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Overview of Activities
October 15, 2023   Flutastique! (flute choir)CANCELLED
October 28, 2023   An afternoon with Johann Strauss Jr: orchestra reading
November 18 and 25, 2023   Come Sing Messiah Rehearsals
December 1, 2023   Come Sing Messiah Performance
December 16, 2023   Christmas Music and Word (Arnprior)
March 16, 2024   Introduction to Motets (Arnprior)
March 23, 2024   Musical Theatre Workshop
March 24, 2024   Annual Regional Meeting

Forthcoming activities this year are here

Description of Activities

Sunday, October 15, 2023 — Flutastique!

THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED.

We have had to postpone this event because of an illness. We hope to hold a flute workshop in January or February 2024.

Playing in a flute choir (ahem, guys, you too!) Ain’t nothin’ like it.

Reading of works for flute choir.

Jenifir Thies-Thompson, facilitator.

Pre-req: scales & arpeggios 2 octaves, 4 #’s 4 b’s, major & minor.

Date: Sunday, October 15, 2023.

Time: 1:00 – 4:00 pm.

Location: Epiphany Anglican Church, 1290 Ogilvie Road, Ottawa, on the south-east corner of the Aviation Parkway (directions are here).
If you’re arriving on the Queensway, take the St-Laurent exit. There is lots of parking.
To get there by transit, there are 2 options:
– the #24 bus from St-Laurent or Blair;
– the LRT to Cyrville station, then a short walk along the pedestrian path to the church.

Cost:
$20 – CAMMAC member
$30 – non-member

Registration:
Registration and payment in advance only (no walk-ups). The registration form is here.
Electronic transfer or check accepted.
If for any reason the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

You can join, or renew your expired membership by clicking here ​($40 for adults). Memberships expire every October 1st.

To attract the greatest number of flutists, please print/post this flyer in coffee shops etc.

Info: Tom Wilkinson, tjwilk19@gmail.com.

Saturday, October 28, 2023 – An afternoon with Johann Strauss Jr.

Come and share the beautiful music of Strauss. This afternoon will be devoted to Johann Strauss Jr. works such as the overture of Die Fledermaus and The Beautiful Blue Danube. Charles-Éric Fontaine will conduct this reading for orchestra.

Date: Saturday October 28, 2023.

Time: 13:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Location: Churchill Seniors Centre, 345 Richmond Road, Ottawa (directions here).

Cost:
$20 – adult CAMMAC member
free – student CAMMAC member
$30 – adult non-member
$10 – student non-member

Instrumentation: Flutes 1,2/piccolo (we need flute 2/piccolo); Oboes 1,2; Clarinets 1,2 (in A); Bassoons 1,2; Horns 1,2,3,4 (in F); Trumpets 1,2 (in Bb); Trombones 1,2,3; Tuba (for The Blue Danube only); Violins 1,2; Violas; Cellos; Double basses; Percussion: tympani, triangle, snare drum, bass drum, tubular bell in E.
Please note that registrations for bassoons, horns and trumpets are now complete. If you want to be added to our waiting list, please contact Linda Côté (info@linda-cote.ca).

Please bring your music stand and scores available online here.

If you are new to playing with the CAMMAC orchestra, these guidelines will explain our approach to readings.

Registration:
Registration and payment in advance only (no walk-ups).
Sign up by submitting the registration form here.
E-transfer or check accepted.
If for any reason the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

You can join, or renew your expired membership by clicking here ​($40 for adults). Memberships expire every October 1st.

Info: Linda Côté at info@linda-cote.ca.

Biography:
Charles-Éric Fontaine is a versatile Montreal conductor and oboist with a strong interest in new music and collaboration between performer and composer. He has conducted the Ensemble Divertimento (Milan), Paramirabo (Montreal),  the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra, the Baltimore Chamber Orchestra and the Orchestre Symphonique de Québec, and was a finalist in the Ensemble intercontemporain’s assistant conductor audition in 2021.
Charles-Eric studied at McGill University, where he obtained a bachelor’s degree in oboe performance and a master’s degree in conducting in 2021. He has premiered more than thirty works by emerging composers at events broadcast by the IRCAM Forum, MASC, Le Vivier,  as well as with the Ensemble de musique contemporaine de l’Université de Montréal and McGill University.  In March 2022, he conducted the concert “L’omaggio a Bussotti” of the Ensemble Divertimento with whom he also recorded a new work by Francesco Ciurlo recorded on CD by Stradivarius.

