OCSB Chamber Choir

Director: Carla MacGregor

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


About the Chamber Choir

Consists of students in Grades 8 through 12

Director: Carla MacGregor

Manager: Vanessa Velcani

Accompanist: Tony Dunn

Choir Assistant: Conor George

Chamber Choir History

The Ottawa Catholic School Board Chamber Choir provides an opportunity for senior choir members to continue studying and to perform a 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, WE Day Canada 150 on Parliament Hill for Gord Downie, the European Union Christmas Concert, with the Kenyan Boys Choir, the Canadian Tire Centre with Eric Church and WE Day, 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. The choir travels to Montreal annually in March to sing at the combined Earth Hour Concert and at the St. Joseph Oratory. The choir is committed to singing in concerts that raise funds for local food band organizations. The choirs regularly sing at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Christmas Concert in support of the Heron Road Food Cupboard and the St. Joe's Supper Table program.

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