Concert Organizer


Christiane Riel

Appreciated for more than the sheer beauty of her voice, Christiane Riel is recognized for the generosity and intensity of her interpretations. The heroines of Puccini, Verdi, and those of the French romantic repertoire encompass the very heart of her remarkable career. After a triumphant debut with the Canadian Opera Company, Ms. Riel has enjoyed an international career throughout Canada, the United States, and Australia. A “heartbreakingly believable” Madama Butterfly, Ms. Riel’s Cio-Cio-San is acclaimed worldwide in over 18 different productions. Learn more


Performers & Speakers


John Avey

John Avey is a well-known, experienced and respected member of Canada’s bass- baritone fraternity, whose repertoire encompasses a wide range of major operatic and concert works. He has sung with all of Canada’s leading opera companies and most of its major orchestras as well as performances in the United States and Europe. He made his Metropolitan Opera debut as Enrico in Lucia di Lammermoor, subsequently appearing there as Germont in Verdi’s La Traviata, a role he has sung with the opera companies of Arizona, Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver.

Career highlights include Peneios in Richard Strauss’ Daphne with the New York City Opera, Rimsky-Korsakov’s Mozart and Salieri with the Vancouver and Calgary Symphonies as well as the title role of The Mikado in Brian Macdonald’s legendary production at the Stratford Festival and on tour. John has enjoyed particular success in the title role of Rigoletto and as Baron Scarpia in Tosca with both Pacific Opera and Orchestra London. He has performed on CBC Radio in such works as Vaughan Williams’ the Five Mystical Songs, the Verdi Requiem with the Vancouver Symphony while for CBC TV, Avey sang the world television premiere of The Spirit of Haida Gwai broadcast on their series “Opening Night.”


Yehonatan Berick

A prizewinner at the 1993 Naumburg competition and a recipient of the 1996-97 Prix Opus, violinist Yehonatan Berick is in high demand internationally as soloist, recitalist, chamber musician, and pedagogue, whose busy concert schedule has taken him throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Israel. Solo performances include Quebec, Winnipeg, Windsor, Ann Arbor, Jerusalem and Haifa Symphonies, and the Israeli, Cincinnati, Montreal and Manitoba Chamber Orchestras, Thirteen Strings and Ensemble Appassionata. Festival and chamber series' credits include Marlboro, Ravinia, Seattle, Vancouver, Ottawa, Jerusalem, El Paso, Maui, Domaine Forget Great Lakes, Music@Menlo, Giverny (France), Leicester (U.K.), Moritzburg (Germany), Agassiz (Winnipeg), Killington (Vermont) and Bowdoin (Maine). On DVD and CD, Berick has recorded for Equilibrium, Centaur, Summit, Gasparo, Acoma, music@menlo, Studio XXI, JMC and Helicon labels.

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Josee Bourgeois

Josee is a very proud Algonquin woman from the Pikwakanagan reservation west of Ottawa. Her father Is a 60’s scoop baby taken at 9 months old and her Grandmother is residential school survivor. Josee spent a very large part of her life training in professional dance as well as experiencing a successful career as one of Canada’s first native fashion models and traveled internationally from 1999- 2005. However, growing up in different neighbourhoods in Toronto she learned quickly that one thing this city had in common with other major cities is the lack of representation of First Nations people, history, arts and contributions. This led Josee as a young woman to make necessary changes in her life and ensure that she did what it takes to be a useful, contributing, successful, healthy and proud Algonquin life-giving woman.
Josee would later find herself studying College in Nova Scotia where she also gave birth to her son, Little Thunder, and graduated Valedictorian in 2013, she then went on to work full time at a Federal Women’s Prison as a Behavioral Counsellor and Social Program officer. In early 2015 she was given her position on the Memengweshii Council, for the ZIBI project, by her communities Chief and Council. Josee also holds a part time permanent position at the Wanaki Treatment Center in Kitigan Zibi as the Accreditation Coordinator. Josee also works as a Cultural Consultant for the French Catholic School Board of Ontario.

