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Overview of Activities
January-February 2018 Annual concert rehearsals
February 25, 2018 Annual concert
March 24, 2018 Medieval music workshop
April 28, 2018 Come Sing Mozart’s Requiem: for choir and orchestra
May 5, 2018 Chamber music workshop: spotlight on piano groups – NOW FULL
early June 2018 Musical theatre workshop

Previous activities this year are here.

Description of Activities

January and February, 2018 – Annual concert rehearsals

Marg StubingtonWith Marg Stubington.

The choir will perform the Celtic Mass for the Sea by Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden, accompanied by a small string and Celtic ensemble. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the composition of this wonderful music.

The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s fairytale masterpiece Scheherazade, after having had the privilege of two workshops with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (led by Maestro Alexander Shelley) in which they will play side by side with the NACO musicians.

Cost:
CAMMAC members $40; students $20 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $60.
Deposit for choral scores: $20 for all choristers.

Rehearsals:

Choir:
Sunday afternoons from January 7 to February 18.
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Orchestra:

Sat. Jan. 6 1:00 – 3:30 pm Full rehearsal, Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (directions are here).
Sat. Jan. 13 1:00 – 3:30 pm Full rehearsal, Kitchissippi United Church
Sat. Jan. 20 1:00 – 3:30 pm Winds and percussion, Kitchissippi United Church
Sat. Jan. 27 1:00 – 3:30 pm Strings, Kitchissippi United Church
Sat. Feb. 3 1:00 – 3:30 pm Full rehearsal, Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Avenue (location is here)
Sat. Feb. 10 1:00 – 3:30 pm Full rehearsal, Kitchissippi United Church
Mon. Feb. 12 7:30 – 10:00 pm Workshop with NACO, strings only
Tues. Feb. 13 7:30 – 10:00 pm Workshop with NACO, winds & percussion
Thurs. Feb. 15 7:30 – 10:00 pm Workshop with NACO, all
Sat. Feb. 17 1:00 – 3:30 pm Full rehearsal, Kitchissippi United Church

This is a challenging piece, so it is essential that all players come to the first rehearsal well prepared.
The dress rehearsal, concert and workshops on Feb. 12, 13 and 15 are mandatory.  Section leaders should not miss a rehearsal; other players should not miss more than one rehearsal.

Parts and score are available at http://imslp.org/wiki/Scheherazade,_Op.35_(Rimsky-Korsakov,_Nikolay).
String players: Parts with bowings will be distributed to players who have registered.

Dress Rehearsal:
Saturday February 24.
choir 12:30; orchestra 2:30.
All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 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.

Concert:
Sunday February 25.
3:00 pm.
All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Registration:

Singers:
Pre-registration is recommended (though we can take registrations at the first rehearsals). Contact Margaret at margret.cook@sympatico.caThe registration form is here.

Orchestra:
The CAMMAC Ottawa/Gatineau Orchestra is not a permanent group. We do a variety of projects and you are very welcome to join us for any or all of them. We have prepared a short list of specific suggestions for playing with this group to help to make the rehearsal process smoother. Please consult this document.

Instrumentation for Scheherazade:
All strings, 2 flutes, piccolo, 2 oboes (oboe 2 with English horn), 2 clarinets (in A and Bb), 2 bassoons, 4 horns (in F), 2 trumpets (in A and Bb), 3 trombones (alto, tenor, bass), tuba, timpani, percussion, harp.

Until Nov. 15, priority will be given to CAMMAC members who are advanced players. Non-members who wish to play will be considered after Nov. 15.

Registration for winds and percussion is closed since all seats are full.

Strings, contact Rosalind Spencer at rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com.

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

Sunday February 25, 2018 – Annual concert

Marg Stubington

This year’s Cammac annual concert will take a different format, with two separate performances, one choral and one orchestral, both conducted by Marg Stubington.

