Musical Chairs

If you are interested in connecting with other amateur musicians in the region to sing or play with, please see our our Musical Chairs page.

Community Bands and Orchestras

This list will assist instrumentalists in finding playing opportunities in community bands and orchestras in the region.
Please click here to view the list.

Choirs and Choruses

This list will assist singers in finding musical opportunities in the Ottawa-Gatineau area. It can also be used to find concert information from choirs of interest.
Before joining or auditioning for a choir, it is best to view the choir’s website and attend at least once concert. Some choirs allow potential members to participate in a couple rehearsals, but please check with the director or choir representative beforehand.
Some choirs indicated that sight reading is not required, but it is always an asset to have some sight reading ability. If you are a beginner singer, you may feel more comfortable joining your local church choir as they are almost always looking for choristers and are forgiving in terms of sight reading ability. The only church choirs listed are those that require a certain level of sight reading or have children’s choirs.
Please click here to view the list (PDF file).
Contact to make a correction to the list of choirs and choruses.

Recorder Ensemble

The Carleton Recorder Group directed by Jennifer Davis welcomes intermediate to advanced players (ability to play all sizes not necessary).
The group meets Thursdays from from 10.15am to 12.15pm from early October through May, at the Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive, just south of the Queensway (directions are here).
If interested, people should come and sit in on a session to see if the group suits them.
Please contact Jennifer at, or 613-224-8205 for further information.

Handbells Choir

The Emmanubells are related to Emmanuel United Church at 691 Smyth Road. Members of the group do not have to be members of the church – just willing to attend services on the dates they play.
The group has space for new people who can read music. They must be willing to commit to attending regular rehearsals.
The Emmanubells rehearse on Thursday evenings at Emmanuel United between 6:00pm and 7:30 pm. Services are at 10 am and the bells play approximately once a month.
The bells’ web site is at Please follow links to the Schedule for dates and places we play. For more information, contact the Director, Ann Frederking, at or phone 613-749-5815.

Adult Amateur Pianists Group

Our group holds informal gatherings of adult pianists of mixed abilities and a range of ages, who get together to play, to socialize, and to have tea/coffee and biscuits!
The group gets together about once a month, normally on the third Sunday afternoon of each month. Some participants volunteer to host the gatherings at their homes.
The purpose is to socialize and meet other adult pianists, and to play — to try out new pieces or old favourites and to hear what others are playing, as well as to practice performing in a non-judgmental environment.
All levels and all styles of piano playing are welcome.
The group’s web site is at If you are interesting in participating, please contact