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January and February, 2020 – Annual Concert Rehearsals

Marg Stubington
Marg Stubington

Rehearsals begin on January 11, 2020 for the CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Concert which will take place on Sunday, February 23, 2020.

The choir and orchestra will perform Requiem For the Living by Dan Forrest, conducted by Marg Stubington, as well as three of the Coronation Anthems by Handel: Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened and The King Shall Rejoice, conducted by Kirkland Adsett.

You can listen to the pieces on YouTube:
Requiem For the Living
Zadok the Priest
Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened
The King Shall Rejoice

Cost for all participants:

CAMMAC members: $40 adults; free for students.
Non-members: $60 adults; $20 for students.

Kirkland Adsett
Kirkland Adsett

Deposit for choral scores: $20 for all choristers.

CHOIR

Rehearsals:
Sundays from January 12 to February 16, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Please note the new attendance policy: choristers may not miss more than two rehearsals and must attend the dress rehearsal in order to sing in the concert.

To learn choral parts:
The Forrest Requiem is on the Choralia website, and the Coronation Anthems are on the Cyberbass website.

Registration:

The choir is now full and registration is closed.

As we indicated previously, the size of the choir has been limited to a maximum of 80 participants due to logistics at the concert venue and in order to ensure that music is available for all choristers.

If you have any other questions about the event, please contact David Stitt (davidstitt@sympatico.ca).

ORCHESTRA

The CAMMAC Ottawa/Gatineau Orchestra is not a permanent group; we offer a variety of playing opportunities for instrumentalists. CAMMAC membership is not required. We have prepared a short list of specific suggestions for playing with this group that can help to make the rehearsal process more smooth; please consult this document.

Rehearsals:
Saturdays from January 11 to February 8, 1:00 to 3:30 p.m. January 18 is a winds/brass/percussion sectional and January 25 is a strings sectional.
Plus Sunday, February 16 (a joint rehearsal with the choir), 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here) except January 25 and February 1 which will be at Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale at Gladstone (directions are here).

Section leaders should normally be able to attend all rehearsals. Other instrumentalists should not miss more than one rehearsal. The dress rehearsal is mandatory.

Registration:

All players need to register and get their parts in advance.

We expect you to be familiar with your parts at the first rehearsal.

Strings: The online registration form is here. If you have any questions, please contact Rosalind Spencer (rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com).

Winds and percussion: All positions are now filled. If you have any questions, please contact Christiane Wilke (christianewilke@gmail.com).

DRESS REHEARSAL

Attendance is mandatory at the dress rehearsal in order to sing and play in the concert.

Saturday February 22 at 1:00 pm.

All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias/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.

CONCERT

Sunday February 23.
3:00 pm.
All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Biographies:

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 always pleased to lead the choir and orchestra’s annual concert.

Kirkland Adsett grew up in Wellington County in southwestern Ontario. Early years there included studying the piano and organ and lots of singing in children’s choirs.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario as well as a Masters of Music degree with a special focus on Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

In addition to his work as a church musician which employs the skills of organ-playing and choral conducting, Mr. Adsett is also a published composer of choral and instrumental pieces.

Improvisation is chief among his musical interests and he has been fortunate to study this art form with some noted greats, namely Naji Hakim, Olivier Latry, Jean-Pierre Leguay and Madame Jaquet-Langlais in Paris, France and with Otto Kraemer in Straalen, Germany.

Kirkland is currently Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Ottawa.

Sunday February 23, 2020 – Annual Concert

Marg Stubington
Marg Stubington

This year’s CAMMAC Annual Concert is in the familiar joint choir and orchestra format, again conducted by Marg Stubington.

The choir and orchestra will perform Requiem For the Living by Dan Forrest, conducted by Marg Stubington with soloist Julia Brown O’Neil (mezzo-soprano), as well as three of the Coronation Anthems by Handel: Zadok the Priest, Let Thy Hand Be Strengthened and The King Shall Rejoice, conducted by Kirkland Adsett.

Date: Sunday February 23, 2020.

Time: 3:00 pm.

Location: All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias/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.

Tickets: $20 adults; $10 students; children 12 and under free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets are available from choir and orchestra members, at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone, or at the door. All sales are cash only.

Kirkland Adsett
Kirkland Adsett

Rehearsals: Details here.

Info: David Stitt at davidstitt@sympatico.ca.

Biographies:

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 always pleased to lead the choir and orchestra’s annual concert.

Kirkland Adsett grew up in Wellington County in southwestern Ontario. Early years there included studying the piano and organ and lots of singing in children’s choirs.  He holds an Honours Bachelor of Music degree from Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo, Ontario as well as a Masters of Music degree with a special focus on Sacred Music from Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey.

In addition to his work as a church musician which employs the skills of organ-playing and choral conducting, Mr. Adsett is also a published composer of choral and instrumental pieces.

Improvisation is chief among his musical interests and he has been fortunate to study this art form with some noted greats, namely Naji Hakim, Olivier Latry, Jean-Pierre Leguay and Madame Jaquet-Langlais in Paris, France and with Otto Kraemer in Straalen, Germany.