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Charles "Chip" Hamann

Charles "Chip" Hamann was appointed to the principal oboe chair of Canada’s National Arts Centre Orchestra in 1993 at the age of 22. Mr. Hamann is also adjunct professor at the University of Ottawa School of Music and the oboe instructor at the National Arts Centre’s Summer Music Institute.  He is a frequent guest principal oboist with some of the world’s finest ensembles, including the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, and Québec’s Les Violons du Roy. He has taught at the National Youth Orchestra of Canada,
the Hyogo Performing Arts Center Orchestra and the Affinis Music Festival, both in Japan, and has been a guest artist at the Norfolk Chamber Music Festival. He has recently given solo recitals at the International Double Reed Society and at festivals across North America promoting the works of Canadian composers for oboe and piano. His critically acclaimed debut solo recording, a double-CD collection entitled Canadian Works for Oboe and Piano with pianist Frédéric Lacroix, was released on the Centrediscs label in 2017. Mr. Hamann is a member of the NAC Wind Quintet, comprised of principal players of NACO. This chamber ensemble has played recitals throughout North America, the UK, and China. Their 2008 disc of music for wind instruments by Camille Saint-Saëns (including the Op. 166 Oboe Sonata) with pianist Stéphane Lemelin for the Naxos label was awarded the Editor’s Choice from Gramophone Magazine. In 2015 Mr. Hamann recorded the Bach Concerto for Oboe and Violin BWV 1060 with Pinchas Zukerman and NACO for Analekta on the highly praised Baroque Treasury CD. Mr. Hamann has been a soloist with Les Violons du Roy, Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra, Thirteen Strings Chamber Orchestra of Ottawa, the Alberta Baroque Ensemble, and the Affinis Festival Orchestra in Japan. He has appeared many times a featured soloist with NACO in a diverse range of major concerti, both in Ottawa and on tour. Mr. Hamann can also be heard on the online archive of NACO performances. Born in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, Mr. Hamann pursued his early studies at the Interlochen Arts Academy and National Music Camp at Interlochen, Michigan. He received a Bachelor of Music and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate from the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY in 1993. His principal teachers include William McMullen, Daniel Stolper and Richard Killmer.

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Joshua Hopkins

Canadian baritone Joshua Hopkins, who proudly hails from Pembroke, Ontario, is enjoying a major international career in opera and concert. In the 2018-2019 season, Mr. Hopkins makes his San Francisco Opera debut as Harry Bailey in Jake Heggie and Gene Scheer’s It’s a Wonderful Life and revisits the role of Valentin in Faust with Washington National Opera. In June, he will proudly return to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa to perform the role of Count Almaviva in semi-staged concert performances of Mozart's Le nozze di Figaro, conducted by Alexander Shelley and directed by Donna Feore. Mr. Hopkins looks forward to singing his first Malatesta in Don Pasquale with a debut at Pittsburgh Opera. Concert engagements include Handel’s Messiah for his debut with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra conducted by Matthew Halls, and with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Jane Glover. Later this season, Mr. Hopkins will sing Haydn’s Creation for his debut with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, also under the baton of Matthew Halls.

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Frédéric Lacroix, piano & harpsichord

Frédéric Lacroix has performed in Canada, the United States, Europe, and Asia as a soloist, chamber musician, and collaborative pianist. He has made regular radio appearances on the Canadian CBC and SRC or the American NPR. Following the University of Ottawa’s purchase of a fortepiano in 1997, Frédéric has devoted part of his time to the study and performance of music on period keyboard instruments, for which he was recognized as the Westfield Center Performing Scholar for the 2008-09. He has recently performed Mozart piano concertos on the fortepiano with the Albany Symphony Orchestra, the Cape Cod Symphony Orchestra and the Ottawa Chamber Orchestra.

Intrigued by the seemingly infinite diversity of new music, Frédéric has enjoyed collaborating with composers and performers in the premiere of a number of Canadian and American works. Frédéric is also active as a composer, having composed for the Ottawa Chamber Music Festival, the Society of American Music, the Canadian University Music Society, the Choeur Classique de l’Outaouais and other noted Canadian musicians. His song cycle, Nova Scotia Tartan (2004), is featured on Hail, a disc dedicated to Canadian Art Song.