The choir will perform the Celtic Mass for the Sea by Scott Macmillan and Jennyfer Brickenden, accompanied by a small string and Celtic ensemble. This year marks the 30th anniversary of the composition of this wonderful music.

The orchestra will perform Rimsky-Korsakov’s fairytale masterpiece Scheherazade, after having had the privilege of two workshops with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (led by Maestro Alexander Shelley) in which they will play side by side with the NACO musicians.

Date: Sunday February 25, 2018.

Time: 3:00 pm.

Location: All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 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 at The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone, or at the door.

Rehearsals: Details here.

Info: David Stitt at davidstitt@sympatico.ca.

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

Saturday March 24, 2018 – Medieval music workshop

Medieval Music Workshop for Voices and Instruments with Rebecca Bain (voice) and Femke Bergsma (instruments).Femke Bergsma and Rebecca Bain

The Birth of Polyphony
This workshop offers a unique opportunity to explore the music of the 12th century School of Notre-Dame de Paris.

Date: Saturday March 24, 2018.

Time: 1:00 to 5:00.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here). Plenty of parking. Buses 14, 101, 86.

Cost:
Adults:  $25 (CAMMAC Members) $40 (Non-members).
Students: Free (CAMMAC Members) $15 (Non-members).

What do we usually think of when imagining medieval music? Monks singing plainchant, troubadours strumming on harps… But medieval music includes so much more! In fact, it was during the Middle Ages that the foundations of Western music were laid. Musical notation and polyphony were invented, and they developed significantly over the course of several centuries. During the 12th century and into the 13th, the School of Notre-Dame de Paris was the epicenter for these developments. In this workshop for singers and instrumentalists of all levels, we will explore this exciting repertoire that includes both sacred and secular works. Discover how the teachers and students of Notre-Dame created so many new possibilities for generations of composers and musicians to come!

Medieval posterThe afternoon will be in three parts:

  • Introductory lecture
  • Separate voice and instrumental groups with Montreal Medievalists Rebecca Bain and Femke Bergsma respectively
  • Plenary and mass ensemble

ALL levels of voices and instruments welcome.

Pre-registration is required. Deadline is Wednesday, March 14, 2018. Contact cheistek@sympatico.ca or kjdavis100@sympatico.ca. Please indicate your voice (SATB) or instrument.

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.

Biographies:

REBECCA BAIN
Born in Montreal, Rebecca Bain completed a Master’s degree in medieval music at the famous Schola Cantorum Basiliensis in Switzerland. In Europe, she performed with many of the most renowned medieval music ensembles, including Sequentia, Ensemble Gilles Binchois and Sarband. Rebecca co-founded and co-directed ensembles such as Belladona and Zorgina, participated in a number of recordings and presented many medieval music workshops. Since her return to Canada, Rebecca has participated in various projects with Canadian early music ensembles, including the Toronto Consort and Constantinople as well as projects by modern composers (Benoît Charest, Patrick Watson and Karen Young). She taught at Marianopolis College, and in 2012 became director of Ensemble Scholastica, a women’s vocal ensemble for medieval music. Under the ATMA lable, the ensemble will release its first CD in early 2017.

FEMKE BERGSMA
Originally from the Netherlands, Femke Bergsma moved to Montreal after completing her studies in recorder at the Conservatory of Utrecht. She has worked as assistant to recorder-maker Jean-Luc Boudreau and continues to perform with various ensembles for baroque music, notably Les Boréades de Montréal. Her interest in medieval music led her to take up the medieval fiddle and study performance practice with members of the Boston Camerata. Femke has also performed with various medieval ensembles such as Stadaconé and Memoria in Quebec, as well as la Compagnie Machaut, Scholastica, Alkémia and Estavel in Montreal. Together with Liette Remon, she forms the duo Eya. A regular teacher at Cammac music camp, she can be heard on several cd’s and radio programs.

