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Stairwell Carollers Auditions 2016 Christmas season
Stairwell Carollers Auditions 2016 Christmas season
Happy Birthday Canada!
Happy Birthday Canada!

There has never been a better time to join one of Canada's finest choirs, The Stairwell Carollers! Next year we will be celebrating our choir's 40th Anniversary along with Canada's 150th! Don't miss your chance to share the experience as a Stairweller!

I've never blogged so many exclation marks in one paragraph!!

We are seeking sopranos, tenors and basses for our Fall 2016 Season

Some of our Stairwellers are off to school, new jobs and new homes. We will miss them, but need YOU to refresh the singing ranks and continue our important charitable work.

Stairwell Carollers present $2000 to Ottawa Immigrant Services
Stairwell Carollers present $2000 to Ottawa Immigrant Services

Auditions start August 17th!

You must contact us to set up your audition time.

If you live within driving distance of the Ottawa (Canada's Capital) region, then the Stairwell Carollers may be the choir you're looking for.

Altos need not apply, however, we can place you on a waiting list for the future.

To qualify, all you need is a solid voice, a good ear and a great attitude. Many of us are bilingual ( we are proud of being an officially bilingual choir) but you need not be fluently bilingual to be part of the group.

(Reading music is an asset but not a necessity.)

For more info, send us an email -- info (at) stairwellcarollers (dot) com

Don't delay! Contact us NOW to book your audition time.

Les Chanteurs Stairwell font des auditions régulièrement. Nous recherchons des sopranos, basses et des tenors pour août 2016.

(Lire la musique est un atout mais n'est pas essentiel.)

Pour plus de renseignements, envoyez-nous un courriel.

cute scroll


If you live in the Ottawa/Hull area and love to sing, set up your audition with us now!

 

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A duet of American goldfinches
A duet of American goldfinches
David's original article as submitted is below:

Ottawa choir sings a charitable duet this spring

May 18, 2016, For Immediate Release (Ottawa) –



Founded in 1977, the Stairwell Carollers give back to the community in so many diverse ways. Musically, they are an award-winning a capella choir, led by an award-winning composer, their director, Pierre Massie.

Stairwell Carollers enter for concert at Almonte UnitedThe Stairwell Carollers also sing in a humanitarian key, as they are a registered charity themselves. Over the years, including this spring, proceeds from their CD and ticket sales have allowed them to donate over $130,000 in music scholarships to students and special gifts to local charities.


Continuing this tradition, the choir is thrilled to announce this year’s winner of the Stairwell Carollers music scholarship, Charlie Watson. Charlie is a grade 12 student at Canterbury High School, who plays the piano and trumpet and also sings in the male chorus. He is excited to receive this $1000 award, which will help him as he enters the University of Toronto music department in performance this fall.


The Stairwell Carollers are also pleased to present their next $2000 donation to the Ottawa Chapter of Parkinson Canada. From diagnosis to discovery, Parkinson Canada guides the way for Canadians to live well with Parkinson’s disease through education, advocacy and support services.

The Carollers will make an official presentation of their gift to Parkinson Canada at their spring concert at Saint Barnabas Church (corner of James St & Kent St) on June 4th, 7:30pm.

Tickets are available at the door for $20, or in advance for $15 from The Leading Note, 370 Elgin St; Compact Music, 190 & 785 1/2 Bank St; Books on Beechwood, 35 Beechwood Ave, or online at http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Concerts.html.

And if you’re looking for a great gift, the Stairwell Carollers’ latest CD, “O magnum mysterium”, will be on sale at the concert. Your purchase of a CD will help the Carollers offer their next music scholarship or donation to a local charity.

To learn more about Parkinson Canada, visit parkinson.ca.

David, Tenor, the Stairwell Carollers

David Rain, who sings second tenor, has been receiving his musical cues from the back of Pierre Massie’s head for 23 years with the Carollers. For more information, please visit www.stairwellcarollers.com.

