Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 3...2...1!

You are here... but only if you audition! Email info@stairwellcarollers.com now
Auditions tonight! Email us now!! 
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

3 – Did I mention we love singing in foreign languages? 

Since I joined the choir in 1993, I can recall singing in English, French, Latin, Spanish, Italian, German, Polish, Catalan, Welsh, Scottish, Russian, Finnish, Huron, and this year for the first time: Swedish!

No video yet of us singing it, but here is a nice rendition by another choir to give you an idea.


2 – Auditions can be fun! A chair is waiting for YOU! C’est toute une aventure!
Tina, Graham and Ludwig enjoy a relaxing chat after rehearsal in a local pub.
1 – Pub nite!
We are a very social group, and you never know what ancient drinking (or hunting) song we might start singing at one of New Edinburgh’s fine public houses after our Wed nite rehearsals.


2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you have a soprano, tenor or bass voice, email us NOW info@stairwellcarollers.com.
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Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 4 - Be a Man!

The Men of the Stairwell Carollers sing in concert for OCISO - photo, Iryna Zamchevska
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

4 – If you’re a tenor or a bass, come join us for a bowl of musical Wassail. Many of our songs feature men’s voices!

2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, email info@stairwellcarollers.com now.

Post by David R. and Holly M.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for Les chanteurs Stairwell Carollers - 5 - Français et Anglais!

Our recent 40th Anniversary - Les Chanteurs Stairwell Carollers
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers / 
Les 10 meilleures raisons d'auditionner pour ma chorale d'Ottawa,  Les chanteurs Stairwell:

5 - You like singing in English and French. Vous aimez chanter en anglais et en français.
We are a proudly bilingual choir and, sometimes, we even sing French and English (and other languages) in the same song! 

NB: the English verse is a John Rutter arrangement.

2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, email info@stairwellcarollers.com to set up your audition time.

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Sunday, August 26, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 6 - John Rutter Tunes

Director, Pierre, recently met up with old friends John Rutter and Lydia Adams at Music and Beyond
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

6 – Are you a John Rutter fan? Did you attend one of his Music & Beyond concerts in Ottawa this summer?

We love singing his songs, and we have a whole playlist of 16 Rutter tunes!

Enjoy!

2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, set up an audition by emailing info@stairwellcarollers.com.
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Saturday, August 25, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 7 - A Composer's Dream!

David and Terry discuss.. what else? Music! - at The Galilee centre Stairwell Retreat
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

7 – Other choir members compose too, and this year we’ll be singing new pieces by my bass buddy Terry Brynaert (his rollicking “Sans Day Carol”) as well as my own, “In natali Domini.”
2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, set up an audition by emailing info@stairwellcarollers.com.
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Friday, August 24, 2018

Top 10 reasons to Audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 8 - Pierre Massie Original Compositions

Our director with our Dominion Carilloneur, Andrea McCrady and her arrangement of his carol, Mourning Dove
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

8 - You get to sing songs by an award-winning composer, our Director, Pierre Massie. Here is our playlist of 38 (38!) Pierre Massie arrangements and compositions.

2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, set up an audition by emailing info@stairwellcarollers.com.
Post by David R. and Holly M.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Top 10 reasons to audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 9 - Audience Connection

Our director Pete grins from the tenor section at a rehearsal
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

9 – Do you see what I see? Are there any other 30-voice choirs in the world that are led by their director, not from out front, but while singing within the choir?

2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice

If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, set up an audition by emailing info@stairwellcarollers.com.

Post by David R. and Holly M.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Top 10 reasons to audition for The Stairwell Carollers - 10 - The A cappella Advantage

The Stairwell Carollers 2017 - goodbye to some -- hello Auditions!
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Top 10 reasons to audition for my Ottawa Choir, The Stairwell Carollers:

10 – Veni Veni! Come audition for a choir that only sings a cappella, without instrumental accompaniment.
The Stairwell Carollers sing a cappella style2018 Stairwell Carollers audition notice
And here's a taste of that a cappella...
If you're a soprano, tenor or bass, set up an audition by emailing info@stairwellcarollers.com.

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Auditions for the Stairwell Carollers Xmas season starts SOON! Email us today...

Aug 2018 Audition for the Stairwell Carollers
Tenor, bass and soprano auditions for the Stairwell Carollers Xmas season starts Wed Aug. 29th 2018.

Tenors especially needed! We rehearse weekly in a local church in the Manor Park region of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Auditions open to anyone able to make the rehearsals on a regular basis.

Email us now -  info@stairwellcarollers.com  to set up your audition!

No walk-ins, please email us to book your time.

Sorry, altos need not apply.

Do I have to prepare something?
Our audition process is relaxed and lasts 10 to 15 minutes.
If you have a song that you think shows off your voice, we would love to hear it.

We sing a cappella
Don't bother about accompaniment. Your voice is all we need to hear.

Our group is bilingual
We sing in many languages as well as in English and French. We work in both official languages, but bilingualism - or even reading music -  are not a necessity.

Blending
Your voice quality, singing style and ability to learn a short song will be assessed at your audition. We look for a smooth blend with the other singers to uphold our favourite "Stairwell Caroller" sound.

Email us ASAP

Here's an evergreen post --  TEN reasons why you should Audition for The Stairwell Carollers.

And to get you started thinking about Christmas...

About The Stairwell Carollers:

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

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


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