Tuesday, December 24, 2019

The Monkees Sing Riu Riu Chiu - I'm in love all over again!

Cute Xmas music meme - credit unknown
K... This is the sweetest thing on the internet right now. Thanks David!

The Monkees sing Riu Riu Chiu. Thanks to TanjaBarnes channel on Youtube for an early Christmas gift!

And here's our version! 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 among 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 the net proceeds from our concert ticket and CD sales.

Monday, December 23, 2019

A Virgin Most Pure - featured on Catholic Culture Podcast! Youtube video

O magnum Mysterium CD also available in MP3 format

The Catholic Culture Podcast is featuring our performance of A Virgin Most Pure in Episode 59 - The Glorious English Carol. Thanks to Thomas V. Mirus for honouring us with this inclusion. 


Our carol is at 36:02 in the podcast.

The carol is on our O magnum mysterium Christmas CD, available through our website in both CD and MP3 format.
Here it is our live concert video on Youtube

The podcast episode is a wonderful overview of the English Carol with many other carol examples included, such as (from the podcast episode description):

All music in this episode used with permission from the recording artist and/or label.
Nowell sing we both all and some, Quire Cleveland https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/quirecleveland2
Gabriel From Heaven’s King, Quire Cleveland https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/quirecleveland2
A Virgin Most Pure, Stairwell Carolers https://www.stairwellcarollers.com/en/o-magnum-mysterium/
Coventry Carol, Harry Christophers and the Sixteen, available on the CORO record label at https://thesixteenshop.com/

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 among 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.

Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Dec 18 Christmas concert last of the season for the Stairwell - St. Columba Church

Stairwell Carollers at Southminster concert - photo credit Mark Holzman
Our 2019 Xmas donation of $2000 was presented to Cornerstone Housing for Women at our 7:30 pm December 14th concert at Southminster United Church.

Some lovely praise from Mark Holzman -
"Pierre - What a wonderful concert on Saturday night. Thank you for your community support over these many years and for choosing to donate to Cornerstone this year. The hard work and dedication shown by all the Stairwell Carollers is evident in the lovely music you all have composed, arranged, practiced and performed so beautifully. And how magical to see the transformation back to winter when we left the church! Attached are several photos of the presentation. Happy holidays to all. - Mark"

Pierre Massie presents $2000 gift to Cornerstone to Mark Holzman
The concert was packed to the rafters with a wonderful audience! Even the choir loft was full! Thanks so much for a great night!

Reviews from The concert coming in -
"On Sunday I bumped into a couple of people who had attended the Dec 14th concert, and told me "how marvelous" it was.
Among many highly appreciative remarks were: How particularly they had enjoyed the piece "with all those various carols and yule songs in with the chant" (i.e., they meant "Christmas is...") and that they do hope that "Song of The Crib" will go onto the Carollers' next CD- "it was so beautiful".
Keith, Bass"
Two Smiling Ladies
Cornerstone has shared with us the impact that donations like ours will have:

“Almost 1,000 women become homeless in Ottawa every year.

“Thanks to the support of our partners, donors, and friends, Cornerstone Housing for Women helps two hundred women every 
day, and nearly five hundred women each year transform their lives from crisis to hope, housing, and healing.

“We are the only Ottawa shelter and housing charity uniquely tailored to women that have experienced homelessness.

“We offer emergency shelter and supportive housing at five locations, and an outreach program. We give professional and 
spiritual care to a diversity of women. With support, women can transform their lives and have a fresh start.”

To hear some of the best Christmas music in Ottawa - click here to get your tickets to our final concert of the season on Wed Dec 18th, only $15 in advance.Stairwell Carollers 2019 Christmas concert poster

By purchasing your ticket, you provide us with the funds to work towards our 2020 donation to another local charity. Thank you!

This brings our total giving to local charities plus music scholarships to students to just under $145,000.  This is the second time the choir has donated to Cornerstone – the first was in 2001 – and we are proud to be able to continue to support their important work.

David Rain

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. With wins in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions, we are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs. 
A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $144,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Listen LIVE - Pierre Massie featured on the Peace Tower carillon - NOON today

 Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady,  will once again honour Stairwell Caroller director and choral composer Pierre Massie with a carillon program of his music.

The Noon Hour carillon performance will take place Dec 14, 2019.

Pierre Massie compositions and arrangements on the Peace Tower carillon

Pierre Massie and Andrea McCrady, Canada's Dominion Carillonneur (and National Treasure)
Exclusively made up of Pierre's arrangements and compositions, the concert features a carillon setting of his "Nouvelle Agréable"  by Wendy Earl - one of Andrea McCrady's graduate students.
Interior view of the Peace tower bells, Ottawa

If you missed the LIVE performance, here is a recording of a past performance of Stairwell Carol by Dominion Carillonneur, Andrea McCrady.


