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Stairwell Carollers
Canada's bilingual, award-winning acappella chamber choir. En francais, Les Chanteurs Stairwell, Ottawa, Ontario
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Stairwell Carollers Auditions Fall 2015
Stairwell Carollers Auditions Fall 2015
Wow! Our choir is so happy singing together, that for the Fall 2015 season we are auditioning Basses only. Sorry Sops, Altos and Tenors -- you may get a chance next season.To qualify, all you need is a solid voice, a good ear and a great attitude.Rehearsals start in September for our Christmas concert season. Reading music is an asset but not a necessity.
John, Bass, a long-time Stairweller -- photo, Andrew Jones
John, Bass, a long-time Stairweller -- photo, Andrew Jones
For more info, send us an email -- info (at) stairwellcarollers (dot) comDon't delay! Contact us to book your audition slot for Wednesday, Aug 26 or Wednesday, Sept 2nd.Les Chanteurs Stairwell font des auditions régulièrement. Nous recherchons des Basses pour Septembre, 2015.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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Manon works hard at rehearsal
Manon works hard at rehearsal

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Ehre sei dir Christe" by Heinrich Schütz (1585 –1672) --considered to be one of the most important German composers of the 17th century.


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


A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.


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


Visit our blog or our website for updates.


Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31st, 2014.


Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.


Editing: Pierre Massie

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Yellow Daisies
Yellow Daisies

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "La Tricotea" by Franco Alonso (c.1490-1530) a Renaissance composer.


Buy our CDs and support worthwhile community charities. A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.

This version of "La Tricotea" is available on our madrigal CD, "Audite nova".


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


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, May 31st, 2014.

Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.

Editing: Pierre Massie

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Summer flowers
Summer flowers
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform an Olde Spanish Madrigal, "Dindirin, dindirin", Anonymous (1500). 

Buy our CDs and support worthwhile community charities. A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales. This version of "Dindirin, dindirin" is available on our madrigal CD, "Audite nova".


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


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, May 31st, 2014.


Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.

Editing: Pierre Massie

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O Magnum Mysterium CD cover
O Magnum Mysterium CD cover


Hear it here first! Some track samples from our upcoming CD, Magnum Mysterium to whet your appetite for the Christmas season. Follow this link http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/MP3s8.html or scroll down to see our CD page from our website.


Enjoy!


What? It's July, you say? Christmas is months away, you say?


For us staunch Stairwellers, Christmas is just around the corner ;)


In August, we tune up our pipes to start rehearsals for the 2015 Christmas Carol singing season.

 

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At the NAC, Ottawa, 1988
At the NAC, Ottawa, 1988

 

1. Our first recording was on vinyl and raised over $53,000 for Ottawa's Manoir Ronald McDonald house situated beside CHEO.

Stairwell Carollers First recording, 1985
Stairwell Carollers First recording, 1985

 

2. One of our basses (Rex) is infamous for his slippers he wears to practice. He also can't resist a piano.

Rex tickles the ivories in a break from recording Cantate Domino
Rex tickles the ivories in a break from recording Cantate Domino

3. Although not all of us are as bilingual as we'd like (me), the choir is officially bilingual. Pierre directs us in both English and French randomly. Our website has both English and French versions and I occasionally receive French posts for the blog (more please). We have performed at both English and French venues, with bilingual MCs.

4. Our 30th anniversary cookbook was named for the nickname we got from being so ravenous after concerts.


The Eatwell Carollers.


The French title, Madrigateries, is a made up word that combines two words Madrigal and Gateries -- the literal meaning is hard to explain in English but all our Francophone fans appreciate it.

Eatwell -- 30th anniversary cookbook
Eatwell -- 30th anniversary cookbook

 

5. Our name, "The Stairwell Carollers", was a spontaneous creation by original soprano, Dawn, when we were asked our name live on a radio broadcast.

Xmas Exchange broadcast with Gord Atkinson, CFMO, early 80's
Xmas Exchange broadcast with Gord Atkinson, CFMO, early 80's

 

6. Our director, Pierre Massie, sings along in the tenor section and directs us with his choir binder and head movements. Front row, second from the left. You can clearly see many singers looking at him for direction.