Much in demand as collaborative artist, teacher, adjudicator and composer, he currently teaches at the University of Ottawa. He is equally busy in the summer, having participated in a number of music festivals, in the Ottawa region, throughout Canada, and in the United States. He holds degrees from the University of Montreal, the University of Ottawa, and Cornell University, where he recently completed his Doctorate degree in keyboard performance practice with the influential Malcolm Bilson. His other teachers include Marc Durand, Cynthia Floyd, Andrew Tunis, Jean-Paul Sévilla and Monique Collet-Samyn.


Paul Marleyn, cello

A cellist with a broad and eclectic repertoire that ranges from the Baroque period to the twenty-first century, Paul Marleyn tours regularly across Canada and frequently performs in the United States, Europe and Asia. A regular participant in international summer music festivals, including those of Busan (Korea), Leicester (UK), Cape and Islands (USA), Casalmaggiore (Italy), Lviv Contrasts (Ukraine), International Musicians Seminar (UK), Chamber Music East (USA), Shen Yang and Beijing (China), Festival of the Sound, Domaine Forget and Ottawa Chamberfest (Canada), he has collaborated with artists such as Boris Berman, Miriam Fried, James Somerville, Paul Neubauer, James Campbell, Marc-André Hamelin, Steven Dann, StéphaneLemelin, Scott St. John, Joshua Bell, and with the St. Lawrence, New Zealand, Penderecki and Lafayette string quartets. He has appeared as soloist the Belgrade Philharmonic, London Philharmonia, European Chamber, Winnipeg Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Symphony Nova Scotia, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, Thunder Bay Symphony and Manitoba Chamber orchestras. Engagements have included London’s Wigmore Hall, Boston’s Jordan Hall, Chicago’s Cultural Centre and Geneva’s Victoria Saal. Since 2000, Paul has been President and Artistic Director of Canada’s Agassiz Summer Chamber Music Festival in Winnipeg, and in 2011, as Artistic Director, he inaugurated the International Cello Festival of Canada, a triannual festival also taking place in Winnipeg. From 2005-2012, he was a member of the Trio Hochelaga, one of Canada’s leading chamber ensembles, with which he recorded a series of five discs of French music on the ATMA Classique label. Paul Marleyn has made several compact disc recordings as soloist and chamber musician. His first CD, released by United Records, contains cello sonatas by Shostakovitch, Prokofief and Schnittke, and was described as “emotionally intense, physically big-boned” (Gramophone Magazine), and ”over-flowing with health, the joy of playing, and flamboyant brilliance” (Répértoire, France.) His recording of the complete works of Ernest Bloch for Signum Classics has also received favorable reviews; “an excellent recording, this release deserves enthusiastic recommendation” (BBC Music Magazine) and “a fine cellist with astute command of style and formidable technique” (Strad magazine.) Other releases include Swirl for solo cello by Jim Hiscott on the CBC Records label, as well as chamber music recordings for RCA Victor and CBC Records. Mr.Marleyn’s concerts and recordings are frequently heard on CBC radio, BBC radio, NPR affiliate stations in the United States and around the world. Paul is a devoted teacher at has given masterclasses at the Royal Northern College of Music (UK), the Royal Scottish Academy (UK) and the Royal Academy of Music (UK), at the University of Belgrade in Europe, at Lawrence, Michigan, Laurier, McGill, Alberta and Western universities and the Glenn Gould School in North America, and at the Busan (Korea), Xian, Beijing Central, Hangzhou, Jinan and Shen Yang (China) conservatories in Asia. He also offers tuition and masterclasses each summer at the Domaine Forget International Festival in Quebec. From 1997 to 2004, Paul served as Professor of Cello and Head of Strings at the University of Manitoba in Canada, and since 2004 has held the same positions at the University of Ottawa, where he now mentors an award-winning studio of young cellists. Mr. Marleyn has a special interest in new music, having been a frequent guest of the prestigious German group Ensemble Modern, and at the Winnipeg Centara, Almeida, Lviv Contrasts and Donaueshinger new music festivals. Paul has commissioned new works by Bramwell Tovey, Kevin Volans, Jocelyn Morlock, Michael Matthews, David Raphael Scott, Glenn Buhr, Jim Hiscott and Rodion Schedrin. As an orchestral principal player, he held the position of Principal Cellist of the European Community Youth Orchestra from 1986-8. Also was Principal Cellist of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra from 1993-7, and has also appeared as Guest Principal Cellist of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and National Arts Centre Orchestra. Paul Marleyn was raised in London, England, where he studied privately with Robert Norris. Paul is a graduate the Royal Academy of Music where he studied with David Strange, and of the New England Conservatory in Boston USA, where he worked with Colin Carr and Laurence Lesser to gain a Masters Degree and Artist Diploma. He completed his studies at Yale University with Aldo Parisot. In 1994, Paul was elected Associate of the Royal Academy of Music. A laureate of the Royal Overseas League International Competition in London, he is the recipient of several national and international awards, including a Fulbright Scholarship and grants from the Canada Council, the Manitoba Arts Council and the Royal Society of Arts. Paul plays on a 1770 Pietro Landolfi cello made in Milan, Italy, known as “Il Cappuccino”.