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 among 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.

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Twitter, NEW Gloucester Wassail Youtube vid and Christmas Concerts!

Grouse in winter

Follow The Stairwell Carollers - @StairwellChoir on Twitter!


Don't miss our tweets - and those of tenor, David Rain - Choral Composer - @DavidRain56
Stairwell Caroller Xmas concerts poster

NEW VIDEO - Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform The Gloucester Wassail, arranged by R. Vaughan Williams.


This version of “The Gloucester Wassail” is on our “Mourning Dove” CD.
Stairwell Carollers Mourning Dove CD cover
All our CDs are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats.

Audio: Tom Barnes.
Recorded at Southminster United Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 15th, 2018.
Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Elisa Torlone
Editing: Pierre Massie

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. With wins in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions, we are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $140,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Monday, December 9, 2019

Cornerstone Housing for Women to receive Caroller's 2019 Christmas Gift of $2000

Snow Fairy
The Stairwell Carollers are excited to announce that our 2019 Xmas donation of $2000 will be presented to Cornerstone Housing for Women at our 7:30 pm December 14th concert at Southminster United Church!
Two Smiling Ladies
Cornerstone has shared with us the impact that donations like ours will have:

“Almost 1,000 women become homeless in Ottawa every year.

“Thanks to the support of our partners, donors, and friends, Cornerstone Housing for Women helps two hundred women every 
day, and nearly five hundred women each year transform their lives from crisis to hope, housing, and healing.

“We are the only Ottawa shelter and housing charity uniquely tailored to women that have experienced homelessness.

“We offer emergency shelter and supportive housing at five locations, and an outreach program. We give professional and 
spiritual care to a diversity of women. With support, women can transform their lives and have a fresh start.”

To see the presentation of the donation to Cornerstone - and hear some of the best Christmas music in Ottawa - click here to get your tickets, only $15 in advance:
Stairwell Carollers 2019 Christmas concert poster
By purchasing your ticket, you provide us with the funds to work towards our 2020 donation to another local charity. Thank you!

This brings our total giving to local charities plus music scholarships to students to just under $145,000.  This is the second time the choir has donated to Cornerstone – the first was in 2001 – and we are proud to be able to continue to support their important work.

David Rain

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. With wins in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions, we are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs. 
A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $144,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Thursday, December 5, 2019

PREMIERE! Es ist ein Ros entsprungen - The Stairwell Carollers - Youtube video

Stairwell Carollers 2019 Christmas concert poster
Sneak Peek!
David Rain's gorgeous arrangement of the classic German carol “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” is included in our 2019 Christmas Concert program.

Here is the premiere performance via our Youtube channel.
Don't miss The Stairwell Carollers Christmas concert, An a capella Christmas, at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St, Saturday December 14th, 7:30pm.

The Carollers are pleased to be presenting a $2,000 donation to the Cornerstone Housing for Women at this concert.

Looking for that perfect Christmas gift? Stairwell Caroller CDs will be on sale at every concert. We accept credit cards and debit now too with The Square!

Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street
ONLINE TICKETS.

If you can’t make it to Southminster, you can still hear the Stairwell Carollers on Wednesday December 18th at St. Columba Church, 24 Sandridge Road, 7:30pm
ONLINE TICKETS

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. With wins in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions, we are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $140,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

NEW website for the Stairwell - Xmas Concerts this weekend!

Stairwell Carollers Official website
Stairwell Carollers NEW Official website
Q.What is as painful as birthing a baby but took way longer than 8 Months??

A. A new website :P

When the internet was young, my husband and our darling director, Pierre, built our first website from the ground up. He learned the HTML, spent hours, days, weeks in the chair tweaking it. He loaded it with tons of content and photos (very special since the early internet was pretty wonky with managing the images.

Then, FOR YEARS, he kept his baby chugging along.

Then smart phones appeared. Mobile tech needs mobile websites. Nuh uh - ours had the weirdest look on mobile, and it was way beyond Pete to correct it. He was already dealing with frames and java script nightmares.

Basically our website had become a haunted mansion. With strange random pages still existing out in the nether net - if you had the link - and s-l-o-w- l-o-a-d-i-n-g problems.

Well, two awesome things about our facelift is it's NEW - and it's FAST!

Our brand new shiny website, using Wordpress is courtesy of Cypher systems, designed and managed by our director, Pierre (with editing and proofing help by fellow Stairwellers).

