Ottawa Choir – The Stairwell Carollers
More than 45 years of charitable song in Canada’s Capitol
Photos by Holly Massie & Drew Gragg – All rights reserved
The Stairwell Carollers, an a cappella Ottawa choir, sing sacred and secular music from all eras, as well as settings of traditional and contemporary Christmas carols.
Photos, Holly Massie (unless otherwise noted) – all rights reserved
Placing FIRST in the OMFA 2010 and 2013 Provincials and SECOND in the 2010 FCMF Nationals, they are ranked amongst the best of Ottawa choirs and have provided $146,319 in scholarships and donations to local charities.
Director, Pierre Massie, has composed many original pieces for the choir, as well as creating lively and contemporary arrangements of traditional carols.
One of his original carols, “Mourning Dove”, caught the ear of Canada’s Dominion Carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady, via YouTube. She performed “Mourning Dove” on the Peace Tower Carillon at 12:00 noon, and again at 3:00 pm, Monday Dec 17th. (http://stairwellcarollers.blogspot.ca/2012/12/pierre-massie-composition-mourning-dove.html) and again in her summer program for 2014. She continues to perform his music to this day.
Choral Auditions this Wed Jan 31st for Stairwell Carollers 2024 Spring Season of Song
Don’t miss your chance to be a member of Ottawa’s Stairwell Carollers! Choral Auditions this Wednesday August 30th for our 2023 Christmas season of song.
photo credit Drew Gragg New Singers in the Stairwell! Pierre Massie and his award-winning a cappella choir, The Stairwell Carollers, hosted an evening of choral masterpieces from the 16th century to present day. We saw so many old friends who said they enjoyed our...
Our workshop co-ordinator/soprano/morale officer, Annika organized a Valentines Social after choir rehearsal this past Valentines day.
A wonderful chance to get to know some of our new Stairwellers!
Welcome! Irina, Rita, Lance Lisseth and Kristy – who will be singing with us for the first time this spring! Concert TBA.
And a belated welcome to Evelyn and Dante who sang with us Xmas 2022 and have continued on as Stairwell Carollers.
Our hopes you all will make this your choral home for many seasons to come!
Stairwell Caroller Spring 2023 Auditions – Sing with us! Email today to book your audition this Wed Jan 25th
Thanks to Lynn Saxberg, Arts editor of the Ottawa Citizen newspaper for the wonderful interview with Pierre which graced the cover of the Arts section on Saturday Dec 3rd!
This assured a successful Christmas concert season for the choir. Both concerts at Southminster United Church and St. Columba Anglican were packed (with a little space considering the pandemic)
Early reviews of the concerts state unequivocally that the masks did not get in the way of the sound.
What a relief to hear!