The Ottawa Catholic School Board Children’s Choir was founded in 1991 by MaryAnn Dunn, with the goal of providing an opportunity for the musical children of the Board to sing in an Honours group.
Since its inception, the Board Choir has evolved and expanded into four different choral groups, as described below.
The goal remains the same today – the emphasis is placed on performance. The choirs, now directed by Carla MacGregor and Patricia Kaiser perform annual concerts both at Christmas and in the spring and sing for Board celebrations as well as several other functions each year.
In addition to its annual concerts, the Choirs receive invitations to perform in various venues such as the NAC, WE Day, the National Gallery, the House of Commons, the National Library, the National War Museum, the National Military Cemetery, many area churches, as well as fundraisers throughout the city.
The Choirs have travelled to Festivals in Niagara Falls, Kingston, Moncton and Montreal. In July of 2017, the choir sang for Gord Downie at WE Day at Parliament Hill and again at a memorial tribute to Gord in November of 2017 at WE Day Ottawa at the Canadian Tire Centre. In 2015, the Children's Choir sang for World Education International's 7th Congress and at the closing ceremonies of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission at Rideau Hall.
The OCSB Choirs compete in the Ottawa Kiwanis Music Festival annually and have been awarded the Luella Barrigar Trophy for Folk Song Chorus and the Ken Little Memorial Trophy as well as Choral Scholarships. They have also been recommended to compete at the Provincial level of the Ontario Music Festivals Association.
Many new and exciting opportunities are in store for this year. We invite everyone to come and enjoy hearing the award-winning voices of the OCSB Choirs.