Spring 2014

The Bytown Voices is a non-audition community choir made up of more than 50 enthusiastic singers from across the Ottawa region. The choir is directed by Robert (Bob) Jones and our accompanist is Brenda Beckingham. We perform two concerts a year, with additional outreach performances at seniors' residences and long-term care facilities.

Our history: In 1999 when the Glebe Singers became a women's choir, several of the members approached Ann McNamee, the accompanist, to form a new choir. This became the Bytown Voices. In 2004 Ann emigrated to Jamaica and  Bob Jones succeeded her as choir director. 

Executive Committee 2014-15

Lindsay Setzer, President

Barb Clubb, Vice-President

Nancy Craven, Treasurer

Jackie Ellis, Secretary

Linda Pollock, Publicity and Marketing

Martha Bowers, Music Librarian

Doug Macdonald, Membership, Outreach, Electronic Corporate Memory, Google Account

Bob Jones, Choir Director, Ex officio (non-voting)


Non-Executive Member Volunteers

Section Leads:

           Altos                Pam Spurway,  Rehearsal Lead, Helen Shaw

           Sopranos          Sue Wheeler

           Men                 Mike Wheeler,  Rehearsal Lead, Faye Rice

Concert Coordination   Iona Quinn

Librarian Assistant       Coralie Sheehan

Promotion Assistant     Elizabeth Gluckstal

Concert Reception       Anne Marie Matiz/Valerie Bryce

Webmaster/Posters      Rosemary Covert

Archives                      Kathy White

Midi Files                    Paul Taylor

Facebook Page             Carol Sullivan

Music Advisory Ctte    Faye Rice

Costume Ctte                Wendy Trethewey

Community Volunteers

Photography                Rod Pike

Concert Recording      Kevin Burns

Upcoming and Current Events

Join us for our 2015 Spring Concert on Sunday April 26, 2015 at St. Basil's Church at 3:00 pm.


The Bytown Voices Community Choir started up its Spring Season on Tuesday, January 6th, 2015, 7:30 PM at St. Basil's Church (Maitland Ave, just north of the Queensway).   


GESTURES OF GOODWILL: the Christmas Truce of 1914

January 2, 2015

The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum invited Ottawa choirs to help recreate the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914. Each day at the museum at 1 pm each day between Dec 26 and Jan 4 visitors were asked to participate with the two choirs of the day, in the recreation. Bytown Voices participated on January 2 taking the part of the German troops and performed three carols in German; the Ottawa Choral Society took the part of the British troops and performed in French, English and Latin.  See more 


                     BYTOWN VOICES OUTREACH Dec 16, 2014

On December 16 Bytown Voices performed for the residents of Billingswood Manor, Ottawa. The Manor has extended an invitation for the choir to return in  2015. 



New members may join at any time and are welcome to "try us out" first before we take your money!

Rehearsals are every Tuesday from 7:30 - 9:30 pm.

The fee for each season (Fall and Spring) is $95.00

For more information contact:choir director Bob Jones (pentland@hotmail.com), or

Lindsay Setzer, President (lindsaysetzer@gmail.com) , or



Check out the FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions about the choir. 
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