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Overview of Activities
July to September, 2022   CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Rehearsals
September 11, 2022   CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert
continuously available   Come Sing Messiah! A virtual celebration

Previous activities this year are here.

Description of Activities

July to September, 2022 – CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Concert Rehearsals

Continuing the tradition of classical music in the Ottawa Valley, we announce the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert, featuring the chorus, supported by professional orchestra and soloists, in the spectacular ‘cathedral’ of Arnprior. We are delighted to welcome Marg Stubington as Artistic Director for this second concert of CAMMAC Ottawa Valley. Soloists are Molly Luhta, soprano, Jessica Belanger, soprano, Lisa Webber, alto, Grayson Nesbitt, tenor and Thomas Cherney, bass.

The Chorus comprises dedicated, music-loving choristers who under the direction of the Artistic Director, work together to attain a high level of professionalism and excellence. Chorus members come together from the many communities of the Ottawa Valley, Ottawa-Gatineau and beyond; the rehearsal schedule covers 7 weeks from the end of July, culminating in a concert in September.

CAMMAC Ottawa Valley welcomes all choristers who are able to make a commitment to hard work, high standards of performance, and singing in the concert.

Program:

On the theme of ‘peace and joy in uncertain times’, it will include W.A. Mozart’s Solemn Vespers (which are anything but solemn!); the energetic and uplifting Psalm 147: Lauda Jerusalem by A. Vivaldi; and ending with a selection of sacred and soothing a cappella motets – the beautiful Ave Maria by S. Rachmaninov; Sicut cervus by G.P. da Palestrina and Grace Before Sleep by Susan LaBarr.

Music links to the pieces, all very beautiful, but not necessarily well-known:
Mozart’s Solemn Vespers
Lauda Jerusalem, by A. Vivaldi
Rachmaninov’s Ave Maria
Sicut cervus, by G.P. da Palestrina
Grace Before Sleep, by Susan LaBarr

Rehearsals:
At Emmanuel Church hall (beside the church), 287 Harrington Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here), as follows:
Wednesdays 7:00 to 9:00pm on 27 July, 3 August; and 7:00 to 9:30pm on 17 August, 24 August, 31 August, 7 September.
Saturdays 10:00am to 12:00pm on 6 August; and 10:00am to 12:30pm on 20 August, 27 August.

Dress rehearsal:
Saturday September 10, 11:00 – 2:00 (includes 30 minutes for a lunch break), at St. John Chrysostom Church, 295 Albert Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here).

Concert: Sunday September 11 at 3:00pm at St. John Chrysostom Church.

Cost for concert rehearsals and performance:
CAMMAC members: $70 adults, $20 students.
Non-members: $95 adults, $30 students.
Plus refundable deposit for choral scores: $30 (mandatory).

Registration:

Advance registration only (no walk-ups).  Sign-up and pre-pay by completing the registration form here.  E-transfer or cheque accepted.
If for any reason the event is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.
Note: You can join, or renew your expired membership by clicking here. Memberships expire every October 1st.

Info: Rosalind Spencer at rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com or 613-355-5103.

Car pooling:

This year there will be the option to car pool from the Ottawa-Gatineau area to the rehearsals in Arnprior.

  • Should you need a ride, please indicate for which dates and where you are located.
  • Should you be able to offer a ride, please indicate for which dates and how many passengers you can take.
  • In case we have more cars offering rides than passengers, please indicate if you would be willing to be a passenger in someone else’s car sometimes, to share the driving.
    Please send the above travel information to David Stitt
    at davidstitt@sympatico.ca and he will coordinate contacts between those offering rides and those needing them.

Biography:

Marg Stubington

Margaret 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 OrKidstra, a charitable social development program. She was Director of KidSingers from June 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 pleased to lead this concert of the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley chorus.

Sunday September 11, 2022 – CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert

Concert poster

Continuing the tradition of classical music in the Ottawa Valley, we announce the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert, featuring the chorus, supported by professional orchestra and soloists, in the spectacular ‘cathedral’ of Arnprior. We are delighted to welcome Marg Stubington as Artistic Director for this second concert of CAMMAC Ottawa Valley. Soloists are Molly Luhta, soprano, Jessica Belanger, soprano, Lisa Webber, alto, Grayson Nesbitt, tenor and Thomas Cherney, bass.

On the theme of ‘peace and joy in uncertain times’, it will include W.A. Mozart’s Solemn Vespers (which are anything but solemn!); the energetic and uplifting Psalm 147: Lauda Jerusalem by A. Vivaldi; and ending with a selection of sacred and soothing a cappella motets – the beautiful Ave Maria by S. Rachmaninov; Sicut cervus by G.P. da Palestrina and Grace Before Sleep by Susan LaBarr.

Date: Sunday September 11.

Time: 3:00 pm.

Location: the stupendous setting of St. John Chrysostom Church, 295 Albert Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here).

Ticket availability later.

A poster advertising this concert 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 publicize this event.

Info: Rosalind Spencer at rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com or 613-355-5103.

Biography:

Margaret 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 OrKidstra, a charitable social development program. She was Director of KidSingers from June 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 pleased to lead this concert of the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley chorus.

Continuously available – 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 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.


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