Friday, September 30, 2016

Canadian Compositions and arrangements by Pierre Massie now available for SATB choirs

Stairwell Caroller director, Pierre Massie challenges our new members during movable Do warmup

You may not be aware that our Director, Pierre Massie, is also an award-winning choral composer and arranger! On his newly launched site to showcase his emerging Song Catalogue, he had this to say:

"I am pleased to announce that my original Canadian Choral Compositions and Arrangements are now available for digital download from SMP Press, partner to Sheet Music Plus.

For many years now Sheet Music Plus has been one of my favourite sources for sheet music for my choir, The Stairwell Carollers.

I will keep you posted as I upload new pieces for your perusal.


I am so proud of his accomplishments! Please take a moment to check out his work. Most pieces are suitable for SATB mixed choirs.

Here is a Youtube Playlist of some of his arrangements and original Compositions sung by the Stairwell Carollers.

Friday, September 2, 2016

Thanks to all who Auditioned! The Stairwell Carollers are now set for a spectacular Christmas season of song for 2016!

Martha notes changes in the music with a pencil

Ringing the changes!

11 new Stairwellers bring our choir to its largest at 34 ! All bursting with song, all super motivated for our coming 39th singing season.

Farewell to well-loved members going on to family, travel new jobs and new homes -- we will miss you.

It was quite a job to replace those voices, but our blitz of flyers and posters at Music and Beyond and local community centres and libraries and notices on social media and in our newsletter drew out an awesome choice of  individuals trying out for a spot in the Stairwell. Thanks to Pierre and all the Stairwellers who worked to get the word out.

As some of you know, being chosen for the Stairwell Carollers has less to do with musical knowledge and more to do with what kind of voice you have. Pierre has strived through the years to maintain the group sound that ensures no matter who comes and goes, we still sound like The Stairwell Carollers have always sounded. Listen to our CDs, and you will see how amazing that is -- you would swear it was the very same group that recorded every one!

So, if you tried out and didn't make it, be assured it wasn't because you don't have a great voice or attitude. We are just one of SO many great Ottawa area choirs and there is one out there that needs your special voice!

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