Planned Activities for 2015-2016

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Overview of Activities

Starting January 9, 2016   Annual Concert rehearsals
February 20, 2016   Annual Regional Meeting
February 28, 2016   Annual Concert performance
March 5, 2016   Recorder afternoon
April 16, 2016   Orchestra reading: Brahm's Serenade #1
April 17, 2016   Choral reading: A Nighttime Walk with the Modern Masters
May 7, 2016   Chamber music workshop: Piano spotlight (NOW FULL)

Previous activities this year are here.


Description of Activities

Saturdays January 9 to February 27, 2016 - Annual Concert Rehearsals

This year the CAMMAC choir and orchestra will perform two pieces: Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny) by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert. The Schicksalslied, begun in 1868 and completed in 1871, is a choral setting of a poem written by Friedrich Hölderlin and is considered to be one of Brahms’s best choral works. The Mass No. 5 in A Flat is regarded as one of Schubert’s late masses and is distinguished from his four early masses by its musically interpretive stance to the words. (from

Choristers can practise both pieces with the help of Cyberbass web site at

Once again James Calkin will direct the CAMMAC choir and orchestra. James conducted the Beethoven Mass in C in 2008, and we are delighted to have him back.

Click here for a one-page printable sheet listing all rehearsals.

CAMMAC member, $45
Non-member, $60
Plus a refundable deposit for the scores, $10

To be determined


Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Avenue (directions are here).

Date  09:30 – 12:00 1:30 – 4:00
Saturday, January 9 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 16 Choir  
Saturday, January 23 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, January 30 Choir  
Saturday, February 6 Choir Orchestra
Saturday, February 13
Please note that this is NOT a combined choir and orchestra
rehearsal as previously indicated.
Choir Orchestra
Saturday, February 20   Choir and orchestra

Please note that the CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting will take place on Feb. 20 at 12:15 prior to the rehearsal.

Dress rehearsal and concert

Location: All Saints’ Westboro/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).
Parking is limited to a few spaces at the back of the church on Madison Street. Street parking is also available. Car pooling is suggested.

Attendance is mandatory at the dress rehearsal in order to sing and play in the concert.

Saturday, February 27 - 1:00 pm Dress rehearsal
Sunday, February 28 - 3:00 pm Concert


Choristers, contact Dawn Conway at 613-724-2954. The registration form is here
String players, contact Khalid at
Wind players and percussionists, contact Christiane at

James Calkin Biography

James CalkinA native of Nova Scotia, JAMES CALKIN is Associate Director of Music at Christ Church Cathedral Ottawa where he conducts the Cathedral Girls’ Choir and is principal accompanist to the Cathedral Choir of Men and Boys. Both ensembles maintain a busy schedule of liturgical, concert and recording activities as well as domestic and international tours. James also pursues an active career as organ soloist, conductor, orchestral and chamber musician throughout Canada and internationally.

Mr. Calkin studied at Dalhousie (B.Mus. with a University Medal) and McGill Universities (M.Mus.) as well as the prestigious Eastman School of Music where his teachers were David MacDonald, John Grew, and David Higgs. While at Eastman he served as a graduate assistant to early music legend Paul O’Dette. In 1996-1997 a Canada Council for the Arts grant enabled studies in France with the organists Louis Robilliard (Lyon) and Dominique Serve (Aix-en-Provence). James has also studied conducting with Denise Ham, Joseph Flummerfelt, Simon Carrington, and Hugh Floyd and participated in masterclasses hosted by Chorus America and the Conductors Institute at Bard College.

Mr. Calkin has been the recipient of peer-adjudicated grants from the Canada Council for the Arts, the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD), and the Nova Scotia Talent Trust as well as numerous academic awards at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He is also a prizewinner in numerous competitions including the National Playing Competition of the Royal Canadian College of Organists and the Lynnwood Farnam Organ Competition (Montréal).

His concert activities include numerous recitals on distinguished instruments in Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Denmark, Germany, Hong Kong and Singapore as well as performances on the English and French networks of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. In addition he is a frequent accompanist and continuo player for ensembles throughout Canada’s Capital Region.

Saturday February 20, 2016 - CAMMAC Ottawa-Gatineau Annual Regional Meeting

Date: Saturday, February 20, 2016.
The meeting is being held earlier this year to‎ comply with the new CAMMAC By-laws.

