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Saturday April 16, 2016 – Reading for orchestra of Brahms’ Serenade #1

A come-one-come-all reading of movements 1, 3, 5, and (if time permits) 6 of Brahms’ dramatic Serenade no.1 in D. We will double people on parts or do whatever it takes so that as many people as possible can play. All strings are welcome, and there are multiple parts for horn and trumpet. We’ll also take up to 5 flutes, 5 oboes, and 5 clarinets. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members, especially those who haven’t had a chance to play in recent readings.

With Marg Stubington.

Date: April 16, 2016.

Time: 2:00-4:30.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

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

Instrumentation: Flute 1-2, oboe 1-2, clarinet 1-2, bassoon 1-2, horn 1-4, trumpet 1-2, timpani, violin 1-2, violas, cellos, basses.

Please download your part from,_Op.11_%28Brahms,_Johannes%29 (choose the Breitkopf edition).
IMSLP version in the wrong key? Horn, trumpet, and clarinet players can contact Ellen at for a transposed version of their parts.

If you’re new to Cammac events, these guidelines explain our approach to orchestra readings.

Info: Ellen at

Please pre-register by Wednesday March 30 so that we know how many people to expect and can make sure all parts are covered.
Strings: Khalid at or 613-829-7277.
Winds: Ellen at

About the piece:
Brahms stood in such awe of the Beethoven symphonies that it took him until age 42 to publish his own first symphony. In the interim, the two Serenades were his first major orchestral works. Serenade no.1 began as a score for winds and string octet, but Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim urged Brahms to rework it for a larger ensemble. The resulting piece, published in 1859, has been described as “a symphony in all but name.” Ever the perfectionist, Brahms felt that the first performance of the Serenade “did not go very well,” even though the audience shouted approval of every movement and continued to applaud at the end until the composer came onstage.

We will be playing up to four of the Serenade’s six movements:
Movement 1 — Allegro molto
Movement 3 — an Adagio that has been described as “transcendent” and “the heart of the serenade”
Movement 5 — a short Scherzo
Movement 6 — Rondo allegro

Our conductor:

Marg-StubingtonMarg Stubington is the Music Director of the Canadian Centennial Choir and at First United Church, Ottawa. A native of Montreal, Margaret Stubington received a Bachelor of Music from McGill University (1984) where she studied piano performance with Tom Plaunt, choral arranging with Donald Patriquin, song interpretation with Jan Simons, and conducting. She held several church positions in Montreal as organist and choir director, taught piano, worked as accompanist, led a 100‐voice children’s school choir, and taught music theory and choir at the Suzuki Summer Institute.

After graduating with a Bachelor of Education at the University of Ottawa in 1991, she spent several years teaching English As A Second Language, Workplace Education, and Adult Literacy.  In 1995 Marg founded Vox Femina, a 40‐voice woman’s choir that she led for ten years.  She has been the Artistic Director of Tone Cluster and the Ottawa Gay Men’s Chorus, and an instructor of music history and choir at the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy. Marg was Music Director at Glebe‐St.James United Church from 2001 to 2007.

In 2005 Marg was invited to be one of six guest conductors with the Vancouver Chamber Choir, under director Jon Washburn.  She conducted the Festival Women’s Chorus for GALA Chorus Festivals in Montreal (2004), Vancouver (2006) and Winnipeg (2008).  In January 2008 she was Assistant Conductor for The Ewashko Singers for “A Cole Porter Valentine: NAC Pops Concert”.

Marg developed the KidSingers program, now a thriving children’s choir which is part of the Leading Note Foundation’s Orkidstra program.  She was Director from June of 2007 to May 2010. She was introduced to CAMMAC (Lake MacDonald) at age 11 and was greatly influenced by her experiences there.  As an enthusiastic and life-long supporter of CAMMAC she is always pleased to lead the choir and orchestra’s annual concert.


Sunday April 17, 2016 – Choral reading: A Nighttime Walk with the Modern Masters

Modern-poster-eWith Lee Carter.

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Time: 1:45 – 4:15 p.m.

Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave., between Richmond Road and Carling Ave. (directions are here).

Cost: Payable at the event.
Students: Free for CAMMAC members, $5 for non-members.
Others: If pre-registered $10 for CAMMAC members, $20 for non-members. $5 extra is not pre-registered.

Registration: Pierre Tourigny at 613-234-1297 or

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.

Leader Lee Carter has put together a programme of four wonderful modern pieces by four contemporary masters:
Morten LauridsenSure on this Shining Night
Ola GjeiloNorthern Lights
Eric WhitacreSeal Lullaby
Ēriks EšenvaldsStars


Lee Carter is an educator, musician and respected choral director whose passion for music and teaching others to love music can be found in all facets of his career.

Now in his second year as Artistic Director for Castenchel Choir in Chelsea QC, Lee holds a full-time position at Nepean High School conducting the junior and senior choirs, the Chamber Choir, as well as one of the three concert bands. In 2007 Lee was nominated for the Premier’s Award for Best New Teacher and, 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, resulting in the Nepean High School vocal program’s phenomenal growth to more than one hundred singers.

His choirs have been showcased at community events across Ottawa. In addition to regularly scheduled performances, the Nepean High School choirs have been invited to perform with the likes of Kenny Rogers and Dame Emma Kirkby and were a part of Craig Cardiff’s 2012 Juno-nominated album “Floods and Fires.”

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

Saturday May 7, 2016 – Chamber Music Workshop: Piano Spotlight – NOW FULL

Myriam-BernardThis workshop is now full and we are no longer taking registrations.

This workshop allows instrumentalists to work on a piece of chamber music in a comfortable group setting, get an hour of coaching, and be part of a chamber music community. You can register as a pre-formed group or as an individual player looking to be matched with others.

Pianist Myriam Bernard is the coach for this workshop, and our goal is to shine the spotlight on the piano by forming the groups early around the pianists. We ask you to register very early in order to give everyone (and especially the pianists, who end up playing more notes than other players) lots of lead time to prepare the piece.

Date: Sat. May 7th, 2016.

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

Cost: CAMMAC members $20; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.

For this workshop, we give preference to groups of three or more that work on chamber music with piano, not just piano accompaniment.

This is your chance to explore rarely performed pieces for piano and winds and/or strings; we will help you find players to fill your group. If you’re looking for ideas, please check the IMSLP website ( or contact the organizers. For example, these pieces for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass are available on the website:,_viola,_cello,_double_bass,_piano. This is the list of pieces for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon:,_clarinet,_bassoon,_horn,_piano.

Primary contact for registration and info: Christiane Wilke (
Alternate contact: Darlene Himick (

Previous activities: 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12.