The University of Ottawa Choir has been working in virtual mode since September. Preparing our virtual Christmas concert stretched our technical as well as our musical abilities… and our financial resources. We ask you to consider making a donation as a show of support. You will receive a registered charity tax receipt if you donate through the link below. For those of you who have already become a “Friend of the University of Ottawa Choir” and made your donation, we thank you for your ongoing generosity.
Our virtual concert of December 2020 was much appreciated by our public:
Dans ces temps, votre prestation a été un rayon de lumière orné d’une boucle de joie. Tous nos remerciements! (Ottawa, Ontario)
Just delightful! I can't imagine how many tries it took to produce such a well-synced performance. (New Smyrna Beach, Florida, USA)
Quel beau concert … Vous avez vraiment accompli une prouesse. Les voix sont magnifiques et le choix de pièces plus connues est judicieux car on peut vraiment apprécier le travail d’harmonie … C’est vraiment agréable de vous voir tous chez vous interpréter les airs. C’est même réconfortant; séparés mais ensemble malgré tout… (Montréal, QC)
Wonderful choir, wonderful music, one of the best Christmas wishes I have received! (San Antonio, Texas, USA)
... I opened the video first thing this morning in the office and it set the tone for my day. (Iqaluit, Nunavut)
The University of Ottawa Choir is a bilingual adult choir which is affiliated with the School of Music at the University. The Choir offers the opportunity for singers to expand their knowledge by performing a wide variety of vocal styles and repertoire and aims to improve their sight-reading, linguistic and vocal/choral ensemble skills. Instruction is in both official languages. Part of its mandate is to act as an ambassador for the University, to demonstrate its commitment to the community and excellence in choral music.
The Choir performs at least two major concerts during its regular season - one in the Fall semester, and the other at the end of the Winter semester, in early April. The Choir also performs additional concerts with other ensembles outside of its regular schedule.
Admission and membership of the Choir is open to all students of the University, and members of the community who are at least 18 years old. Membership is by audition by the Music Director. Members are re-auditioned every 4 years. The auditions occur at the beginning of the choir season in September. The call for auditions is normally made in August of each year, and will appear here and elsewhere.
Choir rehearsals occur on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9:45 p.m., in the School of Music. A few rehearsals may also occur at weekends if necessary. Members are expected to attend all the rehearsals.
The Choir is run by an elected board, and supported by other volunteers. Although it receives considerable in-kind assistance from the University it still needs to generate its own revenue through fundraising. Such activities include concert program advertising and ticket sales, membership dues, grants as well as concerts in small groups in the community. The Choir also has a Friends of the Choir program to solicit and accept tax-deductible donations.
The Choir is grateful for the generous in-kind support from the University's School of Music and a grant from the Office of the Vice-President Academic and Provost.