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Saturday Sept. 22, 2018 – Choral Technique: Vowels, Intonation and Blend

CANCELLED as there is no power at the church.

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, Sept. 22, 2018

Time: 2:00 – 5:00.

Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave (between Carling and Richmond) (Buses:  85 or 87 to Carlingwood, 11 & 16 along Richmond). Click here for directions.

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

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Info: Susan Isaac, or 613-742-0753.

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 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.

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