Saturdays November 18 and 25, 2023 – Come Sing Messiah: Rehearsals

A chance to practice Handel’s Messiah in a fun and stress-free environment. Come and rehearse the choruses we will be singing on December 1st.
With Deirdre Kellerman. Piano accompaniment by Theresa Clarke.

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Dates: Saturdays November 18 and 25, 2023.
Come to one session, or both session – it’s up to you.

Time: 10:00 to 12:00 (doors open at 9:30).

Location: Parkdale United Church, 429 Parkdale, corner of Parkdale and Gladstone (directions are here).

To get there by transit:
– the #14 bus on Gladstone; or the #11 bus on Wellington.
– the LRT to Tunney’s Pasture Station, then a 1.2 km walk to the church.

If coming by car: parking lot on the North side of the church only, please.

Accessible door: via Gladstone, on the South side of the church.

Note: Rehearsals are optional.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Cost (including all ticketing fees):
$10 – Advance price for CAMMAC members (per rehearsal); or $15 at rehearsal.
$15 for non-CAMMAC members (per rehearsal).
$0 for students up to age 19 (tickets not required).

Please help to advertise, or spread the word, by printing and distributing this poster.

Information: Joan at Joan.Harvey88@gmail.com.

Biographies:

Choral conductor and vocal coach Deirdre Kellerman conducts Tone Cluster – quite a queer choir. Previous conducting positions include Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice, conductor and pianist with the Ottawa Children’s Choir, Assistant Director of the Ottawa Choral Society and Director of Music at First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa, where she conducted the three choral ensembles. 

Since settling in Ottawa in 2015, Deirdre has become a regular fixture in the area’s choral community. As a workshop facilitator and guest conductor, she has worked with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, Canadian Centennial Choir, Aella, and CAMMAC. 

Originally from Nova Scotia, Deirdre has studied across North America, including a residency at the Banff Centre’s Choral Art program. She was nominated for the 2018 Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting. An avid chorister, Deirdre has sung with a wide variety of ensembles, including Xara Choral Theatre, and the National Youth Choir of Canada. Deirdre holds a M.Mus in Conducting (New England Conservatory) and a B.Mus in Vocal Performance (Acadia University).

Pianist Theresa Clarke has served Ottawa’s musical community for over forty years as a Musical Director, Pianist, Organist, and Collaborative Pianist. Selected playing and directing credits include serving the Ottawa Bach Choir (JUNO Award 2020), Atlantic Voices Choir, the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, the Canadian Centennial Choir, the Savoy Society of Ottawa, and many more. Theresa has served Emmanuel United Church (Ottawa) since 2004. She teaches Music at Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Ottawa where she is the Curriculum Leader for Arts & Religion and the founding Artistic Director of the Sacred Arts Performance Program focusing on Choral and Instrumental development for young artists.

Friday, December 1, 2023 – Come Sing Messiah is back. Spread the word!

Enjoy singing Handel’s Messiah, under the direction of Louis Lavigueur.

With organist Nick Veltmeyer, a professional orchestra, and soloists Irina Medvedeva, soprano, Amanda Lopez, mezzo-soprano, Ian Soloman, tenor, and Philip Lukic, bass-baritone.

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Optional rehearsals in November, see above.

Date: Friday December 1, 2023.

Time: 6:00-9:30 pm.
Doors open at 6:00 pm; Rehearsal at 6:40 pm; Performance at 8:00 pm.

Location: Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre, 355 Cooper Street (entrances on O’Connor and Lisgar) (directions are here).

A few singer tickets are available via Eventbrite.

Cost (including all ticketing fees):

Singers:
$22 – Advance price for CAMMAC members.
$27 – Advance price for non-CAMMAC members.
$0 – Advance price for students up to age 19 (ticket required – contact us).
$30 – At the door (if not sold-out): for all adult singers (cash only).

Audience tickets are sold out!

Please help to advertise, or spread the word, by printing and distributing this poster.

Info: David Stitt at davidstitt@sympatico.ca 

Additional information:

Bring your own score. Scores will also be available for sale ($15, cash only).

Messiah t-shirts and sweat-shirts will also be available for sale.

This year’s format is different from pre-COVID years. For more information, and for all details regarding the format of this year’s event, please read the updated FAQ.

Please note the following:

  • To avoid overcrowding, and to allow for some physical distancing, we will be selling no more than 70% of the seats. We reserve the right to limit these numbers further, depending on the situation, so get your tickets early to avoid disappointment!
  • There will be no food nor drinks available (either at the rehearsals, or on the evening of the concert). Please not bring any food or drinks to the concert on December 1st. Water only, please!
  • If you have any mobility issues and require special seating, do please contact us ahead of time.
Click to view a video of the “Hallelujah!” chorus from Come Sing Messiah 2019

You want to get ready for Cammac’s Come Sing Messiah evening?

