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Stairwell Carollers
Canada's bilingual, award-winning acappella chamber choir. En Français - Les Chanteurs Stairwell, Ottawa, Ontario
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Stairwell Carollers Auditions for Spring 2017 - email us now to book yours!
You still have time to email us now at info(at) stairwellcarollers (dot) com to set up your audition! We don't do walk-ins, so please take a moment to email us to book your time. The emails come straight to me, so I will get back to you asap with your time.

Auditions for our choir are to be held NEXT WEDNESDAY, January 25th, 2017.
We are currently looking for sopranos, tenors and basses. Altos need not apply - sorry .
Our audition process is relaxed and only lasts ten to fifteen minutes. If you have a favourite song that you think shows of your voice, we would love to hear it. Don't bother worrying about accompaniment, we are a cappella after all. Your voice is all we need :)

Memories! Stairwellers past and present at a dress rehearsal a few years ago
Our group is officially bilingual and we perform songs in many languages as well as in English and French. But, bilingualism or even reading music are not necessities.
Your voice quality, singing style and ability to learn a short song will be assessed at your audition. 
Email us ASAP to book your audition!

Here are TEN reasons why you should Audition for The Stairwell Carollers!

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O magnum mysterium CD coverO magnum mysterium - our latest Christmas Carol collection,  released in 2015,  is available in both CD and MP3 formats.

Net proceeds benefit charity.

O magnum mysterium CD LableAs with all our Christmas Carol CDs, the title track, O magnum mysterium, is a brand new Christmas Carol -- written by Pierre Massie just for this new CD!
O magnum mysterium CD - Song details and Thank-yous
Christmas carols old and new in many languages make this an extra special collection for the a cappella choir aficionado.
O magnum mysterium CD - Notes from the Director
                        LISTEN TO SONG EXCERPTS
O magnum mysterium CD - Back cover and song list
In Memory of Sir David Wilcocks

If  you live in the Ottawa area, you can purchase our CDs directly from choir members. 
You can also buy them at Ottawa area storesonline - also available as Mp3 downloadsor at our live concerts.
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Ottawa's Peace Tower, Parliament Hill
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform O Holy Night / Minuit, chrétiens, arranged by Pierre Massie, who also sings the solo.

This Christmas carol is on our “Laudemus cum armonia” CD, now on sale.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats. All proceeds benefit charity.


Pierre formed our a cappella group, in 1977 while a music student at U. of Ottawa. Since then, the  Stairwell Carollers have been ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competitions.

We are a non-profit organization, and raise funds for local charities through our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Visit our blog
or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 11th, 2015.

Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kolin Casagrande, Sam Sloan
Editing: Pierre Massie

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Stairwell Carollers Auditions for Spring 2017 - email us now to book yours!
Email us now at info(at) stairwellcarollers (dot) com to set up your audition! Auditions for our choir are to be held near the end of January, 2017.
We are currently looking for sopranos, tenors and basses. Altos need not apply.
The audition process is guaranteed painless and only lasts ten to fifteen minutes. Our group is officially bilingual and we perform songs in many languages as well as in English and French. That being said, bilingualism or even reading music are not necessities. 
Your voice quality, singing style and ability to learn a short song will be assessed in a relaxed manner at your audition.
Email us soon to book your spot!

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Cantate Domino CD cover
Cantate Domino, our first Sacred Music collection, was released in 2012 ( seems like yesterday!) and is available in both CD and MP3 formats. Net proceeds to charity.
Cantate Domino CD directors notes and thanks
All songs from the Renaissance, all in Latin, this CD has become a fan favourite!Cantate Domino CD disc label We had a blast recording this CD -- Read all about it :)
Cantate Domino CD Song details
 LISTEN TO SONG EXCERPTS
Cantate Domino CD back Cover  with song list

If  you live in the Ottawa area, you can purchase our CDs directly from choir members. 

You can also buy them at Ottawa area stores
online - also available as Mp3 downloadsor at our live concerts.


