September 15, 2018

Ottawa Bahá'í Regional Choir Spring Concert Capped a Successful Year

On June 2, 2018 the Ottawa Baha’i Regional Choir performed their last seasonal concert with their out-going director Christopher Barham, and what a performance it was! The 11-voice four-part choir performed all their pieces a capella – that is, without accompaniment.

The program was varied and included songs that drew on the writings of the Bahá’í Faith, as well as other inspirational texts. Songs that were performed included O Thou Compassion Lord, Rejoice with Exceeding Joy, Down to the River to Pray, Holy, Holy, Holy and Les Temps de Vie. The audience joined in for the four-part round and campfire favourite, O Be Joyful! The harmonies were beautiful and true, and care was taken that words were carefully enunciated. The rather small space of the Baha’i Centre contributed to the feeling of intimacy with the choir and helped their soaring sound fill our hearts.

Christopher Barham studied music at the University of Western Ontario where he studied music pedagogy, choral conducting, and chamber music as a violinist and violist. Christopher is currently a public schoolteacher with the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board. The Bahá’í community wishes to thank Christopher for the years he devoted to the Bahá’í Choir and wish him all the best in his future endeavours.

Due to Christopher’s departure, the Ottawa Bahá’í Regional Choir is currently looking for a new choir director/conductor and new choir members. The choir has been functioning for over 25 years and is composed of both new and long-time members. The choir sings primarily Bahá’í-based songs, but also Christian hymns and spirituals, folk songs and pop songs in English with some French, as well as other languages. Knowledge of note reading is preferred but not required.  If you are interested in the position of choir director and have a background in choir directing, or if you wish to join the choir as a member, please contact Stephen Thirlwall.

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