The Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa is a nurturing community of young women aged 12 to 19, who seek to share their love of singing, while also receiving an exceptional music education and opportunities for high-calibre performance. Cantiamo strives to empower each member to cultivate integrity, empathy and self-confidence through choral excellence, leadership training, and educational and community outreach.
Under the leadership of founding artistic director Jackie Hawley, Cantiamo choristers develop artistic and musical competence through the study and performance of a diverse repertoire of music in numerous languages and traditions. Since its inception, the choir has premiered over twenty-five Canadian choral compositions and supported local composers by commissioning new works for treble choirs. Cantiamo has performed in venues from Newfoundland to Iqaluit, including Ottawa’s City Hall, the Canadian Museum of History, the Canada and World Pavilion, and the National Arts Centre.
The Cantiamo Training Choir, geared towards children 7 to 11 years of age, teaches fundamental ensemble and vocal skills in an open and encouraging environment. The Training Choir is also directed by Jackie Hawley and supported by dedicated volunteer mentors from the main choir. Through the immersive experiences of rehearsal and performance, the Training Choir program seeks to instill a lifelong passion for music in its choristers, and teach them values of community and communication which they will carry with them for the rest of their lives.
Our motto is: Music, Leadership, Outreach.
Our Artistic Director
Jackie Hawley is the founding artistic director of the Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa. She has conducted and toured internationally with adult, youth and children’s choirs and has been a clinician for choirs and schools throughout Canada for more than twenty five years. Read her full bio here.
Our Training Choir Conductor
Leslie Bricker is an award-winning music educator, with over 35 years of experience directing children’s choirs, Orff ensembles and music theatre. She has designed and implemented Music programs in elementary schools with children from 3-14 years of age in both Ottawa and Toronto, and has recently retired as an elementary music specialist with the Ottawa-Carleton Board of Education. Read her full bio here.
Associate Conductor, and Composer-In-Residence
Laura Hawley is an Ottawa-based music educator, conductor, accompanist, composer, and church musician. She is the founding artistic director of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir, 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. Ms. Hawley is Director of Music at St. John’s South March Anglican Church in Kanata. In 2014 and 2016, Laura was nominated for the prestigious “Leslie Bell Prize for Choral Conducting” through Choirs Ontario and the Ontario Arts Council. Read her full bio here.