My name is Katie Stewart and I am a member of the Stairwell Carollers. I have lived in Old Ottawa South my whole life and I am a former student from Glebe Collegiate Institute. I first sang with this amazing choir in May 2017, as a member of the Glebe choir when we performed together with the Stairwell Carollers.
I fell in love with the music they sang and had never seen a choir quite like them before. After I graduated from high school in 2018, I had the courage to sign up for an audition, and am so glad that I was accepted.
This award-winning choir is directed by Pierre Massie, a former music teacher from Glebe Collegiate Institute, as well as my former music teacher. He has put together an amazing Christmas program for our concerts this year.
With the many a capella pieces I have sung, either in the Glebe choirs or with the Stairwell Carollers, I promise that this season’s pieces are some of the best.
Included in this program are unique arrangements and compositions by four choir members, our very own composer quartet! The program includes two brand new carols: Christmas is… by bass Terry Brynaert and Mary’s Lullaby by alto Lyndsay Bolden. The choir is also singing an arrangement of Es ist ein Ros enstsprungen by tenor David Rain, as well as The Stairwell Carol and many other carols by tenor and director Pierre Massie.
Being a part of the Stairwell Carollers has been a real treat and an amazing experience for me. We really hope to see you at our concert, An a capella Christmas, at Southminster United Church, 15 Aylmer Ave at Bank Street, Saturday, December 14, 2019, 7:30pm.
Come celebrate and enjoy carols with us and hear a capella singing at its finest! The Carollers are also pleased to be presenting a $2,000 donation to the Cornerstone Housing for Women at this concert.
And, if you’re looking for that perfect Xmas gift, the choir’s CDs will be on sale too. Proceeds from tickets, CDs and product sales are used to help local organizations. Since 1997 the choir has donated over $140,000 to local charities and scholarships.
Tickets are $20 at the door, or $15 in advance at Compact Music, 206 & 785 1/2 Bank Street, or online at www.stairwellcarollers.com. Hope to see you there on December 14th!
If you can’t make it to Southminster, you can still hear the Stairwell Carollers on Wednesday December 18th at St Columba Church, 24 Sandridge Road, 7:30pm.
Katie Stewart is an Old Ottawa South resident who sings soprano in the Stairwell Carollers.
Originally published in the December 2019 OSCAR.