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. 


Over the years, donors have helped the Ottawa Choral Society continue to be one of Canada’s most prominent symphonic choruses.

To help ensure that this tradition lives on, please consider sending a donation online, or by filling out and mailing back the form below.


Sign up to audition for our choir now! We are holding auditions on January 9th.

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.


The riveting baroque brilliance and dramatic urgency of Bach’s St. John Passion is the closest he ever came to writing an opera. A testament of faith that ranks this sacred narrative with Bach’s most sublime creations.

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