Singing is said to be the soul expressing itself. Singing in a chorus allows voices to blend as a unit to reach other souls. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) is putting the final touches on their Christmas repertoire that will delight their audience at two performances—Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon.
Looking forward, Robert Dueck has chosen selections for the spring concert in April. This chorus of 40 plus mixed voices has a few opportunities for new singers to join. The most frequent reasons for singing are to take good music and make it your own, to gain a sense of accomplishment, and to accept the challenge of reaching performance level. Being a member of WOLC also adds an important social benefit as friendships abound. Choristers not only have fun singing with each other but share a unique camaraderie. “Many audience members have told me that they enjoy coming to our concerts because we so obviously enjoy what we are doing up on those risers. Audience members watching our performance for the first time can see how much we love singing the beautiful music and how much we enjoy each others’ company. Atmosphere is very important to a performance.” Jacqueline Sanders
Basic to intermediate skill is a requirement for membership but it is also the task of the director to mold the voices into a unit. Choral experience with singing a designated SSAA voice part, basic understanding of music theory, basic to intermediate sight reading skills, the ability to handle syncopated rhythms, straight tone singing or minimized vibrato and be able to match pitch and blend with other singers is needed. A commitment to the chorus is a commitment to give your best. It is hard work but enjoyment shows from the inside out and is expressed as different voice personalities blend to harmonize as a unit. The spring term starts January 24th to May 7th – 2016. There are several openings for 2nd Soprano with limited openings for 1st Soprano and possible openings for 1st and 2nd Alto. Rehearsal times are Sun. 2:00 – 4:00 pm and/or Wed. 1:30 – 3:00 pm (welcome to both). To express your interest to join WOLC please indicate by emailing Robert Dueck at LadiesChorus@bell.net
Enjoying Christmas music is a traditional way to start the season. The “Christmas Around The World” concert is a testimonial to the quality of WOLC, an opportunity to enjoy and participate in celebrating the birth of a king. The West Ottawa Ladies Chorus (WOLC) will perform “Christmas Around the World” Saturday, Dec. 5th at 7:00 pm and again on Sunday, Dec. 6th at 2:30 pm at St. Paul’s Anglican Church, 20 Young Road in Kanata
Now in its fourth year, the WOLC has attracted a loyal audience that looks to this performance to put them in the spirit of this joyous season. Advanced tickets -$15 are available from choir and Chorale members as well as at Gaia Java – 1300 Main Street Stittsville; Kanata Barbershop 2 Beaverbrook Road Kanata;, and Robin’s Nest 98 Mill Street Almonte. Tickets at the door are $20.