Bytown Voices is pleased to announce its 2021 Winter-Spring Online Season so returning and new members can continue to enjoy singing while COVID-19 gathering restrictions for choirs are in place. The program will be offered online using the ZOOM platform.

The Bytown Voices' 2021 Winter-Spring Season has been divided into two distinct sessions. 




A Winter Session of 13 weeks running from Tuesday, January 5th, to Tuesday, March 30.  The registration fee is $75.  Offered online using ZOOM.

A Spring Session from mid to late April to early June. The number of weeks in the spring session is dependent on choir gathering possibilities. The fee and duration of the session will be announced in March. 

Joan Fearnley

Director of Music

Our 2021 Winter Session Line-Up

  • Cantata Domino  by Hans Leo Hassler 
  • The Dance (From the Bavarian Highlands) by Edward Elgar
  • Echo by Emily Green with words by Christina Rossetti
  • Old Lady Rose by David Baker | arr. Larry Nickel
  • Regina Coeli by W.A. Mozart
  • Schubert Lieder " Nacht und Träume" (Night and Dreams)
  • The Sound of Music Choral Highlights  by Oscar Hammerstein and Richard Rogers | arr. John Leavitt

Program Details

We have opted for this two-step approach so that we can respond to any positive changes regarding our ability to gather in the spring. While we expect little change to public health recommendations in the early months of 2021, we are hopeful it will be safe to gather in person sometime in the spring. We have so much missed singing together in the same room. 

The two sessions, Winter and Spring, are distinct and independent. Choristers will only need to register for the winter session at this time.

There is no need to commit to the spring session yet. There are too many unknowns but we hope to have a better idea by March. 

We continue to welcome new members. Part of the joys of choral singing is getting to know your fellow choristers. During the pandemic this has been a challenge but even online, the time before the rehearsal and during the sectional practices does provide some opportunities for social interaction. 

E-doors to the online Winter Session rehearsals will open at 7:15 each Tuesday and practice will start sharp at 7:30 pm. The rehearsal will last for 75 minutes and will consist of : 
- 15 minutes physical and vocal warm-up  
-  40-minute sectional rehearsals (SATB) with professional musicians leading each section. Sectional practices use Zoom’s ‘breakout room’ feature.  
- a final 20 minute plenary session where we put the music together.
We use pre-recorded tracks to accompany members' singing in the plenary  sessions.
Program content will include a mix of styles and time periods, and will add some unison singing likely from the classical and musical theatre repertoires.

 There will be a virtual choir production of one of the musical selections. Participation in this activity is optional and members may choose to just participate in the weekly rehearsals if preferred.
Technical advice about how to contribute to the recording will be available. 

Sectional leaders above l-r:  Risa Tonita, Lyndsay Bolden Gowing, Joan Fearnley and Carla Klassen

Registration and Fee Payment for the Winter session opens on December 21, 2020.

HOW TO REGISTER for the Winter 2021 Session

To register, please fill out the  form that can be found by clicking on this registration link which follows.

Once your registration form has been received, you will electronically receive a ZOOM invitation link for your first rehearsal, the music in PDF form, as well as access to practice tracks and other electronic study and learning aids. Registration fees are expected to cover only a part of this program. We will therefore be using some of the Bytown Voices' current balance to cover the rest of the costs. 


The registration fee for the Winter session is $75.00 running weekly from
January 5th to March 30th, 2021 inclusive. 
Existing members must pay the fee when they register.
New members may attend one "try-us-out" rehearsal before paying.

There are three ways to pay the registration fee:

1. By CREDIT CARD using the form below.

2. By Interac e-TRANSFER to our Treasurer,  JONATHAN JONES.  The name for the "recipient" box on the bank's form is Jonathan Jones.

Choose your bank's email option to send registration payment to

3. By CHEQUE made out to Bytown Voices and sent to Jonathan Jones at 145 Dunbarton Court, Ottawa, ON  K1K 4L6

NOTE: Bytown Voices would prefer that you use option #1 or #2 in order to make this process as efficient as possible. 

   #1.  Pay your registration fee securely by credit card beginning with the form below. 

NOTE: Bytown Voices uses the Simplyk platform to process online payments securely. Simplyk is a Canadian social impact company whose secure platform is used by more than 2,000 non-profit organizations in Canada. Online purchasers  may make an additional contribution to support Simplyk (or not if you prefer) at the time of payment for registration for the Bytown Voices 2021 WinterProgram. You may also  decline the invitation to make a donation. 

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