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Pierre Massie in composing mode
     Just a quick note to tell everyone that Pete is entered in the CBC's 2014 Searchlight contest!

Just follow the link to listen to his Artist Page, listen to his original Carol (the Stairwell Carol) and vote :)

Your votes give you chances for prizes from CBC too!

You can vote once a day until April 6th, so please
bookmark the page and vote often!
For those whose browsers can see it, here is the page embedded below...

Thanks,



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Heavenly baby

Choir performs in public using a very cool form of music notation that predates written notation! Called Guidonian notation, it is printed on the hand, and the director and singers point to the notes as they sing.

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       Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Ay linda amiga" by the famous composer, Anonymous.

Buy our CDs and Mp3s for enjoyment anytime -- all proceeds benefit charity.

This version of "Ay linda amiga" is available on our Madrigal CD, Audite Nova.

Visit our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.
Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.
Editing: Pierre Massie

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                 If you haven't visited The Stairwell Carollers YouTube Channel, what are you waiting for?

If you love our music, we have over 100 concert videos there now to enjoy at your leisure. With over 340,000 views and 299 subscribers, the channel is the number one stop for fans of our music.

All were Audio recorded LIVE here in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada by Tom Barnes. The videos were recorded by various videographers, all given credit on the specific videos.

Our director and my hubby, Pierre Massie, edited the sound and video together using Final Cut Pro -- focusing on the best possible sound quality. As different video cameras have been used over the years, the video quality varies, but the sound quality is consistently great and guaranteed authentic.

I have to say this, since we have had the odd YouTube fan question whether we were lip-syncing or worse - not even singing our own music. When combining the sound with the video, Tom did not record  the MC's speaking so their voices were only recorded by the video camera. Hence the difference in sound quality if the video includes some words from the MC.

If you have any questions on how to set up your own YouTube channel or suggestions on how we can improve ours please don't hesitate to comment!


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LINK up your Music-related  articles, compositions, photos, and blog posts with us :) 

An InLinkz Link-up Here are February's Top 3 Posts...

Creativity in the Air

A lovely, inspiring post about music appreciation and performance from a surprising source!



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Jazz and Kids -- Improvising  a guest post at Music Teaching and Parenting by Gia Volterra De Saulnier 
 

Lastly, the Embro Thistle Singers with a practical post about communication with choir members  Snow on my Mind



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                Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Hoy comamos y bebamos" by Juan del Encina (1468 -- 1529), a composer, poet and playwright of the Renaissance.

Visit our website  for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes.  Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, June 1st, 2013.

Videographers: Valérie Auger-Voyer, Kevin Millington.

Video Editing: Pierre Massie

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LINK up your Musically-related photos, articles, and compositions blog posts with us NOW.
Here are the Top 3 Posts for JANUARY....

“How Firm a Foundation,” Brandon Nelson (ttbb choir or quartet)

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In Brandon's own words... "Long one of my favorite hymns, How Firm a Foundation has been a cherished part of the American religious experience since it was first published in 1787.  Expressing a steadfast faith in the face of great trials, I found this tune fertile ground for arrangement.  In my setting, the melody is presented numerous times to start as the music builds in intensity. The tune goes through colorful variations before the reaching an exultant conclusion."
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Tonal Tuesday - Social Media & Choir part 2An informative post on the use of social media for a choir -- here is a sample promo video they made for YouTube



From Kimberly at Being a Wordsmith-- a collection of fave Pop vocals"GrooveMeKimberly's Suspense Novel about Murder, Love, and Secrets

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           What an incredible venue to have for the first of our own 2013 Christmas carol concerts! 
A cathedral - sized church in downtown Ottawa

A cathedral in both size and style, Knox Presbyterian Church at 120 Lisgar St. Ottawa, Ontario, is impressive indeed --  a Gothic jewel at the center of our Nation's capital!
The Stairwell Carollers present a $2000 cheque to Youville Center -- Photo, Genevieve Lajoie
And the acoustics! Out of this world! I recommend this church to anyone wanting the experience of singing choral music in a cathedral setting.

One of our proudest moments was presenting the $2000 cheque to a representative of Youville center. Giving financial help to local charities is a core mandate of the Stairwell Carollers choir.
Our MC, Keith Bailey, introduces a Christmas carol
Wouldn't you know it, Saturday, Dec 14th had to be one of the worst storms that month! Despite the rotten Ottawa weather, we had good attendance.The people who came were obviously dedicated fans to brave the blowing sleet and snow -- and we thank them for their staunch support!

Keith, former Stairwell Caroller Bass and our MC at Knox
Former Bass, Keith was a stellar MC, his booming British accent in fine form and his smile infectious. His blend of music factoids and wry humour is always spot on -- making the concert complete.
Pierre gives the choir  notes (pun intended) on a piece of music in the pre-concert warmup

Tom Barnes recorded the audio for us, as always, while two friends took the live video. You will see the songs on YouTube over the coming months,  our director Pierre editing it all together (he doesn't do enough, after all).

The well-attended reception afterwards was held in the church's huge hall-- bright and cheery -- like the rest of Knox, full of Gothic style and atmosphere.

Pete awards the door prize -- a handmade gift basket filled with goodies and cds
As always, at our Christmas concerts, Pete awarded a festive gift basket door prize to a lucky audience member. Our thanks for coming to our concert! All in all, it was a great new church experience.

Many thanks once again to Michele, Susan and their crew for handling tickets at the door, CD sales and distributing programs.
Huguette, former Soprano with the Stairwell Carollers, makes an elegant usher


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 The Rideau Chapel is a heritage chapel saved from demolition and reconstructed within the Gallery. When you walk in, you would swear the light pouring throughout the stained glass was from the afternoon sun and that you were above ground. In reality, the chapel is within the gallery building with no natural light whatsoever. The entrance to the chapel is in the garden atrium -- another piece of slight of hand, suspending disbelief with the lush planting sand massive sky lighted ceiling above. One feels as if they enter the chapel from a gated churchyard garden ( sans tombstones ) .


Twice now we have sung in the Rideau Chapel and have high hopes to sing there again it is a perfect venue for our Sacred music and offers such choice in our physical setup. 

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              Just a few more days before auditions start at St Columba Church, 24 Sandridge, Ottawa, Ontario - Wed Jan 29th and the following Wed Feb 5th! 
To reserve your audition time, email us at info@stairwellcarollers.com. 

If you have questions, email anytime or use the comment option below. Holly will reply ASAP.

If you live in the Ottawa/Gatineau area, The Stairwell Carollers may be the choir you've been looking for.

We sing Renaissance, ancient and modern music in a capella style, and rehearse once a week year round (with a little summer vacation:). We have two seasons -- Spring (Renaissance and Medieval Sacred and secular pieces, Masses and Madrigals) and Christmas (Christmas carols ancient, Olde and New).

The ability to read music is an asset, but not a requirement for our group :)

Please watch our Audition video below for info and a selection of recent photos...


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