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Overview of Activities
November 17, 24 and December 1, 2018 Come Sing Messiah rehearsals
 December 1, 2018 Chamber music workshop (now full)
December 7, 2018 Come Sing Messiah performance
January and February, 2019 Annual concert rehearsals
February 24, 2019 Annual concert
March 9, 2019 Annual regional meeting
March 16, 2019 Choral technique: vowels, intonation and blend (rescheduled from September 22, 2018)
March 23, 2019 Chamber music round-robin
March 30, 2019 Vocal jazz workshop
May 11, 2019 Italian madrigals

Previous activities this year are here.

Description of Activities

Saturdays November 17, 24 and December 1, 2018 – Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals

Led by Alan Thomas.Alan-Thomas

For those who wish to improve their reading and knowledge of the Messiah choruses in preparation for the December “Come Sing Messiah” performance, we offer three Saturday morning rehearsals.

Organist and choir master Alan Thomas leads the rehearsals. Rehearsing with Alan is always fun — his piano accompaniment will jazz up any chorus in a surprising way! He will go over all the choruses to be sung at the performance. Usually, we look at about half-a-dozen choruses every week, rehearsing some of the more difficult ones more than once.

Date: Saturdays November 17, 24 and December 1.

Time: 10 am to 12:15.

Messiah-rehearsal-video

Click the image for a video of the 2011 rehearsal of the Hallelujah chorus (4 minutes – best viewed using Internet Explorer).

Location: Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale at Gladstone (directions are here).

Come to 1, 2 or 3 sessions to prepare for Come Sing Messiah!

Cost: $5 per session for members, $10 per session for non-members.

Rehearsal tickets will be sold at the door, with people indicating the date or dates they wish to attend (1, 2, or 3 rehearsals) and purchasing the required tickets at the price in question.

Non-members, i.e., people who are not on CAMMAC’s current list of members, will have the choice of:

  • updating their membership, which would allow them to save by paying the member price, or
  • joining CAMMAC: in this case too they will pay the member price, or
  • not joining CAMMAC but optionally provide us with their email address to allow us to send them CAMMAC notifications by email.

Come Sing Messiah posterA video of the 2011 rehearsal of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes – best viewed using Internet Explorer).

Also see our “Frequently Asked Questions” about CAMMAC’s Come Sing Messiah.

BYOM: We ask that you bring your own music; however, a few copies will be available for sale at a reasonable price.

Messiah t-shirts will be available for purchase!

A poster is here. We would be very grateful if you could post it in a public place such as your church, workplace or local community centre to help us publicise this event.

Info: ottawagatineau@cammac.ca.

Saturday Dec. 1, 2018 – Chamber Music Workshop
(now full)

With Pace Sturdevant.

This workshop allows instrumentalists and singers to work on a piece of chamber music, get an hour of coaching, and be part of a supportive chamber music community. You can register as a pre-formed group or as an individual musician looking to be matched with others. There will be breaks with snacks, and you can sit in on the other groups’ coaching sessions. In addition, you are welcome to participate in the “Tutti” event,  a reading of Mozart’s Symphony no. 31 in D major, at no extra charge.

Groups should prepare 10-15 minutes of music, and bring a copy of the score for the coach to use. Most groups choose to hold 2-3 rehearsals before the workshop.

Date: Saturday Dec. 1, 2018.

Location: Choir room on the top floor of St John’s Church, 154 Somerset (corner of Elgin and Somerset).
Note that on weekends  there is free parking at the City Hall lot, 110 Laurier W. (enter from Elgin st).

Cost:
Workshop: CAMMAC members $25; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $35.
“Tutti” event only: $5; students free.

Tutti!
Since you’re already joining us for the workshop, how about a reading session? We’ll spend about an hour reading through Mozart’s Symphony 31 in D major (“Paris”), concentrating on the second and third movements (Andante and Allegro), and playing the first movement (Allegro assai) only if time permits.  Instrumentation: flutes, oboes, clarinets (in A), bassoons, horns (in D and G), trumpets (in D), timpani, all strings.

The scores are available at: https://imslp.org/wiki/Symphony_No.31_in_D_major,_K.297/300a_(Mozart,_Wolfgang_Amadeus). Be sure to choose the first option (Breitkopf score).

If you’re not playing with a coached group, you can still join us for the Tutti event alone  (but note that in the unlikely event of an overflow, workshop participants will have priority).

Registration: NOW FULL

For the coached sessions, you can register individually or as a group. If you register individually, please tell us about your playing experience and interests so we can match you with like-minded players. We will suggest appropriate repertoire for all groups that we form.  We aim to form groups from the individual registrations by November 1st.

Registrations for both the coached sessions and the “Tutti” will be accepted until November 25th (space permitting). Please use the appropriate registration form and register early to secure your spot. First come, first served, except that we’ll give priority to groups containing 3 or more players.

Info: Ellen at Ellenbobet8@gmail.com.

