Saturday, March 31, 2018

David Rain, Composer in Training

David,tenor, relaxes his eyes and mind before a concert performance
A fledgling composer gets to hear his pieces performed

Never in a thousand years did I think this would happen. I’m in a state of total shock; here’s my story.

In 2015, at the young age of 63, I first got the urge to write a piece of music for a cappella choir - a "Missa Brevis".

In 2016, I first experienced that unique thrill of hearing one of my pieces performed in public, the “Rideau Carol”, written specially for and dedicated to my choir the Stairwell Carollers.
In 2017, led masterfully by our choir director Pierre Massie, the Carollers performed my second piece in public, a challenging arrangement of the German classic, “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen”.

And this spring in 2018, I will get to hear a third piece performed by the Carollers, another challenging arrangement, this time of the medieval song, “In natali Domini.”

Throughout all of this, I have been mentored by Pierre, a composer hims, who has taken huge amounts of his precious time to listen to my new works, review them, make comments and suggestions, push me this way, pull me that way, and generally challenge me to make each piece the best that it can be. I owe him a huge debt, thanks Pierre!
Martha, former alto, David and Pierre leave Parliament Hill after enjoying a Carillon concert of Pierre's music.
Well, I’ve been totally bitten by this “composing bug” and have now written 17 (!) pieces for mixed a cappella choir. It’s way too much for one choir to digest, so I’ve naturally been looking for ways to speed up the process of hearing what each piece actually sounds like, sung by real singers, and not by the artificial sounds of a computer program. (I should mention that I don’t play the piano well enough to hear most of my pieces on a piano even.)

One initiative of mine has worked out quite nicely. A few current and former Carollers have formed a small singing ensemble that we call the “Ad hoc Chorale.” It started out as an invitation to come test out and “workshop” some of my new pieces. The first session went well and the second is coming up soon, and there is even interest to widen the net a bit, as some of our “Ad hoc” members are also choral composers, so I’m really looking forward to hearing their pieces workshopped too!

The other idea I had was to enter various choral composition contests. Not with the main aim of winning, as that might not be realistic, but with the hopes that somehow somewhere someone on the jury panels might actually like one of my pieces and who knows, might program it in future years. Did I mention that I’m now 66, unknown as a composer, and I’m not sure how many years I have left to explore this new passion of mine.
Still running marathons!
Anyways, fast forward to a few days ago, when to my total shock, I got an email from Jon Washburn, the director of one of Canada’s top choirs, the Vancouver Chamber Choir. Jon informed me that my application to the VCC’s “Interplay” composer workshop had been accepted!

On April 4, some of my choral works along with 2 other Vancouver composers will be sung by the VCC choir led by Jon and I will receive their comments and critiques on my pieces.

Yikes, did that thought make me nervous! But then I thought, this is a professional choir, one of the very best in Canada, and all I have to do is show up, sit back, listen, and learn. How tough could that be?

Sincere thanks to Jon and the Vancouver Chamber Choir for offering me this unique opportunity to learn and grow as a composer, and a special shout out to the SOCAN Foundation  for making this “Interplay” workshop with Jon and the VCC possible.
So that’s my “composer story”, up until now.

If I survive the April 4 workshop in one piece, I may share a few more thoughts, but for now, I’m just trying to make sure that the choral parts for the choir are legible, and that the hyphens are all in the right place!

Stay tuned….

David Rain, the fledgling composer, has sung tenor with the Stairwell Carollers for 25 years.

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales
Net proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Ecco la nimph’Ebrayca chiamata - lively Renaissance madrigal - YouTube concert video

Promise of spring
The Stairwell Carollers, from Ottawa Ontario, Canada, sing "Ecco la nimph’Ebrayca chiamata" by Roland de Lassus (also known as Orlande de Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, 1530 - 1594), a Franco-Flemish composer from the late Renaissance.

This song is so much fun to sing because of its lively bouncy nature, but the meaning of the lyrics is best left to antiquity.

"Ecco la nimph’Ebrayca chiamata" is on our madrigal CD, "Audite Nova". Buy our CDs and help Ottawa and Hull area charities!

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31st, 2014.
Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.


A registered Canadian charitywe raise funds for other local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales

Net proceeds benefit charity. 

Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.


Visit our website .