Time: 12:15 pm.
The meeting is planned to last 45 minutes or less, prior to the joint choral/instrumental rehearsal for the Annual Concert. 
We will provide pizza for attendees‎ at 12:00 noon.

Location: St. Matthias Anglican Church, 555 Parkdale Avenue (directions are here).

The Annual Regional Meeting is an opportunity for members to review the progress of our organization, voice their concerns and suggestions, and elect Regional Management Committee members for the next year. If you are interested in joining the Committee, please contact the Chair of the Nominating Committee, Rosalind Bell at

The reports which will be on the agenda for the meeting will be sent to the members prior to the meeting.

Info: Regional President David Stitt at

Sunday February 28, 2016 - Annual Concert

Schicksalslied by Johannes Brahms and Mass No. 5 in A Flat by Franz Schubert, under the direction of James Calkin.

Date: Sunday, February 28, 2016.

Time: 3 pm.

Location: All Saints’ Anglican/First United Church, 347 Richmond Road, just west of Churchill (directions are here).

Tickets: (Cost yet to be determined)

After the concert we are pleased to offer a reception with refreshments, as well as our used music sale.

Info: Dawn Conway, 613-724-2954

Saturday March 5, 2016 - Recorder Afternoon

With Matthias Maute.Matthias Maute

Date: Saturday, March 5, 2016.

Time: 1:30- 4:30.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here).

Info: Elizabeth at

Saturday April 16, 2016 - Reading for orchestra of Brahms' Serenade #1

A come-one-come-all reading of movements 1, 3, 5, and (if time permits) 6 of Brahms’ dramatic Serenade no.1 in D. We will double people on parts or do whatever it takes so that as many people as possible can play. All strings are welcome, and there are multiple parts for horn and trumpet. We’ll also take up to 5 flutes, 5 oboes, and 5 clarinets. Priority will be given to CAMMAC members, especially those who haven’t had a chance to play in recent readings.

With Laura Hawley.

Date: April 16, 2016.

Time: 2:00-4:30.

Location: Kitchissippi United Church, 630 Island Park Drive at 417 Highway (directions are here). 

Cost: CAMMAC members $10; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $20.

Know other people who might want to play? Please download the poster for this event.

Instrumentation: Flute 1-2, oboe 1-2, clarinet 1-2, horn 1-4, trumpet 1-2, timpani, violin 1-2, violas, cellos, basses.

Please download your part from,_Op.11_%28Brahms,_Johannes%29 (choose the Breitkopf edition).
IMSLP version in the wrong key? Horn, trumpet, and clarinet players can contact Ellen at for a transposed version of their parts.

If you’re new to Cammac events, these guidelines explain our approach to orchestra readings.

Info: Ellen at

Please pre-register by Wednesday March 30 so that we know how many people to expect and can make sure all parts are covered.
Strings: Khalid at or 613-829-7277.
Winds: Ellen at

About the piece:
Brahms stood in such awe of the Beethoven symphonies that it took him until age 42 to publish his own first symphony. In the interim, the two Serenades were his first major orchestral works. Serenade no.1 began as a score for winds and string octet, but Clara Schumann and the violinist Joseph Joachim urged Brahms to rework it for a larger ensemble. The resulting piece, published in 1859, has been described as “a symphony in all but name.” Ever the perfectionist, Brahms felt that the first performance of the Serenade “did not go very well,” even though the audience shouted approval of every movement and continued to applaud at the end until the composer came onstage.

We will be playing up to four of the Serenade’s six movements:
Movement 1 — Allegro molto
Movement 3 — an Adagio that has been described as “transcendent” and “the heart of the serenade”
Movement 5 — a short Scherzo
Movement 6 — Rondo allegro

Laura HawleyOur conductor:

Laura Hawley is an Ottawa-based music educator, accompanist, composer, and church musician.  She holds an ARCT from the Royal Conservatory of Music and completed a Bachelor of Music in piano performance and Master’s in music theory at University of Ottawa and has presented her research both in Canada and internationally.  Laura is a member of the Ontario Registered Music Teachers’ Association and maintains a private teaching studio where she teaches piano, theory, harmony and history. She is an Associate Performance Faculty Member (classical piano) and Contract Instructor (conducting, theory) at Carleton University, School for Studies in Art & Culture (Music).  Laura was a founding teacher of the Ottawa Summer Piano Camp, has taught for several years at the Deep River Summer Music Camp and has enjoyed working as a guest conductor and clinician with groups including the Suzuki piano school, Harmonia Choir, Ontario Youth Choir, CAMMAC, and the Music and Beyond Festival.