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The Stairwell Carollers welcome Richard to the Tenor section
The Stairwell Carollers welcome Richard to the Tenor section
So... I joined a choir. It's something I do. I've sung with choirs in Budapest (Gabrieli Choir) and Aarhus (Korinord) and Toronto (Hart House Chorus) and a few others beside.

Richard, in blue, top right, pays close attention to Pierre's direction
Richard, in blue, top right, pays close attention to Pierre's direction

It's the Stairwell Carollers and if you're reading this, you've probably already heard of the group.


Director Pierre works with the men only for Spaséniye sodélal
Director Pierre works with the men only for Spaséniye sodélal
This choir has bits of the best bits of some of those choirs - it's a small group of people from all walks of life and a range of ages who come together to make beautiful music.


The men only sing Spaséniye sodélal
The men only sing Spaséniye sodélal
We sing unaccompanied (I don't think the drum for "Tourdion" really counts), beautiful music from anywhere from five hundred years ago to five years ago. And we sing it well.

Even better, we do good: each year the Stairwell Carollers raises money for charities active in our community and to provide a scholarship to an Ottawa-area high school student beginning music studies at a Canadian university.

Last week I sang my first concert with the group - in Almonte, so I understand if you didn't make it out. But this Saturday evening we'll sing the same repertoire in downtown Ottawa and I hope you can make it to join us.

It's really some fantastic music. Come, hear!

Richard Martin-Nielsen

Tenor

 

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Stairwell Carollers St. Barnabas church, Ottawa
Stairwell Carollers St. Barnabas church, Ottawa
Don't miss our gala 2016 Spring Concert June 4th 7:30 pm at St. Barnabas Church, 70 James St. Ottawa !

$15 in advance, $20 at the door.

ADVANCE TICKETS are available from all choir members in person, ONLINE HERE, and at selected local businesses.

We will be presenting a $2000 cheque to the local chapter of the Parkinson's society of Eastern Ontario at this concert. This gift is made possible through our concert ticket and CD sales. Thanks! CDs are always available at our concert during intermission and at the reception afterwards. Thanks to the Square, we can accept credit cards at the concert for cd sales, so do that early Christmas shopping :)

As always, there will be a post concert reception with lots of yummies supplied by the choir. There is also a door prize draw , but you must be at the reception to win -- so we will see you there!

Since it was so well loved last spring, we are continuing to explore musical selections from the contemporary scene alternating with glorious prices from the Renaissance period. Here is the repertoire for the evening.

Lux Aurumque 2016 Stairwell Carollers Repertoire Our director, Pierre, has again chosen some spectacular music for this concert.

Due to popular demand ( and the fact that we all LOVE it) we are again singing the modern Ave Maria by Franz Biebl. If you have been living under a rock and have never heard it, here is an exquisite version of it on YouTube performed by a lone virtuoso, Mr. Matthew Curtis. We are planning to do quest workshops with Matthew here in Ottawa for the Stairwell Carollers upcoming 40th anniversary in 2017 -- which coincides with Canadas 150th birthday!

Don't miss this concert!

Here is a text list of the concert repertoire:

1. Amor Vittorioso - Giovanni Gastoldi (c.1550-1622)

2. Pater Noster - Igor Stravinsky

3. Dindirin, dindirin - Anon.(c.1500)

4. Earth Song - Frank Ticheli

5. Cucú, cucú! - Juan del Encina (1464-1523)

6. O magnum mysterium - Morten Lauridsen

7. Come Again - John Dowland (1563–1626)

8. O vos omnes - Pablo Cassals

9. Fa una canzone - Orazio Vecchi (1551-1605)

10. In Remembrance - Eleanor Daley

11. Tourdion - Claude Gervaise (fl.1540–1560)

12. Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal - Paul Mealor

13. La Tricotea - Franco Alonso (c.1490-1520)

14. Spaséniye sodélal - Pavel Chesnokov

15. Fair Phyllis - John Farmer (1570-1601)

16. Lux aurumque - Eric Whitacre

17. Le chant des oyseaux - Clément Janequin (c.1485-1558)

18. Esto les Digo - Kinley Lange

19. O Jesu Christe - Jacquet de Mantua (1483 -1559)

20. Salve Regina - Francis Poulenc

21. Corten espadas afiladas - Cancionero de Medinaceli (1500)

22. Ubi caritas - Maurice Duruflé

23. El Grillo - Josquin Des Prez (1440-1521)

24. Ave Maria - Franz Biebl

Tonight we are also singing a concert at Almonte United Church in Almonte, Ont.