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Monday, March 26, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #11 - Spring Concerts Sneak Preview - Abendlied

Stairwell Carollers June 3, 2017 Spring concert St. Barnabas, Ottawa
If you've been following our Choral Cacophony Podcasts (and why not???) you may be motivated to hear us LIVE IN CONCERT! 
40th Anniversary Concert Schedule for Spring 2018
"United in Song"
Saturday, May 5th 8:00pm
with guest choirs from Glebe Collegiate 
and guest soloist Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor 
from the world renowned a cappella group Chanticleer.

For Saturday, May 5th ONLY advance tickets $15 

Saturday June 2nd 7:30pm  

For Saturday June 2nd ONLY advance tickets $15 

OTHER CONCERT LISTINGS
Sunday, May 27th, 2:30pm
Please contact St. Martin's for ticket purchase info.
Christoph, front row far right, checks our German pronunciation.
Here we are  at a recent rehearsal preparing Abendlied by Joseph Rheinberger for the upcoming concerts.
Enjoy!

Chapter 1 - Choir rehearses Abendleid, a gorgeous choral German piece.
Chapter 2 -  Pierre does some fine-tuning. You can actually hear him directing :)
Chapter 3 -  Christoph (bass) coaches the choir in pronunciation of a particular vowel. Improvement!

The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir in 1977 while a music student at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we help other local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds from sales benefit charity.

 DONATE to support our 40th year celebration workshops! 

Saturday, March 24, 2018

I have been singing since I could do the dishes - Manon, alto

A happy Manon gets a bouquet after her first performance with the Stairwell Carollers
Manon Kapeller reflects on the choir’s 40th anniversary:
An interview by David Rain, tenor

Manon, how long have you been with the Stairwell Carollers? 

Since 2015.

What led you to want to join the choir? What was your own singing experience before you joined us? 

I sang in my church choir with my mom and then with my sister and mom. I have been singing since I could do dishes! After supper we would have tea and then we would sing while we washed and dried the dishes. Tradition!

Tell us about your audition experience and how you felt. 

My sister Elise was approached by Denyse, a long time member, who sometimes sang with our choir because she knew our church choir director. So Elise, big sister, dragged me to the auditions. I had never auditioned before and the only song I could think of and know by heart apart from church songs was “Oh Canada!” Well I admit I was a bit nervous - but with the help of already competent choir members, they gave me the confidence I needed. That is what belonging to a choir really means to me. Uplifting and supporting each other.

My mom and I had seen the Stairwellers several times and I remembered thinking I could sing their songs and then bam, surprise, out of nowhere, Pierre would lead the choir from behind his binder. Nothing subtle there, about the rhythm being kept, leading the singers with a twitch or head movement, into some kind of weird, wonderful, unattainable melody movement.
Manon, front row, comfortable with the Carollers
Lol, all the choir members just looked like it was nothing for them to do. And me listening, feeling confident at first, that I could maybe join, and then crashing after hearing something I thought I could never do.

Imagine how surprised and pleased I was when I was accepted. I could not have done the impossible. I went into the audition nervous and not able to imagine pulling off some of the beautiful renditions I had heard, so here I am today still not able to believe it.
 
It's our 40th anniversary this year. Please share any highlights you have had during your time with the Stairwell Carollers.

Highlights! Apart from feeling thrown into the most unbelievable experiences. First audition, then recording a CD, and enjoying company with some pretty amazingly talented persons.
Manon bundled up for a chilly recording session for Magnum Mysterium CD
Are there any special songs that we're singing this spring that you'd like to talk about or share your feelings about? 

“Tabula rasa” and so many more!

Any other thoughts you'd like to share? 
 
I wished my mom could have been there to hear me sing.

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales
Net proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Nous sommes son instrument - Denyse, soprano

Denyse Mageau, soprano, The Stairwell Carollers
Denyse Mageau, soprano,  reflects on the choir’s 40th anniversary: 
An interview by David Rain, tenor

Denyse, how long have you been singing?

J'ai commencé à chanter dans une chorale à l'âge de 4 ans. Maman dirigeait un récital pour la paroisse Sacré Coeur à Sturgeon Falls. Au programme : « Puisqu'il y a des roses, il faut croire au bonheur. »

Here I am 76 years later still singing about roses in Pierre Massie's choir. 

