The Ottawa Choral Society - Grand Music, Grand Passion, a Grand Tradition

Since its inaugural concert in 1941, the Ottawa Choral Society has evolved into one of Canada's most prominent symphonic choruses. The Society nurtures the choral arts in the National Capital Region, providing a performance platform for talented graduates of the city's youth choirs and experienced adult choristers.

The choir's repertoire ranges from the complex polyphony of the Baroque and Renaissance to the jazz-influenced rhythms and cluster chords of contemporary composers.  The Society supports the development of Canadian talent through  a commissioning program, choral bursaries, and its New Discoveries Auditions for Young Artists. 

OUR 2017-18 SEASON

We embark on a journey through sounds, styles, and eras as we celebrate Canadian choral music in October, explore the lyricism of the strings and voices in December, marvel at the depth of expression of Fauré and Goodall in March, and thrill to the masterful music of Mozart in June. Join us to be inspired, moved, and transported by the passion and dedication of the OCS singers.


The Ottawa Choral Society warmly welcomes singers of all ages to audition for the choir. We focus on choral excellence, expressive and vibrant singing, and creative programming. You will experience the thrill of preparing and performing choral masterworks with outstanding pedagogue Jean-Sébastien Vallée, major concert artists and distinguished National Arts Centre Orchestra conductors.


De La Salle High School's Senior Vocal Ensemble, directed by Robert Filion, joins us for our opening concert of the 2017-18 subscription season. They will perform their own solo set and join us in an evening of glorious music and captivating song that draws on the cultural traditions, poetry, folksong and sacred music of the people who first inhabited her lands and lakes and those who came from distant shores to make a new life. 

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