The Ottawa Carleton Male Choir was founded in 1997 by Henk Huizenga. The Choir prides itself on bringing beautiful music to the community at our concerts and at a number of retirement homes throughout the year.
The Choir comprises some 30 members from all walks of life. We sing a variety of musical, genres including classical, sacred, spiritual and secular works.
Our Choir Director is Aude Urbancic. Our first past Choir Directors are Christina Stapper 1 year, Archie Smith (10 Years) and Margaret VanDyk (10 Years).
The Choir had the distinction of performing with such artists as virtuoso organist Andre Knevel from St. Catharines and the renowned organist Sander van Marion , Martin Zonneberg, Harm Hoeve and Martin Mans, Freddy Veldkamp as Choir Directors. Liselotte Rokyta and Noortje van Middelkoop on Panflute, all from the Netherlands ,with several Male Choirs from the Netherlands and England and Canada.
The Choir has also gone on several concert tours:
- In May 2002, it went on a concert tour in the Netherlands.
- The Choir celebrated its 10th anniversary in May of 2007 with an exciting two-week concert tour to the Czech Republic and the Netherlands. This event also marked the retirement of the Choir's founding director Archie Smith.
- In May 2011, the choir had a 10-day concert tour to Nova Scotia and PEI. We sang at Oxford, Tatamagouche, Halifax, Truro and Charlottetown.
Through its concerts in past years, the Choir has contributed a total of $51,400 to different charities - Kidney Foundation, C.H.E.O., Perley & Rideau Veterans' Health Centre, Winchester Hospital, Bone Marrow Transplant Fund, Churches/Organ Building Funds, Operation Go Home, the Osgoode Township Care Centre, the Ottawa Rotary Home Foundation, the Gideons, the Cancer Society, the Aphasia Centre, the A.L.S. Society, the United Ostomy Support Group, the Canadian Council of the Blind,the Salvation Army of Ottawa, the Palliative Care Outreach Program Ottawa, Queensway Carleton Hospital, Ryan's Well Foundation and TEMBO (Tanzania Education and Micro-Business Opportunity).Mental Health Association (Ottawa Branch).The Ottawa Hospital Foundation towards Testicular Cancer Research in Memory of Robert Wubs, Ottawa Inner-city Ministries, Food Bank and Ottawa Mission