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 3th, 2017.

Videographers: Richard Auger, Andrew Mason
Editing: Pierre Massie
Photos: Holly Massie


And thank you, David, for your beautiful arrangement of “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen.” How lucky I am!

Here is a rehearsal snippet of Es ist ein Ros entsprungen from our Choral Cacophony Podcast

When and how did you join the Stairwell Carollers?

La musique m'a permis de rencontrer Pierre en 1977. Sans nous connaître, nous chantions dans la chorale de l'Université d'Ottawa. Un autre ténor, Pierre Chartrand, nous a invités à joindre son ensemble vocal à l'occasion d'un synode des évêques à la cathédrale. Coup de foudre pour le style a cappella!
U of O choir c. 1977 - Pierre Massie front row - 3rd from the left. Denyse back row,ladies, 5th from the left.
At that time, Pierre Massie had started singing with a few friends in the stairwells for Ottawa U students. He invited me to join them. “Next year,” I promised.

Thus, I never had to audition to join the Stairwell Carollers! That was in 1978!

Why have you stayed so long in the choir, what is special to you about the Stairwell Carollers?

Comment expliquer ma persévérence? C'est un bonheur de chanter dans une chorale bilingue dont l'âge des choristes s'étend de 20 à 80 ans.  Plutôt exceptionnel n'est-ce pas?

Why am I still here? From eight members, we have grown to thirty and from caroling, we have evolved to sophisticated concert programs in different languages.
Denyse Mageau sings soprano, front row - photo, Iryna Zamchevska
Tell us what you think about choir director Pierre Massie.

The Stairwell Carollers are not just good, they are very good, and Pierre Massie is not just very good, he is excellent, always striving for perfection. (Otherwise, I wouldn’t be here.)

À chaque nouvelle génération de chanteurs, Pierre transmet sa passion pour la musique de façon infatigable. Nous sommes son instrument. Malgré un répertoire de plus en plus difficile, je suis toujours ébahie de l'évolution de notre prestation du début de la saison à la finale du concert.

Every concert sends me on a high that lingers for hours, even days.

How long do you intend to keep on singing?

Singing with this choir is pure joy. No wonder. Every one is younger than I am. Our ages range from 20 to 80 years old: isn’t that special? I hope to sing with you, David,  for the choir’s 50th anniversary, but by then, I'll need to be sitting in a chair.

For the choir’s Christmas gala concert, you sponsored a song, I believe.

Oui, c’est un arrangement de Pierre, un petit bijou, en souvenir de celle qui m'a initiée au chant choral, ma mère, Cécile Bélanger.

Now, relax and close your eyes for that little gem...

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 16th, 2016.
Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Andrew Mason

Editing: Pierre Massie

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook sales
Net proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Monday, March 19, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #10 - Spring Forward with Octave Jumps

Graham, tenor, on the Irish coast
Look down before you leap.

Whaaaat?

This week's Choral Cacophony Podcast features a warmup you can do to help with Octave jumps AND relaxed open tones.

The secret??

Looking down. Yes.

Literally. Looking down.


Looking UP to reach a high note - straining for a note - can close off your air flow and tense up your muscles unnecessarily.
Pierre warms up the sopranos with Octave jumps
So, look down when you reach up for that note.

Try it, it works.

Chapter 1 - Warmup begins with vowels on single notes then arpeggios. Pierre encourages bright clear notes.
Chapter 2 - Drop down an octave and continue arpeggios going down.
Chapter 3 - Octave jumps. Pierre discusses clean notes with no "stretching' for the notes. Looking at the floor helps to relax and let the sound be open. Positioning is important.

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir 40 years ago, in 1977,  while he was a music student at Ottawa U. 

The Stairwell Carollers are now ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Top Ten 2017 Stairwell Thankful Moments - 40th Anniversary

Number 1 - Wonderful friendships; here, Dr. Andrea McCrady, our Dominion Carillonneur poses with director Pierre and a fresh new Program Booklet designed by Terry Brynaert for our 40th Xmas concerts!
40th Live CD - cover design Terry Brynaert
Number 2 - A beautiful CD cover design (also by Terry) for our Brand new 40th LIVE Christmas carol CD. Available HERE.