Speaking of CONCERTS ------------ coming up this weekend!

 The 2019 Christmas Concert program will feature a number of works by Pierre Massie – including his arrangements of Christmas favourites like “Do you hear what I hear” 
and “Mon beau sapin”, along with his original bilingual song, “The Stairwell Carol.” 
Two world premieres will be presented during the Carollers’ upcoming Christmas season: the beautiful, gently rocking “Mary’s Lullaby” written by alto, Lyndsay Bolden – and the imaginative, tour de force “Christmas is…” by bass, Terry Brynaert.
Stairwell Composers - David, Lyndsay, Pierre and Terry
Both Lyndsay and Terry have been filled with excitement and anticipation watching their new pieces blossom in rehearsal.

David Rain's gorgeous arrangement of the classic German carol “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” is also included in the program.

It’s a rare choir indeed that can boast such an abundance of creative energy. Ottawa residents can hear the results of this choral composer collaboration at the Stairwell Carollers Christmas concert, An a capella Christmas, at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St, Saturday December 14th, 7:30pm.

The Carollers are also pleased to be presenting a $2,000 donation to the Cornerstone Housing for Women at this concert.

And, if you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift, the choir’s CDs will be on sale too. Net proceeds are used to help local organizations - since 1997 the choir has donated over $140,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street
ONLINE TICKETS.

Hope to see you there on December 14th!

If you can’t make it to Southminster, you can still hear the Stairwell Carollers on Wednesday December 18th at St. Columba Church, 24 Sandridge Road, 7:30pm
ONLINE TICKETS
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales. 

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Composer Quartet featured in upcoming December concert

4 Stairwell Caroller Composers

The Stairwell Carollers are without a doubt one of the world’s most unique choirs, as their director, Pierre Massie, leads the choir while singing within the tenor section.

Pierre is an award-winning composer, and the Carollers regularly perform his original compositions and arrangements. In recent years, he has encouraged choir members to flex their own composer muscles too. The result is – that for the first time this Christmas – the Stairwell Carollers will perform pieces written by a veritable composer quartet from within their very ranks.

Two world premieres will be presented during the Carollers’ upcoming Christmas season: the beautiful, gently rocking “Mary’s Lullaby” written by alto, Lyndsay Bolden – and the imaginative, tour de force “Christmas is…” by bass, Terry Brynaert. Both Lyndsay and Terry have been filled with excitement and anticipation watching their new pieces blossom in rehearsal.

The 2019 Christmas program will also feature a number of Pierre Massie gems – including his arrangements of Christmas favourites like “Do you hear what I hear”
and “Mon beau sapin”, along with his original bilingual song, “The Stairwell Carol.”
I also share in the excitement – as my own arrangement of the classic German carol “Es ist ein Ros entsprungen” is included in the program.

It’s a rare choir indeed that can boast such an abundance of creative energy. Ottawa residents can hear the results of this choral composer collaboration at the Stairwell Carollers Christmas concert, An a capella Christmas, at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank St, Saturday December 14th, 7:30pm.

The Carollers are also pleased to be presenting a $2,000 donation to the Cornerstone Housing for Women at this concert.

And, if you’re looking for that perfect Christmas gift, the choir’s CDs will be on sale too. Net proceeds are used to help local organizations - since 1997 the choir has donated over $140,000 to local charities and scholarships.

Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street
ONLINE TICKETS.

Hope to see you there on December 14th!

If you can’t make it to Southminster, you can still hear the Stairwell Carollers on Wednesday December 18th at St. Columba Church, 24 Sandridge Road, 7:30pm
- ONLINE TICKETS

David Rain has been taking his cues from the back of Pierre Massie’s head in the tenor section for going on 27 years.

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales. 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Choral Concerts Spring 2019 PROGRAMME - Stairwell Carollers

Relaxing Spring pond
What's as relaxing and soul satisfying as a babbling brook in early spring?

A Stairwell Caroller Spring Choral concert!   TICKETS FOR JUNE 1st ONLINE
Stairwell Caroller 2019 spring choral concert poster
The Evenings Programme
Stairwell Caroller 2019 Concert Program

Here is a little teaser of the songs you will hear:

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

June 1st and 8th 2019 Stairwell Caroller Spring Concerts

Glorious Spring Daffodil
Glorious Spring Daffodil
Stairwell Caroller  SPRING CHORAL CONCERTS 

June 1st 7:30 pm 

  Church of St. Barnabas, Ottawa

Fa una canzone Stairwell Caroller 2019 Choral Concert Poster
Fa una canzone Stairwell Caroller 2019 Choral Concert Poster
ADVANCE TICKETS $15 

ONLINE HERE  and at these retailers:

• Leading Note, 370 Elgin St., Suite No. 2

• Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street locations OR
• Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave.

