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Cantiamo is a good place to come from: Emma Makin (Cantiamo Girls Choir, 2010-2014)

I don’t think it is an exaggeration to say that being a member of Cantiamo was the defining experience of my youth. Our marathon-like Saturday rehearsals, trips to Newfoundland for Festival 500, and of course our concerted attempts not to light our binders on fire at the Advent service are the first things that come… Continue reading Cantiamo is a good place to come from: Emma Makin (Cantiamo Girls Choir, 2010-2014)

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The Largest Single Music Education Event in the World

by Allison W. Music Monday is an annual event organized by the Coalition for Music Education that aims to promote music in schools across Canada. It's actually the world’s largest single event dedicated to raising awareness for music education. Annually, hundreds of thousands of students, teachers and musicians participate in a simultaneous nationwide concert performance of an… Continue reading The Largest Single Music Education Event in the World

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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