Number 3 - Doing what we do best -- fundraising for worthy causes. This money for Shepherds of good Hope was raised through a clever "Sponsor a Song" idea by David Rain (tenor).
Me and Michel
Number 4 - Catching up with so many old friends and Stairwellers like Michel Benac and Joel Haslam. So many Stairwellers came by I can't list more names here for fear of leaving people out!
Pierre and Joel
Pierre and Joel

Francis, Marie and Pierre are thrilled to meet up again after so many years.
Frances, Marie and Pierre
Number 5 - Fundraiser for OCISO - bonus - brilliant photos of us by Irena Zamchevska. 

Ottawa Celeb Adrian Harewood hosted the OCISO concert
Hosted by Adrian Harewood - exciting!
Number 6 - So thankful for our Stairwell Front of House Team - led by Michèle Auger.
Number 7 - Always a joy to rehearse with fellow Stairwellers - what a wonderful group of people - and so talented!
Maggie and Manon beam during reception clean-up.
Number 8 - Hardworking singers that go the extra mile to make all the concerts about more than just the music. David just took over PR Head so I could focus on our social media, blog and Youtube. Josée heads the crew for reception food. Manon "puts out fires of all kinds" and liaises with our venue contacts. Maggie is one of our Latin experts, catalogues our practise tapes and monitors the website for errors. Susan handles advertising and has been Treasurer for years, and Andrea is our secretary.

And of course all of you I failed to mention here -- what a fantastic, committed group! A blog post outlining all of you and your specific tasks is in the works.
Our loyal fans -- or are they fans of our reception table? Hmmm... JK
Number 9 - Our fans - we couldn't do it without you! Please continue helping us with your concert attendance, CD purchases and youtube subscriptions and views. And don't forget to audition!!
Pierre directs from the tenor section - here he sings a special song just for the men
Number 10 - Our Taskmaster /Master maestro / Composer/ Director, Pierre Massie, keeps on truckin'- despite a crazy health scare that he fought through the whole season! We all love you, Pete!



The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir 40 years ago, in 1977,  while he was a music student at Ottawa U. 

The Stairwell Carollers are now ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 


Thursday, March 15, 2018

Music to Forget the Snow By - Un jour vis un foulon - a Renaissance madrigal - youtube video

It's STILL snowing??
KatieKat not amused
So here is some music to take you away from all that white stuff outside that JUST won't go away...
Snow for March Break
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, sing the bouncy Un jour vis un foulon by Orlando di Lasso.
a Netherlandish or Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance.

You can listen to Un jour vis un foulon on our “Audite nova” CD.

All of our CDs benefit charity - and are available to purchase from our website in both CD and MP3 formats. For now, here is our live concert version from our YouTube channel...
Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 4th, 2016.
Videographers: Luc Nugent. Kolin Casagrande

Editing: Pierre Massie

About Ottawa's Stairwell Carollers:

Our Director and Founder, Pierre Massie, formed our a cappella choir 40 years ago - in 1977 -while he was studying music at the University of Ottawa. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! Holly snow selfie old school

Monday, March 12, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #9 - - Movable Do - Dissonance!

Winter Sky - Northern Canada
How high can you go? And can you hold that note?

Does dissonance pull you away from your part? Stay with your section and stay in tune!

Those are the two skills practiced in this week's Choral Cacophony Podcast. As an alto I know all about having to hold one note... for...ever. I've called us the Polyfilla of the choir since we always seem to fill the cracks missed by the other harmonies.

In Modern and Contemporary music the dissonances in the musical design can be challenging - to say the least.

Sing hard..  I mean - work well, um, you know what I mean.

Chapter 1 - Warmup begins with arpeggios on vowels. Staccato.
Chapter 2 - Moving up the scales.
Chapter 3 - Top note on Ah and HOLD.
Chapter 4 - Down the Major scale following Movable Do hand signs. Find your part and stay in tune!
Chapter 5 -  Pierre explains the concept behind the hand symbols in Movable Do.
Movable Do

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir 40 years ago, in 1977,  while he was a music student at Ottawa U. 

The Stairwell Carollers are now ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

The Stairwell Interviews - Lyndsay, alto - Solo Saturday

Lyndsay, second from right, is an alto
Lyndsay, welcome to the Stairwell Carollers! 

