Bytown Voices Community Choir

Ottawa, Ontario

Bytown Voices 15 May 2015

The Bytown Voices is a community choir currently comprised of more than 55 enthusiastic singers from across the Ottawa region.  As a non-audition, mixed SATB choir, we perform two concerts yearly, with additional outreach performances at such venues as seniors' residences. Although we practice in a church, our diverse repertoire spans music from the sacred to folk, show tunes, as well as spirituals and enjoyable music of all genres. During the fall and spring terms our practices are held at St. Basil’s Church on Maitland just north of the Queensway.

Bytown Voices offers an engaging program that balances a variety of musical genres with the capabilities of the singers.  We strive to be a confident, dynamic community choir where members enjoy singing with each otherWenurture a respectful and enjoyable practice environment.  Wefacilitate the learning of new music, optimize training, and cultivate good singing habits to create a blended sound. We regularly review our progress.

We are seeking an experienced and dynamic director of music to provide musical leadership and take the Bytown Voices to new heights. Reporting to and working closely with the choir executive committee, the director of music will:

    • Select music to be rehearsed and presented in concerts and community outreach events
    • Prepare, teach, direct, and conduct the choir
    • Provide teaching and training in vocal techniques for the choir
    • Work collaboratively with the executive committee to achieve choir goals
    • Direct and supervise the work of the choir accompanist

To apply, send letter of interest and resume by June 30th to bytownsearch@gmail.com

For further information about the position please contact Bytown Voices Co-president:
Lindsay Setzer
  E.lindsaysetzer@gmail.com    T. 613-421-9577     C. 613-252-0970

The Bytown Voices is a non-audition community choir made up of more than 50 enthusiastic singers from across the Ottawa region. 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  and conducted the choir until May 2015. Brenda Beckingham was accompanist from September 2011 to May 2015.


  • Bytown Voices AGM held June 11, 2015

  • Bytown Voices Spring Concert "By Request" held April 26, 2015.

  • Bytown Voices Outreach Concert at Oak Park Retirement Residence,  Valour Road, Tuesday April 28, 2015. 


Sept 8/15     Fall Term begins  7:30 pm St. Basil's Church

Dec 6/15      Winter/Festive Season Concert, St. Basil's Church                           3:00 pm


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

Lindsay Setzer, Co- president (lindsaysetzer@gmail.com) , or


Check out the FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions and the Choir Guidelines for our approach to music making.

Position Available

May 26, 2015

Bytown Voices is seeking an experienced music accompanist:  The accompanist works collaboratively with and under the direction of the music director.  The duties of the accompanist are to provide piano accompaniment to the choir at regular choir rehearsals and

  • at sectional practices including directing and playing for section rehearsals at the requests of the Director of Music
  • at concerts (2 per year), plus community sing-outs
  •  at any other planned commitments

  Click here for details

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