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Musical Decorations for the Massie's Christmas tree
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform the favourite 17th century French Christmas carol "Allons, bergers, partons tous". Arranged by R. Terry.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats. Buy our CDs and help other Ottawa/Gatineau charities reach their goals!


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

A non-profit organization, the Stairwell Carollers chorus raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Visit our blog
or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at Knox Presbyterian Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, Dec 11th, 2015.

Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kolin Casagrande, Sam Sloan
Editing: Pierre Massie

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St. Stephen's Church, Chelsea, PQOur First Christmas concert of the 2016 season was somewhat terrifying for a few NEW Stairwell Carollers.

Why?

Can you say FIRST CONCERT?
FIRST ever with us, for some the FIRST ever in front of such a large audience.
Dress rehearsal, where Pierre decides on positioning us for the best soundOf course, after the initial entrance everyone in the chorus looked at Pete and his warm smile helped them breathe, smile and relax.
The largest group of Stairwellers ever!That first song, Carol of the Bells -- sung by heart, was a joyous celebration of all the hard work in rehearsal and preparation that led up to this moment -- the beginning of our 2016 Christmas singing season.
Before the concert, we run through all the beginnings of the carolsThe welcoming applause from the packed house at St. Stephen's in Chelsea didn't hurt, either.
The church was full - largest crowd here ever!
Plaque commemorating the 1995 renovation of St. Stephen's, ChelseaGreat marketing strategy to sell concert tickets !
We absolutely LOVE singing at this lovely old church -- such ambience and acoustics!

The community is so well-organized and helpful! We saw two different posters they created for the concert - one French, one English - so inclusive and thoughtful of them.

Thanks to everyone who made this such a successful production. Michèle again headed up the Front of House duties and sold CDs - thanks so much! Thanks to all the helpers and Susan for rounding them up. Thanks to the setup and Tech crew - light, MC microphones and risers.
Martha, alto, and Rae,soprano, were our amazing MCs this season and did such a professional job with very interesting info on each piece and just the right touches of humour.

Many thanks to all in the Chelsea community who attended.

It was a perfect start!



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This is such an incredible song that Pete has chosen for our upcoming Spring repertoire! Anùna is an amazing choral group with pure sound and lovely presence. Enjoy!



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Photo credit St. Stephen's church, Chelsea 2013Through the years we have been advertised and promoted in many ways -- including all forms of media, radio, TV, newspapers and now online. But the most memorable for me are the posters and signs made by churches and community groups who hired us for fundraising concerts. Here are a selection of those lovingly made advertisements.

Especially effective and completely unexpected!
This years most beautiful poster from St. Stephens in Chelsea
And their French poster -- completely different!
Our French name displayed at the Montreal Mondial event

 Ooo, we got our own sandwich board!
Our sandwich board sign brings walk-ins to the concerts That's us in the Ottawa Santa parade with our own Horse drawn float.
Look close, our name is on the sideSt. Paul's made sure everyone knew EVERYTHING about us with this display :)But the minimalist approach works too
I'm sure I could find more, but it's getting late and you get the idea...

Pop back to 1984 and a little letraset sign sitting on a music stand...
Our  first sign -- on a music stand, circa 1984




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Christmas Lights in Ottawa -- driving home after the Knox concert
Ok, for all you who just can't get enough of Christmas, here is our Christmas carols playlist on YouTube :)
We have professionally recorded many of these carols on CD! When you purchase them, you help support our growing list of Ottawa and the Outaouais region charities.

All our CDs are available on our website in both CD and MP3 formats. 

The Stairwell Carollers, an a cappella group, were formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie and has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition.

We are a non-profit organization that raises funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Visit our blog
or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at various churches through the years, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Videographers: Sébastien Lemay, Kolin Casagrande, Sam Sloan and many others.

Editing: Pierre Massie
Still Photography, Holly Massie - unless otherwise credited.


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