(Photo: The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus at Bridlewood Trails retirement residence.)
They are not a gospel choir, but the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus does not shy away from singing with gusto ‘Jesus, What A Wonderful Child’. Toes will be tapping and bodies swaying.
A Christmas Kaleidoscope is a colourful concert delivering a virtual mosaic of music celebrating winter and the holiday season layered in four-part harmony. First and second sopranos lift notes gently to the rafters while first and second altos provide warm undertones.
(Press release from the WOLC.)
Singing repertoire that includes a wide variety of music arranged for a traditional ladies choir sung in three and four part harmony can be fulfilling and rewarding. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) is a friendly, welcoming group of 40 women who love to sing and spend time together. Membership draws singers from Fitzroy Harbour to Kanata, Old Ottawa East to Barrhaven, Stittsville to Munster, and North Gower to Carleton Place. Under the leadership of talented director, Robert Dueck, they blend their voices to deliver a solid performance. With a new season starting in September, there are a few openings available.
Rehearsals are offered twice a week—many members attend both but are asked to commit to one. Rehearsals are blocked in 10-12 weeks periods leading up to each performance—one at Christmas and one in the spring. Learning MP3’s and music are provided with the expectation that rehearsals are just that, a time to fine tune the musical numbers.
WOLC was formed in 2012 and grew rapidly from 12 to 40. A few places are available for women with choral experience singing a designated vocal part (1st Soprano and/or 2nd Soprano, 1st Alto and/or 2nd Alto). Each member must have a basic understanding of music theory; basic to intermediate sight reading skills; straight tone singing or minimized vibrato; ability to match pitch and blend with other singers. WOLC strives for excellence—this is your opportunity to get involved. Check out the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus on Facebook and on Youtube. Interested? Email the music director at LadiesChorus@bell.net to arrange an audition.
We welcome new voices.
(Press release from the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus)
What happens when women from all walks of life get together? They sing. Nurses, teachers, sales personnel, lay ministers and others blend their voices under the direction of Robert Dueck in the West Ottawa Ladies Chorus. No matter what profession they come from, when they sing it is with one voice. Continue reading