By Catherine C - Chorister What happens when you put five groups of talented young singers together? They make beautiful music, of course! This was the case on Sunday, April 10th, where the Cantiamo Training Choir, the Chorale Lyrica, the Goulbourn Jubilee Singers Junior Jubilees, the Cross Town Youth Chorus and the Chelsea Youth… Continue reading Together in Song – 2016
By Leslie Bricker The dark days of February were brightened this year with a visit from the Swedish a cappella group, “Kongero.” Bringing Swedish folk music to life with an exciting blend of rich tone colour, rhythmic vitality and powerful harmonies, Kongero shared their innovative arrangements and compositions in a workshop and concert on February… Continue reading A Visit From Kongero – A Swedish A Capella Group
By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director Educational Engagement rehearsal with Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa and Calgary’s William Aberhart Concert Choir On Monday, March 21, 2016, Cantiamo was pleased to host the William Aberhart Concert Choir at rehearsal. WACC is a fantastic Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass (SATB) high school choir… Continue reading A special rehearsal with the Calgary William Aberhart Concert Choir
By Linda Crawford, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers Many of us on the Canadian choral scene are familiar with the marvelous Finnish ensemble, Rajaton. We have enjoyed their visits over the past few years, when Rajaton has performed with our Canadian orchestras, or performed solo acoustic shows. This past March, Rajaton’s Ottawa fans packed the… Continue reading Having a Riot…with Rajaton!
By Laura Hawley - Cantiamo`s Accompanist, Associate Conductor, and Composer-In-Residence I like to compose in the mornings. Like many people I know, for me the early morning time at home with my coffee can be a pretty special, quietly joyful time. And, like many composers and writers I know, making it a priority to “sit… Continue reading Going Viral: hope, gratitude, connection, and the surprising reach of intention
A festive season of “Christmas Joy!” for Cantiamo and the Training Choir! By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director “Christmas Joy!” was the title of our Cantiamo Christmas concert and Christmas joy was certainly what we experienced during our Christmas performance season! As per the past few years, our first performance of the festive… Continue reading Cantiamo’s Fall Season – 2015
By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director Monday, January 4th, 2016, was our first rehearsal after the Christmas break. A new term meant that all new music was to be handed out. Between the Training Choir and the Cantiamo Girls Choir, I had put together packages of music that contained close to 500 scores. This is… Continue reading David Pyett – A Cantiamo Luxury!
In early October, after just a few practices together, the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa got together for their first event of the 2015-16 season. The overnight retreat at the Bonnenfant Y Camp in Dunrobin, Ontario, was a great opportunity for the choristers - both new and returning - to get to know one another better. … Continue reading Choristers’ Retreat
Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa 2014 – 2015: A Brief Overview Music. Leadership. Outreach. These are the elements that guide the vision of the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa and its Training Choir. This 12th year of the choir continued to be strong in all of these areas. Of course, it is the music that… Continue reading A Year In Review By Cantiamo’s Founding Artistic Director
Every June, some Cantiamo choristers reach that age when they 'graduate' from the choir and gain alumni-status. This poem was written by a current chorister as a tribute to the girls moving on: I went into the choir when I was still very young. I was looking for somewhere that… Continue reading A Tribute to the Graduates