Music, Leadership, Outreach.

About Cantiamo

The Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa develops integrity, empathy and self-confidence in its choristers through choral excellence, leadership training and educational and community outreach.

Our motto is:  Music,  Leadership,  Outreach.


We study and perform the finest repertoire, with a particular emphasis on the works of Canadian composers. Cantiamo has premiered over twenty Canadian choral compositions.  We participate in choral events at home and away from home.  We record our music and concerts in order to reach a wider audience in the community, provide another educational experience to the choristers and contribute to our operating budget.


Our Artistic Director is a highly qualified music educator who develops the vocal capabilities and musical literacy of our choir members.  Our Accompanist, Associate Conductor, and Composer-In-Residence, also a highly qualified professional, supports the vision of the artistic director and the development of the choristers.  Mentoring is part of our program and we provide choir members with the opportunity to mentor less experienced singers.  When appropriate, we provide conducting and accompanying opportunities to our advanced choristers.


We perform educational outreach through our three part community outreach and music education program which consists of our teacher workshop, school visits and Music Monday where we are partners with the National Arts Centre.  We support the Ottawa community by performing at local charitable events, churches, schools and retirement/nursing homes throughout our choral season.


Aside from our own concerts, we perform to support community events and have consequently enjoyed performing at the Canada and the World Pavilion, Ottawa City Hall, the Ottawa Congress Centre, the Canadian Museum of Civilization and the National Arts Centre and various hospitals, churches and retirement homes. Cantiamo also participated in Festival 500 in Newfoundland (2005, 2013) and the Kaleid Festival in Woodstock (2006, 2007) and Ottawa (2010).


We hold regular weekly rehearsals, additional workshops throughout our choral season and maintain high performance standards.  We provide the opportunity for boys to participate in our training choir as an introduction to choral singing.  We are a registered charity.

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Recent News

July 7, 2016 |

Together in Song – 2016

By Catherine C – Chorister   What happens when you put five groups of talented young singers together?...

June 10, 2016 |

A Visit From Kongero – A Swedish A Capella Group

  By Leslie Bricker   The dark days of February were brightened this year with a visit from the Swedish...

May 8, 2016 |

A special rehearsal with the Calgary William Aberhart Concert Choir

    By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director   Educational Engagement rehearsal with Cantiamo...

April 4, 2016 |

Having a Riot…with Rajaton!

  By Linda Crawford, Goulbourn Jubilee Singers   Many of us on the Canadian choral scene are familiar...

March 29, 2016 |

Going Viral: hope, gratitude, connection, and the surprising reach of intention

By Laura Hawley – Cantiamo`s Accompanist, Associate Conductor, and Composer-In-Residence   I like to...

February 21, 2016 |

Cantiamo’s Fall Season – 2015

A festive season of “Christmas Joy!” for Cantiamo and the Training Choir! By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic...

January 15, 2016 |

David Pyett – A Cantiamo Luxury!

By Jackie Hawley, Founding Artistic Director Monday, January 4th, 2016, was our first rehearsal after the...

December 6, 2015 |

Choristers’ Retreat

In early October, after just a few practices together, the Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa got together for their...

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Recent Work

At Cantiamo we produce our own CDs and participate on select CDs with other artists.

In The Heart of a Friend

Our second album is a memento CD featuring the...

The Song My Paddle Sings

Cantiamo is excited to be guests on the upcoming...

Cantiamo in Concert 2006-2007

Our first album features the Cantiamo Girls...