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A Musical Life: Interview with Megan Batty

Jen Chandler talks to former Cantiamo chorister Megan Batty who has come full circle and is now completing a practicum as Artistic Staff for Cantiamo, as part of her B.Ed. at Queen's. Megan Batty hit a chord when she joined Cantiamo back in 2006. Her overwhelmingly positive experience with the choir helped her develop leadership… Continue reading A Musical Life: Interview with Megan Batty

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Reflections from our Joint Choir Workshop

by Ruby J. and Kyra W. The Cantiamo Girls Choir and the Training Choir recently spent a morning together at a workshop which included lots of singing, mentoring and leadership—the three key parts of the Choir's mission. Training Choir member Ruby J. and Cantiamo chorister Kyra W. share their thoughts below on this great workshop.… Continue reading Reflections from our Joint Choir Workshop

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Interview with Stephen Eisenhauer

Jen Chandler interviews Stephen Eisenhauer: Composer and Cantiamo Parent Welcome to the conversation I had with Ottawa composer Stephen Eisenhauer, whose new piece "Respira" will see its World Premiere at the June 4th Cantiamo Choir concert. "Respira" is a meditative, inspiring work for treble choir, piano and string quartet. His work in teaching music to… Continue reading Interview with Stephen Eisenhauer

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From Mud to Magic: Cantiamo Shares Gifts at Trinity United

By Leslie Bricker On Sunday March 26, Cantiamo singers shared rich and meaningful gifts with the congregation of Trinity United Church. The most obvious gift was the joyful music that they offered to the multi-generational congregation; even the youngest children listened with rapt attention as the choir shared their songs. Andra Popescu shared a gift… Continue reading From Mud to Magic: Cantiamo Shares Gifts at Trinity United

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Teacher Training Workshop Spreads Music into Schools

Each winter, in the midst of February's snow and ice, a group of educators gather for a choral training workshop and leave with an inspirational and practical musical toolkit. Cantiamo's Founding Artistic Director, Jackie Hawley, leads the workshop and is assisted by the talented young women in the Cantiamo Girls Choir. Here's how Grade 6… Continue reading Teacher Training Workshop Spreads Music into Schools

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The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

By Jackie Hawley The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear! This quote is on a big mug that I received as gift and it is so true! The Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa spread Christmas cheer at a concert and service in Dominion-Chalmers United Church on Dec. 4,… Continue reading The Best Way to Spread Christmas Cheer is Singing Loud for All to Hear

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Cantiamo Training Choir Celebrates the Holidays with Young Voices Choir in a Concert

By Anna C. This year, the Cantiamo Training Choir's Christmas Concert was on December 7th at St. Augustine Parish. We worked with the Ottawa Catholic School Board's Young Voices choir led by Patricia Kaiser and we performed together. The most exciting part of the concert for me was the start, when the Training Choir snuck… Continue reading Cantiamo Training Choir Celebrates the Holidays with Young Voices Choir in a Concert