Biography:
Douglas Payson (“Pace”) Sturdevant was Principal Trumpet at the NAC Orchestra for 23 years, and Manager of Artist Training and Outreach at the National Arts Centre, where among other things he managed the Rising Stars recital series and the Music for a Sunday Afternoon chamber music series. He was also for many years the brass and wind coach of the Ottawa Youth Orchestra. A noted pedagogue, he has taught at McGill University, the University of Ottawa, the Conservatoire de musique du Québec, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and as a guest at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York. He has appeared as guest conductor with l’Orchestre de la francophonie, the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra, and the University of Ottawa Orchestra. Pace directed Cammac’s Concerto Sampler event in 2016, and the Winds sectional for Scheherazade in 2018.

Friday December 7, 2018 – Come Sing Messiah: Performance

Louis LavigueurCome Sing Messiah is a very special event, dear to the hearts of a large number of singers throughout the National Capital Region. It is an opportunity to sing Handel’s great masterpiece with hundreds of other vocalists, accompanied by a chamber orchestra, as well as four talented soloists.

Alan-ThomasLouis Lavigueur conducts, with Kevin James, concertmaster of the chamber orchestra, and organist Alan Thomas.

Date: Friday, December 7.

Time: 6:00-9:30 pm.
Doors open at 5:30 pm; Rehearsal at 6:00 pm; Performance at 8:00 pm.

Location: Dominion-Chalmers United Church, O’Connor at Cooper (directions are here)

Full information is in our “Frequently Asked Questions” about CAMMAC’s Come Sing Messiah.

Messiah.mov

Click the image for a video of the 2011 performance of the Hallelujah chorus (4 minutes).

A video of the 2011 performance of the Hallelujah chorus is here (4 minutes).

Cost: $10 per ticket for Singers tickets (Sanctuary seating) and $25 for Audience tickets (Balcony seating).

Tickets go on sale November 1. Seating is limited. Get your tickets early.

Tickets are available at:
– Book Bazaar, 417 Bank at Frank
– The Leading Note, 370 Elgin near Gladstone
– Granata Music, 1568 Merivale near Meadowlands

Singer tickets also available at optional chorus rehearsals.

Scores are available from Book Bazaar, The Leading Note and Granata Music.

Info: ottawagatineau@cammac.ca.

Available for Purchase!
Messiah T-Shirts

Used Music

Our ever-popular sale of used music will take place from 5:00pm to 8:00pm in Woodside Hall (at the back of the church). All proceeds go to CAMMAC to support our activities.

January and February, 2019 – Annual Concert Rehearsals

Marg StubingtonWith Marg Stubington.

Rehearsals begin on January 6, 2019 for the 2019 CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Concert which will take place on Sunday, February 24, 2019.

The choir and orchestra will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor as well as two shorter Mozart works, Laudate Dominum (from Vesperae solennes de confessore) and Ave Verum Corpus.  The concert will conclude with John Rutter’s Te Deum.

You can listen to the pieces on YouTube: Mass in C Minor, Vesperae SolennesAve Verum CorpusRutter Te Deum.

Cost for all participants:

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

Deposit for choral scores: $20 for all choristers.

CHOIR

Rehearsals:
Sunday afternoons from January 6 to February 17.
1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; directions are here).

Choristers can practise the three Mozart pieces with the help of Cyberbass web site: Mass in C MinorVesperae SolennesAve Verum Corpus.

Vocal scores for the three Mozart pieces are available on the Choral Wiki site: Mass in C MinorLaudate DominumAve Verum Corpus.

Registration:

Pre-registration is recommended, although we can take registrations at the first rehearsals.

Please print and complete this registration form and mail it with your cheque to Margaret Cook at the address at the bottom of the form.

In person pre-registration is also available immediately prior to each of the rehearsals for Come Sing Messiah on November 17th and 24th and December 1st.

If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Margaret at margret.cook@sympatico.ca.

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.

Instrumentation:
– All strings (for all four pieces)
– 2 flutes (Mass & Rutter)
– 2 oboes (Mass & Rutter)
– 2 clarinets (Bb and C) (Mass & Rutter)
– 2 bassoons (Mass & Rutter; 1 bassoon for Laudate)
– 3 trumpets (C and Eb) (Mass & Rutter)
– 4 horns (2 for Mass, 4 for Rutter)
– 3 trombones (alto, tenor and bass) (Mass & Rutter)
– tuba (Rutter only)
– timpani (all pieces)
– percussion (Rutter only)
– harp (Rutter only)

Rehearsals:
Saturday afternoons from January 12 to February 16.
1:00 to 3:30 p.m.
Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Dr. (just south of the Queensway; 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.

Information and Registration:

All players need to register and get their part in advance. We expect you to be familiar with your part at the first rehearsal.

Strings:
Please complete this registration form.
Strings should download and print their parts from these IMSLP links: Mass in C minor (scroll down to “parts”, click on “13 more”, then choose your part), Laudate DominumAve Verum Corpus. Please print your part double-sided, and turn it into a booklet or put it in a binder, to avoid loose pages.
If you have any questions, please ask Rosalind Spencer (rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com).

