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Britten’s “War Requiem” at the National Arts Centre with combined choruses and Alexander Shelley with the NAC Orchestra.
Friday, November 9, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Handel’s Messiah with combined choruses and George Petrou with the NAC Orchestra.
December 18 - 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Southam Hall, NAC
J.S Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with the Capital Chamber Choir and Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Trevor Pinnock with the NAC Orchestra.
January 16 - 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Southam Hall, NAC
Capital Chamber Choir presents:
Joby Talbot’s “Path of Miracles”
Saturday, June 8, 2019 - 8:00 PM
St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
Tickets will be available for purchase in 2019.
2017 - 2018 Season
Durufle Requiem with Ottawa Regional Youth Choir
November 11, 2017
December 9, 2017
Handel's "Messiah" at the National Arts Centre
December 22, 2017
A Choral Encounter with Ēriks Ešenvalds featuring the Capital Chamber Choir
February 28, 2018
Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Vigilia" (Vespers & Matins) March 24, 2018
Frank Martin's "Mass for Double Choir"
May 12, 2018
John Rutter at Music & Beyond Festival with Capital Chamber Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, and Ottawa Children's Choir
July 15 - July 16, 2018
Spotlight Choir performance at Podium Conference & Festival in St. John’s, NL.
June 28 - July 3, 2018
The Capital Chamber Choir is an auditioned ensemble of advanced singers from the Ottawa region. The choir and Artistic Director, Jamie Loback, are committed to bringing a diverse range of choral music—in particular, modern, Canadian, and local works—to audiences through high-calibre and engaging performances. Community outreach as well as support for new composers and local musicians are important elements of this mandate.
Founded in 2009 by Dr. Sara Brooks, the Capital Chamber Choir has become known for its energy, versatility, and musicianship. The choir is a true collaboration, emphasizing the importance of collegiality in generating an integrated choral sound. The Capital Chamber Choir is a volunteer-led organization, drawing Executive Board and Committee members from within the ensemble itself.
Each season, the choir presents its own concert series in addition to collaborative projects with other musicians and organizations. The choir has performed with distinguished musicians and composers such as Ēriks Ešenvalds, Ola Gjeilo, Morten Lauridsen, The Chamber Players of Canada, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra, Kathleen Battle, Sandra Graham, Emma Kirkby, and Daniel Taylor & The Theatre of Early Music. The ensemble made its National Arts Centre (NAC) debut in October 2015 with a performance during the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s (NACO) Roaring Twenties Festival. In 2017 the ensemble performed Mozart’s Requiem with the NACO and recorded Ana Sokolovic’s Golden slumbers kiss your eyes… with the NACO under the direction of Maestro Alexander Shelley (album title: New Worlds on the Analekta label).
In 2017, the Capital Chamber Choir released its first self-produced/all-Canadian album, The Delight of Paradise, featuring works by Nicholas Piper, Jocelyn Morlock, Andrea MacWilliams, Christine Donkin, Timothy Mott, Kelly-Marie Murphy, and Steven Gellman (produced and engineered by Elias Dubelsten).
The 2017-2018 season brought many new projects with three self-produced concerts in December (featuring works by Prauliņš, Mäntyjärvi, Nobles, Giles Swayne), March (Rautavaara’s Vigilia), and May (Martin’s Mass for Double Choir) as well as the ensemble’s first NAC performance of Handel's Messiah in December 2017. The season continued with the choir’s first domestic tour as a Spotlight Choir for the PODIUM Choral Conference & Festival in St. John's, NL, and concluded with two performances conducted by John Rutter (Magnificat and Visions) in collaboration with the Elmer Iseler Singers and the Ottawa Children's Choir during Ottawa’s Music & Beyond Festival in July 2018.
In 2018-2019, the Capital Chamber Choir is scheduled for three performances with the National Arts Centre Orchestra: Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem with a combined chorus featuring several of Ottawa’s most notable choirs (Alexander Shelley, conductor), Handel’s Messiah (George Petrou, conductor), and J.S. Bach’s St Matthew Passion (Trevor Pinnock, conductor). In October 2018, the choir will join the embassies of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania for a special concert featuring composers from the Baltic region in recognition of the 100th anniversary each country’s declaration of independence from the Russian and German empires (respectively) at the end of World War I. Later in the season, the Capital Chamber Choir will perform concerts featuring Joby Talbot’s Path of Miracles to kick off our tenth anniversary season!
Nicole Van Oosten
Abdel Gomez Perez
Jamie Loback holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Ottawa, Jamie Loback is the Artistic Director of the Capital Chamber Choir, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and Ottawa Children’s Choir. Since 2005, he has served as Di- rector of Music at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa conducting the church’s three choirs.
Jamie was appointed Conductor of the Ottawa Children’s Choir | Chamber Choir in 2015 and in September 2016 he initiated the Ottawa Children’s Choir | Boys’ Choir, a branch of the organization tasked with encouraging boys to sing through their change of voice. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir organization in June 2018. Under his leadership the Ottawa Children’s Choir toured France in April 2017, performing at Notre-Dame de Paris and at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary commemorative ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial. He recently led the Ottawa Children’s Choir on a tour of Eastern Canada performing in Quebec City, Halifax, and Charlottetown.
Jamie has been the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir since 2013. Choristers range in age from 15 - 25 and emphasis is placed on the introduction of standard choral-symphonic repertoire balanced with works by contemporary composers. Part of the choir’s mandate is to provide youth with opportunities to perform their own compositions in concert. Experiences with professional and more practiced artists such as the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Capital Chamber Choir ensure choristers are prepared for a possible future within our diverse arts communities.
Jamie is a passionate advocate for contemporary choral music, especially regarding works by Canadian composers as well as young composers who require performance opportunities for their music. He is dedicated to fostering inspiration, enthusiasm, and creativity in the next generation of choral musicians.
Photo: Dar-Lens Photography
Cornwall native Amy Desrosiers is a mezzo-soprano and alto in the Capital Chamber Choir and Aella Choir. She completed a Bachelor of Music and minor in Arts Administration in 2011 at the University of Ottawa.
Amy loves working behind the scenes as an Arts Administrator and Choir Manager for the Capital Chamber Choir since 2014. Her love of social media and writing inspired her to create her blog “Blonde in the Choir,” which strives to support artistic projects and initiatives in the Ottawa choral community.
Amy served as Chair and Head of Marketing for the Sing Ottawa en choeur festival Steering Committee (June 2017) and is the Social Media Representative for the PODIUM Choral Conference & Festival in 2018. She is also the only Canadian to be accepted into the Young Event Management Programme (YEMP4) as part of the EUROPA CANTAT XX festival in Tallinn, Estonia in July / August 2018.
Photo: Dar-Lens Photography