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon:,_clarinet,_bassoon,_horn,_piano.

Primary contact for registration and info: Christiane Wilke (
Alternate contact: Darlene Himick (