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 Events

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


Our 2015 Spring Concert will be held Sunday April 26, 2015 at St. Basil's Church at 3:00 pm.


GESTURES OF GOODWILL     January 2, 2015

The Canadian Aviation and Space Museum has invited Ottawa choirs to help recreate the 100th Anniversary of the Christmas Truce of 1914. Each day at the museum at 1 pm each daybetween Dec 26 and Jan 4 visitors will be asked to participate in the recreation. Bytown Voices will be singing on January 2. For more information see: http://www.aviation.technomuses.ca

See also the related Sainsbury's Christmas ad made in partnership with the British Royal Legion. 



                     BYTOWN VOICES OUTREACH

On December 16 Bytown Voices will perform for the residents of Billingswood Manor, Ottawa.



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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