Sing Ottawa en choeur, part of Ottawa 2017. A choral celebration of Canada 150. A collaboration between Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Capital Chamber Choir.
The choral celebration of Canada’s 150th Anniversary
The Cantata Singers of Ottawa (CSO), the Capital Chamber Choir (CCC) and the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir (ORYC), in conjunction with Ottawa 2017 are delighted to present a joyous choral celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary in our Nation’s Capital. Friday, June 23 to Sunday, June 25, 2017, Sing Ottawa en chœur (SOEC) will present five concerts and two discussion panels exploring Canadian music and the music that represents the cultures of people who call Canada their home.
SOEC is funded in part by Ontario 150 and Ottawa 2017’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Program (stewarded by AOE Arts Council, Ottawa Arts Council and Council of Heritage Organizations in Ottawa). Join us to discover music that reflects the diversity of our nation’s geography, people and history.
Cantata Singers of Ottawa
The Cantata Singers of Ottawa (CSO) exist to perform choral music to the highest standards, to promote choral music in Ottawa, and to support Canadian musical talent, by commissioning Canadian composers, engaging Canadian soloists and by offering scholarships to young Canadian singers.
Founded in 1964, the CSO have completed 52 seasons of concerts representing music from all over the world, from the Renaissance to the present day, including almost 100 works by over 40 Canadian composers. The choir has collaborated with many leading Canadian musicians including the Chamber Players of Canada, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, La Rose des Vents, Pro Coro Canada, Vancouver Chamber Choir, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and St. Lawrence Choir.
CSO has performed at the National Arts Centre (NAC) annually since 1969. We are delighted to continue this tradition in 2017 when we will take part in Mozart’s Requiem conducted by John Storgårds.
Capital Chamber Choir
The Capital Chamber Choir was formed in 2009 as a 16-voice ensemble with a focus on contemporary and Canadian choral music. Since that time, the choir has grown to 35 members and attracted a diverse audience. With past performances hailed as “outstandingly beautiful” (Ottawa Citizen, 2013), the ensemble has become known on the Ottawa choral scene for its skill, versatility, and energy. The ensemble has performed with distinguished musicians such as Julian Armour and the Chamber Players of Canada, Kathleen Battle, Sandra Graham, Emma Kirkby, Daniel Taylor & the Theatre of Early Music, and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. The Capital Chamber Choir began its busy 2016-2017 season by embarking on its first ever major recording project, which was made possible by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council. CCC is greatly looking forward to participating in Sing Ottawa en choeur, a weekend-long choral celebration of Canada’s sesquicentennial.
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir
Founded in 1982 by Barbara Clark, challenges young people from Ottawa and its region to aspire towards a professional standard of excellence in vocal and choral performance. Comprising approximately 40 choristers selected by audition and working under direction of Jamie Loback, choristers demonstrate a commitment to their art through a challenging concert program plus a variety of collaborative experiences with established musical organizations such as the National Arts Centre Orchestra, the Capital Chamber Choir, Music & Beyond, and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa.
Andrew McAnerney is artistic director of the Cantata Singers of Ottawa, the Studio de musique ancienne de Montréal (SMAM), and the Anglican Chorale of Ottawa.
Raised in the British choral tradition, Andrew has lived and worked in Canada since 2013. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music from the University of Oxford (Magdalen College) and has enjoyed a varied career as a conductor, singer, arranger and educator.
A former Tallis Scholar, Andrew has performed worldwide and is a Hyperion recording artist. He is passionate about musical excellence and accessibility. He regularly prepares his own scores from original sources and is fascinated in presenting rediscovered works.
Jamie Loback holds a bachelor's and master's degrees in music from the University of Ottawa, specializing in piano, choral conducting, and music theory. A passionate advocate of choral music, Jamie has worked with several ensembles in the Ottawa region including the Ewashko Singers, the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Chamber and Boys' choirs, the University of Ottawa's Choral ensemble as well as the Calixa Lavallée ensemble, and the Ottawa Festival Chorus.
Since 2005, he has served as Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Parish, where he conducts the Church’s three choirs. In addition to his work as a liturgical musician, Jamie conducts the Capital Chamber Choir, the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir and the Ottawa Children's Chorus.