Saturday April 28, 2018 – Come sing Mozart’s Requiem: for choir and orchestra

with Laura Hawley.Laura Hawley

Mozart’s Requiem in D minor, K. 626 is one of the most famous choral works in the classical repertoire.  Mozart accepted the commission in the final year of his short life.  However, illness prevented him for completing it before he died just after midnight on December 5, 1791.   He had completed the scoring for about half of it, up to the Hostias, and wrote sketches for another 3 movements.  The completion of the Requiem was left to his friend and pupil Franz Sussmayr.

Date: Saturday April 28, 2018.

Time: 2:00 to 5:00.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (directions are here).

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

Info:  Colleen Clark 613-230-3172, colleen.b.clark@sympatico.ca.

Registration:

Choir and Vocal Soloists

All choristers (SATB) are welcome; The online registration form is here.

Looking for alto, tenor and bass soloists. Contact Elizabeth at arts.lizajane@gmail.com or 613-724-3719 before March 19, 2018:  Priority to CAMMAC members who have not sung solos with us recently.

Vocal scores will be available at the rehearsal with PRIORITY TO THOSE WHO REGISTER IN ADVANCE.  Scores are also available online from Choral Public Domain Library.  You can learn/review your part with the help of online MIDI practice files.

Orchestra

Instrumentation: 2 clarinets (Bb), 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets (D, Bb), 3 trombones (alto, tenor, bass), timpani, and all strings.

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.  Winds and brass: In order to give more CAMMAC members the chance to participate, we will allow two players on each part.

Registration in advance is necessary for timpani and wind instruments.  Contact Elizabeth at arts.lizajane@gmail.com or 613-724-3719. Before April 2, 2018 for winds: priority to CAMMAC members who have not participated recently.

Registration in advance is highly recommended for strings.  Contact Rosalind at Rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com.

Please download and print your part. Parts are available here:
http://imslp.org/wiki/Requiem_in_D_minor,_K.626_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus). Choose the tab “Parts” and the Breitkopf edition (second block of parts).

Biography:
Laura Hawley (ARCT, BMus, MA, RMT) is a Canadian musician known for her distinctive compositional style, innovative artistic programming, pianistic sensitivity, and multi-faceted contributions to the musical and educational communities locally and throughout Canada.

Laura is the founding director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir and was the founding accompanist, associate director, and composer-in- residence for the Cantiamo Girls Choir from 2003-2017. She teaches at the University of Ottawa as well as in her private studio, and has been Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church since 2007.

Her compositions and arrangements are performed and commissioned internationally and she engages with choral, instrumental, and educational groups and projects both locally and throughout Canada.

Saturday May 5, 2018 – Chamber Music Workshop: Spotlight on Piano Groups
NOW FULL

This workshop will allow you to work on a piece with a group, receive an hour of coaching in a relaxed setting, and  meet other chamber music players. You can register as a pre-formed group or as an individual player looking to be matched with others. We can also help you find players to fill out a partly formed group.

Pianist Myriam Bernard will be our 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 — by February 20 — in order to give everyone (and especially the pianists, who end up playing the most notes) lots of lead time to prepare the piece. 

Date: Saturday May 5, 2018. 

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.

Piano workshop posterFor this workshop, we will give priority to groups of three or more working on chamber pieces with piano parts (not just piano accompaniment).  If space permits, we’ll also accept other types of groups, such as duos, string quartets, or piano-and-singer groups. Each group should prepare about 10 minutes of music. If you’re looking for ideas, please check the IMSLP website (www.imslp.org). For example, these pieces for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon are available on imslp: http://imslp.org/wiki/Category:For_oboe,_clarinet,_bassoon,_horn,_piano.

Know others who might be interested in the workshop? Place this poster on the bulletin board at your choir, orchestra, or other location.

Info: Ellen Bobet (Ellenbobet@sympatico.ca).

Previous activities: 2016/172015/16, 2014/15, 2013/14.