The OSG Choir
Since the earliest days of OSG 15 years ago, its Artistic Director and Conductor Yves Léveillé has dreamed of creating a mixed choir just for the orchestra, and having the choir join our musicians when the programs called for their presence. The celebration of our 15th anniversary turns out to be the perfect opportunity for the creation of such an ensemble: the OSG Choir.
Maestro Léveillé chose a suitably outstanding Choir Director in the person of Antonio Llaca. Over the years, Mr. Llaca has directed a number of choirs that have accompanied the OSG in works such as Mozart’s Requiem (2014), Carmina Burana (2017) and Handel’s Messiah (2017), to name just a few examples.
Cuban-born Antonio Llaca is a dynamic choir director, teacher and clinician, who has studied with internationally renowned masters. Not only is he the Director of Choral Activities at Carleton University, but he is also a professor at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau, where he conducts the choirs and the orchestra. Since 2009, he has also conducted Coro Vivo Ottawa. His choral ensembles have won international awards and performed in Canada, the United States and Asia.
For the 15th season’s closing concert, which will be presented in salle Odyssée on April 2, 2022, audiences will get to finally discover the all-new OSG Choir, as it joins our musicians for Beethoven’s Ode to Joy.
Join the OSG Choir
Do you know someone who has sung in a choir and would like to experience the unique opportunity of singing with the OSG? Maybe you would like to audition for the OSG Choir? Mr. Llaca will hold auditions in September and October 2021.
You can register to join the OSG Choir by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org between September 1 and 25, 2021. In addition, an online registration form will be available starting September 1 on our Web site, as will a video with details about the Choir. In-person rehearsals will start in January 2022 at the Conservatoire de musique de Gatineau.
There is an annual fee of $55 for joining the OSG Choir, which includes rehearsals and concerts, auditions, diction workshops and a Web platform where chorists can pursue their training, as well as in-person rehearsals. The fee is due at the audition. OSG will reimburse $25 to anyone who is not selected.