Children's Choir

Choir History

Consists of students in Grades 4 through 9
Director: Carla MacGregor
Choir Assistant: Andrea MacWiliams
Accompanist: Tony Dunn
Manager: Margie Butler

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.
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 also 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
Margie Butler

Recent Announcements

  • New Location for Mar 19 Rehearsal On Monday, March 19th, St. Basil's parish is having their Lenten Journey night.  Our rehearsal location has been moved to St. Stephen Anglican Church, 930 Watson Street.  Since this ...
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 9:04 AM by Choir Web
  • Go Team Canada Go! OCSB Choirs cheer on Team Canada with this rendition of our National Anthem.  Please click on this Youtube link to view:
    Posted Feb 19, 2018, 7:47 PM by Choir Web
  • Upcoming Performances Chamber Choir:  March 24th Montreal Concert by Candlelight; Children's and Chamber:  April 7th  Songs for St. Joe's Supper Table
    Posted Mar 18, 2018, 9:10 AM by Choir Web
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