The Bytown Voices is a non-audition community choir made up of about 50 enthusiastic singers from across the Ottawa region. In 1999 when the Glebe Singers became a women's choir, several of the members approached Ann McNamee, their accompanist, to form a new choir, which became the Bytown Voices. Since 2004, when Ann emigrated to Jamaica, the choir has been directed by Robert Jones. Our accompanist is Brenda Beckingham. We perform two concerts a year, with additional outreach performances at seniors' residences and long-term care facilities.

Executive Committee 2013-14

Lindsay Setzer, President

Barb Clubb, Vice-President

Nancy Craven, Treasurer

Jackie Ellis, Secretary

Linda Pollock, Publicity

Martha Bowers, Music Librarian

Barry Craven, Membership, Recruitment & Marketing

Doug Macdonald, Outreach, Electronic Corporate Memory, Gmail

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


Non-Executive Volunteers

Section Leads:

           Altos                Pam Spurway

           Sopranos          Sue Wheeler

           Men                  Mike Wheeler

Concert Coordination  Iona Quinn

Librarian Assistant      Joy Heft

Promotion Assistant     Elizabeth Gluckstal

Concert Reception       Anne Marie Matiz/Valerie Bryce

Webmaster/Posters      Rosemary Covert

Archives                      Kathy White

Midi Files                    Paul Taylor

If you are interested in joining, please contact Robert Jones ( The first rehearsal of the Fall season usually takes place on the first Tuesday after Labour Day at St. Basil’s Church.

Fees for the fall term are $85, and $90 for the winter/spring session due to its additional length.

Our 2014 spring concert with the theme of Inspiration will be performed at St. Basil's (Maitland/north of the Queensway) on April 27, 2014 at 3 pm. All are welcome and tickets are available at the door.  

At our Peace on Earth-Shalom concert December 15, 2013 our special guests were the Shiru Lach Choir (Ellen Asherman, conductor) as we presented a joint concert that included include music for both Hanukkah and Christmas. 

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