Exalting the Majesty of Many Voices – The Ottawa Choral Society Tradition
Since its inaugural concert in 1940, the Ottawa Choral Society has evolved into one of Canada’s prominent symphonic choruses. Through a lasting tradition, at times with up to a hundred voices, the Choral Society has continued to present major choral masterworks alongside the works of new choral composers.
The Society collaborates with the Ottawa Symphony Orchestra and the National Arts Centre Orchestra. Membership in the Choir is accomplished through auditions.The Society also supports the development of Canadian talent through its commissioning program for new choral works, and its New Discoveries Auditions for young and aspiring concert vocalists.
The Ottawa Choral Society presents another remarkable concert season celebrating the season with brass and voices and Heppner in December; exploring the immortal depths of Beethoven in March; journeying through the mystical world of night, moon and dreams in May; and celebrating Canada’s rising vocal stars at our New Discoveries Showcase later this year.
With a renewed focus on choral excellence, expressive and vibrant singing, creative programming of repertoire, and a collaborative and innovative approach to choral concert performance, the Ottawa Choral Society invites inspired singers from all ages and walks of life to audition for the choir and help us to build the size and excellence of our large symphonic ensemble.
Pictured here, our 2010 New Discoveries laureate, Philippe Sly is testament to the success of this program's ability to provide a platform for emerging Canadian talent since 1998. This year we are honoured by the participation on our jury of tenor and Canadian icon Ben Heppner.