Winds, harp, percussion and timpani:
Please submit this form if you are interesting in playing. Parts will be assigned to suitable players in order of receipt of the forms. Until November 19th, preference is given to CAMMAC members. We will confirm the status of your submission by email. To join CAMMAC or renew your membership, please visit this site.
If you have any questions about the repertoire or the event, 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 23 in the afternoon.

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 24.
3:00 pm.
All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

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 24, 2019 – Annual Concert

Marg StubingtonThis year’s CAMMAC Annual Concert will return to the familiar joint choir and orchestra format, again conducted by Marg Stubington.

The choir and orchestra will perform Mozart’s Mass in C Minor as well as two shorter Mozart works, Laudate Dominum (from Vesperae solennes de confessore) and Ave Verum Corpus.  The concert will conclude with John Rutter’s Te Deum.

Date: Sunday February 24, 2019.

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.

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 9, 2019 – CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting

Date: Saturday, March 9, 2019.

Time: 2:00 pm.
We will provide pizza and juice for attendees‎ at 1:45 p.m.

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

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, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Christiane Wilke at christianewilke@gmail.com.

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.

Saturday March 16, 2019 – Choral Technique: Vowels, Intonation and Blend

Deirdre KellermanGood diction is about more than just the text! How do we create a blended sound and how can vowel formation help us stay in tune? This interactive workshop will explore the vowel spectrum and help singers understand tuning, blend and timbre. We will discuss how sound is produced, experiment with different vocal sounds and colours, learn how to use the International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA), play with tuning and trick our ears! Suitable for all skill levels.  A great way to start the season for choristers!

With Deirdre Kellerman.

Date: Saturday, March 16, 2019 (rescheduled from Sept. 22, 2018).

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

More details and registration later.

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

Biography:
Deirdre Kellerman (B.Mus Vocal Performance, Acadia; M.Mus Choral Conducting, New England Conservatory) is an innovative choral conductor based in Ottawa, ON. She is currently the Director of Music at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, the Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society and the Associate Conductor of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir. She is a nominee 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 now sings with Aella, a treble vocal ensemble in Ottawa. In high demand as a vocal coach, Deirdre is passionate about music education and life-long learning and maintains a busy teaching studio.

Saturday March 23, 2019 – Chamber Music Round-robin

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2019.

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.

A drop-in type session where participants show up, form chamber groups with whoever else is there, and just play for fun. You can attend for the whole afternoon, or just drop in for a while. If you have a child who can play — or double someone and play some bits — they are welcome (but you’re 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. Sorry, to keep this event manageable, not open to singers or recorder players this time. Pianists will take turns on the available pianos: one grand and probably a good keyboard.

We’ll begin and end the afternoon with a “tutti” session (some piece that everyone or almost everyone can play); the remaining time will be devoted to chamber groups (there’s space for 5 groups at one time). 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.

Format:

  • When you come, you should bring a music stand, a contribution to the snack table, and at least one chamber piece playable on your instrument.
  • Once you’ve formed a group, we suggest you play for 20-30 minutes, 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.)

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”).

Registration: The online registration form is here. Please let us know if you plan to come by Wednesday March 13, 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.

Info:
Primary contact Ellen Bobet at Ellenbobet8@gmail.com, or Martin Pergler at pergler@gmail.com.

Saturday March 30, 2019 – Vocal Jazz Workshop

Elise LetourneauWith Elise Letourneau.

Date: Saturday, March 30, 2019.

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.

More information and registration later.

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

Saturday May 11, 2019 – Italian Madrigals

Andrew McAnerneyAn exploration of the wonderful Italian madrigal repertoire including a brief history of the form and lots of singing. Music featured will include part one of Monteverdi’s Lamento d’Arianna, Jacques Arcadelt’s Il bianco e dolce cigno and works by master madrigalists Marenzio and Croce. Scores to keep and copy will be made available in advance.

With Andrew McAnerney.

Date: Saturday May 11, 2019.

Time: 2:00 – 5:00.

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

More information and registration later.

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

Biography:

Andrew McAnerney was raised in the British choral tradition and studied music at the University of Oxford (Magdalen College). He has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, consort singer, soloist and arranger. Since moving to Canada in 2013, Andrew has worked with a range of professional choirs and orchestras including Ensemble Caprice, Chamber Players of Canada, Elora Festival Singers, Choeur Louisbourg, and La Rose des Vents and was appointed artistic director of the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal in 2015.

A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew McAnerney has performed with many of Europe’s finest early music ensembles and is credited on over 50 recordings including the music of Bach, Brumel, Clemens non Papa, Crequillon, Gombert, Handel, Lassus, Lotti, Morales, Moulu, Mozart, Palestrina, Phinot, Purcell and Rore. Laudate dominum is his début CD with the Studio.

Andrew is passionate about musical excellence and accessibility. He regularly prepares his own early music performance scores from original sources, and is fascinated with presenting rediscovered works.

Previous activities2017/18, 2016/172015/16, 2014/15.