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In a very short time, the Capital Chamber Choir has established itself as Ottawa’s premiere small vocal ensemble. Jamie Loback has developed a sound serene and urgent, cerebral and spiritual, with immaculate tuning and laser-cut precision.
— Natasha Gauthier, Artsfile Ottawa (June 24, 2017)

 The ensemble completed its first domestic tour in July 2018, performing at   PODIUM  , Choral Canada’s national conference and festival in St. John’s, NL.

The ensemble completed its first domestic tour in July 2018, performing at PODIUM, Choral Canada’s national conference and festival in St. John’s, NL.

New Album:

The Delight of Paradise

 CCC released its all-Canadian debut album, The Delight of Paradise, in April 2017. The album features works by six Ottawa-based composers—Nicholas Piper, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Christine Donkin, Steven Gellman, Andrea MacWilliams and Timothy Mott—and Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock.   Learn more about The Delight of Paradise »

CCC released its all-Canadian debut album, The Delight of Paradise, in April 2017. The album features works by six Ottawa-based composers—Nicholas Piper, Kelly-Marie Murphy, Christine Donkin, Steven Gellman, Andrea MacWilliams and Timothy Mott—and Vancouver-based composer Jocelyn Morlock.

Learn more about The Delight of Paradise »

Auditions

AUDITIONS ARE NOW CLOSED.

Still interested? Send an email to amy@capitalchamberchoir.ca with previous choral experience and voice type!

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2018-2018 Season

Capital Chamber Choir, in collaboration with the Latvian, Estonian, and Lithuanian Embassies to Canada, present:

“A Baltic Celebration”

Tuesday, October 23, 2018 - 7:00 pm
National Gallery of Canada, Auditorium Hall

*This is a closed event by invitation only*

We will have a dress rehearsal open to the public on:

Monday, October 22 - 7:00pm
St. Joseph’s Parish, Ottawa
Admission by donation

To learn more on this celebration, please visit:
Estonia 100
Lithuania celebrates 100
Latvija 100

Photo credit:
Baltic American Chamber of Commerce
Handsome Zac Photography

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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

Tickets can be purchased via the NAC website here.

Image credit: www.nac-cna.ca

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Handel’s Messiah with combined choruses and George Petrou with the NAC Orchestra.

December 18 - 19, 2018 - 7:00 PM
Southam Hall, NAC

Tickets can be purchased via the NAC website here.

Image credit: www.nac-cna.ca

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J.S Bach’s “St. Matthew Passion” with the Cantata Singers of Ottawa and Trevor Pinnock with the NAC Orchestra.

January 16 - 17, 2019 - 8:00 PM
Southam Hall, NAC

Tickets can be purchased via the NAC website here.

Image credit: www.nac-cna.ca

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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

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Ottawa Regional Youth Choir & Capital Chamber Choir present: "Durufle Requiem"

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7:30pm
Paroisse St. Francis d'Assise, 20 Fairmont Ave

Capital Chamber Choir presents: "Aurora"

Saturday, December 9, 2017 - 8:00pm
St. Joseph's Parish, Sandy Hill

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Handel's "Messiah" at the National Arts Centre with combined choirs

Friday, December 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
National Arts Centre, Southam Hall

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A Choral Encounter with Ēriks Ešenvalds featuring the Capital Chamber Choir

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 7:00pm
St. Joseph's Parish, Sandy Hill

REGISTRATION IS CLOSED.

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Capital Chamber Choir presents:

Einojuhani Rautavaara's "Vigilia"

(Vespers & Matins)

Saturday, March 24, 2018 - 8:00pm
St. Joseph's Parish, Sandy Hill

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Capital Chamber Choir presents:

Frank Martin's "Mass for Double Choir"

Saturday, May 12, 2018 - 8:00pm
St. Joseph's Parish, Sandy Hill

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John Rutter at Music & Beyond Festival with Capital Chamber Choir, Elmer Iseler Singers, and Ottawa Children's Choir

Sunday, July 15 and Monday, July 16, 2018
Dominion Chalmers United Church, Ottawa

The Choir

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!

The Singers

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Photo: Handsome Zac Photography

Sopranos

  • Pat Beckett

  • Jennifer Berntson

  • Jennifer Dubelsten

  • Maura Forrest

  • Jennie Glassco

  • Cait Hurcomb

  • Erin Joyce

  • Sumin Lee

  • Janessa Mann

  • Aude Pull

  • Hannah Searson

  • Mackenzie Stone

  • Erika Tanner

  • Nicole Van Oosten

Altos

  • Heather Buisman

  • Amy Desrosiers

  • Ellie Glantz

  • Carolyn Greve

  • Alison Hamer

  • Jessica McClay

  • Amy Reckling

  • Sonya Sweeney

  • Alice Yoch

 

Tenors

  • Sascha Adler

  • Cameron Climie

  • Christian Damus

  • Abdel Gomez Perez

  • Louis Jacques

  • Nicholas Piper

  • Shawn Potter

Basses

  • Phillip Burness

  • Kyle Canton

  • Spencer Cripps

  • Elias Dubelsten

  • David Keyes

  • Christopher Mallory

  • Shawn Mattas

  • Timothy Mott

  • Philippe Wandeler

  • Paul Whiteley

  • Alex Zabloski

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Artistic Director

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

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Choir Manager

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