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Overview of Activities
December 4, 2020   Come Sing Messiah! A virtual celebration
December 19, 2020   Double Reed Holidays: Oboe Workshop
February 17, 2021   Improving Intonation for Wind Instruments
March 24, 2021   Stay Fit or Shape Up: the Horn
March 27, 2021   Annual Regional Meeting
April 27, 2021   Workshop for Chamber Music Players
Description of Activities

Friday Dec. 4, 2020 – Come Sing Messiah! A virtual celebration

Handel

In lieu of its annual Come Sing Messiah concert, CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau is going online! Well-known Ottawa musicians Matthew Larkin and Kevin Reeves are preparing a special Come Sing Messiah video for us. This will premiere on Friday December 4, 2020 at 8pm, the date and time when our Messiah evening would ordinarily have taken place. The video will be about an hour in length, and will appear (and remain, after the premiere) on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zzNB19oSgBM.

Matthew Larkin will tell you all about Handel’s Messiah, and will play some excerpts or improvise on Handel’s themes. We also hope to include welcoming remarks from CAMMAC’s Artistic Director Guylaine Lemaire, and an interview with our beloved conductor Louis Lavigueur! And what would the evening be without the well-known chords of our favourite choruses? We hope to have a (virtual) sing-along of a popular chorus. To participate, you may want to have your score at hand… unless perhaps you already know most choruses by heart! Online scores are available here.

Participation will be free of charge, but we ask the audience to please consider making a freewill offering in support of CAMMAC. To make a donation, please follow this link: http://weblink.donorperfect.com/messie2020. You may also phone CAMMAC at 1-888-622-8755 (toll-free) during regular business hours, to donate by phone.

Information: OttawaGatineau@cammac.ca.

Saturday December 19, 2020 – Double Reed Holidays: Oboe Workshop

This oboe workshop, organized by CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau and coached by Anna Petersen (NACO), offers oboists the chance to play duets via Zoom, play short pieces for a small group, and try out new technical exercises. The workshop also offers a space for community building and mutual support during challenging times. The play-along duets will include baroque Christmas music.

Anna Petersen

Date: December 19.

Time: 3:00 – 4:30pm EST.

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost:
CAMMAC members: $20 (students $10).
Non-members: $30 (students $20).
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Registration:
Until Dec 12th, preference will be given to CAMMAC members. The workshop will have at most eight participants.
To register, please send an email to the organizer Christiane Wilke (christianewilke@gmail.com).

Biography:
Anna Petersen joined the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as Second Oboe and English horn in 2013. She has performed as guest Principal Oboe with the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Wichita Symphony Orchestras, The Florida Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. As a soloist, she has performed with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra. Anna earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer and Suzanne Geoffrey.
In addition to her musical life, Anna is also an internationally certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, having completed 300 hours of training in Bali, Indonesia.

Wednesday February 17, 2021 – Improving Intonation for Wind Instruments

Stay fit or shape up: improving intonation for winds with Anna Petersen, second oboe for the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Anna Petersen

This workshop is organized in collaboration with CAMMAC National.

Date: Feb. 17, 2021.

Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm EST.

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost:
CAMMAC members: $30.
Non-members: $40.
Click here to join CAMMAC.

In this workshop suitable for all wind instruments, oboist Anna Petersen will teach us how to improve our ears and intonation by practicing with drones. She’ll also offer tips on how to adjust intonation and balance when playing in an orchestra or large group.

You can find some free online drone sources at the following websites:
https://theonlinemetronome.com/free-online-keyboard-for-musicians.html
https://www.dronetonetool.com/
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c-uNd-gxN4

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Biography:

Anna Petersen joined Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as Second Oboe and English horn in 2013. She has performed orchestral and chamber concerts throughout Canada and the United States and internationally in China, Hong Kong, New Zealand, and throughout Europe.

Prior to joining NACO, she held positions as Principal Oboe of the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra and as B-contract Second Oboe of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. She has enjoyed guest appearances as Principal Oboe with the Pittsburgh, Detroit and Wichita Symphony Orchestras, The Florida Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, with whom she made her Carnegie Hall debut in 2013.  She has also recently performed with the Auckland Philharmonia Orchestra in Auckland, New Zealand.

In addition to her orchestral career, Anna is an active soloist and chamber musician. She has been a soloist with the Syracuse Symphony Orchestra, Symphoria, the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, the Lake Placid Sinfonietta, and the Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has performed as a finalist in the Coleman Chamber Music Competition in Pasadena, California. Anna has been a fellow at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, a participant at the MasterclassProgram at the Banff Centre for the Arts, and a performer at the Skaneateles and Bravo! Vail Valley Music festivals.

Also an experienced teacher, Anna was the Adjunct Professor of Oboe at Syracuse University’s Setnor School of Music and SUNY Geneseo. She was a guest member of the Prairie Winds at Madeline Island Chamber Music in 2018, and during the summers of 2012 and 2015, she was a coach at the Bennington Chamber Music Conference in Bennington, Vermont.

Anna earned her Bachelor of Music Degree and Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music. Her primary teachers include Richard Killmer and Suzanne Geoffrey.

In addition to her musical life, Anna is also an internationally certified yoga teacher with Yoga Alliance, having completed 300 hours of training in Bali, Indonesia.

Wednesday March 24, 2021 – Stay Fit or Shape Up: the Horn

A collaborative and conversational workshop on the horn, with Elizabeth Simpson, 2nd horn with the National Arts Centre Orchestra.