Can you tell us a bit about what it was that made you want to join our choir?

I first heard about this group in December. A friend of mine in the Bytown Voices, the other choir I sing with, was helping to usher this concert and asked if I wanted to usher as well. I love choir music and I knew that ushering was a great way to get involved as well as learn about other choirs in the Ottawa area. Plus, a free choir concert is a free choir concert. So of course, I said yes.

During the concert, once my ushering duties were done, I noticed that Pierre was a composer and arranger and that there were even composers in the group. It seemed like the type of environment I needed to be in.
Bytown Voices choir (photo courtesy Bytown Voices website)
Then I saw the ad on Kijiji in January and decided that I needed to audition.

It's been 25 years since I had my own audition with the Carollers, but I remember being very nervous at the time, as I had just spent a decade in Africa (Tanzania) and hadn't sung in a choir in years. Tell us a bit about your own audition and how you were feeling.

I hadn’t auditioned for a choir since 2012. I auditioned for a large choir in my hometown and was accepted. But I only stayed for one year before I was accepted into my University of choice, which, as a voice major, required me to be in the University choir. So I was nervous about this audition. I knew it was a smaller group and that it was specifically a cappella music. But I was confident.

You've only had a few weeks of rehearsals, but perhaps already you have some favourite songs that we'll be singing this spring? 

Abendlied was a pleasant surprise for me. I have often found singing choral music in German to be a chore ( All those consonants!) But I absolutely love the sound of this one. I’m also looking forward to Northern Lights, particularly because it favours the altos.
Lyndsay getting ready to SING!
Tell us a bit about your own singing background. Have you sung in a cappella choirs before? What challenges do you face being in this kind of a choir, and what do you like most about the experience?

While I have never sung in a choir that only performed a cappella music, my university choir sang many pieces without accompaniment. As some have already learned, I hail from North Carolina, where I received my BA in music composition with voice as my primary instrument at Campbell University. Before that, I sang in my high school choir for two years and before that, I took piano lessons.

Music has always been a part of my life, however, as I have grown as a composer, I have found my niche in writing for the voice. I believe the voice has so much to offer. That is part of the appeal of an a cappella choir for me. That being said, every choir I have been a part of, from a University choir where eighty percent of the singers are music majors, to a community choir where few have any sort of musical training at all, we have always used a piano in rehearsal. Which is great for pieces accompanied by piano. So it is interesting to be part of a choir that relies solely on the voice.

Any other thoughts you'd like to share?

I am just excited to be here!

Interview by David Rain

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Our first Video for Spring 2017 - Contre Qui, Rose by Morten Lauridsen - Youtube

Roses
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Contre Qui, Rose written by American contemporary composer Morten LauridsenHere is his Bio.

Morten Lauridsen (by permission)
Another personal contemporary favourite, this beautiful melody soars in the soprano line.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 3th, 2017.

Videographers: Richard Auger, Andrew Mason
Editing: Pierre Massie
Photos: Holly Massie


About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir way back in 1977 while studying music at Ottawa U. The Stairwell Carollers are ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

Monday, March 5, 2018

CC Podcast S. 2 #8 - Play Ball! Bat 1000 in your Spring vocal warmups

Last year's forget-me-nots - I can't wait!
We're all on hold waiting and wanting the spring flowers to appear. Our new singing season starts and it's a whole new ballgame - 40th, contemporary, Canadian!

Personally, I can't wait to see the first flowers pop up through the snow.

It's early innings in our rehearsals and there are still songs to learn and skills to hone.

So, for our Choral Cacophony Podcast Season 2 Number 8, here's a fresh warmup that covers all the bases.
Chapter 1 - Warmup begins with vowels and mouth positioning - Pierre leads the vocalization with semitone changes.
Chapter 2 - Arpeggios on vowels until it hurts :P
Chapter 3 - Scales on Do - using movable Do hand signs. Two groups - one for each hand. Alto and Bass - Soprano and Tenor. Challenging harmonies.
Movable Do
The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie began our a cappella choir 40 years ago, in 1977,  while he was a music student at Ottawa U. 

The Stairwell Carollers are now ranked with the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, we also help local charities with our concert, CD and cookbook salesNet proceeds benefit charity.

Please DONATE to support our 40th year workshops! 

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