Pierre directs while singing
Pierre directs while singing

 

7. Pierre composes and arranges many of the pieces we sing. Here's a sample... The title track of our first CD, Qui Creavit Celum http://www.stairwellcarollers.com/audio/QuiCreavit.mp3

Pete composes in our back sunroom
Pete composes in our back sunroom

 

8. We now have 7 CDs, including O Magnum Mysterium -- a Christmas carol CD, which will be available October 2015. All proceeds go towards helping local charities.

Susan checks on the CD table at a concert
Susan checks on the CD table at a concert

 

9. "Noel Nouvelet" is a compilation album of our previous recordings of French and Latin carols requested by our Francophone listeners. All our other CDs consist of new song recordings for each CD.

Noel Nouvelet, our French Christmas Carol compilation
Noel Nouvelet, our French Christmas Carol compilation

 

10. Gord Atkinson, of CFMO FM radio fame, discovered us at Bayshore shopping center in Ottawa's west end -- after his wife Elaine heard us caroling there.

Recording session for CFMO -- about 1978
Recording session for CFMO -- about 1978

 

11. Our choir started as a group of students singing together in the Ottawa U residence stairwells.

Holly and Dawn practicing to sing in the U of O stairwells
Holly and Dawn practicing to sing in the U of O stairwells

 

12. Over 100 people are Stairwell Alumni -- current and former -- we call them "Stairwellers".

Stairwell Alumni rehearsing for 30th anniversary 2007
Stairwell Alumni rehearsing for 30th anniversary 2007

 

13. Our YouTube channel has over 180 concert song videos, all edited and produced by our director, Pierre Massie, and all recorded live in concert. Pierre edits the video together with a professional audio recording by Tom Barnes and we are very proud of the results!


14. Last, but totally not least, the Stairwell Carollers is a registered charity. We are all volunteers and LOVE what we do!

Andy and Holly relax at the concert reception
Andy and Holly relax at a concert reception

 

 

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Stained glass window at St. Martin's Anglican Church, Ottawa
Stained glass window at St. Martin's Anglican Church, Ottawa

Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Vexilla Regis" by Juan Francés de Iribarren (1699-1767), a Spanish late baroque composer.

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

A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through our concert, CD and cookbook sales.

Buy our CDs and support Ottawa/Outaouais community charities! This version of "Vexilla Regis" is available on our sacred Renaissance CD, "Cantate Domino", released October 2012.

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

Visit our blog or our website for updates.

Audio: Tom Barnes. Recorded at St. Barnabas Church, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, May 31st, 2014.
Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.
Editing: Pierre Massie

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Spring Poppies
Spring Poppies
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Cucù, cucù" - Juan del Encina (1468 - 1530) was a composer, poet and playwright of the Renaissance.
Buy our CDs and support local charities. This version of "Cucù, cucù" is available on our madrigal CD, "Audite Nova".
The Stairwell Carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition.
A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
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, May 31st, 2014.
Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.


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Spring Oriental Poppies
Spring Oriental Poppies
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Ecco la nimph’Ebrayca chiamata" by Roland de Lassus (also Orlande de Lassus, Orlando di Lasso, 1530 - 1594), a Franco-Flemish composer of the late Renaissance.
Buy our CDs and help Ottawa and Hull region charities. This version of "Ecco la nimph’Ebrayca chiamata" is available on our madrigal CD, "Audite Nova".The Stairwell Carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition.
A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.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, May 31st, 2014.Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.

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Lilac Blossoms on the garden path
Lilac Blossoms on the garden path
Ottawa choir, The Stairwell Carollers, perform "Lirum bililirum " - Rossino Mantovano (Rossino of Mantua) (fl. 1505-1511) an Italian composer of madrigals.
The Stairwell Carollers, an a cappella group, formed in 1977 by director Pierre Massie, has earned the distinction of being ranked amongst the best of Ontario choirs in both the 2010 and 2013 Ontario Music Festival Association competition.
Buy our CDs!!! This version of "Lirum bililirum" is available on our madrigal CD, “Audite Nova”, released October 2009. All our CDs are available on our website in both CD form and as MP3 downloads.

A non-profit organization, we raise funds for local charities through concert, CD and cookbook sales.
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, May 31st, 2014.
Videographers: Gert-Jan van Heuzen, Kevin Millington.
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