Audience Etiquette

Audience Etiquette

“Please turn off all cell phones, pagers………etc.”  This is what we hear at the beginning of performances at the NAC and other concert venues. It is a sad sign of the times. For nine years of Cantiamo concerts I have never had to make this announcement as I believe it should just go without saying. After our Christmas concert experience, I am compelled to address audience etiquette at our concerts. For the first time ever, I had some audience...

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10th Anniversary

10th Anniversary

As you will have read on our web site, “The Cantiamo Girls Choir of Ottawa spontaneously sprang up to fulfill the need for a choir at the 2003 Writer’s Fest in Ottawa. This sparked a string of invitations that kept this group busy before it even had a name!” Believe it or not, we have been “kept busy” for nearly 10 years! We will celebrate our 10th Anniversary in June 2013. Our 2012 – 2013 season is just about fully booked. We will do joint...

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Mentoring With The Training Choir

Mentoring With The Training Choir

The mentoring program in Cantiamo’s Training Choir is, I think, a key part of the atmosphere of the group.  Having the mentors sprinkled in and participating in every aspect of the rehearsal, from warm-ups to the actual performance, offers a model of focus and technique for the younger choristers.  As a mentor myself, I can vouch for the fact that we learn constantly, too; about how to teach music, about the fundamentals of singing in a choir,...

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An Update on Donations

An Update on Donations

Giving has always been part of the culture of Cantiamo and we celebrate those who give their time and talents to helping run the events and the organization.  Giving monetary donations also helps our organization, our choristers and our community.  Since becoming a registered charity in 2010, donations to Cantiamo have risen significantly.  Last season we took in $900 in donations and this season, as of mid January, we have registered just over...

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Mentoring with Les Choristes

Mentoring with Les Choristes

In November, the Cantiamo girls, myself included, were lucky enough to get the opportunity to billet and sing with the Les Choristes Womens’ Choir from Western University.  Their older voices and added years of experience made for a more mature sound which we strove to match.  Having the older choir to model ourselves on helped us to unlock more of our own choir’s potential and develop a more mature sound. Singing with Les Choristes was one of...

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Music Is For Sharing (or Jackie’s Wisdom Tidbits)

Music Is For Sharing (or Jackie’s Wisdom Tidbits)

I often sit and listen to the choir during practice.  The beautiful music is a soothing and uplifting oasis in my week. But, if truth be told, I am captivated by how Jackie nurtures the choirs. I listen for what I call Jackie’s Wisdom Tidbits, such as her oft repeated “music is for sharing.”  She teaches values of community, empathy, and leadership – sometimes directly, but more often indirectly through demonstration....

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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture

Why do we sing? We love to sing! Singing makes us happy! Singing is healthy for the mind, body and spirit of all human beings. Whether a person is the singer or is listening to singing, potential positive effects are there ready to make an impact. Our daughters* join the Cantiamo Girls Choir because they love to sing and want to do this with others who love to sing. They want to work with others who share a desire for challenge and the...

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