Kirkland is currently Director of Music at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church, Ottawa.

Saturday March 7, 2020 – Rhythm, Body and Singing

Deirdre Kellerman

How can we better understand and feel meter, rhythm and syncopation? By engaging our body! This interactive workshop focuses on movement and whole body engagement to deepen our connection to the rhythmic aspect of music-making. We will also learn how to use our whole body in the physical process of singing. While designed for singers, all musicians of any experience level are welcome. This is an accessible workshop and all movements can be modified.

With Deirdre Kellerman.

Date: Saturday March 7, 2020.

Time: 1:30 – 4:00.

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 $20.

Registration: This workshop is limited to a maximum of 80 participants due to logistics. The online registration form is here.

Info: Bethany Armstrong at bethanya@storm.ca.

Biography:
Deirdre Kellerman is a choral conductor and vocal coach based in Ottawa, ON. She is currently Director of Music at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa and the Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society, as well as the newly appointed Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. Deirdre has studied with Canada’s leading choral pedagogues and in 2018, she was one of five international conductors accepted into the Banff Centre’s inaugural Choral Art program. Originally from Nova Scotia, Deirdre sang with Xara Choral Theatre, the Nova Scotia Youth Choir and the National Youth Choir of Canada. She has also sung with Aella, Ottawa’s unconducted advanced treble ensemble. In high demand as a vocal coach, Deirdre is passionate about music education and life-long learning and maintains a busy teaching studio. Deirdre holds a B.Mus in Vocal Performance from Acadia University and a M.Mus in Conducting from the New England Conservatory.

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.

Chamber round robin poster

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.

A poster advertising the event is here.

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.
Now full for flutes, although you can register and be put on the waiting list.

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.

Saturday April 18, 2020 – Henry Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas

Kevin Reeves

A choral reading of choruses and solos from Henry Purcell’s beloved opera “Dido and Aeneas”, a musical story of love, treachery and despair.

With Kevin Reeves.

Date: Saturday April 18, 2020.

Time: 2:00 – 5:00.

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

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

Scores of the opera will be provided on the day of the reading.  The score can also be downloaded in advance from the following web site: https://imslp.org/wiki/Dido_and_Aeneas%2C_Z.626_(Purcell%2C_Henry).

A complete performance is available on Youtube Music at https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=icg52hDM9Wo.

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Soprano, alto, tenor and bass soloists are needed.  If you are interested, please contact Elizabeth Gillies at artslizajane@gmail.com or 613-724-3719.

Info: Susan Gurofsky at 613-729-8572 or sgurofsky@hotmail.com.

Biography:
Well-known within the classical music scene in Ottawa, Kevin Reeves began singing with St. Matthew’s choir at the age of 8 under the direction of Brian Law. Decades later, in 1997, Kevin founded the chamber choir Seventeen Voyces, which has been heard on national radio and television. He has prepared choirs for many international conductors – mostly through the National Arts Centre. Kevin is also a composer and this past spring presented the world premiere of his comic opera ‘Nosferatu.’ He also recently completed a full-length opera based on the true story of Grey Owl. His film ‘Sarah MacDougall Meets the Ghost of Beethoven’ has recently been entered in six international children’s film festivals, and he is presently directing a documentary based on composer Healey Willan. Kevin is also a caricaturist and has a substantial collection of original cartoon art from around the world.

Sunday June 7, 2020 – An afternoon in London: a workshop for singers, recorders and viols

Vincent Lauzer

Spend an afternoon in the company of English composers from the Renaissance and Baroque era. On the program for the workshop:  songs and madrigals by Henry VIII, Thomas Morley and John Dowland. It will also be a chance to discover the wonderful works of Henry Purcell, as well as explore the music of George Frideric Handel, a naturalized English composer of German origins who worked in London for the major part of his career. This workshop for singers and recorder and viol players promises an inspiring journey to the heart of 16th, 17th and 18th century England.

With Vincent Lauzer.

Date: Sunday June 7, 2020.

Time: 2:00 – 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 $20.

Registration: Will be available later.

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

Biography: Révélation Radio-Canada 2013-2014 and Breakthrough Artist of the Year (2012 Opus Awards), recorder player Vincent Lauzer is the artistic director of the Lamèque International Baroque Music Festival in New Brunswick. In October 2018, his most recent recording of Vivaldi’s concertos with Arion Baroque Orchestra was awarded a Diapason d’Or by the famous French magazine Diapason. Winner of several prizes in national and international competitions, he has been awarded the Fernand Lindsay Career Award, a scholarship given to a young promising Canadian musician for the development of an international career. A versatile performer, Vincent plays with Flûte Alors!, Les Songes, Arion Baroque Orchestra, La Bande Montréal Baroque, Les Idées heureuses, La Cigale and Les Violons du Roy. He has played in various series and festivals in Canada and in the United States as well as in Mexico, France, Germany, Spain and Belgium.  Vincent teaches at CAMMAC Lake MacDonald Music Centre.


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