Why not watch our 2020 virtual Messiah? Well-known Ottawa musicians Matthew Larkin and Kevin Reeves prepared a special Come Sing Messiah video for us. The video is available on YouTube. It includes an interview with our beloved conductor Louis Lavigueur, and much more!

A great video was done by Richard Burman (Burman Productions) for CAMMAC’s Messiah’s 25th anniversary. It’s a few years old, but it’s still a joy to watch! Available for free on YouTube: CAMMAC Messiah 25. (A very few DVD copies are still available from CAMMAC, for $10).

For suggestions of online rehearsal tools, please see our FAQ.

Biographies:

Louis Lavigueur

Louis Lavigueur is artistic director and conductor of the Montreal Youth Symphony Orchestra, the Ensemble Sinfonia of Montreal, the Ensemble vocal Polymnie de Longueuil and the Choeur Polyphonique de Montréal. He was associate conductor of the orchestra and director of choral activities at the Conservatoire de musique de Montréal. Teacher, consultant, adjudicator and lecturer, he has taught at Université Laval, Université de Montréal and McGill University, and has conducted choirs and orchestras in Canada and abroad. Mr. Lavigueur has conducted our Come Sing Messiah for more than twenty years!

Nick Veltmeyer

Nick Veltmeyer is a multi-talented organist, conductor, singer, and composer who grew up in Nova Scotia. Nick was organ scholar at the University of King’s College where he studied classical literature and sacred music. After graduating in 2017, he was named an Associate of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and Wayne Vance Organ Scholar of St. James Cathedral. He completed an Advanced Certificate in Historical Performance and a Master of Music in voice at the University of Toronto where he was Bevan Organ Scholar of Trinity College and a Junior Fellow of Massey College.

Since January 2022, Nick has been organist and choir director at Dominion-Chalmers United Church, the congregation that still worships in the historic space now called the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. Nick is therefore very familiar with the impressive Casavant pipe organ of the Carleton Dominion-Chalmers Centre. This organ is one of the largest in Ottawa, and recently benefited from a period of rehabilitation during which its console was modernized and improved.

Saturday December 16, 2023 — Christmas Music and Word (Arnprior)

“Visions of Christmas”

Come and join us for an afternoon of Christmas music and poems! 

Date: Saturday December 16, 2023.

Time: 15:00 to 16:00.

Location: Emmanuel Anglican Church, 287 Harrington St, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here).

Together we will sing a selection of well-known carols in front of the Christmas tree in the beautiful sanctuary of Emmanuel Church, Arnprior, including optional descants and harmony, accompanied by the historic Cassavant organ and other instrumentalists.  

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Carols are one of the most evocative sounds at Christmas, inspiring composers and poets throughout history.  Spanning the centuries, the accompanying poetry readings will offer their own festive dialogue with the music. 

Our collection of poems will present many Christmases: spiritual and secular, bleak and hopeful, individual and communal. They capture feelings evoked by city streets and natural landscapes around the holidays…a child speaks adoringly to a Christmas tree…Christmas mail…Christmas presents…Saint Nicholas, mistletoe…

Open to all ages, admission is free, but free-will donations to the Food Bank are encouraged.

A poster advertising this concert 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.

Info: Rosalind Spencer, rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com.

Saturday March 16, 2024 — Introduction to Motets (Arnprior)

Come sing a morning of beautiful 4-part motets!

With Lisa Webber.

Discover three glorious motets sung in a beautiful church setting.  Lisa will focus on learning parts, creating rich vocal sound and exploring the style of a cappella motet-singing.  Bruckner, Duruflé and Willan create splendid moments for the singers to express text and develop excellent choral technique. Songs to soothe the soul and enrich your choral experience.

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Repertoire:
Willan: Rise Up My Fair One
Duruflé: Ubi Caritas
Bruckner: Locus Iste

Date: Saturday March 16, 2024.

Time: 10am – 12 noon.
There will be a break part-way during the morning.

Location: Emmanuel Anglican Church, 287 Harrington St, Arnprior, Ont. (directions are here).

Cost:
$20 – adult CAMMAC member
free – student CAMMAC member
$30 – adult non-member
$5 – student non-member

No food and drink permitted on church premises (except your own water bottle).

Vocal scores will be provided at the workshop and must be returned at the end of the workshop.

