The Ottawa Carleton Male Choir

About us

The Ottawa Carleton Male Choir was founded in 1997 by Henk Huizenga, after he had started the Dutch Treat Choir in 1995   The Choir has gained wide recognition and appreciation for its concerts in the Ottawa region and elsewhere. 2017 was our 20th anniversary of bringing beautiful music to the community at our concerts and at a number of retirement homes throughout the year.

Our past Choir Directors are Archie Smith (10 Years) and Margaret VanDyk (10 Years) Our new Director for 2018 is Aude Urbancic.

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. 

Choir members can practice at home using their PC and  Noteworthy software.  Practice numbers are provided by the choir.      

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.

The Choir undertook an excellent concert tour in the Netherlands, in May 2002. 

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 $45,650 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) 


Below is a copy of the letter that was sent by Henk Huizenga in December 1997. This marked the beginning of the Ottawa Carleton Male Choir.