($20 at the door)

2019 Spring Choral Concert TEASER PLAYLIST 

Full Programme in an upcoming Blog Post

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Choral Masterclass - TOP TEN - 1 - "organic approach and flawless technique" - SIGNUP DEADLINE TOMORROW

Pierre Massie, director of the Stairwell Carollers, surveys the setup for a Christmas concert
TOP TEN Reasons to Register!
#1  Pierre Massie (Stairwell Carollers director):
"I've had the opportunity to experience dozens of masterclasses with various presenters and Gabe was by far the most unique presenter I've had. 
His approach is very organic and his technique is flawless." 
Sign up NOW
Gabriel Lewis O’Connor Choral MASTERCLASS 

DEADLINE TOMORROW - Only $25!

Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019
Gabe, a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,received his master’s degree from the same institution, studying with Dr. Robert Bode.
More about Gabe HERE.
Prior to graduate school, he sang for four years with Chanticleer.

To participate in The Masterclass you must…

  1. Be a current or former member of any Greater Ottawa/Gatineau region choir.
  2. Prepare the following three songs -
(Scores provided at registration – files are provided for practice purposes only)

Fa una canzone – Orazio Vecchi – Public domain

Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin) – Pierre Attaignant – Public domain

Remember – Stephen Chatman – copyright – Original scores provided at registration

MASTERCLASS 
Date: Saturday May 18. 2019
Time: 9 am to noon ( 8:30 am registration)
Cost: $25 

Music scores are included in your registration package


If sold out, email us.  Your name will be added to our cancellation list.

Click here to Register NOW

Workshop hosted by The Stairwell Carollers chamber choir - furthering choral excellence and development in Ottawa's choral community now for over 41 years. 


About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Choral Masterclass - TOP TEN - 2 - Happy Mother's Day - In natali Domini - YouTube video

Katie and Suzannah smile for the camera at choir rehearsal
Katie and Suzannah smile for the camera at choir rehearsal
TOP TEN Reasons to Register!

#2 Suzannah Barrett (soprano):

"He was super animated and I loved the way he explained things!  Sort of like telling stories."


Less than 20 spots left - Only $25!

Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019
Gabe, a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,received his master’s degree from the same institution, studying with Dr. Robert Bode.
More about Gabe HERE.
Prior to graduate school, he sang for four years with Chanticleer.

To participate in The Masterclass you must…

  1. Be a current or former member of any Greater Ottawa/Gatineau region choir.
  2. Prepare the following three songs -
(Scores provided at registration – files are provided for practice purposes only)

Fa una canzone – Orazio Vecchi – Public domain

Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin) – Pierre Attaignant – Public domain

Remember – Stephen Chatman – copyright – Original scores provided at registration

MASTERCLASS INFO
Date: Saturday May 18. 2019
Time: 9 am to noon ( 8:30 am registration)
Cost: $25 

Music scores are included in your registration package


If sold out, email us.  Your name will be added to our cancellation list.

Workshop hosted by The Stairwell Carollers chamber choir - furthering choral excellence and development in Ottawa's choral community now for over 41 years. 

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform  In natali Domini, Traditional melody,  arrangement by David Rain in memory of his Mom. 
Here is the backstory to David Rain's dedication to his Mother.
All our CDs benefit charities and are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats. 
Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2nd, 2018. 
Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason
Editing: Pierre Massie
About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Choral Masterclass - TOP TEN - 3 - "a delightfully devilish sense of humour" - AND bonus YouTube Video- Say Love if Ever Thou Dids’t Find

Tulip festival selfie with Pete - my Hubby and director of the Stairwell Carollers
Tulip festival selfie with Pete - my Hubby and director of the Stairwell Carollers
TOP TEN Reasons to Register!

#3 Holly Massie (alto):

"Gabe is the kind of person that you immediately feel comfortable with the second you meet him. 

He is passionate about choral music and his empathy and compassion shone through every conversation - balanced with a delightfully devilish sense of humour."
Less than 20 spots left - Only $25!
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019 - 3 days left to sign up!
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th 2019 - 3 days left to sign up!
Gabe, a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City,received his master’s degree from the same institution, studying with Dr. Robert Bode.
More about Gabe HERE.
Prior to graduate school, he sang for four years with Chanticleer.
For The Masterclass you must…
  1. Be a current or former member of any Greater Ottawa/Gatineau region choir.
  2. Prepare the following three songs -
(Scores provided at registration – files are provided for practice purposes only)

Fa una canzone – Orazio Vecchi – Public domain

Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin) – Pierre Attaignant – Public domain

Remember – Stephen Chatman – copyright – Original scores provided at registration

Date: Saturday May 18. 2019
Time: 9 am to noon ( 8:30 am registration)
Cost: $25 

Music scores included in registration package


If sold out, email us ASAP to be put on the cancellation list.