Registration:

Registration and payment in advance only (no walk-ups).
The registration form is here.
Electronic transfer or check accepted.
If for any reason the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.

You can join, or renew your expired membership by clicking here. Memberships expire every October 1st.

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.

Info: Rosalind Spencer at rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com.

Biography:

Lisa Webber

Lisa Webber, a mezzo-soprano originally from Alberta, completed a Bachelor of Music/Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge, specializing in elementary, intermediate and senior choral music. She moved to Ottawa where she received a Master of Music in Vocal Performance at the University of Ottawa.

As a vocal educator, Lisa brings her expertise and passion to all facets of her work.  She has a very active vocal studio in Arnprior, Ontario where she teaches both school-aged and mature students. Her students benefit from her experience, skill, positivity and opportunities to perform. She creates an enjoyable, fun and positive learning environment for all students. Lisa is extremely proud and inspired by many of her former students using their voices in Canada and other countries in a variety of ways.

As a soloist, Lisa enjoys oratorio and chamber music as well as recital repertoire. She has been involved with the Opera Lyra Chorus, Cantata Singers of Ottawa, Seventeen Voyces, the Vancouver Chamber Choir National Directors’ Symposium, the Valley Festival concert series and the Ottawa Musical Arts Club Gala concerts. Collaboration with other musicians has been a life-long joy for Lisa. Devoted and committed to promoting the Arts in Arnprior, she is the founder of the Arnprior Summer Music Camps, the Arnprior Community Choir, Two Rivers Musical Productions, and an exciting ladies’ ensemble, Tutti. These programs are a mainstay in the cultural arts scene and have provided many singers with the opportunity to experience exceptional solo and choral music. A strong supporter of CAMMAC, having sponsored several youth scholarships in the past, Lisa has performed as soloist and also conducted two successful workshops featuring the Christmas Fantasia by Ralph Vaughan Williams.

Saturday, March 23, 2024 – Musical Theatre Workshop

Come enjoy an energetic and upbeat afternoon singing two familiar musical theatre numbers.
With Lauren Saindon.

Have you always dreamt of singing in a Broadway (or even off-Broadway) musical?  This workshop will introduce you to some of the differences between singing in a traditional choir setting and doing it in musical theatre.  Never done any musical theatre before? No worries! There’s room for everyone no matter what your abilities.

Repertoire:
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious from Mary Poppins
Dancing Queen from Mamma Mia

Date: Saturday, March 23, 2024.

Time: 1 – 3 pm.
There will be a break part-way through the afternoon.

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

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Cost:
$20 – adult CAMMAC member
free – student CAMMAC member
$30 – adult non-member
$5 – student non-member

Registration:
Registration and payment in advance only (no walk-ups).
The registration form is here.
Electronic transfer or check accepted.
If for any reason the workshop is cancelled, a full refund will be provided.
You can join, or renew your expired membership by clicking here. Memberships expire every October 1st.

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.

Info: David Stitt at davidstitt@sympatico.ca.

Biography:

A musical theatre aficionado, Lauren Saindon has spent time both on stage and in the orchestra pit. Favourite keyboard and direction credits include: “Mamma Mia!” US National Tour (Associate Musical Director), “Next to Normal” at the Tarragon Theatre Toronto (Musical Director), “Wicked” US National Tour (Keyboard Sub), Pops with the National Arts Centre Orchestra (Synth), and musical direction for the Canadian Premiere of “The Wind in the Willows.”

Lauren also toured Japan and South Korea with the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra as a vocal soloist for “Disney on Classic: A Magical Night” and starred in The Confidential Music Theatre Project’s production of “Spelling Bee” (Olive).

Passionate about working with community groups and children, Lauren has musical directed with the Toronto Youth Theatre (“How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying”) and works with local ensembles and soloists in choral and theatre community settings.

Lauren holds a Bachelor of Education and an ARCT in vocal performance, and runs a busy piano studio.

Sunday March 24, 2024 – Annual Regional Meeting

Help us shape next year’s music! Write and tell us (ottawagatineau@cammac.ca) what you would like for future CAMMAC events!

Date: Sunday March 24, 2024.

Time: 4:00 pm.

Location: Online via Zoom. Members will receive an email with the link.

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, or taking on any of the other roles supporting CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Peggy Florida at peggyflorida@sympatico.ca.

The reports which will be on the agenda for the meeting will be sent to the members prior to the meeting.

Info: Regional President Rosalind Spencer at rosalind@whatiftechnologies.com.


Previous activities: 2022/23, 2021/22, 2020/21, 2019/20.