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).      

The first practice of  the Fall 2018 season is Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm. 
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Spring: Bytown Voices Style

Nature’s Glory was Bytown Voices’ choral celebration of the beauty of nature. Our choir chose music for the whole family and included beautiful poetry set to memorable music. Audience members heard Morten Lauridsen’s powerful setting of James Agee’s Sure On This Shining Night. Local composer, Christine Donkin, turned Ogden Nash’s animal limericks into musical comedy. And our choir was happy to present the Ottawa premiere of the Emily Carr Suite, by Vancouver-based composer Brian Tate. He uses the haunting words of artist and writer Emily Carr in this musical depiction of the vastness of the Canadian landscape. Our guest flautist, Loyda Lastra accompanied the choir and also gave a haunting performance of Haru no Umi by Michio Miyagi. 

Songs of Nature Op. 63 
  Music: Antonin Dvorak
  Text: Vitezslav Halek      

  Music: Randall Thompson
  Text: Robert Frost

Bein' Green
Music and Text: Joe Raposo
   Arranger: Paul Langford

Emily Carr Suite
Music: Brian Tate
          Canadian Composer
  Text: Emily Carr

Four Choral Critters
Music: Christine Donkin
           Canadian Composer
   Text: Ogden Nash   

Sure On This Shining Night
Music: Morten Lauridsen
   Text: James Agee

     Guest Flautist Loyda Lastra

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

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Click here for Choir Executive Committee

Joan Fearnley

Carla Klassen

Hear Us Sing
"Nature's Glory" Concert
April 29, 2018

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MP3Sampler 3 (5).mp3

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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