Photo: Ed Leblanc

Photo: Ed Leblanc

Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

For over thirty-five years members of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir (ORYC) have shared their passion for music across the region, across the country and beyond its borders.  With a focus on the development of young adults (ages 15 through 25) the organization, founded in 1982 by Barbara Clark, produces its own performances, participates in workshops, and contributes as guest performers for a broad range of audiences. 

Through experiences with professional and more practiced artists such as the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra (NACO), the Ottawa Choral Society (OCS), the Capital Chamber Choir and the Cantata Singers of Ottawa (CSO), choristers are prepared for a possible future within the diverse arts communities.

This organization believes that its longevity and current vitality is the demonstration of commitment to its goals, not only by its current members but also those who have gone before.  Alumni, supporters, friends and family have coloured and shaped this organization over the years.  We believe that everyones’ continued contributions are key to the organizations success.

Since 2016, the choir has been under the artistic direction of Jamie Loback.

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Jamie Loback, Artistic Director
Ottawa Regional Youth Choir

Holding a Master of Arts degree in music from the University of Ottawa, Jamie Loback is the Artistic Director of the Capital Chamber Choir, Ottawa Regional Youth Choir, and Ottawa Children’s Choir. Since 2005, he has served as Director of Music at St. Joseph’s Parish in Ottawa conducting the church’s three choirs.

Jamie was appointed Conductor of the Ottawa Children’s Choir | Chamber Choir in 2015 and in September 2016 he initiated the Ottawa Children's Choir | Boys' Choir, a branch of the organization tasked with encouraging boys to sing through their change of voice. This new choir’s debut performance was in the National Arts Centre’s Pops Series featuring music from Star Wars. He was appointed Artistic Director of the Ottawa Children’s Choir organization in June 2018.  Under his leadership the Ottawa Children's Choir toured France in April 2017, performing at Notre-Dame de Paris and at the Battle of Vimy Ridge 100th Anniversary commemorative ceremony at the Canadian National Vimy Memorial.  He recently led the Ottawa Children’s Choir on a tour of Eastern Canada performing in Quebec City, Halifax, and Charlottetown.

Jamie has been the Artistic Director of the Ottawa Regional Youth Choir since 2013.  Choristers range in age from 15 - 25 and emphasis is placed on the introduction of standard choral-symphonic repertoire balanced with works by contemporary composers.  Part of the choir’s mandate is to provide youth with opportunities to perform their own compositions in concert.  Experiences with professional and more practiced artists such as the members of the National Arts Centre Orchestra and the Capital Chamber Choir ensure choristers are prepared for a possible future within our diverse arts communities.

In 2012, Jamie became the Artistic Director of the newly-formed Capital Chamber Choir.  During his tenure, the choir has expanded to over 35 members with a focus on contemporary Canadian and international composers with a special focus on repertoire from the regions of Eastern and Northern Europe.  The choir performs its own concert series each season in addition to various collaborations with the National Arts Centre and other local arts organizations.

Jamie is a passionate advocate for contemporary choral music, especially regarding works by Canadian composers as well as young composers who require performance opportunities for their music.  He is dedicated to fostering inspiration, enthusiasm, and creativity in the next generation of choral musicians. 



Thank you to University of Ottawa for their continued support and encouragement.

We respectfully acknowledge that the land on which we gather for this concert is the traditional unceded territory of the Algonquin Anishnaabeg people.


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