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June to September, 2019 – CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Workshop and Concert Rehearsals

Marg Stubington

Continuing the 26-year tradition of the former Ottawa Valley Music Festival, 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 inaugural concert of CAMMAC Ottawa Valley. Soloists are Cara Gilbertson-Boese, soprano, and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, baritone.

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 8 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 and high standards of performance.

Program:
On the theme of ‘Earth to Paradise’, it will include the dramatic ‘In the Midst of Life’ composed by Henry Purcell in the 1600’s; two recent pieces – the incredibly beautiful ‘Only in Sleep’ by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, and the very moving ‘Across the Vast, Eternal Sky’ by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo; and the grand finale will be the heavenly Fauré ‘Requiem’ with original orchestration, composed in the late 1800’s.
Music links to the pieces, all very beautiful, but not necessarily well-known:
In the midst of life by Henry Purcell
Thou knowest, Lord by Henry Purcell
Only in Sleep by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds
Across the Vast, Eternal Sky by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo
Fauré Requiem

Rehearsals:
At Emmanuel Church hall (beside the church), 287 Harrington Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here), as follows:
Wednesdays 24 July, 31 July, 14 August, 21 August, 28 August, 4 September, 11 September, all from 7:00 to 9:30pm.
Saturday 17 August from 9.30am to 12:30pm.  (Sat. 7 Sept. may be added if necessary).

Dress rehearsal:
Saturday September 14 at St. John Chrysostom Church, 295 Albert Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here). Time to be determined later.

Concert: Sunday Sept. 15 at 3:00pm at St. John Chrysostom Church.

Cost for concert rehearsals and performance:
CAMMAC members: $60 adults, $40 students.
Non-members: $70 adults, $50 students.
Refundable deposit for choral scores: $20 (mandatory).

Choral Workshop:
The concert rehearsals will be preceded by a Choral Workshop led by Marg Stubington providing a great opportunity for interested choristers to sing through all the pieces from the program. You are welcome to attend the workshop even if you don’t sign up to sing the concert.
Date: Saturday June 22.
Time: 10am to 12:30pm.
Location: Emmanuel Church hall (beside the church), 287 Harrington Street, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here)
Cost: $20.

Registration is now closed.

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 the inaugural concert of the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley chorus.

Sunday September 15, 2019 – CAMMAC Ottawa Valley Choral Concert

Concert poster

Continuing the 26-year tradition of the former Ottawa Valley Music Festival, 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 inaugural concert of CAMMAC Ottawa Valley. Soloists are Cara Gilbertson-Boese, soprano, and Jean-Sébastien Kennedy, baritone.

On the theme of ‘Earth to Paradise’, it will include the dramatic ‘In the Midst of Life’ composed by Henry Purcell in the 1600’s; two recent pieces – the incredibly beautiful ‘Only in Sleep’ by Latvian composer Ēriks Ešenvalds, and the very moving ‘Across the Vast, Eternal Sky’ by Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo; and the grand finale will be the heavenly Fauré ‘Requiem’ with original orchestration, composed in the late 1800’s.

Date: Sunday September 15.

Time: 3:00 pm.

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

Tickets:
$25 adults; $10 students; children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. 
Tickets are available from:
– Choir members
– Arnprior Book Shop, 613-623-8800
– The Shoe Lounge, Renfrew, 613-432-0777
– Baker Bob’s, Almonte, 613-256 7674
– The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St., Ottawa, 613-569-7888
– or at the door.
All sales are cash only.
Tickets are non-refundable.  

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:

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 the inaugural concert of the CAMMAC Ottawa Valley chorus.

Saturday, October 5, 2019 – Choir-orchestra reading of Lobgesang by Felix Mendelssohn

Yves Lacoursière

With Yves Lacoursière.

Lobgesang (Hymn of Praise), op. 52 (MWV A 18) is a “Symphony-Cantata on Words from the Holy Scriptures, for Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra” by Felix Mendelssohn. It was composed in 1840 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of the invention of Johannes Gutenberg’s movable type printing system. Structurally, it consists of three purely orchestral movements followed by 10 movements for chorus and/or soloists and orchestra.

Date: Saturday, October 5.

Time: 1:00 – 5:00.

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

Cost: CAMMAC members $10; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $15.

The afternoon will begin at 1:30 with a reading of the Sinfonia, which runs approximately 24 minutes.  Orchestra members can arrive starting at 1 p.m. to set up to be ready to play at 1:30.  Choir members are welcome to listen to the reading of the three orchestral movements.

Reading of movements for orchestra, chorus and soloists will start at 2 p.m.  For choir members who arrive after 1:30, please enter the hall quietly so as not to disturb the orchestra. 

We will sing Lobgesang in English.

Info: Susan Isaac at 613-742-0753 or susan.e.isaac@gmail.com

Registration: Choir and Vocal Soloists

The online registration form for singers is here.

Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal with PRIORITY TO THOSE WHO REGISTERED IN ADVANCE. The choral score is also available online from http://www0.cpdl.org/wiki/index.php/Hymn_of_Praise_(complete)_(Felix_Mendelssohn). Bring your own score if you have one. You can learn/review your part with the help of online MIDI practice files at http://www.cyberbass.com/Major_Works/Mendelssohn_F/mendelssohn_hymn_of_praise.htm.

Two soprano and one tenor soloists are needed.  If you are interested please contact Elizabeth at 613-724-3719.