Workshop hosted by The Stairwell Carollers chamber choir - furthering choral excellence and development in Ottawa's choral community now for over 41 years. 
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform  Say Love if Ever Thou Dids’t Find - by John Dowland.

The Renaissance madrigal, Say Love if Ever Thou Dids’t Find, is on our “Audite nova” CD.  All our CDs benefit charities and are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats.  

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2nd, 2018. 
Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason
Editing: Pierre Massie

About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Saturday, May 11, 2019

Choral Masterclass - TOP TEN - 4 - "a choral stimulant" - also, "I Love my Love" - YouTube video

Keith toasts the Christmas singing season at Josée's annual Xmas party
Keith toasts the Christmas singing season at Josée's annual Xmas party
TOP TEN Reasons to Register!
#4 Keith Bailey (bass):

"Looking for a choral stimulant? 

As instructor, teacher and coach, Gabe's the encouraging encapsulation of all that's best. 

And a most engaging raconteur, into the bargain!"

Less than 20 spots left - Only $25!

Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 1st 2019
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 1st 2019
Gabriel Lewis O’Connor, a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, received his master’s degree from the same institution, studying with Dr. Robert Bode.
More about Gabe HERE.
Prior to graduate school, he sang for four years with Chanticleer.

For the Masterclass you must…

  1. Be a current or former member of any Greater Ottawa/Gatineau region choir.
  2. Prepare the following three songs -
(Scores provided at registration – files are provided for practice purposes only)

Fa una canzone – Orazio Vecchi – Public domain

Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin) – Pierre Attaignant – Public domain

Remember – Stephen Chatman – copyright – Original scores provided at registration

Date: Saturday May 18. 2019
Time: 9 am to noon ( 8:30 am registration)
Cost: $25 
scores are included in your registration package


If sold out, email us
Workshop is hosted by The Stairwell Carollers - Ottawa's chamber choir furthering choral excellence and development in our choral community for over 41 years. 
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform I Love My Love - a traditional English Melody in an arrangement by Gustav Holst.

All our CDs benefit charities and are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats.  

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2nd, 2018. 
Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason

Editing: Pierre Massie

About the choir:

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

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Choral Masterclass - TOP TEN - 5 - "an uplifting experience" - less than 20 spots left! Jesu Dulcis - YouTube Video

Helen, Kelly and Susan at a dress rehearsal at Almonte United Church
Helen, Kelly and Susan at a dress rehearsal at Almonte United Church
TOP TEN Reasons to Register!

Less than 20 spots left - Only $25!


#5  Kelly H (alto):

"Gabriel's techniques for creating a greater sense of ensemble were informative, engaging and fun. It was an uplifting experience." 
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15th  2019
Choral Masterclass poster Deadline May 15st 2019
Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor, a doctoral student in choral conducting at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, received his master’s degree from the same institution, studying with Dr. Robert Bode.
More about Gabe HERE.

To participate in The Masterclass…

  1. You must be a current or former member of any Greater Ottawa/Gatineau region choir.
  2. You must prepare these three songs -
(Scores provided at registration – files are provided for practice purposes only)

Fa una canzone – Orazio Vecchi – Public domain

Tourdion (Quand je bois du vin) – Pierre Attaignant – Public domain

Remember – Stephen Chatman – copyright – Original scores provided at registration

Date: Saturday May 18. 2019
Time: 9 am to noon ( 8:30 am registration)
Cost: $25 

Music scores included in your registration package


If sold out, email us.  Your name will be added to our cancellation list.


Click here to Register NOW

Workshop hosted by The Stairwell Carollers chamber choir - furthering choral excellence and development in Ottawa's choral community now for over 41 years.

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Jesu dulcis by Tomás Luis da Vittoria.

This version of Jesu dulcis is available on our “Cantate Domino” CD.  All our CDs benefit charities and are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 2nd, 2018.
Videographers: Matthieu Brennan, Andrew Mason
Editing: Pierre Massie



About The Stairwell Carollers:

Pierre Massie created our a cappella choir in 1977 while he was a music student at Ottawa University. We are ranked among the best of Ontario choirs, winning both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. 

A registered Canadian charity, The Carollers also help local charities with net proceeds from concert, CD and cookbook sales.

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