Alle Psallite Cum Luya Concert Program song list for ottawa Choral concert

Alle Psallite Cum Luya Concert Program song list

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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.

To begin with, this is our first live musical offering for the public after two years of pandemic-induces silence – so for that alone, let us sing together, alleluia!

 Second, during the late 13th and 14th century when this motet was composed, the first bubonic plague was starting to ravage Europe, sowing death and stoking fear and panic.

Alle Psallite Cum Luya sheet music - Ottawa Choral Concert

Alle Psallite Cum Luya sheet music


Yet, one anonymous monk, shivering in his cloister, found the means of offering defiant praise against the specter of a frightening new world with a musical call to arms: Let us sing together, alleluia!
The fact that his melody and words have survived 800 years into our century so that we might sing it during our own trying time: alleluia!
Alle Psallite Cum Luya Ottawa Choral Concert Program cover

Alle Psallite Cum Luya Concert Program cover


Finally, having made it through the Covid-19 epidemic, the Stairwell Carollers have persevered, but in reduced numbers of male singers along the way. Moving forward, we need to build up our membership in order to sing at our optimum best.
My challenge to any musically oriented guys reading this message: heed the call of the anonymous thirteenth century monk and join us: let us sing together, alleluia!

Director, Pierre Massie

(thanks to Terry B. for the wonderful words)

We’re looking for a few good Men!

The Stairwell Carollers are seeking tenors and basses to join our safe, fully vaccinated choral ensemble. A solid voice, a good ear, a great attitude, and proof of vaccination are all candidates need to qualify. Reading music is an asset but not a necessity.

Auditions for tenors and basses continue till August 2022 or until positions are filled. Auditions are held via zoom, Skype or Facetime. During the audition, the candidate must have access to software to read PDFs and play MP3 files.

Contact Holly at to set up your audition time.

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. With wins in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions, we are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs. 
A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from Ottawa choral concert tickets, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $143,800 to local charities and scholarships.