“Music to your ears!” The University of Ottawa Choir is recruiting new members for its upcoming activities in 2021-2022. Good news: we are aiming to hold our rehearsals in hybrid mode or in person depending on covid regulations. Our December concert will take us from Versailles to Windsor castle and from the Baroque period to the late 19th century to celebrate the season. Special invitation to sopranos, tenors and basses!
auditions (at) uottawachoir.ca
A warm thank you to everyone who watched our Jubilate! concert. You can still do so. Thank you also for any donation in these difficult times. Here are a few of the many comments we have received from our region and from elsewhere in the country.
Jubilate! Rejoice! The University of Ottawa Choir is thrilled to invite you to its virtual concert featuring Laetentur Caeli, choral work by Kentaro Sato. We hope our video gives you joy and hope in this time of renewal.
The concert is free, but your gift of any amount* will be gratefully received and will help keep the music alive.
Thank you for your support! Enjoy the concert!
*For a gift of $20 or more, you will join our Friends of the Choir and receive an official receipt from the University of Ottawa.
Interview with composer Kentaro Sato
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 University of Ottawa Choir is a proud member of Choirs Ontario.
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.