Friday, June 27, 2014

Pierre Massie composition in Peace Tower Carillon Summer program

Ottawa Peace Tower where the Carillon resides, photo, Holly Massie all rights reserved


Our Dominion Carillonneur, Dr. Andrea McCrady, has honoured our Director, Pierre, by including his composition Mourning Dove in the Summer 2014 Carillon Program.

Mourning Dove, sung acappella by the Stairwell Carollers, is available on the Mourning Dove CD, or in MP3 format. You can also purchase the song as an MP3 on ITunes or CD Baby. As with all our recordings, all proceeds go towards helping needy groups in the Ottawa/Outaouais region.


The YouTube Concert video of Mourning Dove was recorded live at St. Columba Anglican Church, Ottawa in 2011. Live audio recording, as always, by Tom Barnes of Soundscribe, Ottawa's premiere location recordist.

Pierre combined Tom's audio with the video using Final Cut Express ( no longer available ) . For newer videos he uses Final Cut Pro.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

CD SPOTLIGHT -- Audite nova -- Madrigals from the Renaissance

Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Cover        Audite Nova was our debut Renaissance Madrigal CD, recorded in May 2006.

Hilariously, while recording we had to stop singing and START AGAIN many times due to an unexpected airshow and the occasional city bus. St. Columba Church may have a few drawbacks, but its wood interior and fullness of sound produced by its unique acoustics still make it one of our favourite recording spaces. We still rehearse there year round with just a summer break.

As with all our CDs (also available in Mp3 format), proceeds are used to help the needy in the Ottawa/Outaouais region.
Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Song List
Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Label
Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD Acknowledgements
Stairwell Carollers Audite Nova Madrigal CD back Cover

Monday, June 2, 2014

June 2014 Music linkup now on -- we want your musical thoughts and creativity !

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

Top 3 
for May, the lovely Month of May --

Choral Arranging…the more I do the more I learn!  

Blog post by Karen Boyce. A thoughtful commentary on her process for choir song arranging and a collection of resources for choral arrangers.

Embro Thistle Singers

Tonal Tuesday - Listening Part 1 - A Learned Skill  

-- an insightful treatise on why Listening doesn't necessarily come naturally !

Go back to the original by Charles Lines

A motivational look at a classic piece of music to illustrate clearing ones mind of clutter and focusing on the original idea in creative work.

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We want to connect with other bloggers who love choral music.
Use our easy Linky tool to post your composition tips, singing techniques, ideas for the best recording venues and your fave choral videos.

Music related crafts, decor and recipes are also welcome.

Please visit these musical bloggers and leave a comment. 
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Songs from the Stairwell Carollers Ave Maria Concert

Pierre directs the choir at 2012 Cantate Domino recording session

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