Chamber Choir

Choir History

Consists of students in Grades 8 through 12
Director: Carla MacGregor
Choir Assistant: Andrea MacWilliams
Accompanist: Tony Dunn
Manager: Emily Snyder

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The Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber Choir, founded in 1996 by MaryAnn Dunn as an extension of the OCSB Children’s Choir, provides an opportunity for senior choir members to continue studying and to perform more advanced choral repertoire. Under the direction of its current conductor, Carla MacGregor, this group of young people from grades 8 to 12 continues to enjoy a reputation for fine ensemble work in a wide variety of styles. In addition to annual Spring and Christmas concerts, the choir has sung at several community events such as the Olympic Torch Relay, the opening of the National War Museum, the 60th Anniversary Celebration of D Day, in the Senate Chamber of the Houses of Parliament, at the 49th Canadian National Prayer Breakfast and at the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at Rideau Hall. This year the chamber choir sang the opening song with Eric Church at the Canadian Tire Centre. The choir is committed to singing in concerts which raise funds for local food band organizations. In 2016-2017 the choir sang in two such concerts, raising over $9000 for the Heron Road Emergency Food Cupboard and the St. Joe's Supper Table program.
Contact Information
Chamber Choir Manager
Emily Snyder
ocsbchamberchoir@gmail.com


Carla MacGregor Biography

Carla MacGregor studied voice and music at the University of Ottawa and is a graduate of the Artist in Community program at the Faculty of Education, Queen’s University. After receiving her teaching degree in music she moved to Cali, Colombia, S.A., where she taught music at the international school, Colegio Bolivar. While there, she sang with the opera chorus, Coro Pollifanico del Valle at the Teatro Municipale. In 1990, Carla became a music educator with the Ottawa Catholic School Board, where she led choirs, guitar ensembles and award winning jazz, concert and marching bands. She is a recipient of the OCSB’s Director of Education Commendation Award. Carla was also an instructor at the Ontario Education Leadership Centre, (Music), in Lake Couchiching, Ontario, for several years.

Carla has performed, recorded and toured with many choirs, including the Ontario Youth Choir, the Ottawa Choral Society, the Ottawa Jazz Chorale and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa. She has performed with the Cantata Singers and the National Arts Centre Orchestra and recorded for CBC Radio with conductors Trevor Pinnock, Franz Paul Decker and Agnes Grossman. 

Carla is also currently teaching music at St. Mark High School and is a passionate music educator



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  • OCSB Choirs Annual Christmas Concert On Monday, Dec. 18, the OCSB Choirs will present their annual Christmas Concert  at St. Basil's Church (Maitland exit, north of the 417).  The concert will feature the OCSB ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 8:04 PM by Choir Web
  • 26th Annual Immaculate Heart of Mary Concert On Dec. 10, the Chamber Choir will perform at a Christmas Concert in support of the Heron Emergency Food Shelter.  the concert will be held at Immaculate Heart of Mary ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 7:56 PM by Choir Web
  • A Wonderful Week In the last two weeks our choirs have done a wonderful job in their various performances.  On Nov. 3, the Triple Trio performed at St. Elias.  The Children's Choir ...
    Posted Nov 20, 2017, 7:51 PM by Choir Web
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