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Overview of Activities

September 22, 2018 (rescheduled to March 16, 2019) Choral technique: vowels, intonation and blend
September 29, 2018 Orchestra reading of Schubert’s Symphony #3
October 20, 2018 Choral/orchestral reading: Haydn Harmoniemesse
November 17, 24 and December 1, 2018 Come Sing Messiah rehearsals
 December 1, 2018 Chamber music workshop
December 7, 2018 Come Sing Messiah performance

Forthcoming activities this year are here.

Description of Activities

Saturday Sept. 29, 2018 – Orchestra for Everyone! Reading of Schubert’s Symphony #3

Susan MorrisA just-for-fun sight-reading of Schubert’s sunny Symphony #3 to kick off the season.

With Susan Morris.

Date: Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018.

Time: 2:00 – 5:00.

Location: The “gym” (upstairs room) at 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.

This charming and accessible piece is scored for:

  • 2 flutes
  • 2 oboes
  • 2 clarinets (A,C)
  • 2 bassoons
  • 2 horns (D,C)
  • 2 trumpets (D)
  • timpani
  • all strings (violin 1-2, violas, cellos, basses)

So that as many people as possible can play, we’ll double players on the wind parts if necessary, accepting up to 4 flutes, oboes, clarinets, bassoons, and horns.

Clarinets: only have a B-flat instrument? A transposed version of the clarinet 2 part can be found on the internet at

Parts will be provided at the reading (Breitkopf score), or you can download your own from IMSLP at,_D.200_(Schubert,_Franz).

A nice YouTube version can be found at

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

Registration: Please pre-register online so we know how many people to expect. In the event of over-subscription, CAMMAC members will have priority until Sept 12. (Note: your registration form goes to both Rosalind and Ellen, who are organizing the strings and winds for this event, respectively).

Info: Ellen at

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 reading of Gilbert and Sullivan excerpts.

Saturday October 20, 2018 – Choral/Orchestral Reading: Haydn Harmoniemesse (Mass #14 in Bb Major)

Lee CarterWith Lee Carter.

Haydn wrote his Mass No. 14 in Bb Major  in 1802; it was his last major work.  The name “Harmoniemesse” comes from the German terminology for a kind of wind ensemble.  Because of the prominence of the winds in this mass it is also called the Wind Band Mass.
A complete performance is available on Youtube at

Date: Saturday October 20, 2018.

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 $15.

Info: Primary contact Susan Gurofsky at 613-729-8572,; or Mary Pole at

Haydn posterA 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 publicize this event.

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. Scores are also available online from Choral Public Domain Library. Bring your own score if you have one. You can learn/review your part with the help of online MIDI practice files at Cyberbass.

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

Registration: Orchestra

Instrumentation: 3 flutes, 2 oboes, 2 clarinets (Bb), 2 bassoons, 2 trumpets (Bb), 2 horns (Bb), timpani, organ 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.

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

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


Lee Carter is an educator, musician and respected choral director whose passion for music and teaching others to love music are found in all facets of his career. Newly appointed music director for Nepean Choir and music director of Castenchel Choir based in Chelsea, QC since September 2014, Lee is also the artistic director for the European Union Christmas Concert held annually at Notre-Dame Basilica in Ottawa.

While a regular clinician and guest conductor in the community, Lee continues as a full-time teacher at Nepean High School, conducting the choirs and teaching instrumental music. In 2012, he was awarded the “Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Music” by the Ottawa- Carleton District School Board Advisory Committee on the Arts for his creative directorship of the choral program. His passion for collaborative music-making sees him working with great musicians locally, nationally and internationally.

Lee holds Bachelor’s Degrees of Music and Education from the University of Ottawa where he studied the tuba with Nick Atkinson and voice with Sandra Graham.

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.


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.


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).

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

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:,_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

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.

Soloists: Susan Elizabeth Brown, soprano; Marie-Annick Béliveau, mezzo-soprano; Kevin Myers, tenor; Jean-Philippe McClish, bass.

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.

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.


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.

Previous activities: 2017/18, 2016/172015/16, 2014/15.