Registration: Orchestra

Instrumentation: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (Bb, A, C), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (F, G, Eb, C, D), 2 trumpets (Bb, D), [or 2 Cornet (Bb, A)], 3 trombones (alto, tenor, bass), timpani, and all strings.

Parts can be downloaded from https://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.2,_Op.52_(Mendelssohn,_Felix).

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.

Registration in advance is necessary for timpani and wind instruments.  Contact Elizabeth at 613-724-3719.

Registration in advance is highly recommended for strings. The online registration form for strings is here.

Biography:
Well known and appreciated as a saxophonist, Yves Lacoursière has become over the years a highly respected professor of music, a multi-instrumentalist, and a choir and orchestra conductor. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious “Prix en saxophone” from the Gatineau Conservatory. Yves also holds a Master’s degree from the Université de Montréal in conducting orchestras. Yves has been conducting the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He continues to perform very actively as a saxophonist and as vocal and musical director of a regional choir called “Le Chœur de l’île”.

Saturday March 21, 2020 – Chamber Music Round-robin

A repeat of last year’s fun drop-in type session where participants show up, form chamber groups with whoever else is there, and just play.

Date: Saturday March 21, 2020.

Time: 1:30-5:30.

Location: A private home in the Glebe.

Cost: Suggested donation of $2 per person to cover costs for drinks and photocopies.

You can attend for the whole afternoon, or just stay for a while. If you have a child who can play — or double someone and play some bits — they are welcome (but you are responsible for them). The primary focus will be on strings, woodwinds, and piano. Others (e.g. brass) are possible if we get a suitable mix — please register and we’ll keep you posted. In order to keep this event manageable, it is not open to singers or recorder players. Pianists will take turns on the available pianos: one grand and probably a good keyboard.

Come prepared to play with people of all levels, to double on parts, or to play parts written for other instruments if there’s none for your instrument (e.g., flutes or oboes on violin parts and vice-versa; cellos on bassoon parts and vice-versa). The object is to enjoy playing together and meet new musical friends, not to have a polished performance.

Registration:
Please let us know if you plan to come by submitting this online form by Wednesday March 11, so we have some idea what instruments to expect. That will allow us to send around a list of registrants so people can bring suitable repertoire. We’ll try to keep the event open to all, but may need to manage numbers, timing, and instrumentation for optimal experience.

Format:
– When you come, you should bring a music stand, a contribution to the snack table, and at least one chamber piece that includes your instrument.
– Once you’ve formed a group, we suggest you play for up to half an hour, then return to the snack area and form a different group — or add new people to your group — so that you play with many different people over the course of the afternoon, and everyone gets a chance to play. If you’re not playing at any given time, relax, chat with others, and enjoy the snacks. Please note that snacks and drinks are allowed in the kitchen only.

Tips for finding music:
Need music for a specific combination? Use one of the thousands of free, legal scores available at the International Music Score Library Project. Try searching the scores by “instrumentation,” and entering the name of your desired combination of instruments in the box (e.g. “clarinet, cello, piano”).

Info: Peggy Florida, peggyflorida@sympatico.ca or Martin Pergler, pergler@gmail.com.

Saturday April 4, 2020 – Workshop for Winds: Richard Strauss’s Suite in B-flat major, op. 4

Susan Morris

With Susan Morris.

A relaxed reading for wind instruments during which Susan will offer us tips for how to play well in a large group. Come enjoy Susan’s unique combination of good humour, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the strengths and foibles of each instrument! We will play Richard Strauss’s Serenade in B-flat major. Richard Strauss is a composer much-loved by woodwind and brass players for his wonderful use of these instruments in his orchestral works. This Serenade, one of his earliest compositions, is a fine example of Strauss’s masterful understanding of wind instruments. It is a joy to play and a pleasure to hear!

Date: Saturday April 4, 2020

Time: 1:30-4:30 pm.

Location: The upstairs hall at All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 347 Richmond Road just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Cost: $15 for CAMMAC members and students (free for students who are CAMMAC members);  $25 others.

The piece is scored for 13 winds: 2 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 Bb clarinets, 2 bassoons, one contrabassoon or tuba, and 4 horns (2 in F, 2 in Bb and C). You can hear it at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTFYzzaoJzM, or—if you’re an IMSLP subscriber– in a nice version by the Chamber Players at https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_B-flat_major%2C_Op.4_(Strauss%2C_Richard).

Please be prepared to download and print your own part from IMSLP, at https://imslp.org/wiki/Suite_in_B-flat_major%2C_Op.4_(Strauss%2C_Richard). We will not have parts available at the reading.

New to CAMMAC events? These orchestra guidelines explain our approach to readings.

Please pre-register by completing this online form so we know how many people to expect. To allow as many people as possible to play, we’ll accept up to two players on each woodwind part (one per part on the horns). If there’s more demand than places, CAMMAC members will have priority until Feb 15; after that, we’ll start assigning parts so that you have time to prepare the piece if you want to.

Info: Ellen Bobet  at Ellenbobet8@gmail.com.

Biography: Our conductor for this reading will be Susan Morris. Susan is principal oboist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and is a busy member of the Ottawa professional music scene. She conducts a church choir and a youth orchestra in her home town of Deep River, Ontario, and is piano accompanist for both the Deep River Choral Group and the Deep River Musical Society. She also directs the Summermusic day-camp for children. Susan was a woodwind and recorder coach at Cammac’s Lake MacDonald centre for three summers, and has led a number of events for the Ottawa-Gatineau region: woodwind and recorder readings, a chamber music workshop, and last year’s orchestra reading of Schubert’s Symphony no. 3.


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