Saturday, March 14, 2020

Audite Nova - Renaissance madrigals - CD or MP3

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 tickets, CD and cookbook sales.  Since 1997 we have donated over $143,800 to local charities and scholarships.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

Nicol Matt coming to Ottawa - Register for the Masterclass NOW!

Choral Masterclass with Nicol Matt May 2nd 2020 - register NOW!

Calling all singers: choral masterclasses with Nicol Matt in Canada’s Capitol

“In music you will find all unanswered questions of life to be answered. It is the universal language of the soul to heal and the key to open your consciousness.” – Nicol Matt

I am thrilled to share that my choir, The Stairwell Carollers, has invited one of the world’s top choral conductors, Nicol Matt, to come to Ottawa in May, 2020 to lead a week-long series of choral masterclasses!

Singers from Ottawa and beyond are warmly invited to participate in the May 2nd workshop – and the closing concert on May 3rd.

Joining the Carollers in both workshop and concert are high school music students from Glebe Collegiate Institute.

Register Now for May 2nd Masterclass 

Nicol Matt leading a choral masterclass

The Carollers’ director, Pierre Massie, is a strong advocate for choral professional development. In previous years, he has invited superb clinicians such as Canadian conductor Mark Sirett and former Chanticleer bass Gabriel Lewis-O’Connor.

The connection with Nicol is a very personal one. For twenty-seven years, I’ve been taking my cues from the back of Pierre’s head as he leads The Stairwell Carollers while also singing in the tenor section. A few years ago, I first caught the “composing bug” and I am truly blessed that Pierre has programmed several of my pieces with the Carollers.

In January 2019, I had just finished Ave Maria – my choral adaptation of a favourite Brahms piano piece. I posted this on Facebook and, to my great surprise, Nicol Matt contacted me to say he would be premiering it in Germany, with his professional Chamber Choir of Europe!

I was stunned - even more so as John Rutter would be at the same concert receiving the European Sacred Music Award. On July 18, I sat transfixed listening to Nicol masterfully guide his choir on a musical journey that included several Rutter gems, as well as my Ave Maria.

It was only later that I came to know that Nicol had also led his choir in a superb Deutsche Grammophon CD of Morten Lauridsen’s music, Light Eternal, with Lauridsen as pianist. I also learned Nicol was the founder of the World Choir for Peace, whose first concert involved 2,000 singers from over 30 countries, performing Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man, with the composer conducting and Nicol as chorus master!

The upcoming masterclass/concert with Nicol Matt is a unique opportunity for singers to learn from one of the world’s top choral directors; I highly recommend it.

David Rain - a tenor with The Stairwell Carollers since 1993, started composing in his mid- 60s and has had four of his pieces publicly performed.

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