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To commemorate our milestone, we have organised two workshops run by prominent choral specialists. Click on 40th workshops above for details.
On Saturday October 14th, Mark Sirett will be holding a three hour workshop with the carollers. The choir will learn vocal techniques and will work his composition "Thou Shalt Know Him When He Comes". Click here for Mark Sirett's bio.
On Friday May 4, we will fly Gabriel Lewis-O'Connor from Seattle, to run three workshops over the course of two days. Local high school vocal students will also be involved and the series of workshops will culminate in a open public concert on the evening of Saturday, May 5. Gabriel may also be singing a solo with both choirs. Click here to learn more about Gabriel and for an itinerary of the two day choral symposium
The Stairwell Carollers believe in the social impact of the Arts. Our mandate has always included the delivery of enriching artistic experiences to people of all backgrounds and economic means.
The purpose of the choir is to educate and promote the public understanding and appreciation of choral music. This is chiefly done through high quality a cappella performances of carols at Christmas and of sacred and secular works during our spring season.
The Stairwell Carollers were founded by director Pierre Massie in 1977. Our group sang for University of Ottawa students by carolling in the residence stairwells. Through the years, the Carollers have gained a reputation for excellence in a cappella singing. We placed First in the Ontario Music Festivals Association's provincials in 2010 and 2013, and have eight professionally-produced CDs to our credit.
Conducting from within the tenor section, our director, Pierre Massie, is also an award-winning composer. Many of his works have been sung by choirs around the world and are played on the Peace Tower carillon on Parliament Hill. Two of his compositions placed First in the Amadeus Choir International Song Writing competition.
The Stairwell Carollers are a bilingual group welcoming people from across the greater Ottawa and Outaouais regions. We perform between 8 and 10 concerts annually, carrying our musical gifts to small towns and rural communities throughout the National Capital Region.
GABRIEL LEWIS-O'CONNOR, bass, recently received a master's degree in choral conducting from the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where he studied with Dr. Robert Bode. Prior to graduate school Gabe sang for four years with the professional vocal ensemble Chanticleer, where he performed almost 500 concerts around the world. Gabe received a bachelor's degree in vocal performance from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin and hails from Lawrence, Kansas.
As a teacher and conductor Mr. Lewis-O'Connor frequently leads both vocal masterclasses and choral clinicianships at the high school and collegiate levels, and, above all else, is passionate about sharing music with others. Mr. Lewis-O'Connor has developed a complete curriculum for a Masters of Music in Choral Performance, designed to prepare singers for a career in professional choral singing, and is exploring integrating mindfulness and meditation into the rehearsal process for choirs of all levels.Gabe lives in Seattle with his wife Lauren, their feisty 5 year-old son Eamon and fierce 3 year-old daughter Celia.
Click here for an itinerary of the workshop
Conductor, composer, pianist and organist, Mark Sirett (b. 1952) is the founding Artistic Director of the award-winning Cantabile Choirs of Kingston, Ontario, Canada. He is a native of Kingston and holds both masters and doctoral degrees in choral conducting and pedagogy from the University of Iowa. Dr. Sirett has taught at the University of Alberta, University of Western Ontario and Queen's University.
As an adjudicator Dr. Sirett served on the Jury of the Cork International Choral Festival in 2009; he has frequently adjudicated choral festivals in Canada including Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Edmonton, Calgary and Winnipeg. He has been clinician adjudicator for SingONtario, SaskSings, ChorFest Alberta and ChorFest Manitoba.
Dr. Sirett is also an award-winning composer whose works are frequently performed by some of Canada's leading ensembles. Commissions have included works for the National Youth Choir of Canada, the Amabile Youth Singers, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, Elora Festival Singers, University of Iowa and the Toronto Mendelssohn Choir. His published works are found in the catalogues of Boosey and Hawkes, Oxford University Press, ECS Publishing, Walton, Hinshaw, Alliance, Santa Barbara, Carus Verlag, Augsburg/Fortress, Alfred and Canadian International.