Thursday, March 27, 2014

Please Vote for Pierre Massie in CBC's 2014 Searchlight Contest

Pierre Massie, Composer of choral music works at his laptop in the sunroom
Pierre Massie in composing mode
     Just a quick note to tell everyone that Pete is entered in the CBC's 2014 Searchlight contest!

Just follow the link to listen to his Artist Page, listen to his original Carol (the Stairwell Carol) and vote :)

Your votes give you chances for prizes from CBC too! 

You can vote once a day until April 6th, so please bookmark the page and vote often!

For those whose browsers can see it, here is the page embedded below...


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

For fans of early music! Hands-on singing for choir

 Baby profile with soft focus
Heavenly baby

Choir performs in public using a very cool form of music notation that predates written notation! Called Guidonian notation, it is printed on the hand, and the director and singers point to the notes as they sing.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Ottawa choir performs "Ay linda amiga" a Spanish Madrigal from the Renaissance

A bright Red Cardinal sits in the snow

       Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Ay linda amiga" by the famous composer, Anonymous.

Buy our CDs and Mp3s for enjoyment anytime -- all proceeds benefit charity.

CD cover, Audite Nova -- the Stairwell Carollers CD of Renaissance Madrigals
This version of "Ay linda amiga" is available on our Madrigal CD, Audite Nova.

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Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.
Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.
Editing: Pierre Massie

The Stairwell Carollers YouTube Channel -- worth a visit!

Beautiful photo of the Classic Crown of Thorns plant in glorious bloom

                 If you haven't visited The Stairwell Carollers YouTube Channel, what are you waiting for?

If you love our music, we have over 100 concert videos there now to enjoy at your leisure. With over 340,000 views and 299 subscribers, the channel is the number one stop for fans of our music.

All were Audio recorded LIVE here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by Tom Barnes. The videos were recorded by various videographers, all given credit on the specific videos.

Our director and my hubby, Pierre Massie, edited the sound and video together using Final Cut Pro -- focusing on the best possible sound quality. As different video cameras have been used over the years, the video quality varies, but the sound quality is consistently great and guaranteed authentic.

I have to say this, since we have had the odd YouTube fan question whether we were lip-syncing or worse - not even singing our own music. When combining the sound with the video, Tom did not record  the MC's speaking so their voices were only recorded by the video camera. Hence the difference in sound quality if the video includes some words from the MC.

If you have any questions on how to set up your own YouTube channel or suggestions on how we can improve ours please don't hesitate to comment!

March 2014 Link up now on! Choral Music, inspirational and fave music posts all welcome

LINK up your Music-related  articles, compositions, photos, and blog posts with us :) 

Here are February's Top 3 Posts...

Creativity in the Air

A lovely, inspiring post about music appreciation and performance from a surprising source!


a guest post at Music Teaching and Parenting by Gia Volterra De Saulnier

Lastly, the Embro Thistle Singers with a practical post about communication with choir members  Snow on my Mind

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