Bytown Voices: A Community Choir in Ottawa


Thinking of joining a choir in Ottawa? Potential new members are welcome to "try us out" before we take your money. New members may join during the first month of each season (September and January). Rehearsals are every Tuesday:  7:30 - 9:30 pm at St. Basil's Church (east of Maitland just north of the Queensway)with longer practices closer to performance dates. The fee for each season (Fall and Spring): $95.00 (Music provided).

2018 First Rehearsal
Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 
St. Basil's Church
7:30-9:30 PM

New and prospective members should arrive at 7:15 PM
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What Is the Bytown Voices? 

The Bytown Voices is a non-audition community choir made up of more than 60 enthusiastic singers from across the Ottawa region.  We perform two concerts a year, with additional outreach performances at seniors' residences, long-term care facilities and with other choirs. The choir is open to women and men of all ages and is SATB (Soprano, Alto, Tenor, Bass).
Click here  and here to see the kinds of music we sing. 

2018 Spring Concert
Sunday,  April 29, 2018
St Basil's 3:00 PM

In Fond Remembrance

 Bytown Voices is saddened to announce the loss of two wonderful choir members who left this earth in December. Mike Wheeler  (d. December 22, 2017) was a long-time member of the bass section and the section lead for both the tenor and bass sections. A celebration of Mike's life was held  held Friday, January 19, 2018, 1:30 at the First Unitarian Congregation of Ottawa. We sang Paradise: Song of Georgian Bay. Mike loved sailing on Georgian Bay. 

Doug Macdonald (d. December 28, 2017), also a bass,was a founding member of the Bytown Voices in 1999, served multiple terms as choir president and led the choir's adoption of technology to improve performance and administration. The funeral for Doug was held Tuesday, January 9th at the Hulse, Playfair and McGarry Western Chapel. We sang How Can I Keep from Singing, Amazing Grace and You'll Never Walk Alone. Our music director Joan Fearnley sang Mozart's Laudate Dominum. Doug loved Latin and he loved Mozart. 

Farewell Doug and Mike. Rest peacefully. We will miss you both deeply.

Mike Wheeler  1943-2017
       Doug Macdonald  1938-2017

Joan Fearnley

Carla Klassen

Bytown Voices Musical Leadership 
Joan Fearnley, Director of Music  
Carla Klassen, Accompanist 

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Click here for Choir Executive Committee


Christmas Stories: From oratorio to the movies
December 10, 2017

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Christmas Stories-Dec 2017 Concert Sampler.mp3

 "MADE IN CANADA: a concert of Canadian music" 
May 7, 2017

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Made In Canada 2017 Spring Concert Sampler.mp3

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