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Reading Sessions

July 6, 2019

Self-published choral works by Canadian Composers 2019-2020, various cities In support of brilliant colleagues, a variety of curated reading sessions showcasing self-published choral works by Canadian composers including Marie-Claire Saindon (Québec), Katerina Gimon (BC), Kristopher Fulton (BC), Stephen Smith (BC), Stuart Beatch (Alberta), Laura Hawley (Alberta), Ben Sellick (Manitoba), Stephanie Martin (Ontario), Jeff Enns (Ontario), … Continue reading “Reading Sessions”

Walking through light – Hypatia’s Voice Concert

April 27, 2019

Laura’s final concert as Artistic Director of Hypatia’s Voice comprised a musical dissertation on the many facets and experiences of light – internal, external, and celestial. The program featured the premiere a stunning work by Ottawa composer John Armstrong alongside works by O’Regan (A light exists in spring), Chilcott (Song of the stars), Paulus (Songs … Continue reading “Walking through light – Hypatia’s Voice Concert”

Carols & Snow

December 1, 2018

The first official Christmas concert of Hypatia’s Voice Women’s choir featured a program of Benjamin Britten’s beloved Ceremony of Carols amidst stunning works by Ottawa composer Kelly-Marie Murphy, Canadian legend R. Murray Schafer, Tarik O’Regan, and laura hawley’s Carol Trilogy.

A Matter of Spirit

November 10, 2018

November, 2018 | Ottawa, ON In 2018, choirs across Canada launched productions for the centenary of Armistice Day, musically marking 100 years since the end of the First World War. In anticipation of this landmark, I had dreamed of a new large-scale work for women’s choir and orchestra that would speak to women’s experiences of … Continue reading “A Matter of Spirit”

A Matter of Spirit – Concert

November 11, 2018, marks the 100th anniversary of the conclusion of the First World War. Hypatia’s Voice Women’s Choir of Ottawa and the Parkdale United Church Orchestra have commissioned Canadian composer Christine Donkin to create a new work for choir and orchestra commemorating the centenary of Armistice. This brilliant and moving new work focuses on … Continue reading “A Matter of Spirit – Concert”

Music in my Mother’s House

May 13, 2018

Happy Mother’s Day! To celebrate this special day, we have a program of music about many different aspects of motherhood. Our program encompasses musical reflections on children, mothers, daughters, sisters, grandmothers, life, and the eternal, indescribable legacy of love that flows through all these threads. When I was growing up, one of my favourite things … Continue reading “Music in my Mother’s House”

A Mother’s Love

May 5, 2018

Welcome to our concert in honour of mothers! We’re so pleased to be here today for our Almonte debut at the beautiful Old Town Hall to share some beautiful music with you. Almonte is one of my favourite places, and my mother and I have spent many a beautiful afternoon here having picnics, visiting our … Continue reading “A Mother’s Love”

November Winds

November 5, 2017

Tonight’s concert is inspired by wind! In this program, you’ll hear about the varying textures and colors of the wind in Yagüe’s stunning Historietas del viento; you’ll hear music for choir and piano with wind instruments in the gossamer vignettes of Shield’s The Evening Star and in Parker’s brilliant and cheeky Elinor Wylie: Incantations; you’ll … Continue reading “November Winds”

We Are Hypatia II

June 10, 2017

In our pilot season of 2015-2016, Hypatia performed a program of music drawn from the various backgrounds of all the members of the choir in a concert titled, “We are Hypatia.” The concert was so well-loved, we received many requests to repeat the program for those in attendance to enjoy it again and bring their … Continue reading “We Are Hypatia II”

An Ethos of Ecstasy

March 12, 2017

When starting Hypatia’s Voice in 2015, I had a vision for a choir that would, each year, welcome a guest conductor to lead us in one of our season’s programs. We were able to fulfill that vision much sooner than I had expected, and it brings me great joy to welcome our first guest conductor, … Continue reading “An Ethos of Ecstasy”

Our Grandmothers were Strong: Songs of Suffrage and Strength

October 30, 2016

When I met with Mark O’Neill at the Canadian Museum of History last spring, we discussed an exciting range of ideas for exploring Canada’s voice through choral music. Tonight’s performance expands on the project that developed after this meeting: a concert paired with the museum’s special exhibition on women’s suffrage, performed earlier today in the … Continue reading “Our Grandmothers were Strong: Songs of Suffrage and Strength”

We Are Hypatia

March 8, 2016

I’m delighted to welcome you tonight to the second concert of our pilot year! It seems fitting, in our first year together, to discover more about one another through music; and in this spirit, our program tonight draws from the cultural backgrounds of all of us in Hypatia’s Voice. We are privileged to share this … Continue reading “We Are Hypatia”

Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and other Celestial Interpretations

October 25, 2015

Hypatia (c. 370-415c.e.) was a Greek mathematician, philosopher, astronomer, teacher, and head of the Neoplatonic school of Philosophy. At a time when women were considered little more than property, Hypatia flourished, freely sharing her teachings to many who travelled great distances to hear her, and promoting independent thought and access to education for all. It’s … Continue reading “Holst: Choral Hymns from the Rig Veda and other Celestial Interpretations”