Ms. Hawley is Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church in Kanata.  In 2014 she was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting” through Choirs Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council. 

Laura is the accompanist, associate director, and composer-in-residence for the Cantiamo Girls Choir and Training Choir and accompanied the Ottawa Children’s Chamber Choir from 2008-2011.  One of her commissioned works, “Au champ d’honneur,” is performed annually on national broadcast at the Remembrance Day Ceremony at the National War Memorial and was arranged for carillon in 2011 and performed on Remembrance Day on the Peace Tower Carillon.  Laura’s compositions have been performed by choirs across the country, including the Ontario Youth Choir, Les Choristes (Western University), Prairie Voices, and the Larkin Singers; and are available from Rhythmic Trident Music Publishing.

Sunday April 17, 2016 - Choral reading: A Nighttime Walk with the Modern Masters

With Lee Carter.

Date: Sunday, April 17, 2016.

Time: 1:45 - 4:15 p.m. (to be confirmed - will be in the afternoon).

Location: Woodroffe United Church, 207 Woodroffe Ave., between Richmond Road and Carling Ave. (directions are here).

Cost: Payable at the event.
If pre-registered: $10 for members of CAMMAC, $20 for non-members.
For those who do not pre-register, $15 for members of CAMMAC, and $25 for non-members.

Registration: Pierre Tourigny at 613-234-1297 or

Leader Lee Carter has put together a programme of four wonderful modern pieces by four contemporary masters:
Morten Lauridsen - Sure on this Shining Night
Ola Gjeilo - Northern Lights
Eric Whitacre - Seal Lullaby
Ēriks Ešenvalds - Stars

Lee CarterLee Carter is director of the Castenchel choir in Chelsea, QC.  He is an educator, musician and respected choral director whose passion for music and teaching others to love music can be found in all facets of his career.

Lee currently works at Nepean High School (NHS) conducting the junior and senior choirs, the Chamber Choir, as well as one of the three concert bands. In 2012 Lee was awarded the "Arts Recognition Award for Secondary Music" by the Ottawa Carleton District School Board Advisory Committee on the Arts for his creative directorship, resulting in the NHS vocal program's phenomenal growth to more than one hundred singers.

Lee holds a Bachelor's of Music from the University of Ottawa where he studied the tuba with Nick Atkinson and voice with Sandra Graham, as well as a Bachelor's of Education from the same university.

Saturday May 7, 2016 - Chamber Music Workshop: Piano Spotlight - NOW FULL

Myriam BernardThis workshop is now full and we are no longer taking registrations.

This workshop allows instrumentalists to work on a piece of chamber music in a comfortable group setting, get an hour of coaching, and be part of a chamber music community. You can register as a pre-formed group or as an individual player looking to be matched with others.

Pianist Myriam Bernard is the coach for this workshop, and our goal is to shine the spotlight on the piano by forming the groups early around the pianists. We ask you to register very early in order to give everyone (and especially the pianists, who end up playing more notes than other players) lots of lead time to prepare the piece.

Date: Sat. May 7th, 2016.

Location: A private home near St. Paul’s University.

Cost: CAMMAC members $20; students $10 (free if the student is a CAMMAC member); others $30.

For this workshop, we give preference to groups of three or more that work on chamber music with piano, not just piano accompaniment.

This is your chance to explore rarely performed pieces for piano and winds and/or strings; we will help you find players to fill your group. If you’re looking for ideas, please check the IMSLP website ( or contact the organizers. For example, these pieces for piano, violin, viola, cello, and bass are available on the website:,_viola,_cello,_double_bass,_piano. This is the list of pieces for piano, oboe, clarinet, horn, and bassoon:,_clarinet,_bassoon,_horn,_piano.

Primary contact for registration and info: Christiane Wilke (
Alternate contact: Darlene Himick (

Previous activities: 2014/15, 2013/14, 2012/13, 2011/12.