Ottawa Choir – The Stairwell Carollers
↑FOR AN OPEN REHEARSAL
Wed Nov 2nd 2022↑
OTTAWA AREA PICK UP FOR CD PURCHASES!
(IF YOU’VE HAD TROUBLE MAKING PURCHASES, WE APOLOGIZE FOR THE INCONVENIENCE. THE SITE SHOULD NOW BE WORKING)
Fresh from our first concert since Xmas 2019, here is “ El Grillo” by Josquin des Prez sung by The Stairwell Carollers. This version of El Grillo is on our “Audite nova” recording. Net proceeds from our music benefits local charities and are available to buy from our...
Many many thanks to Wes Smiderle for the beautiful article in the May/June edition of the Manor Park Chronicle. He got us the entire page!
I’m sure this will be a lot of help in our search for male voices to top up the choir for the coming Christmas season.
Thank you all for such a wonderful concert last night! The audience was
so appreciative of the performance. And most of all, thanks to Pete, for so many things — having the vision to create the choir in the first place and having so much artistic integrity that it gives us such a unique, well-balanced sound.
It’s not always that when a singer departs, she leaves a gaping hole in our hearts.
That rhymes! How fitting! Katherine style.
I’ll mostly miss her devilishly adorable sense of humour, her dancing with and miming out song lyrics, her fantastic crochet and knit creations, her beautiful photos – and, well, just HER.
We just got this lovely email from Gabriel (Gabe) Lewis-O’Conner, who recently did a weekend of choral workshops with the Stairwell Carollers choir here in Ottawa. It was a really inspiring event in preparation towards our first public choral concert since Christmas 2019!
Alle psallite cum luya, loosely translated as ‘ let us sing together, alleluia!’ is more than just the name of one of the pieces we sing this season. In fact, it seems to encapsulate how we feel these days for several reasons.
In Ottawa choir news, a new article that just dropped in Vistas – the local Alta Vista newspaper – two Stairwellers, one new and one long time member, speak about singing and performing with a choir through and despite the pandemic.
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.
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.
With FIRST PLACE in the OMFA Provincial 2010 and 2013 and SECOND in the FCMF National 2010 competitions, they are ranked amongst the best of Ottawa choirs.
As a registered charity, The Stairwell Carollers net proceeds of cd sales and concert tickets have provided $144,819 in scholarships and donations to local charities.
Photos, Holly Massie (unless otherwise noted) – all rights reserved