Please call 613 256 1355 for ticket info.

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And, for your listening pleasure, a TEASER PLAYLIST for the concert....

Check out our newsletter for more details!

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Jay Fee, Conduction Mastering records Stairwell Carollers CDs
Jay Fee, Conduction Mastering records Stairwell Carollers CDs
Our latest CD for Christmas, o Magnum Mysterium
Our latest CD for Christmas, o Magnum Mysterium
Our latest CD for Christmas, o Magnum Mysterium
Lit by the light of his Mac, Jay works intently
Lit by the light of his Mac, Jay works intently
The Stairwell Carollers are proud to have worked with Jay Fee for all our CD and thanks to him, they all have the same high quality and sound production. He really understands the Stairwell Carollers sound and the detailed audio needs of an a cappella choir.

Jay Fee, Conduction Mastering
Jay Fee, Conduction Mastering
Jay's recording company is Conduction Mastering and he has worked with many up and coming independent musicians, producers and even Sony. His impressive list of credits is HERE .

We can't say enough to recommend him for your recording needs whether you are a solo musician, pop group, a cappella ensemble or choral group. He records us on location in church venues but a large proportion of his record work is done in studio.

Our full compliment of Christmas, Sacred and Renaissance madrigal CDs can be perished and purchased directly from us HERE.

 

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Stained glass window at night, Carleton Place, Ontario
Stained glass window at night, Carleton Place, Ontario
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform O vos omnes by Pablo Casals (1876 –1973), a Spanish cellist, composer and conductor from Catalonia.

A non-profit charity, The Stairwell Carollers raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases.html

We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie. We were ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions. Pierre continues to demand excellence from us and we are currently rehearsing the songs for our Spring Concert season. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Concerts.html

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads. Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.

Videographer: Richard Auger.

Editing: Pierre Massie

Photos: Holly Massie




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Pierre Massie, Stairwell Carollers director and choral composer
Pierre Massie, Stairwell Carollers director and choral composer
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Christe redemptor omnium - an original sacred piece composed by Pierre Massie.

This version of Christe redemptor omnium is available on our Christmas CD, Laudemus cum armonia. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases/Purchases6.html

Laudemus cum armonia cd
Laudemus cum armonia cd
A non-profit charity, The Stairwell Carollers raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases.html

We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, and have earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads. Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.

Videographer: Richard Auger.

Editing: Pierre Massie

Photos: Holly Massie




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Stained glass window, Arnprior church
Stained glass window, Arnprior church
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Tu es Petrus by Hans Leo Hassler (1564 – 1612), a German composer and organist of the late Renaissance and early Baroque eras.

A non-profit charity, The Stairwell Carollers raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases.html

We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, and have earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads. Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.

Videographer: Richard Auger.

Editing: Pierre Massie

Photos: Holly Massie




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Door detail from Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Door detail from Knox Presbyterian, Ottawa
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform O Domine from the Requiem by Gabriel Fauré (1845 – 1924) -- a French composer, organist, pianist and teacher.

A non-profit charity, The Stairwell Carollers raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases.html

We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, and have earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.

Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.

Videographer: Richard Auger.

Editing: Pierre Massie

Photos: Holly Massie

 

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Stained glass window, Arnprior, Ontario
Stained glass window, Arnprior, Ontario
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform Pater noster, by Igor Stravinsky (1882–1971), a Russian (and later, a naturalized French and American) composer, pianist and conductor.

A non-profit charity, The Stairwell Carollers raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/Purchases.html

We are an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, and have earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads. Buy our CDs and help Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals.

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 5th, 2015.

Videographer: Richard Auger.

Editing: Pierre Massie

Photos: Holly Massie

 

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