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’s New Discoveries Auditions are held in alternating years to provide emerging vocal artists with a professional platform, broad audience exposure, and career development opportunities. The Choral Society is proud to have encouraged many of Canada’s most accomplished concert artists to find success with audiences across the country through this initiative.


We present Mozart’s Requiem together with his rarely-performed Davide Penitente, which will instantly be recognizable to those who love his majestic Mass in C minor and its sublime soprano solo Laudamus te. Clothed here in a new Italian libretto taken from the penitential psalms of David, it becomes the meltingly beautiful Davide Penitente, a fitting musical partner for the Master’s deeply-emotional and timeless Requiem.

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