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. 


The curtain is rising on the next chapter in the history of the Choral Society as exciting new Artistic Director Jean-Sébastien Vallée takes up his baton. We celebrate with brass and voices in December, explore the depth of Beethoven's emotional expression in March, and enter the mystical world of night and dreams in Mayand celebrate Canada’s rising vocal stars at our New Discoveries Showcase later this year. 


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.


Pictured here is New Discoveries laureate Wallis Guinta, now appearing on international concert and opera stages. Since 1998, the New Discoveries program has provided a platform for discovering emerging Canadian vocal talent.
This year we are honoured by the participation on our jury of Canadian icon and tenor Ben Heppner.

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