Our Founding Artistic Director

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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 nearly 30 years.

Ms. Hawley has presented at numerous events including Festival 500, Podium and the International Symposium of Singing and Song II. She was on the ACCC Podium committee (Ottawa), wrote the children’s choir column for Anacrusis from 2013 to 2016 and is a Choir’s Ontario Board member. Ms. Hawley has adjudicated for the Alberta Choral Federation Choralfest South and was recently a jury member for the National Competition for Canadian Amateur Choirs. Ms. Hawley was also the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir and Music Director of its Chamber Choir from 2008 – 2015.

Ms. Hawley works frequently with the Education Department of the National Arts Centre and is the Music Director of the NAC’s 500 voice annual Music Monday Choir. Ms. Hawley is the Founder of the Nipiit-Katittut- Voices United (NKVU) educational engagement project which connects choristers with youth in Iqaluit to build community and promote leadership skills, musical artistry and cultural enlightenment.

Ms. Hawley is committed to the creation, performance and promotion of Canadian choral music and has premiered over 50 works by Canadian composers. The Cantiamo Choirs of Ottawa has commissioned and continues to commission one or more Canadian compositions every year.

Ms. Hawley was also a teacher with the Ottawa Carleton District School Board and is dedicated to the mission of having all children singing in schools every day. Ms. Hawley continues to give music leadership workshops to Board staff and facilitate workshops for school choirs. Ms. Hawley graduated from University of Toronto with an honors degree in Music Education and from University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education.