Elizabeth Simpson

This workshop is organized in collaboration with CAMMAC’s national office.

Date: Mar. 24, 2021.

Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm EST.

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost:
CAMMAC members: $30.
Non-members: $40.
Click here to join CAMMAC.

Learn new warm-up routines to develop low horn playing, articulation, flexibility, accuracy, tuning, and alternate fingerings. Time permitting, we will discuss how to apply these techniques to excerpts of pieces by Kopprasch, Neuling, and Beethoven (scores will be sent to you following your registration).

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Biography:

Having lived in Ottawa most of her life, Elizabeth Simpson is thrilled to be part of an Orchestra she has admired for many years. Elizabeth has been the Second horn player since 2011, and has performed regularly in the horn section since 1986.

Elizabeth attained a Bachelor of Music in Education from the University of Ottawa and a Masters in Music Performance from Indiana University. She studied with many renowned players including Daniel Gress, Philip Farkas, Meir Rimon, Michael Hatfield, and Arnold Jacobs. While studying, Elizabeth received the Ottawa Music Festival Senior Scholarship in 1983, and the NACO Bursary in 1984.

Elizabeth was a founding member of the Bel Canto Wind Quintet, which ran a successful concert series in Ottawa for eleven years. This chamber ensemble also toured in Ontario and Quebec, and was often heard on CBC Radio, Radio Canada and in the Ottawa International Chamber Music Festival.

Elizabeth is also a member of the Capital Brass Works. This entertaining thirteen-member brass and percussion ensemble performed on its own self-run concert series in Ottawa, toured in Ontario and has recorded three CD’s to date.

Elizabeth has enjoyed teaching for many institutions in Ottawa including the University of Ottawa, Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy, and Canterbury School of the Arts.

In 2013, Elizabeth co-created the NAC’s Music Circle, a music program for children, teens and adults with special needs. This program introduces orchestral instruments and the joy of live music, through workshops and a sensory-friendly concert. Elizabeth has worked with students at the OCDSB, CHEO, and the Lotus Centre, and with adults in the LIFE programs.

Saturday March 27, 2021 – CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting

Date: Saturday March 27, 2021.

Time: 3:30 pm.

Where: Online via Zoom.

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 Management Committee, volunteering as a member of one of the committees organizing events or on the date of one or more of our events, or taking on any of the other roles supporting CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Peggy Florida at peggyflorida@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.

Tuesday April 27, 2021 – Workshop for Chamber Music Players

BE A CHAMBER CHAMPION!

David Thies Thompson

Workshop for chamber music players of all levels. All instrumentalists are welcome.

Would you like to up your chamber music game? David Thies-Thompson, violinist and violist from the National Arts Centre Orchestra, will give you all the tips you need to improve your experience playing with a chamber music group!

This workshop is organized in collaboration with CAMMAC’s national office.

Date: April 27, 2021.

Time: 7:30 – 8:30pm EST.

Where: Online via Zoom.

Cost:
CAMMAC members: $30.
Non-members: $40.
Click here to join CAMMAC.

David will discuss how chamber players can improve their performance as a group. Topics will include effective rehearsal techniques; determining each player’s changing roles – who has the melody, the rhythmic motor or the harmonic support at any given moment; how to maintain good relations in the group and bring out the best in each other in the music-making process; how to bring energy to non-melodic parts and soft-dynamic sections; listening and responding. The workshop will include a question period, so come prepared with your questions!

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Biography:

David was born in Kenya where his father served as a missionary doctor. When David was 5 years old his family moved back to Canada and settled in Victoria, BC. David began violin lessons at the age of 7, first by Suzuki method, and later at the Victoria Conservatory of Music (VCM) with Sydney Humphreys. He received diplomas from the VCM and the Royal Conservatory of Music.

Focused on orchestral playing, David particularly enjoyed his studies at the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, the National Youth Orchestra of Canada, McGill University, and the Eastman School of Music. His teachers have included Mauricio Fuks and Stuart Knussen for orchestral coaching.

His professional orchestral life began at the age of 15 as a violinist with the Victoria Symphony. After a brief hiatus for more schooling, he joined Symphony Nova Scotia in 1988. In 1990, David left Halifax for Ottawa to take a position in the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO) as a violinist. After 18 years in the NACO’s violin section, David looked for a new musical challenge and thus, in 2008, he changed instruments and joined the viola section. In addition to his current position in the NACO, David has also appeared as a guest musician with other orchestras and chamber ensembles including the Winnipeg Symphony, the Gryphon Trio, and the Berlin Philharmonic.

David has performed as concertmaster with Thirteen Strings, the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra, and the Opera Lyra Ottawa Orchestra. He frequently appears on the National Arts Centre’s ‘Music for a Sunday Afternoon’ series, and at the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Music and Beyond Festival, and more recently the Festival aux iles du Bic.

David also enjoys conducting. He served as Music Director of the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra from 1999 to 2013 and now conducts the NACO Players Association Fanfair concert. He is also a key coordinator for the annual fundraising campaign for The Ottawa Food Bank and the Snowsuit Fund. David is an active member of Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa, where he is now the Artistic Director of the Cathedral’s eclectic, multi-disciplinary Cathedral Arts program. David enjoys an active teaching studio, gardening, and spending time with his family.


Previous activities: 2019/20.