Children's Choir

Choir History

Consists of students in Grades 4 through 8
Director: Carla MacGregor
Accompanist: Tony Dunn
Choir Assistant: Conor George
Manager: Pam Dupuis
Choir Mom: Vanessa Velcani
The Ottawa Catholic School Board Children’s Choir was founded by MaryAnn Dunn in 1991 with the goal of providing an opportunity for the musical children of the Board to sing in an Honours group. The goal remains the same today – emphasis is placed on performance. The Choir is made up of 80 students in grades 4-8, who are chosen by audition. The Choir performs 10-15 engagements around our city each year, including annual concerts both at Christmas and in the spring. The Children's Choir rehearses weekly on Monday evenings, and one Saturday per month. The choir sings in 2, 3 and 4 part harmony and they sing a wide variety of music, from sacred to secular to contemporary to world music.

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Director: 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 currently teaching music at St. Mark High School and is a passionate music educator

OCSB Choirs Founder - MaryAnn Dunn

MaryAnn Dunn 
founded the Children’s Choir for the Carleton Catholic School Board in 1991 and directed the Choir for 25 years. She had previously conducted Children’s Choirs since 1978, directing parish and school choirs,  For 10 years, MaryAnn organized and directed the Board Annual Choral Celebration, a project which she initiated to include hundreds of children each year from Board Schools. She is grateful for the many wonderful parent volunteers with whom she has worked over the years, the support of hundreds of choir families and the joy of meeting and sharing music with so many talented, dedicated, creative and amazing children.

Contact Information
Children's Choir Manager
Pam Dupuis


Recent Announcements

The OCSB Children's Choir will be participating in the annual Songs for St. Joe's Supper Table Concert on Sunday, March 1 at St. Joseph's Church. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. and feature 5 choirs from the Ottawa area. Freewill offering.

On Sunday, March 29, the children's choir will be singing at the Grandmother's to Grandmother's Concert at De LaSalle High School. The concert will begin at 3:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.