The Ottawa Choral Society - Grand Music, Grand Passion, a Grand Tradition

Since its inaugural concert in 1941, the Ottawa Choral Society has evolved into one of Canada's most prominent symphonic choruses. The Society nurtures the choral arts in the National Capital Region, providing a performance platform for talented graduates of the city's youth choirs and experienced adult choristers.

The choir's repertoire ranges from the complex polyphony of the Baroque and Renaissance to the jazz-influenced rhythms and cluster chords of contemporary composers.  The Society supports the development of Canadian talent through  a commissioning program, choral bursaries, and its New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists. 

OUR 2018-19 SEASON

This season we continue to explore new horizons in composition and celebrate the seminal works of the choral repertoire. The OCS will join forces with the NAC Orchestra to perform Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem. We are thrilled to again be sharing Chamberfest’s Holiday stage with the world-renowned King’s Singers. Our season continues with Bach's Johannes-Passion for which we have assembled an all-star cast of thrilling soloists. Carl Orff ’s Carmina Burana rounds out our season. 


The Ottawa Choral Society warmly welcomes singers of all ages to audition for the choir. We focus on choral excellence, expressive and vibrant singing, and creative programming. You will experience the thrill of preparing and performing choral masterworks with outstanding pedagogue Jean-Sébastien Vallée, major concert artists and distinguished National Arts Centre Orchestra conductors.


May 7, 1824 is a special moment in the history of music. It’s the day Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony premiered in Vienna.

In its premiere, the Ninth was unlike anything heard before and it remains such a towering achievement that it comes back to concert stages again and again and again and again and still the people line up to listen.

In Ottawa, the NAC Orchestra has played it ... (read more)

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