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Saturday Sept. 23, 2017 – Light jazz for orchestra workshop

with Yves Lacoursière.Yves Lacoursière

All instruments welcome. No jazz experience necessary. Come and learn new rhythms, techniques and sounds!

Date: Saturday Sept. 23.

Time: 2:00 to 5:00.

Location: 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.

Registration: The online registration form is here.

InfoRosalind at

Well known and appreciated as a saxophonist, Yves Lacoursière has become over the years a highly respected professor of music, a multi-instrumentalist, and a choir and orchestra conductor. In 1999 he was awarded the prestigious “Prix en saxophone” from the Gatineau Conservatory. Yves also holds a Master’s degree from the Université de Montréal in conducting orchestras. Yves has been conducting the Kanata Symphony Orchestra since 2004. He continues to perform very actively as a saxophonist and as vocal and musical director of a regional choir called “Le Chœur de l’île”.

Sunday Oct. 1, 2017 – Sight-singing workshop

October 1 is World Music Day! Let’s start the season with a choral learning event. “Sight-Sing with Success: Solving the mystery of the musical score” will introduce strategies to facilitate sight-singing, and will focus on an exploration of rhythm, melody, harmony, form and text. Excerpts from Haendel’s Messiah will be used to develop techniques to approach a new musical score with confidence and success. Suitable for novice and intermediate singers. Please bring your Messiah score and an assortment of coloured pencils.

With Leslie Bricker.Leslie Bricker

Date: Sunday Oct. 1.

Time: 1:00 to 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.

Registration: The online registration form is here.

Info:  Colleen Clark 613-230-3172,

Leslie Bricker is an award-winning music educator and choral director, with over 35 years of experience directing children’s choirs, Orff ensembles and musical theatre. She conducts the Training Choir of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa, and is also the director of Chorale Entre-Nous. Leslie has extensive experience in teacher-training, and has led workshops and courses in music education at universities across Canada. A published author in local and national music journals, Leslie has written numerous articles on the links between music, language, drama and dance. Leslie holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Toronto, along with a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Ottawa. She has Master Class certification in the Orff philosophy music education, and has studied Choral Conducting in both Canada and the United States.

Saturdays Oct. 14 and 21, 2017 – Rehearsed reading of Gilbert and Sullivan

D’Oyly Carte Delights! Gilbert and Sullivan favourites for orchestra and chorus with Susan Morris.Best of Gilbert and Sullivan

Join us in a musical frolic with Policemen and Pirates, Lords and Ladies, Sisters and Sailors, and Gentlemen of Japan!

Here’s a first-rate opportunity for orchestral musicians and singers to explore gems from Gilbert and Sullivan’s operettas. Usually only performed as fully-staged productions, amateur orchestra players and singers rarely have a chance to experience playing and singing these pieces of classic Victoriana. Choristers will have the additional fun of singing together the short solo passages that occur within the chorus numbers. Instrumentalists will enjoy playing an orchestral overture to one of the operettas, in addition to the works with choir.

Date, time and location:
Saturday Oct. 14: orchestra 10:30-1:00, choir 2:30-5:00
at Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive just south of the Queensway (directions are here).
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Saturday Oct. 21: 1:00-4:00
at All Saints’ Anglican Church Westboro with St. Matthias, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Please note revised list of pieces for Sat. Oct. 21.

Cost: CAMMAC members $15; students $15 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.

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.


Instruments: all strings, piccolo, flutes, oboe, clarinets in A and Bb, bassoon, trumpets in Bb, trombones (bass clef), horns in D and F, timpani, triangle, cymbal, snare drum, bass drum.

Click here for the list of choruses we will play with links to the orchestral parts online. Violas – for HMS Pinafore please add pages 31-33.

Winds and percussion registration necessary — contact Ellen Bobet at
Strings contact Rosalind Spencer at


Please notify Elizabeth at so that we have an idea of how many singers will attend. You can also ask to have the music ahead of time.

Biography:Susan Morris
Our leader in this musical merrymaking is oboist Susan Morris.  Susan brings an insider’s perspective to the podium for these Gilbert and Sullivan readings.  Having played in the orchestra pit for ten of Gilbert and Sullivan’s most popular operettas, she is very familiar with the concerns of the orchestra musicians in these works.  As piano accompanist for the Deep River Musical Society, she has plenty of experience with the choral demands of musicals and operettas.  Susan is principal oboist of the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and is a busy member of the professional music scene in the Ottawa region.  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.  Susan is also director of the Summermusic day-camp for children.  Susan was a woodwind and recorder coach at CAMMAC’s Lake MacDonald centre for three summers, and has conducted woodwind and recorder readings for CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau.  In 2016, she coached the “Winds and Friends” Chamber Music session.  Susan has soft spot for the charms of G & S and is looking forward to working with CAMMAC’s singers and instrumentalists in this rehearsed reading.

Saturday Nov. 4, 2017 – Chamber music workshop

With Laura Andriani.Laura Andriani

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.

Date: Saturday Nov. 4, 2017.

Location: A private home near St. Paul’s University.

Workshop: CAMMAC members $20; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.
“Tutti Event” only: $5; students free.

If you play in a coached group, whether pre-formed or matched by us, please come with 10-15 min of music that you would like to work on. Most groups hold 2-3 rehearsals prior to the workshop. We will also need the score in order to facilitate the coaching. 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 excerpts from Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5, at no extra charge.

Since you’re already joining us for the workshop, how about a reading session? We’ll spend about an hour reading through the first and third movement of Franz Schubert’s Symphony No. 5.
Original instrumentation: flute, oboes, horns, bassoons, all strings.
Thanks to arrangements of the work that are available, we can also accommodate clarinets (Bb).
The scores are available here:
If you’re not playing with a coached group but would love to join us for the Schubert reading session, please register for the Tutti event only ($5, free for students).


For the coached chamber music sessions, you can register as an individual player or as a pre-formed 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.

Registrations for the chamber music coaching and the Tutti event are accepted and confirmed on a rolling basis until October 27th (space permitting). Please use the appropriate registration form and register early to secure your spot. We aim to form groups from the individual registrations by October 1st.

Registration forms:
Individual players
Pre-formed groups
“Tutti” event only

Info: Christiane Wilke at

Our coach is award-winning Montreal-based violinist Laura Andriani. A versatile musician with interests ranging from baroque to contemporary music, Laura Andriani frequently performs as a soloist and chamber musician. She studied in Italy and the UK before moving to Canada in order to play first violin with the Alcan Quartet. She is excited to work with the CAMMAC Ottawa/Gatineau chamber music community.

Saturdays November 11, 18 and 25, 2017 – 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 on December 1. Usually, we look at about half-a-dozen choruses every week, rehearsing some of the more difficult ones more than once.

Date: Saturdays November 11, 18 and 25.

Time: 10 am to 12:15.

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.


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

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.

A 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!

Info: Pauline, 819-770-5073.

Friday December 1, 2017 – 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 1.

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. For future reference please note that this date will remain the same in the years to come.
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: Pauline, 819-770-5073.

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